PM accuses opposition of ‘economic terrorism’

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.



  1. Anonymous
    April 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Everything is about SLP, n uwp come on just do ur part …they were there now it’s ur turn forget about fighting each other for more position just do ur part an show the good people of Lucian are capability show the people who put u if there ..that they wasn’t wrong about you ..and stop the commotion…U not in power for good looks do ur job an stop talking about Kenny he’s not the pm you are … So getttt..

  2. smh
    April 11, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Correction…Guy Joseph and Estephan didn’t walk out because they weren’t aware that they could have!

  3. Black Person
    April 11, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Chastanet you should not spread rumors and your flippant tongue will cost you. Its holy week keep the country at peace. Remember its BLACK people that put you there!!!

    1. Calvin
      April 12, 2017 at 12:09 am

      Hey, “black person” — take a DNA test and see how pure black you really are — as if that qualifies you to even be a St. Lucian.

      And even if you were, by your words, you are sure **not** a true St. Lucian, so perhaps you should go back to whatever country in which you were hatched and leave the constructive discussion to the adults and pure bred human beings.

      God Bless.

      1. Anonymous
        April 12, 2017 at 10:16 am


  4. Anonymous
    April 11, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Not a fan of politics but Everything seems to be about opposition while the PM should be servin the people of the country smh…the people are who make the country what it is…never should you blame another party for any difficulties that you have

  5. Anonymous
    April 11, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Here again the PM is found to be lying. The reason that he gave for asking the speaker to break the law and remove the opposition bill was very different to the one given at his press briefing yesterday. why should the press attend these briefings if questions are not asked? These issues are not red or yellow/ UWP vs SLP. i realise that if nothing is done my unborn grand and great grand children will be paying for this. and the PM should be asked if he knows the meaning of treason. From my limited knowledge he is more guilty of treason because of his actions.

  6. St. Lucian
    April 11, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Whats new! The SLP is about I rule or no one else does. So, when UWP were in government Kenny as leader of the Opposition boasted that he would write foreign investors and tell them not to invest in St. Lucia.
    Economic sabotage, terrorism or treason what ever it be called all the same wicked means he would use to sink Helen just to have his own way.

    1. Black Person
      April 11, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      ……Same bullshit when Kenny and SLP was in…they are not in idiots!!! do you’ll job and stop looking for scarp goats.

  7. Black Person
    April 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Whats that with a PM saying when the SLP was in. That’s very mediocre for someone at this level.

  8. Black Person
    April 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    …do your work for the betterment of the country and stop looking for Kenny and SLP!!! freaking blame game!!! that will not save you’ll!!!

  9. Anonymous
    April 11, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    You the worst pm in st.lucia history.we lean our lesson

  10. Equality4all
    April 12, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Very manipulative statement…”about when they get back in power they will reconsider CIP for those who didn’t pay US $200,000″….deceitful politicians! almost like they know each other is there to fail the ppl but what it most important is NEXT its their turn for the grabbings…..say no to DRUGS and POLITICIANS.

  11. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Still blaming Kenny and SLP for your troubles i see, the populous are starting to get tired of that tactic already come up with something new PM

  12. Society
    April 12, 2017 at 10:52 am

    When will our small and big hotels….mandatorly be unionized by law.but i guess that’s not important . .then again….st.lucia don’t have laws. Strongest survive

  13. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Ppl of st Lucia open yr eyes,Kenny and tony tried to sabotage tth gov. of the uwp by stating that he would ask investors not to invest in st Lucia and he paid for that statement,now he is doing it again,this time he is again committing treason again towards the ppl of st Lucia by now stating he would disregard investors has acquired citizenship under this goverment, surely this is a form of economic terrorism because he is now trying to scear investors from coming to st Lucia at the expenseof poor ppl, whom he claims he loves, what manner of a man is kenny?.I can assure Kenny and his supporter’s that he is not going to govern this country in a hurry again so they may as well get use to the fact they will be in opposition for a very long time,toof

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