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Ernest Hilaire on Juffali affair: “There was no deal”

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Ernest Hilaire. Photo: Randy Brooks

Ernest Hilaire. Photo: Randy Brooks

Former Saint Lucia British High Commissioner and confirmed Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) candidate for Castries South, Ernest Hilarie, has debunked claims that the current administration made some kind of “deal” with the country’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Dr. Walid Juffali.

Hilarie, who made an appearance on Current Affairs on MBC Television on Tuesday evening, said Dr. Juffali’s appointment had nothing to do with any deal, stating that the SLP does not operate that way. He also defended Dr. Juffali’s reputation as a well-respected diplomat on the international stage.

The SLP candidate questioned whether there was any deal when American actor Steven Segal was made an ambassador. On that note, Hilarie lashed out at the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) for the stance it has taken on this issue, which has brought the country’s reputation into question.

“You don’t go about and announce to the world x, y, z is the case, and start accusing individuals, because at the end of the day the reputation of your country like the opposition is claiming, is important and must be treated with importance and respect. In diplomacy, there are so many things you get to know that previous governments would have done, you don’t go and announce it to the entire world,” he said.

Questioned as to whether Saint Lucia has benefited in any way from the Saudi billionaire’s appointment, Hilaire contends that Dr. Juffali has helped with investment promotion and has expressed an interest in assisting the government to train local personnel in maritime affairs, among other things.

Hilaire did not accept the criticism that Dr. Juffali should not be Saint Lucia’s Permanent Representative to the IMO because he lacks qualification in maritime affairs, stating that he too is not qualified in that particular field, but served on the IMO before Dr. Juffali was officially appointed.

“I only attended one meeting. I was required to attend, where Saint Lucia had to present its position and we had to vote. Technical people with actual technical skills attend all the technical sessions and do all the detail work that has to be done. So SLASPA sends all the technical people to attend those meetings, as well as staff of the St Lucia High Commission,” the SLP candidate explained.

Hilaire, who is trained in international relations/diplomacy argued that Saint Lucia cannot be represented just by a simple representative, but someone like Dr. Juffali, who he described as a person with stature.

“You need somebody there to go to the plenary sessions when Saint Lucia has to present a paper that has stature. He has the stature,” he added.

The former Saint Lucia diplomat said Dr Juffali is also the honorary consul for Denmark and he was given a knighthood by a Pope. He has also received some of the highest awards by leaders of the middle east.

Hilaire said in addition to that the Saudi billionaire has a strong diplomatic background.

Asked what he thinks about the statement being made by the UWP where they have vowed to have Dr. Juffali removed as a Saint Lucia diplomat if the party is elected to office, Hilaire said the UWP has to decide what is best for the country and not to be politically vindictive and divisive.

“It’s up to the UWP to decide whether it will end all relationships which Saint Lucia established because it was done by the SLP. It is up to the UWP to decide that every programme started by the SLP must be ended because the SLP started it,” he opined.

Hilaire said this decision will determine the maturity of the party, stating that if someone is going to lead a country, they must think of the national interest of the country.

“But we all know and you have seen from the actions of Allen Chastanet that’s the exact style of leadership he exhibits. He has decimated his party and disrespected his colleagues,” Hilaire remarked.

The SLP candidate does not believe that the Juffali affair will have any impact on his campaign to become the next MP for Castries South, because he is confident that he has what it takes to get the job done.

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31 comments

  1. there was no deal says helaire
    then we wont be getting the research center
    where is our head at

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  2. Hilaire has just demonstrated again what the SLP thinks about us. We are damn fools

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  3. Be WEARY of any politician who uses these two "P" words in one sentence, actually in anyone paragraph - Promise and Projection

    Ernest, for someone who held the office of High Commissioner, for someone who knows full well the rumours and speculation surronding the appointment of Juffali, for someone who knows the international media attention this case has attracted. Is the above honestly your official response to the matter???????

    Am aware it's an extract from your Current Affairs appearance and SNO may have truncated interview, which I highly doubt being how such HOT topic it is.

    Come on man stop under estimating and blatantly INSULTING St Lucian's intelligence.

    We've come a long way, the politics style of yester year is LONG over.

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  4. Is it too late now to say sorry???

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  5. nobody likes arrogance and hillaire is saturated with it

    (8)(1)
  6. Hilaire you must think us utter idiots! Some one of stature???? So am I to deduce that you believe there are no natives of "stature" to choose from that you would recruit a Saudi? It was you who said he needs not have qualifications for the IMO..so why was he chosen, why was he sought out or rather why did he seek us out?

    Further the gall of the SLP to state that the UWP put this issue on blast. BULLSHIT. The UK papers were all over this issue because this will be the biggest divorce settlement in the history of England. So to suggest that it is their fault is utter crap.

    And if I recall it was your party leader who put our entire country in the pits with the U.S. by providing them with information they could use as ammunition against our country. This is why we have the impacs report. We all know it was Kenny Anthony..so stop the BULL. Y'all will do anything for power!

