Saint Lucians in UK question PM and Ministers

Hundreds of Saint Lucians living in the UK took the opportunity and came from far and wide to meet with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet during his trip to London this week.

 On Saturday January 21, 2016, it was a packed room at an event organized by new Saint Lucia High Commissioner to London,  Guy Mayers.

The audience, made up  of Saint Lucians living in the United Kingdom, got a chance to put questions to Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet,  about a variety of issues including investment, development, tourism, crime and the economy.

Members of the Saint Lucian Diaspora came to meet the ministers and ask questions

 Joining the Prime Minister at the meet and greet session were Dr Gale Rigobert, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development and Guy Joseph, Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation who also took questions.

 Before the open floor part of the meeting, the Prime Minister addressed the audience to give them an overview of his government’s plans for 2017 and beyond.

After the session, Chastanet, Rigobert and Joseph mingled with the crowd and spoke to some members of the audience one on one.

Prime Minister takes time to meet and greet and pose for photos with Saint Lucians who came to meeting

68 Comments

  1. mar
    January 21, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    The travelling prime Minister. I have been everywhere. Except the poor parts of St Lucia.

    1. JayR
      January 22, 2017 at 7:32 am

      I like that, so true.

    2. Ilovethem
      January 22, 2017 at 10:03 am

      I would have been there to meet and greet them if I was able. I was at the last one and asked questions about the well being of my young people… what was being put in place for their future… it is what it us…I’m still waiting.

  2. Anonymous
    January 21, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    (Words deleted). You can’t meet St Lucian’s here in the struggle but can mingle with Lucian’s in the UK. Tanto tanto.

    1. I don't want to leave my name or
      January 22, 2017 at 8:07 am

      It will take ignorant person to leave this comment. Could be that same reason he hasn’t or didn’t come to you. What ideas would you offer him. Because right now seems like St Lucia needs great mind to figure out HOW to come out of that hole it is in.

      1. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 12:55 pm

        And how ignorant are you to imply that there are no great minds living IN St.Lucia. If these people living in London had done anything great with their lives , we would have an entire wall dedicated to their accomplishments;We don’t . They’re no better than any Lucian living in a basement in NY.

      2. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

        FYI: not every Saint Lucian in NY State lives in a basement in Brooklyn. NY is a very large state and not every Saint Lucian lives in Brooklyn either. Furthermore so what if someone lives in a basement. At least they’re not homeless and many of us started out in a basement when we first migrated. Lucians have to stop with the negativity that’s the only way we will progress as a people.

      3. No name
        January 22, 2017 at 1:46 pm

        It takes one to know one

    2. Anonymous
      January 22, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      In the struggle? The struggle came after 6 month. You guys will start saying the truth without you realise it. You buggers.

  3. Sharon terrell
    January 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Good job Mr.prime minister a man in action;nothing comes to anyone we have to go out there and make it happen, keep it up.

    1. Anonymous
      January 21, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Nonsense u talking

      1. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 8:12 am

        Bashing a good comment. Only Lucians, all you people see is negative. He could have well been there explaining the financial state of our island, asking them to help contribute in any way they can; but you see the negative as usual. I love your comment Sharon Terrell there are still a few positive Lucians.

      2. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 12:18 pm

        That’s exactly what he did. I was at the event. He wants us (the diaspora) to invest in Saint Lucia, help eliminate the debt and the people of Saint Lucia. He did his best and tried his hardest to reach out.

      3. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 12:57 pm

        He can start by reaching out to the people who voted for him. Not these persosn who don’t pay a dollar in real taxes here.

    2. Anonymous
      January 22, 2017 at 9:16 am

      MAKE WHAT HAPPEN?

      1. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 9:42 pm

        Just wait. Remember, you have another 4.5 years.

  4. Bwet cucu
    January 21, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    IMF here but you left them here and gwan on your jollies to good Ole Blighty!On top of that you changed the venue because the High commission hall was way to small for you and you decided to rent somewhere else? Not you that was crying that we broke??? Man I swear Michael didn’t give u toys when you was small!!!

  5. Pel
    January 21, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Instead of addressing the people of Saint Lucia in Saint Lucia, you travel to U.K. To talk to people who are in no way affected by DSH, a broke country or even the IMF that are on our shores. Chastenet should be in a traveling circus because he is a clown and loves to travel.

