Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Chastanet Criticises SLP Over Discrepancies Between Its Words And Actions

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Opposition leader Allen Chastanet has criticised the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government for not matching its words with actions.

The former Prime Minister told reporters that the people heard many words leading up to July 26, 2021, general elections which swept labour into government.

But Chastanet declared that the SLP’s actions had not matched its words.

By way of example, he referred to the situation with Minelle.

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Minelle has been a calypso monarch multiple times and recently was the target of a vicious attack that resulted in her hospitalisation.

“My heart really goes out to her. But here is a cultural icon and you would have thought that the government of the day would have done more to help her. So again here it is in opposition words were: ‘Women Power. Represent our own culture and support it’. But here’s an opportunity to be able to do that and they haven’t,” Chastanet declared.

“The list goes on and on,” he asserted.

Chastanet also referred to an ongoing project at Vigie, noting that generally, in a ‘guava season like this’ with so many unemployed individuals, the sidewalks and drains would at least be sub-divided into multiple contracts.

But instead, the former Prime Minister told reporters that someone with a ‘squeaky voice’ got the contract.

He did not go into detail.

Chstanet spoke Tuesday on the sidelines of parliament, where several bills were down for consideration.

He told reporters that all bills are important because they pertain to the country’s governance.

And the United Workers Party (UWP) Leader observed that the bills indicate the government’s direction.

However he said the irony was that the SLP had all the solutions to problems while in opposition.

“And here is it they are in government and I see many money bills – $18 Million for the blue economy, other monies being allocated,” the Micoud South MP observed.

“You would have thought they would have repurposed those monies because the need on the ground right now is dire,” Chastanet told reporters.

“So the income support programmes, programmes to stimulate economic activity on the ground – you would have thought that would have been the priority of this government,” Chastanet stated.

The former Prime Minister declared that he had no idea regarding the direction of the labour administration, but he knew what was happening on the ground.

Headline photo: Allen Chastanet (Stock image)

 

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8 COMMENTS

  1. This banana republic is already bankrupt it is only time for it to reach the level like the ongoing situation in Sri Lanka. Both in governance inside and out are putting us all into a precipice. I predict our economy will soon be controlled by the taiwanese or Chinese. Because our credit line is already vaporizer with the IMF CDB and other OAS funding sources. Because why we are putting all our eggs in one basket and on the flip side we behave like crabs in a basket.

  2. A good name is better than fine perfume. As a dream comes when there are many cares, as money is a shelter.
    In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these :
    Whoever loves money never has money enough,and all man’s efforts are for his mouth,yet his appetite is never enough satisfied.
    When times are good enjoy (rejoice).
    And when times are bad think (consider !!

  3. @Troy Francis there is nothing wrong with any opposition challenging whichever government who is in power. The government has already allocated 1 million dollars of your tax money to appoint a special prosecutor, hopefully you will have your answer to all your questions.

    • You are fixated on 1 million but don’t see the monies being used way in excess of 1 million to do right by those who need it.

  4. Mr. Chas, the 600 million dollars you borrowed when you were in office, what did you do with it? Name one project you started and completed, just one,. Did you borrow monies to repair roads, which road did you complete?

    • This is what he did:

      Reduced unemployment from 25% to 16%. Especially among the youth which was about 50%. Upgrade and repair schools among many other things that are well documented. Most importanly, grew the economy by 12.2% during the pandemic. Second highest in the wnole caribbean. Only Guyana did better because of the oil discovery. Now I know, like me, you are waiting for the Guy/Chastanet investigation.

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