Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has described former Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader, Sir Julian Hunte, as a hypocrite.
Chastanet made reference to Hunte’s recent observations about a proposed dolphin park at Pigeon Island that has brought a wave of criticism both locally and overseas as a project that would tarnish this country’s reputation and damage a treasured heritage site.
“He is a hypocrite because he is chairman of a party that approved the same dolphin park,” the Prime Minister told reporters on Monday.
He said there is need to separate what is political rhetoric from what the reality on the ground.
“The feedback that we are getting on the ground is that there are people who clearly have environmental concerns – there are people who have some concerns regarding the size of the project, but when you sit down with them and they start getting what the facts are, they are all encouraging it,” Chastanet observed.
However he observed that there would not be unanimity on the proposed dolphin park project.
Nevertheless, Chastanet said the purpose was to get people to participate in the process.
Chastanet recalled hearing Sir Julian Hunte say that from the time he heard about the dolphin park, he could not sleep.
“I would say to him: ‘Sir, for us on the UWP, we have not been sleeping for years because of how the labour party has managed this economy’,” the PM declared.
Chastanet made reference to unemployment, the level of borrowing and a lack of fiscal space as problems affecting the country.
But he said those were just words since the important issue was how those problems impacted the average citizen.
According to Chastanet, the situation translates into an education system that has not been able to keep pace with the rest of the world, a grossly inadequate health system and a weakening national infrastructure that undermines the ability of people to push themselves forward.
He asserted that the poor people of this country have become poorer.