The attention of the Saint Lucia Labour Party has been drawn to the following statement by Allen Chastanet at a Public Meeting of the United Workers Party on behalf of Dominic Fedee.
“I ask you all one question. If a man who is a billionaire, who makes four billion dollars in sales a year, who employs over 20,000 people, if he has confidence in “Ti Cock” why shouldn’t you have that confidence?”
It takes no imagination to know that the reference in Chastanet’s comments is to Butch Stewart, the owner of the Sandals Hotels here in Saint Lucia. This is not the first time that Allen Chastanet has invoked or dragged the name of Butch Stewart into the domestic politics of Saint Lucia. He did so in the 2006 General Elections and on several occasions since becoming Leader of the United Workers Party.
According to the Political Leader of the SLP, “While the Saint Lucia Labour Party is fully aware that Mr. Fedee is an employee of the Sandals Hotel, even as he has announced his candidacy for the next General Elections, the Saint Lucia Labour Party warns Allen Chastanet to resist the temptation to draw the name of Butch Stewart into the domestic politics of Saint Lucia. It is simply wrong, improper and unethical to suggest to the electorate that Mr. Stewart’s approval of Dominic Fedee as an employee of his hotel chain makes him a fit candidate for the next General Elections.”