‘Lady Compton never requested pension’

Jeannine Compton-Antoine, the daughter of Lady Compton, has said that her mother never requested a pension and  was not consulted on a  benefit bill which was to be tabled in parliament in her name.

The bill was originally scheduled to be tabled in parliament on Tuesday, but was withdrawn to make provisions for all former First Ladies.

“Lady Janice Compton was only made aware of it after it was put onto the Order Paper,” Compton-Antoine told HTS Television news last night.

Compton-Antoine said her mother was not fully aware of what the measure entailed.

She explained that her mother wants more inclusive legislation.

“Upon discussion with the Prime Minister, she has asked the Prime Minister to  revisit the bill – her preference is to see it put under the already existing pensions act and that it be done across the board for all wives of Prime Ministers,” Jeannine Compton-Antoine stated, adding that her mother does not want any legislation specifically in her name.

HTS Television quoted Compton-Antoine as indicating that disparaging comments from members of the public about her mother had caused some distress, when Lady Compton never requested a pension.

“Sir John has been dead almost ten years and as a wife of a Prime Minister, once the Prime Minister is dead – they receive no pension, they receive no monies and people need to understand that the wives of  Prime Ministers do serve the country in their capacity. It is not only the Prime Minister who does things, ” she said.

Compton-Antoine recalled that it was Lady Compton who raised the money and had the Turning Point dug rehabilitation centre build, making Saint Lucia the first country in the OECS to have such a facility where people from all over the  sub-region could visit.

Lady Compton’s late husband, Sir John Compton, served as Prime Minister of Saint Lucia on three occasions, the last time being from 2006 until his death in 2007.




  1. Sharon terrell
    February 10, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Well no one never offer lady Compton a pension stipend before.Its the thought that count,St.lucians like Roro,Melee.What happen to wanting to give someone a pension.Chastanet commit murder.St.lucia and the rest of you’ll get a life stupidness.

    1. Anonymous
      February 10, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      a regular payment made during a person’s retirement from an investment fund to which that person or their employer has contributed during their working life.

      Ergo she should no receive.

    2. Anonymous
      February 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Pay chew

  2. Sharon terrell
    February 10, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    So what is the big deal.Its the thought that count.You’ll should have been giving youll people pensions long time now,stupid Caribbean laws.And you’ll have the the most to say i will not work for no company that does not offer pension plan,stupid youll lucians stupid.And Janine Compton with her stupidness.RORO,MELEE,CHOOPS.

  3. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    OMG OMG what is wrong with st lucians my nation’s people is so jealous and wants to see each other n the drain, you mean to tell me after the lady husband served st lucia for so long, now he is gone as the first lady there isnt anything she can get from the country as a stipen she deserves it bravo to Mr Allen chasnet for having such sympathy in recognition to this proposal.

    1. Anonymous
      February 11, 2017 at 9:53 am

      It is blacks, they like seeing each other suffer

  4. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Omg smh we fight over thing ,wow .😘😍😇 .
    So sad.

  5. Smarteyes
    February 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Non of my business

    1. Anonymous
      February 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      None of your business. You’re a tax payer. This woman never worked to earn a pension while the rest of us have to slave away for NIS to give us pittance. Our tax dollars feeding the rich, when police stations are falling apart, schools are falling apart, roads are in a mess. Is that the best way to use your tax money?

      1. Anonymous
        February 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm

        Agreed ,very well said

      2. Sad
        February 10, 2017 at 3:07 pm

        Agreed ,very well said

      3. selah
        February 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm

        Correct me if i’m wrong….but isn’t it her husband’s pension she would be receiving??…it would be unfair for her receiving a pension if she has never worked or been gainfully employed for a long period or good length of time!!…

      4. Anonymous
        February 11, 2017 at 3:07 am

        No it is not. The pension ends at the point of death. I have no idea why she should receive a pension, especially at such a tough economic period. And if she does not or did not want it or ask for it, then why does she just refuse it. She want the money but not the usual row row? I see no reason for her to be getting a pension. I was her husband’s responsibility to take care of her, not that of the country. NO PENSION. STOP BLEEDING THE COUNTRY. SUPPORT POOR PEOPLE.

