Fedee news conference turns testy

A pre-cabinet news conference Monday turned testy with Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Dominic Fedee, refusing to provide an answer to questions about duty free concessions to Sandals Resorts.

An exchange started when HTS reporter, Miguel Fevrier,  asked whether reported duty free concessions on 97 vehicles for Sandals would fall under the Tourism Incentives Act and in what category.

Fevrier noted that Sandals has denied attempting to delve into the transportation sector and asked Fedee to tell the story behind reported concessions for Sandals.

“Well, do you have any proof?” The minister asked.

“I am asking you  – is it true?” Fevrier responded.

However Fedee persisted in requesting proof and asked the reporter : “Where is the reference for your information?”

At this point Fevrier made reference to a document which he said has been ‘floating around’.

The minister asked whether the reporter had the document, asserting that once the document was presented, it could be verified.

Fevrier then asked Fedee whether he had taken a  vehicle concession request  from Sandals to cabinet.

“One of the things I will not do is respond to rumours,” the minister said.

“If you have a document that you believe is authentic and in your intelligence and your estimation is credible, then I will respond, but I will not waste my time responding to something you’ve heard on the streets because that’s not the way – that’s not journalism,” Fedee, a former broadcast journalist declared.

Both men were at times, speaking at simultaneously with Fedee insisting that he would not answer the reporter’s question.

“Mr. minister, yes or no – it’s a simple answer – have you taken to cabinet a request for concessions on ninety something vehicles?” Fevrier continued, while Fedee asserted that he would not answer to ‘rumours and gossip on the streets’.

“It’s a question,” the reporter stated, with Fedee responding: “That can’t be a question – it’s not a credible question.”

At this point, Senior Communications Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, Nicole Mc Donald intervened, observing that ‘we are just going back and forth’,

But the reporter continued to press the minister to answer his ‘simple yes or no question.’

“It’s a joke question,” Fedee, a former senior manager at Sandals, retorted.

“It’s a joke,and you know what? It devalues who you are as a journalist,” the minister declared.

“No, no, no. I think your refusal to answer devalues you as a minister,” Fevrier shot back.

And as Mc Donald intervened again turning to another reporter to proceed with the questions, Fedee repeated that he would not respond to rumours.

“Quality journalism ladies and gentlemen,” he stated as the back and forth continued.

Another reporter picked up the line of questioning asking Fedee whether it was not his responsibility as a minister to say whether a report pertaining to  a matter under his ministry was true or not.

“Very good question. I think you need to have a balanced view. It is my responsibility to ensure that the right information is out there – but equally I think as well, I have been in communications and I know that when someone comes to you and raises a question that is not credible, I think that journalists are equally responsible for making sure that you verify information before you go just asking a prime minister anything. You need to do your research to substantiate your question,” the minister said.

 

41 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    August 21, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Jackass…just answer the question!!!

  2. Anonymous
    August 21, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Fedee something is very wrong when you cannot answer a simple yes no questions.

  3. Anonymous
    August 21, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    They better tell the truth on this matter before it comes public.

  4. EER
    August 21, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Fedee resorted to the tactics that had been used earlier by the PM. I must congratulate the reporter on his insistence that the question be answered. Fedee needs to know that the information is NOT his but the public”s. The monies that the concessions will relieve Sandals of paying is not Fedee’s or The PM’s or the members of the cabinet. That money belongs to ALL St. Lucians. This was a very PITIFUL performance that STINKS of S***

  5. Anonymous
    August 21, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Wow! The Minister’s failure to give a definitive answer to a simple question speaks volumes. This is one of the reasons Caribbean governments are accused of rampant corruption, failure to disclose pertinent information to the public. We need openness in government not opaqueness. Commendation to the journalist not to be intimidated nor distracted by the Minister’s ugly insults and uncouth behavior. Many members of the public are convinced that investors are given sweetheart deals so that some Ministers may live a champagne lifestyle. The grotesque behavior meted out to the good journalist by Mr. Fedee deserves our collective and unequivocal condemnation. A government is as good as the people it is made up of. With people like Mr. Fedee , with very responsible portfolios, the government is offering the country rudderless leadership.

