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Barbs Traded In House – Money, P.M. Mistakes Dominate

Image: Tuesday’s House sitting ended abruptly following a series of gaffes by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

Image: Tuesday’s House sitting ended abruptly following a series of gaffes by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
Tuesday’s House sitting ended abruptly following a series of gaffes by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
PARLIAMENT ended abruptly last Tuesday following heated debate on both sides and a few slip-ups by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.

The 90-miunte session began on a tense note after the House failed to elect a Deputy Speaker. When the House last met about a month ago, Castries Central MP, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, reluctantly took up the post, resigning shortly thereafter to become a government minister.

Throughout the three requests from House Speaker, Leonne Theodore-John, to nominate a Deputy Speaker, the House remained silent, following which Theodore-John remarked: “Honourable members, I will read from this silence that it is not convenient at this time to elect a Deputy Speaker and so I will proceed at this juncture with the business of the House.”

However, Leader of the Opposition, Phillip J. Pierre, chided the government’s side for failing to uphold convention in electing a Deputy Speaker due to the appointment of its 11 Members of Parliament to ministerial posts.

“The Opposition reserves the right to do whatever is deemed necessary and fit in the circumstances since the government has failed its obligation as has been a custom in this Honourable House.”

However, Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business, Allen Chastanet responded to Pierre’s comments, citing the constitutionality of the situation.

“(The Constitution) says it’s the responsibility of the House (to elect a Deputy Speaker). The fact that he’s speaking about convention, I’m not so sure – given their own track record – how convention applies on this particular matter. I want it to be noted that this House is guided by the Constitution of Saint Lucia and not necessarily the references the honourable member from Castries East has made.”

The House Speaker then reminded the parliamentarians that it remains the responsibility of the entire House to elect a Deputy Speaker. However, she warned the House members that the vacant post must not remain so indefinitely.

“At this juncture, I am prepared to accept that it is not convenient so to do,” Theodore-John cautioned. “I am hoping that it is not the intention of the Parliament and parliamentarians that this House continues its business without a Deputy Speaker.”

Image: Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
The House’s business did go on with the appointment of sessional committees for Parliament. The following members were nominated by the Prime Minister for the respective standing committees:

• Public Accounts: Guy Joseph and Bradly Felix
• Standing Orders: Ezechiel Joseph and Sarah Flood-Beaubrun
• House: Dr. Gale Rigobert, Lenard “Spider” Montoute and Allen Chastanet, chair
• Privileges: Stephenson King and Herod Stanislas
• Regulations: Edmund Estephane and Dominic Fedee
Leader of the Opposition, Phillip J. Pierre, nominated the following members to the respective committees:
• Public Accounts: Phillip J. Pierre, chair, Dr. Ernest Hilaire and Alva Baptiste
• House: Phillip J. Pierre and Alva Baptiste
• Standing Orders: Moses Jn. Baptiste and Dr. Ernest Hilaire
• Regulations: Shawn Edward and Dr. Ernest Hilaire
• Privileges: Moses Jn. Baptiste and Shawn Edward

Several papers were laid on Tuesday, including Statutory Instrument No. 58 of 2016 Excise Tax (Amendment of Schedule 1) (No. 2) Order, and Statutory Instrument No. 59 of 2016 Saint Lucia Parliament – Proclamation Dissolving Parliament.

The Prime Minister sought Parliament’s authorization for the Minister for Finance to borrow by means of advances up to $55 million from commercial banks over the next six months, which shall be charged upon and paid out of the Consolidated Fund.

The Prime Minister said that in order for government to legally access short-term borrowing to meet current requirements, such as facilitating the renewal of government’s overdraft facilities, the need for parliamentary approval for the resolution becomes essential.

“Given the current requirements and the short-term forecasts of government’s operating expenditure, including monthly salaries and the anticipated usage of the overdraft facility, the Ministry of Finance is of the view that the $55 million is adequate,” Chastanet explained.

Leader of the Opposition, Phillip J. Pierre, indicated that the Opposition had no objections. The motion was eventually voted on and passed.

