PM criticises opposition walkout of house

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has criticised an opposition walkout of the house of assembly Tuesday,  saying that he feels sorry for the public of Saint Lucia because of the action taken by the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).

But the opposition, which had also staged a walkout of parliament in April  this year, has accused Chastanet of being vindictive and spiteful, while disrespecting the parliament of the country.

SLP leader Philip J. Pierre, speaking after the opposition walkout,  noted that parliament had been adjourned for 40 days.

“It is the first time in the history of the parliament of Saint Lucia that a debate on a budget – such an important budget, the government’s first budget in office, that the Prime Minister saw it fitting to adjourn it for 40 days,”  Pierre said.

He asserted that the move has serious implications for the country as there can be no capital expenses or new initiatives because the budget had not been passed.

Pierre told reporters that when parliament reconvened Tuesday and the member for Laborie, Alva Baptiste spoke, it was convention and normal that a member of the government would respond after an opposition member.

The SLP leader said although opposition members came willing and able to speak on the issues, the Prime Minister in his ‘normal vindictive and spiteful manner’ refused to allow four senior members  of his government to speak.

Pierre said Chastanet closed the budget and began a charade of lies, innuendoes, threats and insults against members of the opposition.

He asserted that the government holds the opposition in contempt.

“We did not stay in the parliament this morning – we will not give the Prime Minister the courtesy of listening to him because he has shown utter contempt for the people and the parliament of Saint Lucia,” the SLP leader said.

He cited the non-appointment of a Deputy Speaker.

But Prime Minister Chastanet has accused the SLP of being unprepared.

“We gave them six weeks to prepare themselves and they just seemed to be tongue-tied again and not able to deliver,” Chastanet asserted.

However he declared that the business of the government would go ahead.

Chastanet told reporters that his administration will continue to do its part to ensure that it delivers to the people of Saint Lucia.

He said he was very happy with the reduction in unemployment.

“That’s a first step – we are not close to being where we want to be but we are moving very hard and very quickly to turn around the economy and the future of the people of Saint Lucia,” the Prime Minister said.

Chastanet said he gave the opposition an opportunity to speak but they chose not to.

“It was only when I saw that nobody was going to speak that we decided “okay, obviously they have nothing to say’ and I decided to conclude my debate,” he explained.

He acknowledged that some government members died not speak.

Chastanet said there was no rebuttal.

“The only person who tried to rebut the budget was Mr. (Alva) Baptiste,” he told reporters.

Chastanet declared that his ministers have been performing and have no need to speak.




  1. Disappointed Citizen
    June 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Please cut the Crap. We tired!!!

    1. Peter Victorin
      June 20, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Be specific in your comments who are you refferring to

      1. ...
        June 20, 2017 at 9:57 pm

        Most likely both parties

  2. Terence Joseph
    June 20, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    How many times that the opposition will work out of the house. Opposition to make roro.

  3. Anonymous
    June 20, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    They walked out leave them out once and for all disrespectful set of sour loosers bitter basterds if they care about the people who support them they would never walk out

    1. Anonymous
      June 21, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Oh quiet ! Chastanet and his crew act like idiots everytime . If Alva spoke, its only fair for the other party to respond so failure to do so what do you expect them to do stay there and watch each other? Chpz tan

  4. Anonymous
    June 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Why should the opposition be blamed?
    Why did Chastenet close the debate?
    your days are numbered! (Words deleted)

  5. Anonymous
    June 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    and we wonder why crime will always be a problem here.The people we put in to take care of those laws are the ones who delebrately go against the laws . In my opinion the PM is the biggest culprite of laws breaking in this country. So unless our MPs behave in a manner that is respectfully we will NOT see any reduction in our crime situation

    1. Anonymous
      June 21, 2017 at 1:04 am

      So there wasn’t crime five years ago

      1. Anonymous
        June 21, 2017 at 9:12 am

        Not as much , 28 murders in 6 months

  6. Anonymous
    June 21, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Isn’t this the same nonsense that the republicans did did to Obama. Refusing to listen to him. Walking out on him. Fillibustering whenever he had business in the house. Even going so far as not letting him confirm his pick for the supreme court. SLP has become no better than them. Thinking selfishly instead of acting in the best interest of the country. In two years they’ll say that the government didn’t do anything, even though whenever they tried slp probably just walked out on them.

  7. Anna Nichole
    June 21, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Lol am so grateful that the unemployment rate dropped good job Prime minister. When the morne Sion accident happened they blamed Kenny when people killed each other some people said is because of the unemployment rate SLP fault now UWP is in power unemployment rate dropped yet still I’ve never seen so many people get killed in one month (February) so who’s fault now? People still blaming government like seriously? The man walked out, talk about that’s what this topic is about ,stay on it. They men and women who don’t want to work, the wanna steal sell drugs do all kinda wrong things for money are the ones to blame for murders and I won’t even blame the people selling guns because ppl still get chopped and stabbed

  8. Anonymous
    June 21, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I don’t believe chastanet when he said the umemployment rate has decreased .. Lies!

    1. Anonymous
      June 21, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Typical slp the belief anything

    2. Anonymous
      June 21, 2017 at 9:57 am


  9. Anonymous
    June 21, 2017 at 9:54 am

    That’s the walking oposition the walk in the house of assembly soon they will be walking with posters more walking don’t walk this time run

  10. Anonymous
    June 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Imagine that! Some people are more concerned with the fact that the Opposition walked out, than with the fact that in a policy debate on the Budget, some of the top Ministers were physically present in the House, but they refused to comply with the law and give an account of their stewardship. I will advise Pierre and company on the next occasion to just stay in the House quietly, behave like good boys, but don’t speak. That way, they will be just like the Ministers who refuse to speak. And that would be OK, right? It is the walkout that is bad, not the fact that you don’t speak. Simple, by the logic of those who are bright!

  11. Anonymous
    June 21, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I always knew this buffoon on top of being a bully. The opposition is unprepared thats why they walked out……..!Ministers had nothing to report because they are performing. Who can deny that when we have images of UBALDUS dishing out handouts to citizens. Now judge and jury Chastanet. Boy you will be taught the meaning of humility arrogant bastard. People are getting sick and tired of your bigheadedness.

  12. Anonymous
    June 21, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    The top ministers wanted to talk but u know Mr. Chast say nobody talking again so they have no choice but to put their yail in their …..and pay gell yo…

  13. Anonymous
    June 25, 2017 at 8:58 am

    chastanet is the bro to donad trump what do u expect u put a rich man in power all he care about is fame and his business to grow more since tourism is grow chast is employing more people for his store and hotel so that why that remark about unemployment it on for chast no one else

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