Stipend being considered for Lady Compton and others

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has confirmed that his administration is considering a stipend for Lady Compton, the widow of  former Prime Minister, Sir John Compton.

He explained that the initiative will also include others.

Asked whether there was any truth to reports that Lady Compton was receiving a $5,000 monthly stipend, Chastanet said the matter  was down as a bill for consideration by the House of Assembly but was withdrawn.

“We want to make amendments to the bill to make sure that it includes not just Lady Janice but also  any former widow, so when you look at Lady Janice – her husband was in office for twenty-five years and this has to be a gender neutral bill, so I am looking forward to the day when we have our first female Prime Minister as well,” Chastanet told reporters yesterday.

He said:

“Why shouldn’t it be that if their loved one was Prime Minister who gave all this time, should not get some benefit? I think it is one of the flaws and many countries have rectified that by doing exactly what we are doing.”

Chastanet explained that the measure relates to just the widow.

Questioned as to why he thought such a measure was necessary, the Prime Minister said:

“Because they held the highest office. The fact is that she does not have a pension. The pension is actually to the husband , not to her and I think that we have to start respecting people who have put in their time in our society and it starts by all of us recognizing them.”

The Prime Minister declared that talent from outside Saint Lucia is recognized, but Saint Lucia needs to raise its own respect for people who are in office.

He said being in office is not easy and comes with tremendous responsibility and sacrifices.

“I don’t think there is anybody who can argue the merits of it. The question is that it must be fair and it must be inclusive of everyone,” Chastanet asserted.

36 Comments

  1. Mad
    February 8, 2017 at 10:38 am

    this is Madness.

    So many poor people they spouse die and the receives nothing form the Government.

    But they always checking for their rich friends and my family.

    My mother worked as a cleaner for government for many and received nothing. They did not even pay her all her money.

    1. Myrtle Ephraim
      February 8, 2017 at 10:46 am

      We have to start somewhere. This was not done during your mother’s working life nor was it done during my mother’s. That does not mean that it should not be done. There is a first time for everything. Stop complaining and work with the PM and help build St Lucia for our children and their children.

      1. Anonymous
        February 8, 2017 at 2:16 pm

        Myrtle shove it. I do not want my tax dollars going to further enrich politicians and their widows. Comptons have enough land already, I have none. They steal enough from us when in office and now they want to steal more when they out. My roads are in a mess. The hospital is in a mess. The country is broke. And you want to further waste. (Words deleted). Let’s start the protest people.

      2. Fyahblass
        February 8, 2017 at 7:33 pm

        Trueeeeee

      3. 420
        February 9, 2017 at 6:46 am

        Protest what. Choops

    2. ...
      February 8, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Your mother is an important persons, however she was not a first lady. When a Hotel Manager and a Groundsman retires after years of service….They are never given equal packages. Although they Are both important persons withing that hotel, one position holds more leverage.

    3. Anonymous
      February 8, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Very true I do think that a prime Minister’s wife should get a stipend because her husband heldd the highest seat in office and the PM have to receive a pension so why not his wife receive a stipend that is fare to any one that contribute to society

    4. Anonymous
      February 8, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Whoever is the benifishina will receive the pension

  2. Blabla
    February 8, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Mad, was your mother a wife of a former prime minister? stop talking nonsense.

  3. Anonymous
    February 8, 2017 at 10:47 am

    i will not say it is not deserved, my issue is the length of time one has to spend in office to be deserving of that stipend. imagine a prime minister comes in does 5 years put the country for shit and we still have to pay them more tax payers monies when we all are suffering? also if you going to do that remove all the bonuses contractual government workers get at the completion of their contracts etc between 10% and 20 % are also wastage which need to be stopped before implementing this. in the private sector there are contractual workers but you don’t get those lavish perks. time it stops.

  4. Anonymous
    February 8, 2017 at 10:50 am

    So what happens if the next Prime Minister has a common-law wife or husband? Will the common-law spouse be entitled to a pension on the death of the Prime Minister?

    1. ...
      February 8, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Good Question…They would have to be married when he takes office if she is to walk alongside him or sit with the other wives of other country leaders or ministers. Life partners do not get the same privileges as married partners.

    2. Serious
      February 8, 2017 at 11:08 am

      A good question. Now we must make sure the issue gets adequate exposure. We must also be satisfied with the answer. The thinking should be no such discrimination.

    3. TheSaintLuciaActivist
      February 8, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Currently, in our Saint Lucian laws, illegitimate children have so little rights, far less for common-law wives/husbands.

  5. Clemkonan
    February 8, 2017 at 10:54 am

    There is no need for a divide, it is proper that the First Lady is properly taken care of. We need to create an economy in the eastern Caribbean that will allow all stakeholders to participate and generate wealth; legalising “Rich” as a dirty word is a bad idea let us instead talk about how the rich get rich, what are the best practices and how we can get more people to become wealthy including each millionaire mentoring other people to become millionaires.

    Selfishness is a problem we want money to flow to us but we don’t want it to flow through us to saturate the lives of others and this is the demise of Capitalism.

    We lack leaders who are visionaries; individually our economies are too small to drive the opportunities you are asking for and I speak as someone from the projects as we would say today

  6. Anonymous
    February 8, 2017 at 10:55 am

    This lady deserves a pension, but its just a bot too high. St. Lucia can’t afford all this. At least $1000.