    1. Open mind
      January 22, 2017 at 2:41 am

      Look at his background….he was in aviation and foreign affairs and something short minded people don’t realise is that when a country is poor good foreign ties are needed to secure investment. A rich business man won’t come to St Lucia to talk, one has to go to him to secure a deal. Over the phone will not cut it either. It is time for us to realise that trade and investment will not happen if one sits their behind on a chair in Castries! Look at John Kerry for the US; he was all over the place securing trade deals and investments for the US. Since Chastanet has the background in that field he is perfect to do the job.
      Stop with the tunnel vision and small minded attitude. NOTHING comes to us in little old St Lucia… we have to go out and get it.
      FACT:90% of people in the world do not even know we exist!

      1. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 7:27 am

        Absolutely agree.
        Nowadays its an effort, networking and marketing to get investors into the region.

      2. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 7:49 am

        BLAH! BLAH! BLAH! ………….[REMOVED BY ST. LUCIA TIMES]

      3. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 7:53 am

        Was he in fdoreign affairs? WHEN? and who were the potential investors at the town hall meeting in london

      4. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 11:42 am

        foreign

      5. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 9:44 pm

        The Hall meeting was for the Diaspora not for investors. If you read, next time try to read to understand.

      6. Ilovethem
        January 22, 2017 at 10:11 am

        Lie yep. …all those critiquing ….what are you doing? Easy to use bad words…when some of us have left the UK and are doing something to help the island do better. It’s about our young people not all about money. … that’s why our young people are in such a horrible mess. Good thing some of us can just ignore such ignorant comments and do what we can to make it a bit better.what do they know of the truth anyway.

      7. Truth
        January 22, 2017 at 11:48 am

        It is a fact that gov’t leaders have to travel overseas for important meetings and to meet with prospective investors and citizens living in the diaspora. At the same time they have to be very selective and be mindful of the dire economic situation in the country. The frequency of their trips and returning home with nothing to show, that’s a problem! Politicians travel to distant lands all around the world but are too busy to walk the back alleys in their constituencies to listen to their constituents and see their living conditions. We make too many excuses for them and that’s the reason why they treat us so shabbily.

    2. Anonymous
      January 22, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Not to mention, these people in London do not pay taxes here

      1. Anon1
        January 23, 2017 at 9:48 am

        When Christmas approaching is di NY and London people you’ll does call for barrels!

  6. The Patriot
    January 21, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    The IMF visits every country at times in the year [REMOVED BY ST. LUCIA TIMES]!

  7. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 1:02 am

    the biggest clown on earth…Michael…compare is turning in his grave right now…..bunch of crap

  8. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 5:34 am

    He was speaking to St Lucian’s in the U.K. Some of you make it sound like those of us in the U.K. Are not affected by what happens in St Lucia. You all need to stop your ignorance. I don’t think you all realise that some of us come to study and others to work and help our families back home, where we intend to come back and serve.

    And what’s more, I beg some of you please do not write on public forums. You will make foreigners think that all St Lucian’s are as ignorant as you are. So please write your nonsense of fb and stop commenting on news stories that you have nothing to contribute to.

    1. Anonymous
      January 22, 2017 at 6:48 am

      [REMOVED BY ST. LUCIA TIMES] why call luucian ignorance and you are a lucian livin in the uUK

    2. Anonymous
      January 22, 2017 at 7:05 am

      Shut your bum. I would not waste my time to go to London to listen to the lies. You guys did not have the guts to ask the questions. Shame on all of you with the fly minister

      1. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 7:31 am

        You have just confirmed what the person just wrote about St.Lucians. Your comment is disgusting by the way and the individual makes alot of sense.

    3. Anonymous
      January 22, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Although ” forums” is “acceptable”, If one is attempting to show up another’s ignorance I would they should highlight their intelligence by using FORA.

      1. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 11:44 am

        i would ‘suggest’……..

    4. Serious
      January 22, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you for saying exactly what was in my mind. You know sometimes some people are so very ignorant and uninformed but damn we have to forgive and forget them too. If the police use to charge people for speaking and writing senseless things we would be a very rich country

  9. Lucian lion
    January 22, 2017 at 7:27 am

    St lucians just love misery. They dont think for themselves but rather quickly pick up nonsense which others throw out and believe it like it was gospel truth. The biggest problem with us on this island is ignorance due to the lack of education and people have realized that and seek to keep us that way. Human beings have always criticize what they cant understand and make some outrageous comments under postings which makes you wonder whether these people have any kind of understanding. I can go on and on but it wouldnt seem right although i would ne speaking the truth about our people but its not something that they do not already know however i want to challenge them rather. Lets educate our selves. Lets break this ignorance of knowledge so that we can make better informed comments and statements. Lets stop fighting the cause of others and fight for ourselves and our children. Stop caring about them and care about you because the fact remains that at the end of this conversation the only one who will care about you is you. Stop being a puppet. Educate your selves, read, think for yourselves, especially before you open your mouth to speak. And do not help keep yourselves enslaved by helping people who really and truly dont give a damn with you serve their purpose. Think about it…

