Pierre says: Don’t gamble on Chastanet!

Philip J. Pierre, Saint Lucia’s Deputy Prime Minister, has warned voters not to gamble on Allen Chastanet’s promise to ultimately remove Value Added Tax (VAT).

“You can’t gamble with a man who is saying that he can stop the country from earning 346 million dollars in revenue, when you need over 400 million to pay civil servants, teachers, nurses and police officers,” Pierre said last night.

The Castries East MP indicated that he wanted civil servants, particularly nurses, teachers and police officers to take note.

Pierre asserted that Saint Lucia is at the crossroads.

He recalled that the President of the Caribbean Development Bank had said last week that Saint Lucia is poised for economic growth in the year 2016.

“You cannot gamble with a man who is saying he will remove VAT,” Pierre told supporters of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party at a public meeting last night to officially launch Herbert Roserie as the party’s Micoud North candidate.

In an obvious direct appeal to police officers, Pierre said that the SLP government is the one that has done the most for the police force in the history of Saint Lucia.

He said the SLP administration had built fire stations, improved police stations, sent officers for training and given the police more resources than any other government.

“Possibly the young officers don’t know that. They don’t know how the Marigot police station was or the condition of the Soufriere police station before we came into government in 1997,” Pierre declared.

He stated that the SLP administration had built a new station in Vieux Fort, two new stations in Dennery and one in Marchand.

Pierre also had critical words for the candidacy of United Workers Party (UWP) leader, Allen Chastanet, who will be contesting the Micoud South seat.

He said it was an insult to the people of Micoud.

The Castries East MP stated:

“You can’t find one person to run in Micoud, you must look for Allen Chastanet? You can’t find one suitable young man or woman to run in Micoud but must look for Allen?”

Pierre called on party supporters to send a message to the UWP by ensuring that the UWP leader is defeated in the Micoud seat at the next general elections.




  1. Blindspot
    May 23, 2016 at 8:57 am

    To me last week Traffic Department had to close their office because of peenezz. Officers have to buy their own toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc. Wow…they really care.

  2. Blindspot
    May 23, 2016 at 9:01 am

    400 million to pay civil servants because instead of creating new jobs you’ll absorbed them in the public service. As an Accountant Mr. Pierre should know that you shouldn’t spend more than you have. Every single month the government has to borrow to pay Civil Servants. Why not cut your down on expenses, but you want to tax our @ss off.

  3. Truth Seeker
    May 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I think Chastnet said that because he wanted to know how much returns was being received on the VAT. It’s our money and Kenny stop telling the nation after the first month. Way to go Chastnet. You know how to make dem vomit. Let dem tell us how much deh spending on their Audi too…. ?

  4. Anonymous
    May 23, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Pierre I think you should just keep your mouth shut. No shame

  5. Bebe
    May 24, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Kenny’s poodle. That’s what you will always be.

  6. Observer
    May 25, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    To use Pierre’s words, slp must stop “trying to fool the people”.

    Mr. Pierre, you are unimpressive and unproductive. Your novelty gone!

    Questions Mr. Pierre, weren’t public servants, police etc been paid before we started collecting VAT?

    Wasn’t it your unpatriotic and wicked lead who pressured then PM king to pay public servants 14% salary increase fully aware that our economy couldn’t afford it?

    Although this huge and biggest ever salary increase was paid to public servants, the UWP gov’t was still able to pay salaries on time every month and there was no VAT collected back then.

    Yes, it was Kenny Davis Anthony who caused our country to be where it is today because he was power hungery. He didn’t care a damn whether our economy collapased after paying the 14% to public servants.

    Pipe, I fully concure with Guy Mayers that you are indeed Kenny’s water-boy.

    After June 6, 2016, Fortuna will give you a lesson in true representation as apposed to make believe representation.

    Yo pai! Yo pai!