  7. Anonymous
    February 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I really don’t think Sir John Melvin Compton will ever agree to this. He has always lamented that this is a career based on servitude.

  8. Theo
    February 8, 2017 at 11:03 am

    The fact is that Sir John Compton was a very powerful and rich man. If he did not provide for his wife it is not the state’s fault.
    As it stands, without doing a means test of Lady Janice, then we don’t really know if she needs more financial assistance; she may well be sitting on a fortune! Also, she has children who appear to be financially well off; should they not help their mother?

  9. utterrubbish
    February 8, 2017 at 11:27 am

    janice doesnt need squat …her husband didn’t leave her broke …the more these ppl have the more they want . greedy woman …many people contribute to the country’s success and didn’t receive a thing …when u want to give janice and others 5 g’s ..but you say the country broke and u want to send nice workers home … i dont think that man does think uh ..tbh… if u stay your white butt in the country we gonna have money you here there and everywhere …

  10. Black Pearl
    February 8, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Who tell you’ll the woman hungry? All the woman children are well accomplished. Lets start feeding the poor, helping the sick. Waste of my money!!

  11. Mary
    February 8, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Twenty five years of service and a 1000 dollars a month that’s disrespect.

    1. Anonymous
      February 8, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      And what exactly did she do again?

      1. Anonymous
        February 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm

        Nothing.

  12. Mad
    February 8, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Everybody works hard. This reminds of the CEO’s in company they are always given themselves bonuses and pokes even when the company is doing bad. And asked other people to work harder with less.

    The same thing applies to War, They stay in the place drinking champagne and running woman staying we will fight to the end. When is poor people doing the fighting.

    If the leaders want to inspire they should lead from the front.

    Next it would be Anthony’s wife and other Ministers wife where will it end

  13. Anonymous
    February 8, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    what we have to say about mellisa rambally is entitled to a pension

    1. Anonymous
      February 8, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Let’s go French revolution on them. Enough of this stealing from the poor to give the rich.

  14. Anonymous
    February 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Will there be a termination clause in the amended Bill ? What happens if the widow enters elective politics ? And , by the way, what happens if the Prime Minister is a woman and she dies ? Will her surviving husband receive a stipend ? Will the financial means of the individual be assessed , or will the payment of the stipend be automatic? Finally, might it not look foolish for a rich widow to receive a monthly State pension and then turn round and donate it to a needy cause, like a scholarship, because she does not really need the money ? This would be a commendable gesture on her part, but the question is: is this necessary?

  15. Guy Faulkes
    February 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Baseless argument to squander my little tax money. He held 25 years in the highest Office, that’s 25 consecutive years employed- with a probably a salary and perks far greater than the average man/ woman at the time. Now This?

    Chastenet, I hope what I am reading are just alternative facts!

  16. Drizzy
    February 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    We have other poor people that need help, seriously? People cah afford to feed their kids and all we can come up with is this bullshit bill? Chas check for the poor before you check for those who are able to check for themselves…….I thought the country was broke…………..

  17. Anonymous
    February 8, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    her husband must have had an insurance and all the land that they have she can sell some of it, if things are hard with her, which i doubt very much. A town hall meeting should be held to hear the views of others. The money should be put into better use , It should not be used to have the lady live a much, much better life than anyone of us. She does not need that money.
    I hope she will listen to her conscience and say NO THANKS

  18. Anonymous
    February 8, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    So you’ll think that Sir John left his lovely wife penniless?
    If Sir John was alive he would tell you’ll that the country cannot afford $5000 a month and he would settle for a figure of $3500 per month.

  19. Anonymous
    February 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I would like to date her can she csll me at 7141327

  20. Honest
    February 8, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I thought Slu was broke? So where Chastnet getting money to give the rich lady? So this means when he leaves office his wife getting money to?
    So many poor st Lucian’s and this is the best move Chastanet can make in 2017. The rich get richer the poor get poorer while the poor give them the power to play them.

  21. Honest
    February 8, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Chastanet slu needs a better city, more youth empowerment projects, more finance for young business owners, more locals being able to own house and land, better roads, better health and education system, this idea of yours is not helping slu not one bit

  22. Honest
    February 8, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Besides the lady never asked u for that. She is well off her children are brilliant and successful she has properties, shares and everything material wise. Maybe she can donate it to the children’s home or for thethe poor elderly women who has no one to help them.

  23. Anonymous
    February 8, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    This matter could have implications for the size of our Parliament. Imagine increasing the number of constituencies to, let us say, 21. We will have to make financial provisions for the pensions of all MPs who have served two terms or an aggregate of eight years, and , in the case of
    MPs who die and who served as Prime Ministers, we have to cater for their spouses as well . Currently, we have Kenny, King and Chastanet, and we don’t know if Pierre will make it to the top job one day . Now, what will happen in the case of King who served only part of a term and while he qualifies for a pension as an MP, he was PM for only four years. If, without wishing it, he dies, will his wife be entitled for a State pension? If the Bill eventually becomes law, we have to ensure that we do not up the odds by increasing the number of MPs. The greater the number of MPs, the greater the possibilities of having many Prime Ministers. Just a thought.

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