SLP statement on CIP issue

SLP statement on CIP issue

Press Release:-The Saint Lucia Labour Party vows to review every citizenship granted under the UWP in lieu of recent actions by the Speaker of the House to remove the motion on the Order Paper of the Sitting of the House of Assembly regarding CIP Regulations

The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) strongly condemns the action of the Speaker of the House of Assembly to remove the Motion on the Order Paper of the Sitting of the House of Assembly to debate the changes made by the Prime Minister to the CIP Regulations.

The SLP contends that the action of the Speaker, which she said was on the request of the Prime Minister, was illegal and an abuse of power.

The removal of the Motion for debate was followed by the Prime Minister presenting a Minister’s Statement on the CIP. This Statement is not what is required by the CIP Act which clearly states what information must be presented to the Parliament and people of Saint Lucia accompanied by an Auditor’s Report of the finances earned by the Programme.

This course of action surely raises a question as to what does the Prime Minister seek to hide in the operations of the CIP.  There must be something wrong about why the Prime Minister would not want a debate nor submit a formal report – required by law – to the Parliament.

The SLP continues to express its deepest concern with the actions of the Allen Chastanet Administration, which actions serves to weaken the reputation of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). Under our SLP Government, the Programme was introduced with the objective to create a well-regarded, well-regulated and prized Programme which respects the values of the St Lucian people and their citizenship rights. Sadly, this vision has been compromised by the actions of the current Administration.

Specific safety mechanisms, including the annual cap of 500 applicants and the requirement to show proof of minimum $3 million net worth, which were specifically created to protect the programme, have been removed. The Labour Party believes that these changes, along with the cheapening of the level of donation as a qualifying investment and the guarantee of processing all Desert Star Holdings (DSH) applicants within 35 days should all be reconsidered for the sake of the reputation of Saint Lucia.

The SLP and other concerned parties are not in agreement with these changes, as these changes will undoubtedly undermine the national security safeguards which were embedded in the setting up of the CIP. The Labour Party believes that the CIP should be presented as a premium, selective and highly valued option and not sold as the lowest option available to any and everybody. The refusal of the Prime Minister and the Speaker to allow a debate or to present a Report as required by law to Parliament forces the Saint Lucia Labour Party to take a strong stand against the present management of the Saint Lucia CIP. 

Without any hesitation, when the Labour Party resumes office, we will reinstate the net worth requirement and will undertake another due diligence assessment on each and every application granted under the UWP, with our promise to revoke any passports of applicants, who do not meet the $3million net worth requirement or does not meet the strict due diligence requirements which Saint Lucians expect.  Applicants applying for citizenship in St Lucia should be warned that when the SLP is returned to office, we will also demand that all citizens who did not donate the full contribution amount of USD 200,000, will be compelled to top up the contribution that they made at the time of becoming citizens.

 For the sanctity of our citizenship, we do not tolerate any applicants who do not meet the first-class standard that we expect from individuals seeking citizenship in St Lucia.

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13 Comments

  1. Quincy Anderson
    April 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Dream on ppl are not stupid when resume office did I hear right lmao. Bunch of sick heads all what they concern about is power.

    1. Elegal
      April 6, 2017 at 4:36 pm Reply

      You are one of the illiterate St lucians who don’t care about anything but your party being in power even if they take our land to the dogs. You should b exempted from voting.

      1. Anonymous
        April 6, 2017 at 8:12 pm Reply

        You bloody parrot. Kenny’s parrot. Repeating all the propaganda the SLP spews out. What land are you talking about? From VFort only he would have given 1 investor 1000 acres of land for a pharmaceutical factory. What a joke Kenny is making out of you all parrots.

      2. Anonymous
        April 6, 2017 at 9:16 pm Reply

        Other Concerned Parties:
        VFCCCC
        SLNT
        Politically Incorrect
        Straight Up
        The Vieux Fort Catholic American Priest.
        The Reef.

        The Good News is that you will not get into government within the next 30 years.

  2. Anonymous
    April 6, 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply

    This is not about power !!!!! This is about the security and economic viability of St.Lucia.

  3. Fair Play
    April 6, 2017 at 6:08 pm Reply

    This is absolute rubbish coming from SLP. Shameful.

    Last year we begged for information on Juffali and his position and diplomatic status but to no avail. We were never entertained and dismissed without a second thought. In fact St. Lucians only got to know about the appointment courtesy of newspapers in England. The SLP government did not think that we were worthy enough to be informed.

    Importantly and in fact Hilaire who is now Mr. Talkie was both chairman of CIP and St. Lucia’s High Commissioner in London under whom Juffali would have served. So wearing two hats he was. Consequently he Hilaire was best placed to have informed St. Lucians about the appointment and Juffali’s status as a St. Lucian diplomat and his possession of a St. Lucian passport.

    Not only did Hilaire stay mute but on a talk show when questioned on that he ran away saying he did not know and the question was not his to answer.

    Well things have a way of circulating and today the same silent and ‘I dont know’ Mr. Hilaire is crying out for answers. Well dream on Mr. Hilaire while you ponder your fate as to ever being leader of SLP or beating Mary Issac next time around.

  4. Anonymous
    April 6, 2017 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Mr. Hilaire, isn’t our CIP the same price as Dominica’s? Don’t the OECS have a “Free Movement of Person” policy? So you are saying that we should have out CIP priced at 250 thousand whiles Dominica is 100 thousand? Wouldn’t it have been legal for those investors to acquire CIP in Dominica for 100 thousand, then come to ST Lucia to invest? So why not just let us get the 100 thousand instead of Dominica?

  5. Anonymous
    April 6, 2017 at 8:27 pm Reply

    That nonsense you all wanted to debate in the house. That nonsense you acted childish about? You all guys are waste of St Lucian time.

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  7. Anonymous
    April 7, 2017 at 8:13 am Reply

    Such Patriotism. so sad. The Labour Party would prefer to ruin the reputation of their country. I just cannot believe this. Yall started the programme because the government change something in the programme yall behaving like this making the whole world question our programme. To what end? You are doing more harm to the programme than the changes you say the Government made.

    1. Anonymous
      April 7, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply

      If you do not understand the laws of St.Lucia when comes to C.I.P., please go read it and come back.

  8. Anonymous
    April 7, 2017 at 8:14 am Reply

    This is a sad time in the history of the SLP.

  9. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm Reply

    Let the SLP cry wolf,one of these days when there is really a wolf and they cry know one will listen to them. Kenny Pierre and hillier must understand that the shoe is now on the other foot so they can’t be the ones to make they own rules .They now cry victimization at every turn,can u please tell the thousands of ppl who hasn’t have the opportunity of acquired a job for the last 20 years. There have been a lack of insight on Kenny’s part to create any meaningful employment for ppl,now someone else istrying to make a difference they create scared tactic and flashing mirrors to cause confusion,then play they want to demonstrate,SLP there is enough ppl on the other side who is willing to demonstrate as well so please don’t venture down that street,we’ve had enough of u all.

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