Opposition leader Allen Chastanet has warned the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government that people’s patience is running out while declaring that labour is a minority government in the ‘people’s parliament’.
Chastanet acknowledged that the people had elected the SLP at the July 26, 2021, general elections.
But he asserted that it was by the slimmest of margins.
“Don’t fool yourself about this 15-2 in the House. That’s the only place that you have that kind of majority. But in the public domain, the people’s parliament, you do not have that majority,” the Micoud South MP stated.
“And in fact I would say that you are a minority government in the people’s parliament in this country,” the UWP leader asserted.
In addition, Chastanet said the majority’s voice is growing, and their patience is low.
“What they want is more accountability and more responsible government that is sensitive to the people’s needs,” he told a news conference on Thursday.
Chastanet also called for an end to the system where the ‘Comrades’ and a selected few benefit from the government.
“I am warning this government that the patience of the people in this country is growing thin,” the United Workers Party (UWP) leader told the news conference.
“This idea of telling people or telling me and the United Workers Party we lose and that two years later you still want to go and celebrate your victory, you all need to wake up to the reality,” he declared.
In his opening statement to the press conference, the opposition leader highlighted several issues of concern.
Among them were the situation with St. Jude Hospital, the lack of explanation for Richard Frederick’s presence in the SLP cabinet, and the Bananes land sale, for which he urged an independent investigation.
Chastanet also called for a probe into the Citizenship by Investment Programme and for Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre to reverse the decision on the two-and-a-half percent tax because the country cannot bear it.