      5. Anon1
        February 11, 2017 at 7:51 am

        I beg to differ. Your comment is well written however it demonstrates the fact that you missed the POINT.

        Its about her receiving her HUSBAND’s pension after death.

        Now regardless of your political affiliation you have to admit and many Lucian will, that Sir John did a hell of a lot for St Lucia.

        Also how do you know “None of my business” is a tax payer!

      6. Anonymous
        February 11, 2017 at 12:03 pm

        Yes JOHN Compton. Not Janice Compton. Everybody pays taxes. Whether is airport tax, service change, PAYE or VAT. Everyone pays tax.

  6. save children
    February 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    there are many people that work for the country and get next to nothing in return.

    I prefer that the money goes to feed 20, 30 children instead.

    1. Anonymous
      February 10, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Well said

  7. smh
    February 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    We dont know what we want! Tired of convincing st lucians about anything…

  8. John Williams
    February 10, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I support Lady Compton receiving some sort of financial recognition from the state. She made sacrifices on behalf of the state during her husband’s tenure in office. I think that she should have been consulted or advised befofe making the news public. I think 2-3 terms in office should qualify for financial recognition. We must take care of our own while they are alive.

    1. Anonymous
      February 11, 2017 at 3:08 am

      Give her a medal if need be.

  9. Drizzy
    February 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Her husband was the prime minister, he lead the country from dependance on england to independance, you think he passed on without having plans for the maintenance of his wife? He was instrumental in getting National Insurance started, by virtue of being his widow she receives money from nic, why should she be given more money, she didnt even know about the bill, it reeks of something chastanet would do for good publicity for his government……

    1. Amazed
      February 10, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      I applaud the gesture. However we must be fair across the board. The social programs are being cut and we all know that the persons who rely heavily on these programs are the very poor and marginalized persons in our society. I would prefer the monies to be used to over school tomorrow tuition and other costs associated with making our children lives better. Yes I am sure she is getting.a pension and yes I am sure provision must have been made by her husband the late Sir John. So let us for now use our tax dollars in a more humane manner. Keep the elderly care program going, pay for CXC exams for the students that can’t afford, keep the single young mother program going to help them get back on their feet and have a chance to better their lives by going back to school. There are cancer patients who can’t afford treatment please give them the help they require in the form of grants. These are the things I am interested in. The bill can come later but these other things in my view are more critical. Don’t mean to offend anyone this is my opinion. Respect.

  10. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I am a St. Lucian, but I can’t stand the hypocricy of St. Lucians. Unless we stop this politics St. Lucia will remain stagnant, no matter who is the Prime Minister, Kenny, Chastanet, or whoever.

  11. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Tax payers My foot how much tax those that braging their jaws paying how much.

  12. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Pensions should extend to all wives or husbands of public servants who qualify after the death of a spouse.
    As it stands if a pensioner dies, and is receiving a government pension this comes to an end. Spouse gets nothing. If person was working at time of death. Spouse gets salary for a year. This should change

    For NIC spouse gets pension for one year if they are under 55yrs. With no kids
    If 55yrs provided that contributions were paid (15 yr to qualify) spouse qualifies for pension if husband or wife dies, or common law

  13. concern citizen
    February 10, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    U mean to tell me after Allen suggested dat the. Country gone broke where is he getting all dat monies to give Lady Compton…..he wants to close program for the elderly roads need fixing police stations need serious attention the country need jobs…am certain the late John Compton did leave enough dough where his wife would maintain…MR PRIME MINISTER PLZ CONSIDERED THE LESS FORTUNATE..
    Good jester I must say but bad timing..

  14. Honest
    February 10, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Chastanet how about u try to solve a real problem instead of creating one to solve.
    Youth at risk
    Lack of employment
    Beautiful your dirty nasty thing u call a city
    Security for citizens and visitors
    Deduce the county’s debt
    Reduce the hike in food price
    Standard of living
    Create provisions for land and house ownership by st. Lucian’s
    The method of doing businesses in st. Lucia is too slow
    Solve a real problem Chastanet.

  15. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Excellent points made by Honest. First of all where is this $60000 per year to give to a rich woman, going to come from? Another loan, considering the prime minister claims the country is broke? People like him don’t need to have treatment from the struggling poli clinics or public hospitals.

