Former Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony has lamented the way former Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy and Jeanine Compton-Antoine were treated by the current Allen Chastanet administration.
Dame Pearlette was the first woman to hold he office, into which she was sworn in on 19 September 1997, during a Doctor Kenny Anthony administration.
She left office on 31 December 2017 after the Allen Chastanet administration came to power in 2016.
Reports suggested that she was forced out of office.
“Who can ever forget how the former Governor General was treated? She virtually had to go on bended knees to get what was due to her,” Anthony asserted as he criticised the way the Prime Minister handles political issues.
“She had to seek legal advice to impress upon the government that she was treated wrongly. Now, you don’t do these things. There is a certain manner in doing these things. There has to be honour in government, that’s the point I am making. It comes to haunt you eventually,” the Vieux Fort South MP declared.
He made the comments on the Radio Caribbean International (RCI) programme, The Lunch Room.
Anthony also spoke about the way Jeanine Compton-Antoine was treated by Chastanet who rejected her appointment as Director of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT).
The trust accused Chastanet of invoking personal differences in rejecting the appointment.
Former Prime Minister Anthony recalled that Compton-Antoine was Saint Lucia’s representative on the International Whaling Commission (IWC) during his tenure.
“I kept her there because she was one of the few persons after Mr. (Horace) Walters who had a fairly good knowledge of the IWC and how it works. We had a very respectful relationship. Once there were very difficult issues at the IWC, she would ask for a meeting to discuss the possible approach, the possible stance of the government of Saint Lucia,” Anthony disclosed.
“I am not ever saying that the Saint Lucia Labour Party is without fault in making appointments but we have never gone to such extremes as the current government,” Anthony asserted.
He expressed the view that the Jeanine Compton-Antoine affair was a very unfortunate example and unfortunate precedent.
According to the Vieux Fort South PM, there aren’t many persons as qualified as she is to have handled the position at the national trust.
“I mean she has supported the trust for years. She understands the agenda of the trust she understands the philosophy,” he told The Lunch Room.
He recalled that former Prime Minister, the late Sir John Compton, when he created the National Trust understood that it was an entity that needed to bring all parties together.
“For that reason he never opposed the role of Julian Hunte in the trust and Julian Hunte played a leading role in helping to shape the trust,” Anthony stated.
Reflecting on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s ‘moral tone’ during his address to mark the 41st anniversary of this country’s independence, Anthony expressed the hope that if the PM is going to adopt a new moral tone, then it will translate into a new approach to governance and recognizing that the country cannot continue to be governed “with all this dissent, this division, this rancor and divisiveness. ”
“The Prime Minister has to learn to pour oil over troubled waters,” Anthony declared.