    Vibz

  6. Anonymous
    August 21, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    So much for the transparency promised by this current administration. Multi-million dollar company can get 97 vehicles duty-free.While hardworking citizens have to pay two to three times the car’s value to clear it out of customs.

  7. sharonterrell
    August 21, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Well,Well,Well…Politics at it best thank you minister Dominic Fedee its high time the media be put in their place,they need to know that the political cards will not be aloud by the UWP.I would love to see them go after Kenny Anthony and the SLP in the same way,people know where Miguel Favrier stand.You need to stop pressing on the UWP and go after the St.lucia labor party.Why aren’t youll askingthe St.lucia labor party about Impacs,Rashamel, Grinberg,Roc,Lambirds,etc etc.The Hypocracy that youll journalist play is appalling.Why you’ll not pressing the SLP to answer why St.lucia so broke and all these messed up broken contracts was signed.Nothing was done under their Administration,for 15 years.These are the questions you’ll pigs should be answering.No but instead you’ll keep the fire going.Playing politics.

    1. The Crow
      August 22, 2017 at 9:59 am

      By the way, the word is allowed and not aloud. Aloud is just what Fedee displayed. He should have answered the question instead of meting out insults. If he had (answered) then we move on. Just shows how they are trapped by their lies and deception.

    2. Still There
      August 22, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      This is not partisan. This is of national interest. If it is yes say yes. If it is no, discredit the rumour by saying no.

  8. Lilac.
    August 21, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    SharonTerelle skunk

  9. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Sharon Terelle..You have all the answers you know it all.Why dont you hold a position in Government. eh.idiot you are Chart. .Chart Chart…

    1. Anonymous
      August 22, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Let us stop the personal attacks, let’s make our point and respond positively if we have to guys.

  10. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 6:54 am

    SharonTerelle shut your jaw.you are the biggest “PIG” you fool.

  11. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 7:05 am

    No no I agree with Sharon it appears that we donot and didnt ever put the SLP under such scrutiny however we are drilling these. St.lucians too hypocrite…. I TOTALLY AGREE WITH SHARON DRILL KENNY ABOUT THESE ISSUES … WHAT HAPPEN THEY GOT WIPED UNDER THE CARPET… STOP YOU ALL SHATE hypocrites!! Smdh

    1. The Crow
      August 22, 2017 at 11:26 am

      SLP couldn’t have been more under scrutiny. There was Rick Gwen, Andy Paul, Amothy Poleon, Juke Bwa Gwen, Brussel Rake, and many more.

  12. young mind
    August 22, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Mr. Minister you spoke about verifying information, who is the best person to verify this information? I thought you were the one responsible….anyway, there are consequences to all of our actions. Beware!

  13. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 7:21 am

    One tief leading the other. Where did that ugly fella Fedee come from?What

  14. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Like I always say. Shine the light of transparency on everything. It is the best antiseptic! Ask questions demand answers!

  15. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 8:21 am

    He is from Haiti or Africa one of them..do you love him?

  16. Mary
    August 22, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Sounds like US politicians. Avoid answering the question while insulting whomever asks the questions.

    Be thankful you have journalists willing to be honest with you. Politicians will always be politicians. Typically up to no good; attempting to keep the taxpayers from learning truth.

  17. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 9:14 am

    A simple yes or no question can be answered?

  18. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 9:58 am

    The person tht agree with Sharon y are we like tht it doesn’t matter which party thts is in power the point is he have to answer is like we kno his wrong but yet still we looking reasons y he shouldn’t answer SLP is not in power UWP is so Mr Minister answer the question pls

  19. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 10:28 am

    This Minister is shamelessly arrogant. In fact, the entire government is morally incompetent. These people preached transparency in opposition and now are governing in darkness. Politicians are professional con-artists. They con their way into office. They see politics as an avenue to quick wealth for themselves, family and close friends. The government ‘s diehard supporters always advance this line of defense for the wrongdoings of their ‘gods’. They accuse the previous administration of doing similar wrongs and even worse. How can you right a wrong with a wrong? Only light can drive out darkness. In order for St. Lucians to experience good governance, there must be sunshine in government. This government is insisting on operating in shadiness, refusing to rid itself of rotten apples, and withholding salient information from the public. I wished them well when they took the reigns of power but now I have become completely disillusioned by their deeply flawed behavior.

