Pierre seeks dialogue with PM on national issues

Opposition leader, Philip J.Pierre, has reached out to to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet requesting dialogue on issues of national interest.

A copy of the May 29, 2017 letter has been obtained by the Times.

In it, Pierre reiterated the position of his opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) that the political group is not opposed to any development which is ‘sustainably beneficial’ to this country.

“To this end, we are prepared to support the government in any meaningful initiative,” the letter stated.

However the document made clear that the SLP is not prepared to allow developments which bring little or no benefits  to Saint Lucia or worse, place the country at risk both economically and with regard to its national security.

The letter made specific reference to the controversial $US 2.6 billion Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) project to which the SLP has expressed strong opposition.

“We cannot in good conscience support that the vast majority of the available lands in the south of the island to be owned and developed by a single entity, thereby rendering competition obsolete,” Pierre wrote.

“Further, we view as unacceptable the leasing of the vast majority of the land for such an extended period at the extremely low cost of US$1:00 per acre,” the SLP leader declared.

The letter also raised other issues associated with the DSH project.

According to Pierre, as presently structured, the project places Saint Lucia at great risk.

Pierre warned that the negative fallout will have severe consequences for this country both in the foreseeable and unforeseeable future.

He reiterated a call for the contract to be laid and debated in the Parliament of Saint Lucia.

Pierre’s letter mentioned the proposed dolphinarium to be located at Pigeon Island National Landmark, asserting that the SLP will join with the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) in doing all that can be done legally to prevent the project from going through.

In addition, the SLP leader repeated his party’s objection to the removal of the SLNT’s annual subvention.

He also mentioned the issue of the non-election of a Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly describing the development as a “stain on our democracy.”

Pierre said the SLP was open to dialogue on the issues and other matters of concern he raised in the letter to Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.

In the letter obtained by the Times, Pierre stated that the SLP would be grateful for an opportunity to discuss the matters with Chastanet at a mutually convenient date.


  1. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    When you were in Govt for 15 of the past 20 yeas you did nothing. Now you want to come and make request? Who the hell are you. We expect this govt to look at thing different from how you did. We voted for them to change things for the better. Wait for the next 4 years

    1. Lynn
      June 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm


  2. Osimo
    June 16, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    These guys are in some serious denial. You all are not the government anymore. You don’t run tings. So now the opposition to DSH Framework Agreement is dying you all switching to having a problem with the amount of land. Don’t have the development because someone else MAY come with an investment offer. Meanwhile Lucians crying for work. INCREDIBLE!

  3. Osimo
    June 16, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    “However the document made clear that the SLP is not prepared to allow..” Allow? LMAO. Zot tout foo! Hahahahahaha

  4. Justice
    June 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    In principle that is good. Two heads better than one.

    But my gosh Philip Pierre only now sees how it is to be on the ‘outside’. He or Kenny did not know about the benefits of that when they were in government to call Chastanet to dialogue with them. Why? Because they were distracted and busy instead fighting down Chastanet from UWP party leadership and calling him all kind of names. It would have been embarrassing to dialogue with the very man you were fighting down. Thats the hypocrisy well and truly exposed.

    Despite that I Chastanet I still meeting with him to teach him a lesson about what sincerity, the need for common good in the interest of the people and decency in politics is all about.

  5. Bambi
    June 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Great move. Help save Lucia.

    1. Anonymous
      June 17, 2017 at 9:48 am

      They were in power they didn’t want to help only now they want to help st lucia

  6. Vibz
    June 16, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    No one man nor one party has a monopoly on ideas or intelligence. Two heads are better than one. If both parties can work SINCERELY together, without rancor or strife, for the betterment of all St. Lucian then I’m all for it. The vitriol, unfounded accusations, unquenchable thirst for power, hyper criticisms and us against them mentality only lead to economic paralysis, incessant poverty and a very disgruntled people. It’s time to bring an end to partisan politics for the good of the country. Do we have to curse each other from birth to the cemetery all because of politics? How is that beneficial to the wellbeing of us all? Let’s live like the bees and not like cats and dogs.

  7. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    When the then opposition was in power did they consult the U.W.P for projects like Grynburg, Frenwell etc? No they Didn’t. They did things on their own. Why all of a sudden they are so interested in meeting the opposition? What are they now trying to prove? Let the government do their job without any interference.

  8. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    correction. Meeting the Government – not opposition.

  9. Hawkeye
    June 16, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    The opposition has seen the benefits of the DSH if it goes through, hence their fear. If everything goes according to plan they would be in the political wilderness 4 the next 20 years or more. Lucians watch your bread.

