Former C.O.P. claims Allen Chastanet’s policy decision contributed to Canada’s visa requirement

Former C.O.P. claims Allen Chastanet’s policy decision contributed to Canada’s visa requirement

Former Police Commissioner, Ausbert Regis, has said that former Tourism Minister, Allen Chastanet, had in 2007, proposed the removal of outgoing immigration checks as a means of facilitating hassle free tourism.

Regis, speaking today on the Radio Saint Lucia programme “Ninety Minutes” with host, Shelton Daniel, said that the accuracy of his statement can be verified by several persons, including former Prime Minister, Stephenson King and current Director of Tourism, Louis Lewis.

According to the former top Cop, he argued that the former Minister’s proposal was not the best way to go, since the government had taken a multi-million dollar loan from the World Bank to put a Border Security Unit in place for Cricket World Cup.

Regis recalled that when he was asked to go on leave, British national, John Broughton, one of several British Officers who had joined the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force in an effort to beef up the organization, complied with the Minister’s request.

“Immediately upon that happening persons from far and wide started coming to Saint Lucia with genuine documents, obtained fraudulent Saint Lucian passports and travelled to Canada.” The former Police Commissioner stated.

According to Regis, persons spotted with a fraudulent passport entering the United States would be arrested, jailed and deported.

However he asserted that because of Canadian law, such an individual can claim political asylum.

Regis disclosed that as a result of the situation with no outgoing immigration checks, a lot of holders of Saint Lucian passports were travelling to Canada, and by the time he returned to work one year later and reinstituted the checks, Canadian Security Agencies were saying that Saint Lucia had a problem.

In 2012, Canada imposed a visa requirement on holders of Saint Lucian passports

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  1. oye
    November 23, 2015 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Regis you such a fool. All of a sudden this yeat younwant to blame chastnet for canadian Visa. We know you an an SLP operative getting big monies for doing nothing.

  2. Anonymous
    November 24, 2015 at 1:10 am Reply

    Nice try Regis, but you are grasping at straws. The truth is a totally different story.

  3. Anonymous
    November 24, 2015 at 3:59 am Reply

    Regis is spot on with his comment. Facts don’t lie. Only idiots will dispute facts.

  4. Nice
    November 24, 2015 at 6:03 am Reply

    Amen. Chastanet must leave this Island.

  5. Margaret Lubrin Aoki
    November 24, 2015 at 7:49 am Reply

    Good start. Next step is for Mr. A Regis -former C.O.P- to make reference to some reliable document to back up his claim. Come on folks, this is 2015; if we are going to seriously accuse someone, we’ve got to get used to referencing authentically dated and signed documents, instead of “he said/she said hocus-pocus.” Rabbit out of the hat.

    Who knows? The people AR mentioned as support for his claim may have an axe to grind. Anecdotal form of “verification” is insufficient, especially in a politically charged atmosphere.

    If this claim has any weight, it should be supported by irrefutable evidence and not just probable birds of a feather/hidden agenda “witnesses.” Black and white tells the story. All government agencies have paper trails; unless classified, the public should be able to access them upon request.

  6. shattar
    November 24, 2015 at 7:57 am Reply

    SLP band wagon. Regis is ridiculos.

  7. soccerfan
    November 24, 2015 at 7:58 am Reply

    Chastanet will win the next election against that loser KENNY.

  8. Joe
    November 24, 2015 at 9:48 am Reply

    It has become clear that the 60%+ vote against Chastanet based on his own poll is correct.
    He may control his UWP delegates with assistance from Daddy’s cash but he is rejected by St Lucians of all walks of life.

    The only person with credibility in you party now who has the people’s trust is Sarah Flood. I hope she does not run a seat for you jokers to give you any credibility.
    Let Chastanet crash and burn in the next elections then you can try and rebuild the party. 2021 is the best bet to regain power for the UWP.

  9. Gene Smith
    November 24, 2015 at 8:20 pm Reply

    So Chastanet was responsible for Saint Lucians making bogus claims in Canada that they were seeking refugee status. How can anyone give so little credit to the Canadian Government ability in carrying out their own investigations.

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