Chastanet defends Sarah’s ministerial appointment

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has defended the appointment of another cabinet minister, asserting that he does not think it is a drain on the public purse.

Sarah Flood-Beaubrun was sworn in this afternoon as Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service effective Monday, July 25, 2016.

With the appointment, the current cabinet of ministers numbers sixteen.

“At the end of the day what we are actually trying to do is curtail – we have gone down to eight ministries,” Chastanet said.

He asserted that no additional ministries, Permanent Secretaries or administration were involved.

The PM said the current cabinet members are less than the number of ministers that the former Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration had.

“We are down to eight ministries from when it was at fifteen before, so what I keep on saying is  that we are creating a footprint – a new paradigm in terms of  governance and the structure of government and the full manifestation of our strategy will not be really  seen by the public until the next budget,” Chastanet declared.

The Prime Minister was questioned about the post of Deputy Speaker to which Flood-Beaubrun has been appointed at the recent opening of parliament and which she has now resigned.

He remarked that the constitution was very clear that parliament could not convene without a Speaker.

“The language that is used for the Deputy Speaker is that if the Deputy Speaker resigns, then a new Deputy Speaker shall be elected as soon as is convenient,” Chastanet told reporters, adding that his administration will cross that bridge when it reaches it.

He disclosed that it is clear that the Deputy Speaker is not required for the government or the opposition to proceed.

“If the opposition chooses to elect a Deputy Speaker in the interim, that’s fine, but if not  as soon as it is convenient I am sure that the house will appoint a Deputy Speaker,” the Prime Minister explained.

He said that Flood-Beaubrun had resigned as Deputy Speaker since one cannot be a member of cabinet and  hold that position at the same time.

Chastanet revealed that because of the requirement that the first sitting of the house should have a Deputy Speaker, Flood-Beaubrun had agreed to have her ministerial appointment delayed.

The Prime Minister said he was not sure that the opposition would have filled the position.

The opposition had declined during the opening session of parliament, asserting that it would not help Chastanet’s bid to appoint all elected members of his party as well as several un-elected members as government ministers.

Chastanet described Sarah Flood-Beaubrun’s appointment as a minister  as having been a “long time waiting” and said that the Castries Central MP  was an “incredible” addition to the ruling United Workers Party (UWP).

He expressed the belief that the new minister has a significant contribution to make in providing day to day oversight of foreign affairs.

According to the Prime Minister, that will take a huge burden of his shoulders as Flood-Beaubrun is someone who is extremely mature.

He explained that she will be focusing on two areas – family rights and human rights.

Chastanet said both were hot issues for discussion and he could not think of a better person to lead the charge for Saint Lucia on those matters.




  1. Sad-But-True
    July 25, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Of course you don’t “think” Boy! Lol! Thinking has never been part of your you Vocabulary or actions, boy. It’s NOT your Money Boy.

    1. Anonymous
      July 25, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      Aa Seems Sad-but-true is everyone from virnet, Pip, to Richard, Hilaire and now Jadia! SBT you really have them bothered

  2. Anonymous
    July 25, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Poor jab jadia. You there barking like a hungry dog for attention.

    1. Anonymous
      July 25, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      You love you some Jadia don’t you!?? poor you!

  3. chichi
    July 25, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    This is pure garbage, hogwash, sheet. You do not pay the ministries, you pay the Ministers. So the wage bill goes up.

  4. Sad-But-True
    July 25, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Your Black UWP supporters have their begging bowls stretched out to you.Lol. I Guess they are not part of your ‘5 to stay alive”. Lol

  5. Lucian girl
    July 25, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Jadia’s name must be really sweet….they can’t keep it out of their mouths…a lot of them…

    1. Anonymous
      July 25, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Tell me about it!??.

  6. Richard Greer
    July 25, 2016 at 10:31 pm


  7. Richard Greer
    July 25, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Yes the same way America deported 800 people. How can one man with the power to make laws lie so much and get away with it. You have 16 Ministers, the largest Cabinet in the history of St. Lucia. Should we get the Americans to force you to say you lie.

  8. Boujon Guiyave
    July 26, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Poor and limp Golden Balls! He didn’t have a clue. How long did flood remained in her post as deputy speaker before that mediocre posting started to disturb her beyond consolation? But of course he had to appease jool caca (join the queue mum). And so that carbinet as expected is begining to look like the laughing stock of the Caribbean.

  9. Amen
    July 26, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Let the ppl run the country enuff of that political drama election is over

  10. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I wonder whether reducing ministries, keeping the same number of staff and equally the same functional arms / departments in Govt has reduced expenditure.
    The number of ministers has increased, even those who contribute nothing like Lament Was given a ministry and you speaking that garbage about it hasn’t hurt the public purse.
    I’ve never heard so much nonsense, Allen takes everyone for fools, time will be of essense.

  11. Uncle Sejay
    July 26, 2016 at 9:31 am

    You all (REMOVED BY ADMIN) saint Lucian don’t know what the (REMOVED BY ADMIN) u’ll want when that thing (kda) was in power and (REMOVED BY ADMIN) up the country u’ll wanted a change now u’ll get it but noooooo it’s a problem let the people do thier work sad but true you (REMOVED BY ADMIN) fool and all the others that hate saint lucia Chastanet is all of u fools prime minister deal with it now leave the people alone to do they work and now there’s work go get one

    1. Sad-But-True
      July 26, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      I don’t recognize Chastanet as my Prime Minister. And certainly NOT the Legitimate Prime Minister of St. Lucia.

  12. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Uncle Sejay I know you’re a law breaker like your PM so I expect nothing better from your comment. Good luck with that.

  13. Judilia Patrice
    July 26, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    No one is stopping the current government from doing it’s job. It is our country and when we see certain trends and decision making we have to comment. We don’t only comment when it is election time.
    I smell a rat “trouble in paradise”. had to run and fix it quick. Good job!

  14. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Sad but true can be anyone from Cornelia Jacob to Pip to Jadia to any of the slpwees on slaps.They worship Kenny and hate chastanet.Both slp and uwp are corrupt,evil lodge men,liars all working in the interest of the big boys.what happened to JAG when king was in power?Case vanished into thin air,Dr. king’s son killed a tourist yethes.What about the huge rent that government pays to glace for the fire service bldg,what about the bldg near fisheries.Both parties take Luciana for fools.More debt,more lies,more corruption.

  15. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    More ministers equals more money.The ministries have remained the same.smh.nonsense

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