  10. Hawkeye
    June 16, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Can we live like the bees? have you forgotten that they STING

    1. Vibz
      June 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      @Hawkeyen (lol) Bees don’t sting unless to protect themselves and their homes (hives) from harm. Have you ever seen two bees fighting each other? They rise early, are well organized and work hard. We should watch the bees and the ants and follow their examples. Don’t you think we’ll be more progressive?

  11. 758
    June 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    As always Chastanet will run away. Lmbao. He isn’t intelligent enough to sit among intellectuals to speak on National issues
    Even the Grenadian Prime Minister was clowning and Laughing at him. Lol
    Chastanet is a Marjee.

    1. Anonymous
      June 16, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      And what is your position again?

  12. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    If U were an intellectual you would not call Chastanet a Marjee. He is more financially sound that U. MARJEE.

    1. Lynn
      June 16, 2017 at 4:21 pm


  13. Unknown
    June 16, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Then you are also a marjee because chastanet is more “financially sound”than you too. What relevance is having money to this issue. A rich man can be poor tomorrow and likewise a poor man can be rich tomorrow. You are the one who needs to get financially sound cus it looks like not having money bothers you.

    1. Anonymous
      June 16, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      I’m from Grenada and when and where the Prime Minister did laugh at the St. Lucian Prime Minister. Propaganda at large. Lmao

  14. No name
    June 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm


  15. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Consult with what who when where and how are you kidding me these jackasses when will they stop braying slp has lost they are the minority misery party take a good look at lieing Phillip jn peire this guy is dilusional he is suffering of lost of memory this guy needs help

  16. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Oh please!!!

  17. Anonymous
    June 17, 2017 at 12:41 am

    The pm will not stup so low to allow SLP to have his back in any corner.
    Keep you’ll advice. You’ll should use the same advice for you’ll party.. No olive branch.

  18. Anonymous
    June 17, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Pierre leave the PM alone st.Lucia don’t belongs to you. You’re not the only one that can run this country. You were there. No one ask for your expertise.. You couldn’t give it to Kenny is the pm you want to give your advice

  19. Anonymous
    June 17, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Tell Philip go sit aside and watch real men take care of the country

    When they were on the other side of the table. I don’t remember them having discussions with the opposition when they they were there.
    They just don’t want to be forgotten. Hahahaha

    Let the ppl do their jobest maisiay.
    Philip Phillip Philip. Get another job to hold you for the next 20 years my boy

  20. Anonymous
    June 17, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Thus is just an excuse to make trouble than they will say we told them let sit down and talk

  21. .....
    June 17, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    You’ve said all you had to say in the letter. Why should he meet with you after that? He should respond in like manner.

    I’m all for working together for the good of the country but just as your letter highlighted all that you are displeased with you could have included kudos on some of what the government has accompolished or on ongoing initiatives beneficial to Saint Lucia.

    It’s like you are not interested in having a dialogue with the PM but a fight/ war of words.

    Plus to put it in writing? You could have called the PM!

    What you want is to show the PUBLIC that you took the initiative and asked to have a discussion with the PM but if he refuses or does not “acknowledge receipt” of your letter, then you run to the market steps to tell the PUBLIC “The PM ignored your request for dialogue”.


    Signed: Neither red nor yellow. Strictly… Saint Lucian

  22. .....
    June 17, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    To the people telling SLP let UWP do their work..

    This is not how it should be done. Both parties should ne looking out for the best interest of the country.

    I see nothing wrong with a meeting.

    There are certain things that because the opposition once ruled, they would have a “better” understanding than the public, not necessarily the government. So, the opposition can aid us, the public in not just accepting all the government vomits.

    Both have a purpose. Their common objective should be the development of Saint Lucia.

    Signed: Neither red nor yellow. Strictly… Saint Lucian

  23. Anonymous
    June 19, 2017 at 5:18 am

    to little to late pip after you have done all your matches have had all your public meetings ,spread all your miss-truths ,have your propaganda machinery operating big time across st.lucia now you want to sit and talk even in your letter you are making demands you will not see this and you will not see that so why talk is that a scam to say you invited the pm to talks and he didn’t take up the offer.or is it that you see the people are seeing through the project and are supporting the pm . maybe that you see your efforts is hog wash and you want to create more controversy ..i think this should have happened before if the PM had refused then you do what you have done that is putting the cart before the horse the train have left no time for that Mr PM steer the course

  24. Calvin
    August 14, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    The article states that The Times has obtained a copy of the letter.

    For the sake of transparency, why not simply publish the letter and let the public form their own opinions. Readers are smart enough to not need The Times to give us their interpretation of the letter. We can read.

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