Former employee of the then Saint Lucia Tourist Board, Marcia Clarke, asserting that Allen Chastanet was a failure as Tourism Minister and declaring that opposition leader Philip J. Pierre was the best thing that ever happened to the industry, on Sunday paid tribute to Pierre’s honesty and integrity.
Clarke was among persons in attendance at a Town Hall meeting in Brooklyn, New York at which Pierre was present.
She recalled that as Minister of Tourism, Pierre was honest.
She recalled that as minister, when he travelled he would ensure he paid back the then Saint Lucia Tourist Board whatever he owed.
“ I can put my neck on a block and tell them that when it comes to integrity and ethics you are high on the pedestal,” Clarke declared to applause from those in attendance.
On the other hand, she described Allen Chastanet as a failure when he served as Minister of Tourism.
“We voted Allen as our Prime Minister when we know very well that as a Minister of Tourism he failed miserably. I worked with him under the tourist board – he failed miserably. There was boxing in paradise – failure; there was health and wellness – failure; there was food and rum – failure. It was one failure after another,” the former tourism industry employee asserted.
Clarke expressed the view that Saint Lucians need to be politically educated.
She was of the opinion that it is one of the biggest issues facing the electorate.
“When a man stands on a podium and he says to our Saint Lucian people ‘I am going to go to the President of the United States and he’s going to remove visas so that we can go to the United States and don’t need visas’ and you hear ‘yaaaayyyy’ ; they clap; there is something fundamentally wrong with our people,” Clarke stated.
“When you say to me that there will be ‘ching ching’ in our pockets and our young people fall for that ,it tells me that we are not politically educated,” she told the Brooklyn Town Hall meeting.
According to Clarke, during the last election supporters of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) got caught up in the fray and voted against the party because of all the ‘nonsensical promises ’ made by the United Workers Party (UWP).
She said irrespective of all the nonsense that is going on now in Saint Lucia, there are still people who believe everything that is being said.
She described the situation as frightening.
“ We need to educate our populace because we will run into some serious problems if this continues,” Clarke warned.