Belrose Speaks Out On Treatment Of Saint Lucian Women In Canadian Farm Programme

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The Deputy Chair of the opposition United workers Party (UWP) has spoken out regarding reports of the ill-treatment off Saint Lucian women who went to Canada in that country’s seasonal farm workers programme.

Fortuna Belrose told a news conference on Thursday that the programme had worked well for Saint Lucia, bringing many benefits.

But she admitted that there had been challenges.

Nevertheless, she indicated that there should have been a repository of information on managing the initiative effectively.

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“It is always important that any project we undertake, particularly when it’s the first time we are doing it, that there should be be more due diligence done with respect to the delivery of that particular programme for our women,” the former Minister noted.

And she declared that a UWP administration would have written to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding the treatment of local women on his country’s farm workers programmme.

“I could tell you if it were our government in office, we would have written to Mr. Trudeau a long time ago indicating to him that the behaviour meted out to our women is not acceptable,” Belrose stated.

“We needed to be firm on this,” she asserted.

Headline photo: Fortuna Belrose (Stock image)

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8 COMMENTS

  1. everything have its challenges the next time they should review the farm record on what people say about it. It is not the government fault, we Caribbean people think that when u travel everything is perfect and its not. the same tourist can come to st lucia and have bad experience but at the same time u have to start somewhere to move on to better things. Most of us wants to move overseas that is some of the challenges we face.

  2. Chas would have said it’s their fault they are single parents who must go to Canada to earn a bread to feed their children. Smh. He wouldn’t help. Neither would you. Women who feel they have made it are usually the last to help other women.

  3. Marchand is in the state it is because the people there did not vote into the philosophy of the UWP!! gtfoh

    “But she admitted that there had been challenges.” Why weren’t they communicated with the incoming government?

    “Nevertheless, she indicated that there should have been a repository of information on managing the initiative effectively.” Should have been? Why you never kept the repository so that future women could see the lessons learned or how to solve any issues with the program!

    I am convinced that politicians like her are the scumbags of the galaxy!

  4. Is this lady serious? She stated “It is always important that any project we undertake, particularly when it’s the first time we are doing it, that there should be be more due diligence done with respect to the delivery of that particular programme.” Is due diligence only for women’s projects? While you and your team were in power, what due diligence was done regarding DSH? What due diligence was done regarding St. Judes? What due diligence was done regarding your statement on districts who did not support UWP? We have not forgotten! You are irrelevant!

  5. Belrose with all due respect I hate this program for women. I would rather that women take up farm jobs as supervisors or to train people in agriculture. I would rather women be like the Taiwanese coming here into a foreign country and teach how to plant certain crops not to be treated as low life slaves when we know how this can turn out. We are not even training our women to pick fruits here or harvest crops yet we are willing to send them in a foreign country to do farm work like this. Leave it to the men. Were the representatives not aware of the job description? When any contract is sign a St Lucia representative should have been present. We send alot of illiterate people on their own with no proper representation.

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