    1. Ilovethem
      January 22, 2017 at 10:23 am

      They are not interested in education… American TV Hip Hop and films is their gospel. …but can’t get the parents to enforce the lessons taught to their children when we send them home from school. We are educators not parents…and don’t get the support from them to make it work. I’m fed up of colleagues saying… I taught him or her…when the shootings happen …so when you start getting your hands dirty and turn up for PTMEETINGS …be more than a 20% I’m putter. ..then you can sound out and criticize …any better ideas…let’s hear them please.

  10. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Good job mr prime minister,keep up the good work.

  11. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 7:53 am

    It’s so sad to know that in 2017, there are so many low minded people still in existence in St. Lucia. If you people have nothing to say, keep your mouths shut. It’s not difficult to know the intellectual capacity of those of you who write such nonsense about every positive initiative that the current government is trying to undertake. What is wrong with the Prime Minister going overseas to talk to St. Lucians. Wake up you foolish people. St. Lucia will not progress with such small minded mentality

  12. true talks
    January 22, 2017 at 8:05 am

    What good work?????? Where have you been, with flying minister????? Dum [REMOVED BY ST. LUCIA TIMES] party hack

  13. true talks
    January 22, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Nice job st news

  14. true talks
    January 22, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Fake flying minister and dum party hacks

  15. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Kindly allow the Prime Minister to execute the duties of the state and give him support as necessary. Let us be critical and provide solutions to the identified problem. If you can identify the problems and provide no solutions then you are a bigger problem. Kindly provide solutions to the problems.

    1. Ilovethem
      January 22, 2017 at 10:16 am

      You tel ’em!♡♡♡
      Never a good idea or getting their hands in the muck to make things better…when I stop inheriting people bad mannered children…and when I see what I teach them being reinforced by the parents I send them home to…I’ll listen to them….until then…I’ll not holding my breath. ..or shut up…evil minded gutters nips.

    2. Rose
      January 23, 2017 at 7:00 am

      So true!!!

  16. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Great job Mr PM and crew kept it up

    1. Taa Tee Ta Toe
      January 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      What is so great about a broke country having a bunch of clowns going on luxury trips.

      1. Anonymous
        January 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm

        Taa Tee Ta Toe… thanks for the best comment on here

  17. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Smh meet an greet with a bunch of ppl claim to be concerned about Lucia but invest an spends in the UK choops

  18. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    You should examine yourself and ask yourself what I’m I doing to contribute to the improvement of your society before you speak so foolishly. What is wrong with these bias, foolish and uneducated people of St. Lucia. Let us put St. Lucia first and not party politics. Let us have a constructive conversation about how to help reduce crime and poverty in our beautiful island instead of engaging in devisive party politics. I grew up in a society where we had morals and values, but all that is out of the window now. Get involved in your community for the betterment of yourself and your country. It sickens me when I read all this stupidity.

  19. London
    January 22, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    A last, we have a PM to be proud of.
    A man who who can share our dreams for St. Lucia.

    1. Anonymous
      January 22, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Choops, U love being in Slavery, so much that u went back to the Slave Capital, and U have the Guts to say the Most Anti-Black Minister is something to be proud of. We are so quick to forget that a few months ago they were calling us “Niggas”. Our Pm is selling off our country right under us and we are proud of that, soon no black Lucian will own a business, just wait and see, we locals will be over run by foreigners in our own country, such a shame that we can’t see the real picture

    2. Taa Tee Ta Toe
      January 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      You mean nightmare

  20. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Chastanet won, in my opinion, because Lucians wanted a change. I believe they should allow him to carry out his vision for the country while keeping a watchful eye.

  21. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Before these fools come on here and make these foolish comments, they should examine themselves and ask, what are we doing for the betterment of ourselves and St.Lucia as a whole. What we need to do is try to have a constructive conversation as to how to unite and combat crime and poverty in our beautiful Island. Stop engaging in divisive party politics. Put St.Lucia first and not any party. It sickens me when I see these uneducated and foolish people come on here and post these bias comments. Let’s also have a conversation on how to bring back morals and values to our fragile society

  22. 666
    January 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I just hope all these many trips turn out to be fruitful, they are spending a lot travelling but would like to kill RSL. There must be a balanced approach! We wait.