But the motion put forward that Parliament authorizes the Minister for Finance to re-issue the sum of US$29 million through ECFH Global Investment Solutions Ltd. given government’s anaemic fiscal situation created a stir on both sides of the House. While Chastanet said the re-issuance does not amount to new debt, Pierre raised concerns, including the rates at which the bonds would be re-issued.

“The devil is in the details and we do not have any details to deal with,” Pierre said. “So in this regard, the Opposition could not have the information necessary so that we could make a proper determination as to whether the action of the Minister of Finance was correct or not.”

The motion was voted on and passed.

The Prime Minister also sought Parliament’s permission to raise EC$80 million and US$13 million to refinance existing debt.

Pierre again requested more details from the Prime Minister, including the source of such funding and rates of interest.

But Castries North MP, Stephenson King, interjected, saying that parliamentarians are very much aware that the parliamentary approval the government was seeking is nothing new. King argued that while resolutions and motions should be presented to the House with qualified background information, the principle for the exercise is straightforward.

“(Most of us) are quite clear on the purpose for such a resolution and the importance of being able to seek the authority of the House to be able to raise such funds to be able to roll over the debt and to finance it,” King explained.

However, Castries South MP, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, accused the government of doing just what it promised it would not do should it assume office: engage in heavy borrowing. While Chastanet indicated that rolling over the debt would not be new debt, Dr.Hilaire argued that it was indeed borrowing and is likely to increase the nation’s debt financing mechanism.

“A rollover, by its very nature, is an extension of debt,” Dr.Hilaire said.

Castries Southeast MP, Guy Joseph, shot back, saying that government needed to borrow given the prevailing circumstances in order to finance the fiscal budget prepared by the previous government, a policy statement for which he said the then Opposition had limited information.

“When we were asking for the information in the Budget Debate, nobody was forthcoming,” Joseph said. “While we were there eagerly anticipating a debate on the policy position of the government for the $1.4 billion budget that they had presented, what did they do? They called the elections.”

The motion was voted on and passed.

The Inter-Governmental Agreement (Saint Lucia the United States of America) and the Money Laundering (Prevention) (Amendment) were the two bills down for readings on the day. The former was read for a third time and passed.

However, Chastanet’s learning on the job was evident as he made a few blunders in presenting the second bill. After moving that the bill be read for a second time at the next sitting of the House, he subsequently presented the same bill to the House.

After being reminded by the Speaker that he had already moved to have the bill read for a second time at the next House sitting, Chastanet moved that the House be adjourned.

Stan Bishop began his career in journalism in March 2008 writing freelance for The VOICE newspaper for six weeks before being hired as a part-time journalist there when one of the company’s journalists was overseas on assignment.

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    THE READERS OF THE VOICE KNEW IT ALL ALONG AND WARNED OUR PEOPLE.

    Unlike the unfortunate ones who are fed misinformation and propaganda by the likes of the Stripper on Steroids Rickets John Wayne Tabloid, THE VOICE OF SAINT LUCIA has not failed in presenting its readers with the hard facts about the crisis our country would face with a Allen Chastanet’s Government. My question to you readers who are upholders of Truth, WHY HAVE YOU NOT EXPRESSED YOUR SINCERE GRATITUDE TO THE MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYEES OF THIS NATIONAL TREASURE??

    You must have witnessed with your hearing and vision how accurate a picture had been painted of this colossus embarrassment Allen Chastanet, by the intelligent contributors to this Treasure, THE VOICE OF SAINT LUCIA. Please show your gratitude by thanking Allah for this Stellar Newspaper and the employees and Bloggers, who saved you from being conned by the master fraudsters Chastanet.

