Opposition leader gives government failing grade

Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, accusing the government of failing to deliver on its promises, yesterday gave the Allen Chastanet administration a ten percent grade out of one hundred.

“That is a fail mark and they will continue to fail because their promises were based on untrue premises. In fact, they misled the people of Saint Lucia and they continue to do so,” the opposition leader said.

Pierre was addressing yesterday’s 2016 Open Session of the Annual Conference of Delegates of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).

The event was held at the Bellevue Combined School in the Constituency of Vieux Fort North.

slp-crowdPierre recalled the promises made by the United Workers Party (UWP) while in opposition in its “Five to Stay Alive” pledge.

He said the UWP had promised the immediate reduction and ultimate removal of the “dreaded” Value Added Tax (VAT).

However the SLP leader asserted that nothing has happened.

He said instead of reducing vehicle license fees by fifty percent as promised there was a 50% reduction of the increase.

According to Pierre, nothing has happened since the UWP’s promise to double the school feeding and the school transportation subsidies and guarantee all children at least one nutritional meal a day to take the financial strain off parents to ensure children go to school.

The SLP leader reminded his audience that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet had also made a failed promise of a targeted amnesty on hospital fees owed to Victoria and St Jude Hospitals and had pledged to remove personal property tax for a period of three years – a promise that has not been fulfilled.

“They promised jobs, they promised money in your pockets – ‘Ching Ching’ — but they have utterly failed to deliver on their 100 day promise in their ‘five to stay alive’ promises,” the SLP leader noted.

On the other hand Pierre declared that the SLP has nothing to be ashamed of.

“ We gave Saint Lucia good government, we managed the economy well,” he said.

He asserted that the SLP in government took tough decisions to rescue the economy and this country from the “mess” inherited from the UWP in 2011.

According to Pierre, the SLP administration saved Saint Lucia from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), repaired the Island from the ravages of Hurricane Tomas and the Christmas Eve Trough and built twenty-three bridges, all of which stood up after recent weather events.

He outline a number of other achievements of the SLP when it was in government.

Pierre said:

“We were a government of all the people – we did not victimize anyone.”


  1. Anonymous
    October 3, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Your mouth need vaporizers go and clean up, and shut up.

  2. contempt
    October 3, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Tell Pierre to take his time and stop crying. They had five years and didn’t fulfill their promises. Five years of bitter days

    1. Anonymous
      October 3, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Pierre will never be Prime minister caus after UWP spends three consecutive years or more in power u will then be a retired and disappointed xxxx opposition leader. Power Hungry just like the man who put u there. All u are doing now is ageing faster on political stress. Relax and focus on bettering of the country. Stop asking for the prime minister to fail caus if he does u will feel it too. Pessamist!!!!

  3. Eagles Eye
    October 3, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Tell Pierre to shut his mouth. They had four and a half years in office. What is their legacy? This government is only in office for three months. Give the guys a break Pierre. You will never be Prime minister of this country.

  4. nemiah
    October 3, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Mr Pierre if st Lucia had to face the (imf) don’t you think Dr KDA would have a great part to play in taking our country there ?Because your leader took very bad discussions to have lead us to the imf ,so my friend it didn’t happen overnight as you would want the ppl to believe.

  5. concern
    October 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Pae chew Pierre . What did Labour did in four and a half years? All Labour brought was pain and disgrace.

  6. facts4life
    October 3, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    From the beginning u don’t listen to the people cry. That’s y u in opposition too. They’ve been asking u to shutup now for the longest while u still running ur snout.

  7. Truth
    October 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Some of you all just have no shame to ask about SLP lacacy. Just go around the island and any blind person will see the amount of DEVELOPMENT SLP brought to St Lucia. Can you show me anything UWP did from 2006-2011? In 2011 when SLP won, in 3 months they had already done A LOT of work in rebuilding the country from Tomas. Let us not play we forget. Can you show me anything UWP have done in 3 months? Some of us Lucians just do not like to see our country move forward.

    1. milk
      October 4, 2016 at 10:37 am

      You mean they just continued with the good work started by the uwp

  8. Anonymous
    October 3, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    las batte chow pierre…..only now you have a voice…..work together for progress all you do is criticize make a difference ,all are the same bunch of hypocrites😡😡😡😡😡

  9. One Love
    October 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Can anyone who is now criticizing Pierre show that the statements he made are untrue? If you can then l will support your call for him to shut up. If you can’t then you should shut the hell up.

  10. Anonymous
    October 3, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Shame on you Pep…I recall your Edu.Minister Dr. Robert could not define immediately for the $100 million in 2011……4 and a half years later we have not seen that $$$$$.

  11. Anonymous
    October 3, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    All the Comments made is good except for two that two is Labour Gooroos. Except nothing else. Pierre is singing a song of six pence a pocket full of rice.