Chastanet apologizes over deportees statement

Chastanet apologizes over deportees statement

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has admitted that he made an error in his statement about criminal deportees.

Chastanet had asserted recently, among other things, that 800 criminal deportees were sent back to this country by the United States in one year.

The assertion brought a response from the US Embassy in Barbados.

The US Embassy statement pointed out that United States government statistics indicate that the total number of deportees returned to Saint Lucia in the last five years was less than 100.

In 2015, there were only eight such cases, the US Embassy statement said.

Chastanet said that he apologizes for the error.

He stated that he did not not want that to be the issue at hand here when there is a bigger issue at play relating to the security of Saint Lucia.

The Saint Lucia Prime Minister observed that there is a deportee problem which predated his assuming leadership of this country and is an issue for not this country alone.

Chastanet explained that the point of his original deportee statement was not to condemn the US.

“We are strong allies of the United States,” he declared.

The Saint Lucia leader noted that because there is a difference of opinion with Washington does not put this country at odds with the Americans.

“It does not mean that if something is not working to our benefit or hurting us we do not have freedom to say so,” Chastanet observed.

He said that governments in the Caribbean need to change their strategy and approach to the United States.

“Right now I believe we have become irrelevant and part of that is because we are not speaking with one voice from Caricom,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister asserted.

He said there was need to understand US politics, have a stronger relationship with political parties in the US and mount a lobbying effort in the US.

 

 

 

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25 Comments

  1. Jacques Boucle
    July 20, 2016 at 6:17 pm Reply

    Mr. Chastanet, it is incumbent upon you to first get your facts straight before making a statement. This is called intelligence. I guess you are lacking basic intelligence, as a result, I am looking forward to more faux pas from you.

  2. Sad-But-True
    July 20, 2016 at 6:26 pm Reply

    OMG!! Lol. Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahaha! This Inferior Party, Inferior Supporters along with Inferior Party leader, is Proven me correct everyday.

  3. Sad-But-True
    July 20, 2016 at 6:28 pm Reply

    How could such an Imbecilic Rhesus Macaque be, a feral specie, be allowed to even speak let alone handle the affairs of this Nation? Lol .

  4. Sad-But-True
    July 20, 2016 at 6:32 pm Reply

    This is why I stated earlier, that Ralph Gonsalves was A-ping him when he ‘appeared’ to be supporting the boy. It was so obvious! The boy should in a Circus Juggling Bananas. Lol! Lol

    1. Anonymous
      July 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm Reply

      Sad but true shut the he’ll up idiot

  5. Anonymous
    July 20, 2016 at 7:17 pm Reply

    It takes a man and not a boy to apologise. This indicates the character of the man. To err is human. Only God is perfect and don’t err.

  6. Anonymous
    July 20, 2016 at 7:19 pm Reply

    It takes a man and not a boy to apologise. This indicates the character of the man. To err is human. Only God is perfect and don’t err. Has Kenny ever apologised for his errors? I can’t recall. He has made many too numerous to mention.

    1. Anonymous
      July 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm Reply

      Jacques Boucle I AGREE – Mr. Chastanet, it is incumbent upon you to first get your facts straight before making a statement. This is called intelligence. I guess you are lacking basic intelligence, as a result, I am looking forward to more faux pas from you.
      SAD BUT TRUE I AGREE—-OMG!! Lol. Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahaha! This Inferior Party, Inferior Supporters along with Inferior Party leader, is Proven me correct everyday.

  7. Eagles Eye
    July 20, 2016 at 7:20 pm Reply

    It takes a man and not a boy to apologise. This indicates the character of the man. To err is human. Only God is perfect and don’t err. Has Kenny ever apologised for his errors? I can’t recall. He has made many too numerous to mention.

  8. Anonymous
    July 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm Reply

    Sad but true shut the hell up idiot

  9. Sad-But-True
    July 20, 2016 at 7:33 pm Reply

    Well then he owes all his supporters an Apology. Heck, the boy owes the whole nation an apology for his lies. There is a Pattern of Lies with the boy. And I do believe under the many layers of this boy, if peeled, you will discover some Really Dark-Side to this individual. This is who he is. He Lies on the Fly, in real-time, unaware when his is lying. The boy lies without any reason. He has some serious MENTAL ISSUES.
    THIS WHAT OR WHO YOU VOTED FOR. MEE-LEE!!!

  10. Anonymous
    July 20, 2016 at 7:33 pm Reply

    You did the right thing to apologize..a man of word when we do wrong and saY wrong things.

