Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Hilaire: ‘I Did Not Enter Politics To Earn a Salary!’

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Castries South MP, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, has declared in a Facebook post  that he did not enter politics to earn a salary.

The post appeared on Hilaire’s official page last week, as he responded to comments attributed to Director of Implementation, Nancy Charles.

Reproduced below is the response of the Castries South MP, headlined: ‘Evil Thinks What Evil Does!’ 

Someone sent me a screenshot of comments made by Nancy Charles, Director of Implementation, which I have posted below. Essentially Nancy is continuing peddling the lies and deceit of a corrupt UWP, that I bought and own two Range Rovers and could not have afforded such and therefore involved in nefarious activities. The person was disgusted by such low level politics and thought I should answer her with the facts.

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You will recall that Nancy and UWP first claimed that I had stolen the Government’s vehicle then it was Juffali’s vehicle now it is I could not have afforded to buy vehicles on an Ambassador’s salary so it had to be money laundering. Here are the FACTS.

1. I bought a Range Rover on behalf of my brother.

2. My brother, who was serving as a regional diplomat and had tax free status, took a loan and sent the money for the purchase. He is still paying the loan. UWP have access to all private citizens accounts, she can easily check it out.

3. I later on bought a Discovery Sport for myself using my own Funds.

4. I am pleased to let Nancy know that I have had a professional track record and career before politics. After attaining a PhD from the London School of Economics, I have had the following jobs:

– CEO of Cricket World St.Lucia Inc;
– Associate Consultant at world-renowned McKinsey and Company based in New Jersey:
– Tournament Director for the ICC World T20 Tournament (regional job with tax free status);
– CEO of West Indies Cricket Board (regional job with tax free status);
– High Commissioner to UK (diplomatic posting with tax free status).

Without disclosing my salaries and savings from previous jobs, I can say that the job of Ambassador was among the lower paying jobs that I have had.

Surely I could have bought a vehicle. There are people in your UWP who have worked no where, could not afford to pay their debts or held no such high paying jobs, who are supposedly on a Minister Salary, but own million dollar Houses, Condos, Villas, Trucks and buses, high-end Vehicles, acres of land all over the island, shares in construction companies, yet you say nothing. How are they affording it Nancy? How are you affording it Nancy? Tell the tax payers.

You see, I did not enter politics to earn a salary but to serve my people and my country. I believe in my people and I believe in putting people first!

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