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Chastanet Laments Treatment Of Opposition Leaders

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Saint Lucia opposition leader Allen Chastanet has expressed concern over the treatment faced by his counterparts in the Caribbean.

The United Workers Party (UWP) leader declared that his party was trying to play a role in government.

The Micoud South MP said that’s why he met opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar when he visited Trinidad and Tobago recently.

“We had a discussion. We said ‘All around the Caribbean the leaders of the opposition are being made enemies of the State’,” Chastanet recalled.

After the visit with Persad-Bissessar, the Saint Lucia opposition leader came under fire from T&T Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley.

Rowley, declaring “No thanks, Tropical Trump”, dismissed Chastanet’s recommendations on crime-fighting, delivered at an opposition United National Congress (UNC) Town Hall meeting.

Rowley later referred to the Saint Lucia politician as a ‘loser’.

However, Chastanet observed that the constitution provides for an opposition leader.

Chastanet said the State pays for his office and staff.

According to the UWP leader, as Prime Minister, he regularly communicated with the then-leader of the opposition.

“When there were international issues, regional issues, local issues that I thought were warranted, I never let him read about it in the newspapers. That’s the relationship that I had,” Chastanet declared.

His remarks came during an interview this week on Rev-Up SLU 97.1 FM.

The electorate voted out Chastanet’s administration at the July 26, 2021, general elections, which the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) won by a landslide.

Only Chastanet and Choiseul MP Bradley Felix retained their seats.

In this regard, the UWP leader expressed that the House of Assembly would not hear the voice of the opposition.

“We are going to get drowned out,” he stated.

Nevertheless, Chastanet said that when the opposition believes there’s a strong enough case that would harm Saint Lucia and its citizens, it will take the matter to the people.

“The strength of two people in parliament is further made stronger when the people in the parliament know that there generally are forty, fifty thousand people standing behind them,” the former Prime Minister asserted.

 

 

 

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Look who’s talking? And I’m not referring to the movie. Chas and his cohorts treated the opposition with such disdain that it bordered on criminal. Now you want to talk. Sorti la neg.

  2. The Crow can you please list what it is Chas and his cohorts did that u consider disdain treatment of the opposition? I told my neighbour the same thing and he said I lied. He asked for examles and I oculdn’t think of one, so can you plz list 3 or 5 of them at least.

  3. @SMLH you have the guts man. This is unbelievable of hearing. Here:
    1. At what point did he disburse allowances to the opposition MP,s to fund community projects

    2. Why did he called the state security for outside parlament. Baracaded the area avoiding oposition leaders MP supporters

    3. Ernest vehicle vechicle ROVER opposition MP seizure.

    4. The $150,000.00 given to Nancy Charles month before elections for Vieux Fort North reabilation . MUSA as sitting opposition MP knows nothing in his constituency. Borball…

    5. Vieux Fort fisheries complex hostile take over week before elections . What did kenny knew…nothing .

    I can go on and on. Dirty tropical Trump. His political days are over.
    AMEN !!!

  4. Mr ex pm. We need change but apparently it won’t happen with you as the leader of the now opposition party. Please do st lucia on a whole and your party a favor and pass the leadership position to someone else 🙏. Not guy or Nancy. In every thing there’s a season, a time to rule and a time to take orders. I truly think your time is over. Just let it go and enjoy the remainder of your time on this earth with your family. You hv done your part and it’s now time to allow a younger candidate a chance. Do the right thing. If not your party won’t win the next election. There’s still time to introduce a new leader with values and leadership skills. One who won’t say the stupid things Nancy say on your platform some times. Stand up for righteousness sake

  5. That product of Canada need to keep quiet. In opposition you will be all the rest of your life ….

  6. GOD is the One to say to kings, “you are worthless’,and to leaders you are wicked’, who shows no partially to the poor and not favor the riche over the poor…
    Yet he is over man and nations alike,to keep a godless man from ruling,from laying snares for the people…

  7. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also set eternity in the hearts of men ;yet they cannot fathom what God has done from the beginning to the end…
    A time for Everything
    There is a time for everything,and a Season for every activity under heaven :
    a time to be born and a time to die,a time to plant and a time to uproot,a time to kill and a time to heal,a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    to embrance and a time to refrain,a time to search and a time to give up,a time to keep and and a time to throw away,a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace…. Ecclesiastes ch 3 have Spoken !!

  8. Chastanet I think it would be better for you to go and plant your 4 marijuana trees in Rodney Bay because I do not think that you will be elected as a prime Minster in the history of st lucia

  9. OMG! Its either St.Lucia is serious trouble for the near future or its just a loud few, who could resd , write and receiving the red $$$ for just being hacks and believes that majority are fools, so they can con us every time!
    First of all the conversation is about treatment of opposition leaders in the Parliament..( you can add in Country too if it convenient).
    Was it not in opposition that then opposition numbering six in 2007 refused to accept $30 million ….
    Why try to mislead the masses.
    More importantly, why with the country being in the worst state since 2016 ( worst than the Covid19 Pandemic period)
    That you all ( you know yourselves) trying to detract the masses, your best contribution is to attack AMC.
    I am you all would rather not have a conversation about the plan for the next two years.
    But then again THE ONLY was and still is,is to attack AMC.
    The masses are not stupid!

  10. I see it’s all about the red $$$
    About Country; “Burn Baby Burn” 🔥
    Bring in the Psychiatrists
    Animal Farm analogy, reverse Psychology.
    Slavery abolished, the Berlin wall came down, the Iron curtain removed, Apathied dismantled.
    Begging is now the new order.
    The poor,the marginalized, the vulnerable continues to remain at rat serious risk. Whilst you see only red.

  11. This is always the case. Our culture inhabit this level of mental thinking hence our demise for progress. We only use words that’s

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