    Surah Al-Baqara/The Cow

    Similarly (to complete My Blessings on you) We have sent among you a Messenger (Muhammad SAW) of your own, reciting to you Our Verses (the Qur’ân) and purifying you, and teaching you the Book (the Qur’ân) and the Hikmah (i.e. Sunnah, Islâmic laws and Fiqh – jurisprudence), and teaching you that which you used not to know. (151)

    Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying,).[] I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me. (152)

    O you who believe! Seek help in patience and As-Salât (the prayer). Truly! Allâh is with As-Sâbirun (the patient.) (153)

    And say not of those who are killed in the Way of Allâh, “They are dead.” Nay, they are living, but you perceive (it) not. (154)

    CHASTANET APOLOGIZES FOR HIS SORRY IGNORANCE

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    The praying to dead people and the naked Caucasian man has instilled the worst fort of social acclamation in the minds of the Black Lucian and Africans in the diaspora.

    You are taught that God the most Kind and Beautiful is a Whiteman. Implicitly, you are told that the opposite of the Caucasian is Evil. You Blackman and Black-woman are Evil in inferior, and therefore subconsciously YOU HATE YOURSELVES AND ANYONE WHO REMINDS YOU OF YOUR SELVES OR RESEMBLES YOU.

    THAT IS THE REASON YOU HATED STEPHENSON KING AS YOUR LEADER – YOU ARE A SICK FOLK IN NEED OF PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION.

    THE ONLY WAY YOU WILL GET CURED, IS TO KILL THE WHITE JESUS AND THE WHITE GOD AND THE DEAD CAUCASIAN PEOPLE YOU PRAY TO, ASKING THEM FOR ASSISTANCE.

    NOW YOU HAVE THE WHITE PRIME MINSTER, AND THE WHITE WOMAN, NOW YOU ARE SOMEBODY! NOW YOU ARE HUMAN??

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    WHY LUCIANS HATE BLACK PEOPLE ? The Post Traumatic Effects of Slavery.

    Call to mind the Sunday afternoon some three years ago when the misguided cabal of House Negroes stated loudly and clearly, that Stephenson King was “too black and Uglier”(words of Josie) to be their leader, then selected the Ignorant imbecile Allen Chastanet to be leader over this Slave Plantation known as U.W.P.

    The disgraceful self-hating Negro Black Pete Josie, went on to comment, how the “White” Allen Chastanet looked so handsome, that the Black people of St. Lucia should thank white Jesus-GOD for blessing this island of marooned Africans for granting them the honor of having a “white-settler” woman as First Lady over the Black savages of this Pleasure Island, who worship a dead Caucasian man as their God and master, ate his body, and drunk his blood, in an effort to make them white as snow.

    DR. AL-AMEEN, along with other scholars admonished the readers of this Newspaper that the selection of the mentally retarded Allen Chastanet would result in our country’s ruin. Most of us heeded the admonitions, and realized the statements of admonitions had quickly materialized with Allen Chastanet’s demolition-Derby of the U.W.P.

    Allen Chastanet begun executing petty vendettas on the individuals who attempted to rehabilitate his ignorance, and in the process destroyed the political career of Black Richard Frederick, and publicly humiliating the Negro Stephenson King, firing him as Parliamentary Leader of the Opposition, and discarding the contents of his office into the Castries River, and having his office padlocked.

    NOTE: there’s a difference between a Blackman and a Negro.

    FREDERICK: ALLEN CHASTANET NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67CTLS4_hLY

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  4. ………Marchand and Leslie Land are areas that tourist are being asked to avoid because of high incidents of crimes….Note to Phillip J. Pierre: stop your contentious BS over the appointment of a Deputy Speaker;…get your black ass out there and clean-up your constituency!!

    1. You really think that I want Caucasians coming to view us “natives” to put us in National Geographic?? With Allen and King putting on this Puppet Jackass routine, Caucasians can stay at home in the U.S.A. and be given free entertainment without coming to Black Maley Gap to take pictures of me in a cage.

  5. jack…………………………………. ass those areas have never been places of visitation by tourist. !!!

