Bousquet: Too early to criticize new government

Rufus Bousquet, Saint Lucia’s former Foreign Minister, has urged the country to move on and support the new government.

Bousquet told the Times that elections are over.

“Let us give the government an opportunity to do what it has to do,” he asserted.

The former Foreign Minister had been an outspoken critic of current Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, prior to the June 6, 2016 general elections.

He had told the Times  in March this year, that the United Workers Party (UWP) slate of candidates was looking barren, weak and bereft of quality.

Bousquet had asserted that the most important qualities for candidate selection in the then opposition UWP was love, devotion and absolute submission to Chastanet.

However he told the Times that he was not surprised that the UWP won the elections.

“I am not surprised at all – I think there was a great deal of agitation in the country with respect to the current state of affairs,” Bousquet stated.

He explained that what was surprising was the substantial margin of the UWP victory in some constituencies.

Bousquet declared that Allen Chastanet is currently the Prime Minister of every Saint Lucian.

“We have to hope that everything works. We have to wish him well and we have to wish the country well,” Bousquet asserted.

He recalled having expressed the hope that the then Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government would succeed, when the SLP won the previous elections.

“People don’t seem to understand that if the government does not succeed, the country does not succeed and we don’t succeed, so at the end of the day you have to support the government,” Bousquet declared.

He explained that it was too early to criticize the new administration.

Nevertheless the former Foreign Minister noted that at some point in time criticism will be necessary if things are not going the way that they should.




  1. Anonymous
    June 28, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Rufus the country can do without your input.

  2. Sad-But-True
    June 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Bousquet, even you want to bend over like a whore, too? No integrity at all! Do you remember the UN Fund Scandal? Remember how you took a stand on Principle? But look at you now. looking all Pathetic with your begging bowl.

    1. Anonymous
      June 28, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Sad but true I respect your opinion but give people a chance to deliver

      1. Sad-But-True
        June 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm

        What are they delivery? SMH!

  3. James
    June 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Sad but true u need a vacation from social media. The country can really do without your negativity be a man grow up lick your wounds dust yourself off move on seek God. We have teenagers whose input and reasoning is may better than yours. This country isn’t UWP nor SLP it’s our country St Lucia the government of St Lucia be it we support SLP or UWP at the end of it all we’re part of it. So plz stop with your negativity get real get a life and put your so call intelligence to work for the betterment of your country. Nonsense……Rubbish……

    1. Sad-But-True
      June 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      I will not speak in your favour. Don’t expect me too!!

      1. Anonymous
        June 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm

        Why you folks entertaining that idiot.

      2. 666
        June 28, 2016 at 8:48 pm

        I truly believe that Sad-But-True is Richard Frederick!

  4. Boujon Guiyave
    June 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. At this stage during the last government there were already calls for the PM to go. So far golden balls has failed in two areas. Fuel price rise and the introduction of deposit accounts fees!

  5. Modeste Downes
    June 28, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    But certainly, Boujon Guiyave, the latter is not the doing of the government

    1. Boujon Guiyave
      June 29, 2016 at 7:28 am

      You are probably right Mr Downs but supporters of UWP don’t make such such discriminations. But what I want to highlight here is this: Golden Balls once showed he had broad shoulders by getting for emotional on tv about the plight of a single mum who had difficulty sending her children to school. Here we have potentially an even worst situation for here we have some people whose efforts and sacrifice eaten up by account fees thus making the account holder unable to do the job for which the little tooth-shot was set aside. Chastened should have been seen shedding a tear or two for the disadvantaged in this respect. If he could cue then he could cry now!

  6. Fly Fly Butterfly
    June 28, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Fools…. Sad but true seems to be a big bowl of negativity…..people like you always sit on the sidelines because there no room for you on the tracks….people like you don’t grow; yall live in boxes and will not get to spread yall wings; too much negativity…..can’t blame you. you must have had a hard life growing up. Circumstances…I hope you find a life soon.

  7. think twice
    June 29, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I think you should go back in your cage. Nobody’s interested in you..