Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has dismissed threats by the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to review every citizenship granted by the current government under the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).
Chastanet said the threats were baseless, outlandish and could not be carried out.
He made the comments when asked by reporters to respond to the SLP’s statement that a labour administration would reinstate the $3 million net worth requirement and undertake another due diligence assessment on each and every application granted under the current United Workers Party (UWP) administration.
The SLP in a recent statement also promised to revoke any passports of applicants who do not meet the $3million net worth requirement or do not meet the strict due diligence requirements which Saint Lucians expect.
In addition, the opposition party issued a warning to applicants applying for citizenship in Saint Lucia that when the SLP is returned to office, it will demand that all citizens who did not donate the full contribution of USD 200,000, be compelled to top up the contribution that they made at the time of becoming citizens.
“The labour party has made threats like that many other times – this is an attempt at what I call ‘Economic terrorism’ or even if you would want to go as far as to say, I would say to you ‘treason’ on their part,” Prime Minister Chastanet told reporters Monday.
He asserted that people are aware that Saint Lucia has always followed the rule of law.
“Even the labour party when they were in opposition who complained about Tom Chou and Taiwan and called it blood money, when they got into office what did they do? They worked with the Taiwanese,” Chastanet said.
He accused the opposition of employing scare tactics.
“This is sour grapes by an opposition party that fails to realise every day that they are in opposition,” the Prime Minister declared.
He recalled that when his UWP was in opposition, the party’s MPs – Guy Joseph and Edmund Estephane were ridiculed in the house of assembly.
“The Speaker of the House was incredibly biased in his approach and at no point did anybody walk out because everybody from the United Workers Party recognized that we had a role to play,” he observed.
He noted that the UWP could not necessarily change any laws and motions but were able to voice the party’s opinion.
He noted that several important bills were before the house when the opposition staged a walkout last week Tuesday.
Chastanet declared that the action of the opposition was to the detriment of the people of this country.
In boycotting parliament, the SLP had accused the government of an abuse of parliamentary procedure in the disappearance from the order paper of an opposition motion relating to the CIP.