Hilaire says Saint Lucia in crisis

Castries South MP, Doctor Ernest Hilaire, has told supporters of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) that Saint Lucia is in crisis  after eight months under the ruling United Workers Party (UWP).

Referring to speakers who had preceded him at Sunday night’s SLP meeting on the Castries Market steps,the former Saint Lucia High Commissioner to London said they had shown that Saint Lucia after 8 months of UWP rule is worse than it was in 2o11 when the labour party took over.

“They destroyed in eight months all the hard work we did to repair the damage they did when they were in power between 2006 and 2011,” Hilaire told SLP supporters.

“But we will not despair, we will not give up because it is our duty and it has always been the duty of the labour party to come back and fix Saint Lucia after the damage of  of the United Workers Party. We have accepted that we have had to do that before,” the Castries South MP stated.

(A section of the audience at Sunday night’s SLP meeting)

He asked how many in the audience had watched the session of parliament on Tuesday.

“The Prime Minister, out of place, read a letter on a matter relating to  the elections amendment act. Our political leader tried to get a chance to respond. He was not allowed. I tried to get a chance to ask a question – I was not allowed,” Hilaire recalled.

Nevertheless, he told SLP supporters that he would use the occasion of the political meeting to ask the question.

“I wanted to ask Allen Chastanet a very simple question – I did not want to be malicious, I did not want to be vindictive, I did not want to be insultive. I wanted to ask Allen Chastanet if he is prepared to equate a letter that Kenny Anthony gave to an investor to invite him to negotiate with us and the same way that he signed an agreement that he did not read and he did not understand,” Hilaire stated.

He told SLP supporters that the letter Anthony wrote was one that outlined the investor’s intentions and indicated that the government was prepared to start a discussion.

“It is called a comfort letter,” Hilaire explained.

He said he wanted Allen Chastanet to be asked how many such letters he has written since becoming Prime Minister.

Hilaire said all the lands Chastanet referred to are private lands.

“So the investor would have to go and negotiate with those people to buy the lands from them,” he said.

However Hilaire told Sunday’s political meeting that the lands in Vieux Fort,  are not private lands.

He said Chastanet had signed an agreement with Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) because he wants to say to Saint Lucians that he is better than the SLP and former Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony.

The SLP has publicly voiced its opposition to the $US 2.6 billion DSH project slated for the South of the Island, asserting that it is a bad agreement that should be renegotiated.

According to the SLP, the UWP Administration has failed to ensure that an  agreement was reached which provides sufficient and satisfactory benefit to Saint Lucia.


  1. Quincy Anderson
    February 12, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    St lucia will not be at peace that was the words from your former government Kenny Anthony .So Hilaire you are just making sure you prove your former leader right but one thing u and your party must understand the ppl of this country made it clear on June 6th no amount of matrixs from slp can put them of guide so blow your hot air hilaire blow.Smh all of u talk as if it was a bed of roses during the slp administration, if it was, why u all got bouted out of office .

    1. Lynn
      February 12, 2017 at 10:18 pm


    2. Anonymous
      February 13, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Yes..so true…you are well off because jufalli dropped over $ 1mil on yoù….stay in opposition you are well place …to fo nothing.

    3. eye rolls
      February 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

      no you idiot, he said there will be no peace, not st lucia will not have peace. let me break it down for you, there will be no peace for the current government until they amend the agreement. the opposition will agitate until something is done about the agreement.

      1. Anonymous
        February 13, 2017 at 8:29 pm

        Ikr. Sometimes I wish slp would just step aside and let these idiots suffer. Wish there was a way to let that happen and spear all labour.

    4. SMH
      February 19, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Because Saint Lucians are idiots who can’t even handle their own home life affairs properly, and we expected them to make an informed vote on a government. SMH

  2. Anonymous
    February 12, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    The labour gooroos. Wants to get back in power. For the amount of names they called chasnet he still win. No doubt he will make two terms call him names still. Jack asses.
    When you live in glass house don’t pelt stones

    1. Hmmm
      February 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      It’s “Gurus” and not Gooroos.smh

      1. Jah
        February 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm

        You know what he is talking about

  3. wow
    February 12, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Hilaure after the amount of letters signed by Kenny n co. in recent times we Lucians have to fear the worst. Indeed we are in crisis with people like u and Kenny n ray charles in our politics. With all the damage SLP n their hacks hv put us through, we are indeed in trouble. Y all u don’t go take all your party hacks all u gave contract renewals just b 4 elections

  4. Anonymous
    February 12, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    LOL. losers

  5. Cabaca
    February 12, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I’m so disappointed with Mr. Hillaire . Stop insulting the intelligence of St.Lucians. Stop the propaganda and try to be patriotic. What hard work? For who? That is why you all lost election. Enjoy your time in opposition. You are there for a long time. I understand your pain.