    SAMJ… YOUR BRAIN IS THE LOWEST BLOODY BRAND OF ZINC METAL BUCKET FULL OF LADJIDJIT AND WILACHMAN ONLY SHIT POURING FROM YOUR ZINC METAL BRAIN.
    YOU CAN NEVER SAY WHEN LAST YOU EVER SAW THE SUN LIGHT TELL ME CAN U C IT FROM THE POLICE BARRICADE OF YOUR CRAB-HOLE? IN NEW YORK IF YOU EVER GET THE CHANCE 2 B OUTSIDE OF THAT BARRICADE THE POLICE WILL GET U 4 JAYWALKING NO FREEDOM IF YOUR ALLEN ( THAT BRAINLESS FOOL LOOS-SCREW MENTAL RETARD EVER THINK HE WILL HAVE US LIVING LIKE U IN YOUR CONDITION WITH COCKROACH, FLAYS,SCORPIONS, CENTIPEDE CRAWLING ALL OVER YOUR BODY YOU CAN’T NEVER MOVE AT THE TIME IF U DO YOU ARE A DEAD NIGGER. IF U GO OUTSIDE U ARE A DEAD NIGGER. . OR IF HE THINK HE WILL SELL US INTO SLAVERY 2 THE CHINES. ??????????????
    U AND HE BETTER HAVE YOU’LL HEADS BASH WITH A JACKHAMMER.

  6. SAMJ UKEBOIS, NY

    You Looosians are so messed up in the head, a condition brought about by your praying to dead people and the worship of a naked “white” man as your God and Master. You Looosians are the only Black Country on Earth who thinks that only “White” men and Mulattoes can lead St. Lucia in 2016, and because of that mental incapacity, brought disgrace and shame on me as a boy from Leslie Land Road/En Ba Mango, by making the Retarded “White” man and his White settler family Prime Minster and Rulers over the Black boys and girls of St. Lucia.

    You clueless idiots were warned incessantly by many of the conscious ones among us, but you chose to hear the piping of Negro Sambos Rickets John Wayne and Black Pete and other Negro vermin not worth mentioning, making the dyslexic imbecile Allen Chastanet your P.M., saying that the Black Stephenson king was too Black, and too stupid to speak on your behalf, and his lips too big to be your leader.

    My question to you brain-damaged Negroes who call yourselves Roman Catholics: DID YOU WITNESS WITH YOUR OWN VISION AND HEARING, THAT THE VERY SAME BLACK STEPHENSON KING, HAD TO PLAY THE ROLE OF VENTRILOQUIST WHILE PULLING THE STRINGS OF PINOCCHIO ALLEN CHASTANET ON PLEASURE ISLAND ?

    Why have you not set up crosses along the highway and crucified the traitors Black Pete and John Wayne who sold you out for fifty-cents ? In case you missed the Ventriloquist and puppet show in Parliament let me show you the international EMBARRASSMENT known as Pinocchio Allen Chastanet.

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    ALLEN CHASTANET:

    Why are you refusing to do the honorable thing and RESIGN from the Government of St. Lucia immediately, without taking our people whose Language and Culture you and the Chastanet Crime Family hates with a passion. Please RESIGN IMMEDIATELY! STOP dragging our country and its people in the mud and Kaka Chien, with your LYING, VILLAINOUS, DECEITFUL, BOGUS, CORRUPT AND DYSLEXIC SELF – Las enbarwase moune, sackwey kooyon.

    Allen some of us are fully aware that you intend to do nothing addressing the innumerable murders(much more than 12) committed by your U.W.P, the Chastanet Crime Family, and the Killers in R.S.L.P.F. under Pinochet Francois, and through your inaction allow the pecuniary sanctions imposed by the USA to continue bankrupting the Lucian Treasury, and securing the boot of the Chastanet Crime Family upon the necks of the people they call Niggers.

    You have now entered into a secret plot with some of the world’s most unsavory criminals, to give away the southern quarters of St. Lucia, and extract billions of dollars from the people to line the pockets of the CHASTANET CRIME FAMILY and the mobster Toe Ah Khing, which will certainly bankrupt our country and lay us at the feet of the International Criminal Bankers/ IMF. Allen Chastanet YOU MUST RELINQUISH YOUR REIGN OF TERROR OVER THE PEOPLE of SAINT LUCIA IMMEDIATELY.

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