PM: Bar Association Did Not Consult Its Members On COVID-19 Bill

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says he came to the realisation that the Saint Lucia Bar Association did not consult its own members in expressing concern overĀ  the COVID-19 Prevention & Control bill.

The Bar, the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association (SLHTA) have all called for public consultation on the measure.

Castanet responded Tuesday as the bill went before parliament and was passed.

He said he only saw a letter from the Bar Association asking that the bill be deferred late Monday night.

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“It was an interesting letter,” the PM told reporters.

He said he did not think there was anything that the letter raised that would have caused his administration to change direction.

Chastanet disclosed that he was a little taken aback because when he called other lawyers, he realised that the Bar Association itself had not consulted its own members.

“There certainly seemed to be a varied mood of the interpretation of what was being done,” he stated.

“I don’t think that we are doing anything wrong here – we are simply putting into one act, what we have currently been doing,” Chastanet explained.

“I would like to say to everybody ‘How can you argue with success?'” The PM stated.

He recalled that the government has done what it is supposed to do – protect the lives of Saint Lucians amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chastanet observed that no one has died here as a result of the pandemic.

“We have only had 27 cases. We are considered to be the best in the Caribbean – one of the best in the world andĀ  more importantly we have done so while opening up the economy,” he asserted.

“That’s the other side of it, because you may be able to help persons on the health side of it, but it’s the economic side,” Chastanet told reporters.

He said the legislation that was before parliament was necessary to continue doing what local authorities have been doing.

The PM declared that there is evidence to show that the efforts have been successful.

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