  6. Anonymous
    February 12, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    It’s so sad to be a uwp supporter right now.. They expected a bed of roses but instead go lies, rise in crime, increasing taxes, corruption, and a leader with no vision or idea how to lead the country. Smh. Shame on you party hacks.

    1. Anonymous
      February 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Form you own party

  7. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 2:02 am

    The St Lucian Labour Party Party when in government have taken the lands from private people of St Lucia without informing or negotiating with the owners for their lands. At some stage in time they will have to give an account for what they have done. All lands have an owner in St Lucia. No government have the right to take people’s properties from them without negotiating with them. If we want things to go well in our country we have to be seen to be doing the right things.

  8. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 3:58 am

    which private investor would negotiate with private people to purchase lands
    how many people that investor would have to speak with
    go wash your mouth jufallie you should be ashame to think people are fools

    1. Anon1
      February 13, 2017 at 9:26 am

      I think your comment just made YOU look a bigger FOOL!

      When you’ll Lucians don’t know anything and then open your mouth to comment on something you don’t know just makes you look so ignorant!

      Off course that’s precisely what an investor has to do.

      So tell us who would a private investor have to deal with to purchase PRIVATE lands, the Government?!

      I’ll educate you, no not the Government but the OWNER of the land.

      STOP EMBARASSING yourself and in-directly EMBARASSING other sensible educated Lucians.

      1. Anonymous
        February 13, 2017 at 1:03 pm

        Thanks Hack!

  9. Nadia
    February 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Hilaire your doctrate not fooling anybody. You made a mess whilst you were at the helm of west indies cricket. Big ego guys!!! Drag stlucia threw the mud with this juffali affair in his tenure as high commissioner. How many chances do we stlucians give to those guys. The entire caribbean facing a leadership crisis. Or is it we have no love for our country anymore

  10. cv
    February 13, 2017 at 7:58 am

    tell me if there have not been one in many years st lucia have not been in crisis we are always in crisis whether it be crime or what ever

  11. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 9:07 am

    CV you are the one in the cricis cause
    You are the one crying.

  12. Smarter than the average lucian
    February 13, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Again, slunews, stop saying SLP has publicly opposed the project. SLP is the one who started negotiating for the project, so how can they be against it? SLP is opposed to the agreement and rightly so!

  13. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Perhaps after all the public meetings that the local business community plans to hold on the DSH project, we will get a better insight into the matter. Furthermore, if the project does become a reality, we all need to take careful note of how it is being run and how locals are being affected, whether positively or negatively. Then at the next general election, we vote for the party that proved to be correct on the issues involved. If, in the meantime, the present Government amends the agreement in any significant way to comply with what the Opposition is saying, then we will have to conclude that the Opposition had a point, after all.

  14. Gilbert
    February 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Boy go n work for th people of St Lucia and stop playing politics dam you

  15. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    SLU has always been in crisis. It’s just that every time SLP in control they make the crisis worse. SLU is still suffering from the havoc they created . Hilaire knows what he is talking about!

  16. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 6:42 pm


  17. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Let me sound a warning to the both political parties and their blind supporters AKA hacks… There is a growing movement in St. Lucia comprised of young, intelligent, intuitive, and non partisan voters who are prepared to critically assess the issues and make informed decisions. We are not moved by the rhetoric, name calling, unfounded allegations and empty promises that characterized the political environment for decades.
    It reminds me of the article ALL AH WE IS ONE: Lessons from Jamaica by Dr Tennyson Joseph wherein he sates and I quote “My main argument of was that since sitting governments have been abandoning the social democratic, state-led welfarist policies which had defined the post-colonial development framework, our general elections are now reflecting more and more features like “one-term governments”, “narrow majorities”, “narrow escapes” and “near misses”, all reflective of the intentions of our electorates to punish sitting governments.
    I say to the St. Lucia Labor Party, you had your chance in office by when measured by the yardstick of the electorate you’ll were found wanting and paid the price. To The United Workers Party rest assured that you will suffer the same fate if our assessment yields similar results…
    Therefore this paradigm shift in the thinking of the electorate will force sit-in governments to work in the best interest of the country and its citizens. Failure to comply will certainly result in their demise at the polls. So Kenny and company wipe the tears from out of your eyes, regroup and prove to us that you are worth another chance. To Chastanet you better captain fair Helen well, we are watching you closely and rest assured you won’t be spared if you all you do is fondle Helen’s breasts….

  18. Jane
    February 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Well said