Allen Chastanet denies squandering money while in government

Allen Chastanet denies squandering money while in government

The leader of the United Workers Party, UWP, Allen Chastanet, has denied allegations that he squandered government finances while serving as Minister of Tourism in the last UWP administration.

“This allegation that I am out there spending money; I always say I have invested money because the things we did in tourism were about investment,” Chastanet asserted this week during a local television talk show.

“At the end of the day in regard to holding the CHA Marketplace here or having Seatrade in Saint Lucia, all these were investments,” the former Tourism Minister declared.

He disclosed that the Ministry of Tourism gets about 1.7 million dollars in allocations, while the Tourist Board got sometimes 35 million or up to fifty million dollars a year.

According to Chastanet, at the time the Chairman of the Board was Laurie Barnard, one of the most successful business people who was not a pushover.

The UWP leader recalled that he  allowed the Hotels Association to appoint five members to the board to represent not themselves but the hotels association  and the funds were managed by the board.

Said Chastanet:

“Are you saying to me that Allen Chastanet was such a powerful individual with no constitutional power to override the decisions that the Tourist Board made, I was the one responsible for making the expenditure?”

“We had a plan and all decisions had to conform to that plan,” he noted.

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  1. ???
    October 25, 2015 at 3:01 pm Reply

    1. Change tbe word from squander to investment.
    2. Blame others.

    Is that how you will run the Government?

  2. Joe
    October 25, 2015 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Who does he think he is fooling?

    Even if we ignore the Hepple issue, the Black Bay fiasco, the Boxing in Paradise waste or the endless phone calls and travel we know the Tourist Board does not spend one cent unless approved by the Minister of Tourism. We also know and have seen that even in the face of common sense and reality that Allan DOES WHAT THE HELL HE WANTS! So we have to be nuts to think that all the tourism money wasted was not under his direction.

    More dangerous is that a few well controlled delegates at the UWP convention might make the mistake to put this spendthrift in charge of St. Lucia when he has not the women vote or the youth vote or the swing vote. The apathy towards his leadership pretentions is so wide spread it is amazing.

    If the UWP keep him instead of a successful woman as Sarah Flood Beaubrun we then know that the party of Sir John has gone down the tubes and what is left is the divisive entity that developed after Sir John died.

  3. John
    October 26, 2015 at 8:42 am Reply

    Not only does he squander finances, because of his rich kid, spoilt attitude towards how he must get what he wants, he condones abuse to women within his own party. What kind of leader is that? People of St Lucia, People of the UWP, stop and think of whom are the persons you want to lead this country into the next elections.

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