  16. Sunshine
    February 10, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Chastanet is only giving. SLP good political mileage.

    I voted UWP…. I regret. Smh
    Every politician has to make their bed before they go to sleep.

    Deceased john Compton left property for u. If u broke u sell it. Smh

    If u lonely get a companion.

    It’s like because John Compton was prime minister…. His family gets royal treatment. Smh

    Janine Compton – antoine won elections by sympathy votes thru her father.

    She then lied on Ezikiel… Claiming he sexually assault her… Smh. When u do that u are discrediting the UWP.

    God is in so much control. EZIKIEL won again.

    I mean Chastanet forget all about this mischievous crazy immature janine.

    Now her mother wants money.

    Woman sell somethinh. Evetueis in the name of sir john Compton.

    I Cannot wait to vote. Spider for sure will be out. Illtreating people who vote for him.
    Next election… Spider Wil cry. I

  17. Sunshine
    February 10, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Nonsense. I regret voting UWP

  18. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    If Janice Compton needs money. She can sell a piece of. property. Or get a man.

    She hv working. Children.

    Castanet and company will see what time it is.. Definitely at the next election.

    Spider for sure will be out.

    1. Anonymous
      February 11, 2017 at 9:51 am

      I am not surprised with this comment. Black people never like to see each other doing well. It had to take a white person. Whilst St.Lucians place gutter comments on here.

  19. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 9:52 pm


  20. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Many people who voted UWP are in regret.

    SPIDER. Is one trickster. Very arrogant and ignorant.

  21. Anonymous
    February 11, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Let’s get this straight most St.Lucian’s would love our government to be considerate and caring to the point of helping all the wife’s of exPM’s in the case of need !!! The big question can we afford the $300,000 plus this will cost the nation after the revelations from the PM him self that the country is broke !!!

  22. St. Lucian living abroad
    February 11, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I have read all the comments posted and I become more embarrassed everyday by my fellow St. Lucians. With the exception of Anonymous and John Williams I’m not sure that anyone else understood this article. Lady Compton never asked for a pension. I believe that she deserves one because she served as First Lady for many years and was never credited for it. Her husband’s pension should have been turned over to her upon his death. This is something that politicians should look to change. One ignorant person suggested that she get a man, how horrible and low can some of us get. For the most part you all sound stupid and illiterate. It made me cringe to read some of these comments. Whatever happened to us being kind, decent and fair?

  23. Anonymous
    February 11, 2017 at 12:53 pm


  24. Anonymous
    February 11, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Am sure compton had a pretty good time while serving as her husband’s partner. the lady gone to places i never will see in my life. she meet people i never will meet. so point is she benefited big time from the position. the country owes her no pension that she has not contributed too. you want pension work for it. or come up with your own retirement plan. better give that money to the poor. if there were more social programmes to help families from the very begining like single parents struggling am sure the ghetto life would have less recruits. lots of these young fellas hungry without job, no food,no prospects so they focus on making the money the wrong way. time to think of this country and not how you all good friends will benefit or your wives. am looking at you chastanet.

  25. Anonymous
    February 12, 2017 at 8:55 am

    It is time that someone clarify the section in our constitution which deals with the subject of First Lady: I thought that the specific section refers to the spouse of Head Of State: Isn’t the head of state the Governor General? I wonder whether we have been making that error for such a long time now

  26. St. Lucian Living Abroad
    February 12, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    All this talk about social programs foryoung single mothers and taking care of the poor. I strongly support programs to that will care for our elderly and abused and neglected children, orphans who can’t fend for themselves. The single mothers should use contraceptives and stop making children that they can’t afford to take care of. Better yet, choose fathers who would support their children should you all decide to have them. Get off Mrs. Compton’s back. Her husband worked for years and contributed to HIS pension which should now be hers upon his death. She worked for it. She BORE HIS CHILDREN. IT SHOULD BE HERS. This man worked up until his death and was contributing to the fund. What’s most confusing to me about all these nasty comments is the fact that this woman never asked for a pension. The person who commented on the fact that Mrs. Compton had a good time while serving as first lady, had visited so many different countries and had met so many different people…….it’s not too late for you to change your life. It can happen for you too. Stop The Hating.