Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre has blasted the government for withdrawing the annual $EC 700,000 subvention to the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT).
In a statement today, Pierre described the move by the Allen Chastanet regime as “vicious, vindictive and reeking of victimization.
“It is clear that the move by Mr. Chastanet as Minister for Finance is in retaliation to the Saint Lucia National Trust’s principled position on the Dolphin Park at Pigeon Island National Landmark and the DSH Project and its environmental impacts,” the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader declared.
The SLP said it wants to place on record its support for the National Trust as the legal entity entrusted with the protection of Saint Lucia’s environment and patrimony.
The party has also reaffirmed its non-discriminatory policy on governance and said it is putting Prime Minister Chastanet on notice, that such “acts of pettiness and bullying” will not be accepted by the Opposition and the people of Saint Lucia.
The annual subvention to the National Trust has been withdrawn for the first time since the organisation was formed in 1975 by the government of the former Prime Minister, Sir John Compton some 42 years ago, the SLP noted.
The opposition party has assured the Trust that the SLP will restore the organisation’s subvention upon returning to Government.