  11. Love
    July 20, 2016 at 7:39 pm Reply

    It is your duty prime minister to make surd the info given to you is the correct one. It is also a good thing that the apolagie came quick. You will not be the first nor the last to get the info wrong sometimes. It has happened to Dr. Kenny,king and also sir John so all those that making noise check the facts

  12. Marco Polo
    July 20, 2016 at 8:28 pm Reply

    This guy loves dropping”statistics” he cannot make a statement without numbers which are very wrong in most cases.This man thinks we are dumb and that we do won’t research after listening to him.I voted for UWP because i wanted a change…but this is not the change i was looking forward to
    ….STAY TUNED FOLKS….MORE LIES AND FOOT IN MOUTH TO COME

  13. Anonymous
    July 20, 2016 at 8:57 pm Reply

    Lucian to the bone:
    When Kenny sold us off did he apilogise? Common Lucians wake up and get out of the dark tunnel. We need to stop all this critics for a better Lucia. Let us be a proud nation. Let us stand when our national anthem is playing and stop seating and walking around…..lucians we have better things to comment about …lord hv mercy

    1. Anon1
      July 21, 2016 at 8:29 am Reply

      Don’t mean to be picky but just a few corrections to your comment:

      apilogise – Apologise (in addition the English spelling is with an S and not Z)

      Common – Come on Lucians…

      hv – why not just spell it as it is “have”, stop abbreviating words for no reason it’s only a four letter word.

  14. I pray we see tomorrow
    July 20, 2016 at 9:17 pm Reply

    Thank you Mr. Castanet for standing strong, demonstrating you can accept correction and apologize to the world and willing to push St. Lucia forward. A small lie a big lie at your house on the street in your office on application forms on visa forms on bank applications for loans, false job experiences and certificates, all of these amounts to lies by MANY ST. LUCIA and persons around the world including the US, people from both parties and leaders in high positions have experience lies in their lives, even in relationships where the small lies have actually destroyed a relationship and families, patents lie to their children and the Lord is listening to ALL LIES, so accept that we ALL are LIARS including myself and many other persons became liars today even this second. So please my people, none of you’ll are PERFECT to believe you have not lied or will not lie. Please grow up and help others BETTER themselves. Lucians like complaining tooooo much and this is why sometimes the Lord remains silent or do not act for persons who like judging OTHERS. Judging and lies are like a 3 course meal per day for them because they do it so often. The PM lied. He accepted and thru the media he apologized for his lie. Now together let us ALL move to the next step of improving our country, our families, our neighbours and ourselves. especially ourselves individually. So Help Us Lord including Sad But True in the name of Jesus not ours.

    1. I pray we see tomorrow
      July 20, 2016 at 9:22 pm Reply

      Sorry for the error it should be Mr. Chastanet. spelling for his name.

      1. Anon1
        July 21, 2016 at 8:34 am Reply

        In addition – the correct spelling is Apologise.

        Don’t know we Lucians just like to follow Americans and change the English language by replacing “s” with “z”

  15. 666
    July 21, 2016 at 1:14 am Reply

    He should not have apologized, the Yanks are the biggest hypocrites on the planet…he did get everyone’s attention tho hehehe…

  16. Wonderer
    July 21, 2016 at 2:21 am Reply

    To all those congratulating the prime minister for his apology, I really don’t get why. It was his duty to apologize after making such a huge mistake. Yes no man is perfect but really even common sense would tell you that if there were 800 criminals deported here it would surely be big news for the media. Mr prime minister needs to stop carelessly throwing statistics out three just to sound impressive. Clearly it’s making matters worse. I wonder how in touch he is with reality Just a thought.

  17. Anonymous
    July 21, 2016 at 8:20 am Reply

    the ignorance displayed by many in St. Lucia is disheartening. The country hasn’t grown up

  18. Uncle Sejay
    July 21, 2016 at 9:24 am Reply

    Idiots everyone makes mistakes kenny Anthony have done that lieing thing for ages Steve Harvey Did it when the World Was watching so shut top ur moth and let the man do he’s job u jobless idiots go Chastanet do ut ting G I hate sad but true and he’s followers and wannabes …..lool

  19. Lovina
    July 21, 2016 at 9:50 am Reply

    Apologies do not make it right. Get the facts right. Who did he apologized too?

  20. ROCKY
    July 24, 2016 at 12:53 am Reply

    there is no two way about it wen u lie people dont trust u n that was just wat happen the bible says a liar is a volier n a killer

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