Pierre blasts government over size of cabinet

Opposition leader, Philip J.Pierre, has taken the government to task over the size of the cabinet of ministers, asserting that it is the largest cabinet in the history of this country.

Addressing opposition supporters Sunday night at a political meeting on the Castries Market steps, Pierre said persons who lost their seats in the last general elections were made ‘minister of or minister in’.

“People who were rejected by the electorate, they gave them ministries because they had to give jobs to the boys and the girls,” the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader told party supporters.

According to Pierre, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet does not trust them.

“He is a minister and they are ministers too.So you have Chastanet talking about tourism and the other one talking about tourism too and when Chastanet wants he tells him ‘Boy, shut up! I am the minister of tourism,'” the SLP leader stated.

He declared that to make matters worse, they do not respect the institutions of the country.

“The Cabinet Secretary is the highest ranking public servant in Saint Lucia,” Pierre said.

He said no Prime Minister has ever fired a Cabinet Secretary, except Allen Chastanet.



  1. Anonymous
    February 14, 2017 at 9:48 am

    The current composition of the Cabinet is both confusing and counterproductive. There is no particular benefit in having a “cluster” of Ministers. The “cluster” will not make the public service more efficient, the “cluster” will not induce foreign investors to come here to invest, the “cluster” will not help Ministers understand parliamentary procedures better, and the “cluster” has the potential to put too much pressure on Permanent Secretaries. Try to imagine one Permanent Secretary having to respond to three of four Ministers in one block at the same time, as in the case of the Ministry of Equity, etc. So, at some point, the PM will have to go back to the way we knew things, even if he may wish to keep the same number of Ministers. He will have to pay the price for this configuration at some point, especially when St. Lucians appreciate that there is no inherent value and no significant advantage in having a “cluster” of Ministers.

  2. Pee Pip
    February 14, 2017 at 10:49 am


  3. Nadia
    February 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Pierre keep quiet. Stanley felix was minister he never won his seat. So what!!! Montrope should act in a more professional manner. How quick did he rise to the position of cabinet secretary. He is one of kenny’s boys. So the fiasco continues

  4. Anonymous
    February 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Hello u guys have no respect to the Lucian people,the same story everytime.U Pierre i have already said that u will never be Lucia PM,due to the fact that your policy is the same as Kenny who the lucian people reject couple month ago.The only way that youll labour guys can have a slender chance in the future is by bringing in a younger leader with a different style from youll rejected leader.Though u pierre is a better worker than Kenny,but u too soft because u should have been PM the last time around.

  5. Mem
    February 14, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    And so the fight continues. Lord transform St. Lucia.

  6. Sad-But-True
    February 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    The SLP is a powerful Political Party 😉

  7. Anonymous
    February 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Is the leader of the opposition oriented? Is he mentally competent? I believe that members on the opposite side should be subjected to a mandatory psychiatric evaluation.

    1. Anonymous
      February 15, 2017 at 5:32 am

      U sound like a political hack for the UWP administration

  8. Sad-But-True
    February 14, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    But the Kontree Broke!
    They will soon be voted out 😉

  9. Lucian
    February 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    This cabinet is benificial to the persons in it. They like lots of others work like this.”lets us fill our pockets as fast as we can while we can”.