  23. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Stop being so negative. We all want what is best for St Lucia. The PM has great plans for the island and he is travelling to get investments.

  24. Fairplay
    January 22, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Some people in this forum think that they have a monopoly on intelligence. No matter how foolish you think someone sounds, he or she has that inalienable right to express him or her self. When you, who think that you are omniscient (know it all) disparage and denigrate others who are not as articulate as you, you are no better than the unlettered person. Everyone has a right to freedom of expression once it does not violate the laws. Don’t become livid with PEOPLE’S comments and curse like an alcoholic. Win them over by the potency of your logic.

  25. Fairplay
    January 22, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    When people curse the government and you curse them for cursing the government, you are contributing to the moral decay of the country. Let your words Heal not Hurt.

  26. Sad-But-True
    January 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Of course Evil Chastanet would jump on a plane, head to London to (Words deleted) people who have lost connection to their own country.
    Evil Chastanet is only presenting them a graphical drawing. But no one cares about a drawing. The people care about the agreement which you signed, to destroy our country.
    Step down along with Ubaldus and return to your homeland, Martinique!

  27. Sharon terrell
    January 22, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    St.lucians retarded.stupidvfools stay in you’ll bush and you’ll slums you’ll not use to nothing good i hope the fools die (kaboom, Hahaha Chastanet here to stay ( peace.

  28. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Pls Mr pm do what’s best and step down before its too late.the year has just started and there’s already a big scandal with one of your non elected members who is married with children and was on snap chat from his office with his penis rock hard masturbating to an 18 yr old student and had the audacity to chair a meeting and could hardly look up .Shame Shame Shame .pls mr pm do the right thing u and ubaldus must go and a few to follow after.

  29. Anon1
    January 23, 2017 at 10:09 am

    WOW the ignorance of some Lucians wow wow wow.

    Education and Knowledge is almost extinct with SOME Lucians.

    I blame the Politicians both Red and Yellow because they are fully aware of the ignorance amongst our electorate.

    Lets ask our selves one question, with the DSH project being one of if not the BIGGEST investment in St Lucia why aren’t Labour and UWP putting they heads together to thrash out a deal which is acceptable for ALL?

    At times our politicians act just as ignorant as some of the comments being sprouted out on here.

    Cross Party consultations! The lack of it is a MAJOUR deterrent to our progression.

    You can not fool me by saying you have the best interest our Land and People at heart when you are not prepared consult with the opposition on a project of this magnitude and many other projects in St Lucia CIP maybe!

  30. Anonymous
    January 23, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Chastenet needs to deal with the sneaky people at Rpyalton who trying to create disharmony in the country..t hat is a bubble waiting to burst

  31. Geraldine
    January 24, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    My fellow St Lucians, please stop putting each other down. Others have done that well enough in our history and continue to do so now, without us helping them.
    Have you heard the saying divide and rule? This is exactly what is happening before our very eyes!!!!
    Can you imagine what can happen if we came together to put our island first? If we put aside our differences and decided to work together for one common cause (The Advancement of St Lucia/St Lucians) and worked together with honesty, diligence, integrity, generosity, and compassion?
    It can be done, it’s not that difficult!!!!!!! St Lucia is not that big and unwieldy to govern or run. It does not require complex administrative bureaucracies.
    I will not go on at length here, but will be happy to discuss further and in detail if anyone want a proper constructive discussion about this.

    We can make a marked difference on the international political map and not just on the tourism map of the world.
    I want to see a safe, educated, prosperous, developing and advancing St Lucia and I am prepared to believe that you do too so stop arguing amongst yourselves and give each other a hand up please.

    Please have a look at Jeremiah 29::7 even if you don’t believe, try it and see what happens!

    Love, Respect, Good wishes,

  32. Eddie
    March 16, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I believe this forum should have been used for better comments than what is read. I am very disappointed that we choose to bash each other than elevate each other. I live outside of St. Lucia and do not believe I am a lesser St. Lucian. As much as we have left the shores for better opportunities St. Lucia is still ours. My dad left over 50 years ago but he still visits and enjoy the island he calls home. Let us see the good in each other and encourage others to be positive and remain enlightened. St. Lucia for all St. Lucians…. brotherly love.

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