    1. Just Me
      August 23, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Absolutely agree with the Minister. I do not recall the coward media interrogating KENNY and his gang the way they do to this government. Well done MINISTER! Lucians must be the biggest idiots in the entire Caribbean. All talk and no action. This government is trying to bring about positive change to this bankrupt island but the jackasses want to continue with their corrupt ways. Devoid of ambition and sees begging as a successful strategy to removing themselves from poverty. They seem very satisfied with the hand to mouth so called jobs their masters were dishing out. Open your eyes Lucians! Haven’t you realise that Kenny was keeping you poor? UWP government is trying to get us out of bondage, give them a break!(Words deleted)

  20. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Well if he from another island what is he doing and leading in St Lucia ….. surprise, surprise. Pal take him for yours

  21. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Bad look for the minister

  22. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Wow wow just for a yes and no answer.are these ministers not accountable to us the citizens forget is the people who voted you .

  23. Amie dodo
    August 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Ebien gfet cause u are boy rowrow u all labour party boy there are more important things to go looking answer’s eg like rape victim’s etc OK

    1. The Crow
      August 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      I suppose, for you, schooling should be number one priority because you really need it.

  24. Merciful
    August 22, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    St Lucians wake up, we need a new political party these 2 political parties are made up of liars and thieves

  25. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    August 22, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Don’t like him.

  26. Melod
    August 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Demonic Fedee is an arrogant jackass who will be kicked out of office next election…not long to go!

  27. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Why don’t you’ll slp go and masterbate

  28. Dale Jacobs
    August 22, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    This was the very same individual who told us kweole has no status beyond our shores.

    A very bullish and corrosive culture prevails in this UWP administration and this is but just one example of it. Another very recent example are the calls from UWP for the termination of Dr Joseph’s position at UWI just because he put forward the argument that businessmen don’t make effective PMs. If anyone who criticize the party is fated then i must ask what type of nation building is it engaged in?

  29. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    It’s like this administration feels they cannot be questioned. The same arrogance they claim the former administration had, they doubled it

  30. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Just a simple yes or no, the mere fact that Fedee went down that route indicates that there is some truth to this rumor.

  31. Just Me
    August 23, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Dale Jacobs, you appear to have disagreed with the minister’s statement, “kweole has no status beyond our shores”. Can you please enlighten me by giving an example of where beyond our shores that kweole would benefit us? Oh! You may include in your examples any Banana Republic. On a closing note, I can recall that people from Castries seem not to understand or speak Kweole; I wonder why!

  32. Anonymous
    August 26, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Minister Fedee, it is your responsiblity to clear the air and dispel rumors-if indeed it is a rumour. From your attitude we all now suspect it is not a rumour at all. Wow!

  33. Anonymous
    August 26, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Mary you talk about the person who answer to..how comes Fedee is so ugly where is he from…yes i answered because we are born in his image and likeness. .and thats the creator himself. .no one created themselves

  34. John Smith
    August 26, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Fedee was wrong not to answer the question and Miguel was right in,insisting. You know something…..i believe that the government is hiding something here. Sandals is known for their wanton lobbying of politicians in,government and deliberately witholding revenues from them. Reference the Antigua vat situation. So by Fedee refusing to answer the question it follows that he was uncomfortable with it because he was unprepared for it. I bet you that this will come up again,and the truth will come out. This government is falling into the same trap that previous governments have and will pay dearly in political capital. Watch out UWP you will fall just like the last SLP government

  35. Anonymous
    August 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I’m sick and tired of both administration….in that thing called politics Christian’s turn their back on God… I’m going to soufriere next election year to vote for Herod Staniclaus.

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