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  7. Ernie my boy , you can only get away with that crap on sesame street, St Lucians moved out of that neighbourhood a long long time ago.Although I am not too keen on Mary Issac myself, but I think she will give you a SPANKING>. The people of St. Lucia have rejectedd you You will find that out very very soon.
    G.J

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  8. If there was ever a time for voters to make an example of a politician its with this fraudster at the next general election.
    I mean how much more crap is still left in these guys?
    This guy should not even be eligible for public office.

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  9. It will be interesting to see what has been promised to the candidate thats has been ousted to make way for yours truely, Is it a diplomatic post, a representative on an international body...........shall we phone a friend........Ernest you are the weakest link....Good Bye!

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  10. Thanks helaire, you and Dr Kenny on a different page. Do not give us that crap u talking about. U forgot Kenny said it was a diabetic centre the man promise. Smh..

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    • Two very promising characters. Goodness Gracious! Are they not always full of promises? Now there is a promise that has gone missing? In the SLP lexicon "promise" = "lie".

      Lennox is always right about such things. You have to be a real dummy not to register that already. The SLP is a lying machine. Like the $100, 000, 000 for the jobs, jobs, jobs, it is just, lies, lies, lies.

      Whenever and from whomever there is a promise, beware!!!!! Be on guard, for the better days. Seeing them anywhere? Or is it just more lies.

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  11. Just another CROOK LIKE KENNY. HELAIRE YOU ARE AN ALLEGED LIAR AND ANOTHER CROOK IN THE LABOR PARTY. This political party suits you because you would be bad for the UWP.

    Stay on the SLP side, it works for you. It's crazy what people do for money and authority.

    They make up stories and lies.

    (55)(4)
  12. You just labelled all st Lucians fools!

    (47)(2)
  13. I was jus about to say to me be did not make mention of the center. Lol lol

    (44)(2)
  14. What bullshit is that? So the diabetes research centre was only a promise. You just get into politics and you already lying more than Kenny and Tony.

    (50)(3)
  15. You mean Hilaire has the audacity to tell the media he got zilch from the diplomatic bobol! But I am not surprised! Only dead heads who cannot see, nor hear, nor understand will take this man's word at face value.

    Now he is desperate to score political points and in a bid to benefit further from the jobs for the boys scheme allegedly perpetuated by the SLP, he will say whatever he thinks will get his hands on power. He now has to move pass Juffalli and look to CIP for profits.

    The people of Castries South should be very concerned about this character and even more so, the wider public because we have witnessed the repercussions of his alleged deceitful ways. Meanwhile he hides behind KDA skirts which is shielding him again and again from a just and deserving investigation into what went on in London.

    In addition he is even rewarded with a political seat where the incumbent was kicked out to make way for him. If they have all lost their marbles in that party it is up to us St. Lucians to show them the path to go find them. And the only way to accomplish this is to give them a good shove out of office.

    (66)(5)
  16. Too Little Too late

    Dear Sir We are in March. This Story Broke all the way back in November if i remember correctly. Now you are making rounds looking for votes. only now you make a statement. i do not trust you Neither your leader. Good luck in the elections but my vote will not be for you sorry.

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  17. The traitors are laughing at our suffering and our pain. Just like their mentor, these moron are indifferent to the harm and repercussions of their actions.

    Take our tormentors' mug and national albatrosses out of media, public life, and out of office for good! The entire SLP has lost its way. We are tired of these architects of 'better days.'

    Saint Lucia deserves a lot better. Anything one else but SLP.

    PATRIOTIC SAINT LUCIANS KEEP TRAITORS OUT. We know who they are.

    PATRIOTS DON'T VOTE FOR TRAITORS.

    (69)(4)
  18. so just now if it was me do yall ever think that if a deal had happen that i would EVER say that after all that happend in this jufalli affair , i mean hilair could be telling the truth but if he isnt he would never say what transpired.

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  19. I am not even about to criticize Hilaire in terms of the crap that he speaks. However I would like to know if Hilaire and others knew that Juffali was dying? If they knew, as was later revealed by his inability to attend meetings or play the "stature" role which Hilaire described, how comes he was still appointed? Can a dying or dead man exhibit stature? Additionally did Hilaire know the "other" reputation that Juffaili had acquired as a diplomat? Lets face it, anybody can buy an award from the pope, go check history. The more these people open their mouths in trying to defend something which is wrong then the more traps they set for themselves.

    With a pending legal battle over the issue he will come to the media and say all these things but will he answer any questions on the issue? Its a sure bet the he will say that the matter is before the courts. Notice how he avoided the question on whether Juffali was in possession of a St. Lucian passport.
    By the way it is not the Opposition or us who declared the whole thing to be a sham or "spurious" it was the UK Courts, so if Hilaire has a problem then it would better to take it there. What concerns us as citizens is what is this whole issue going to cost us in terms of friends, money and reputation. This will come into even sharper focus when the international community will be focusing on how long it would take for a matter of public and international interest to be heard in our courts. Perhaps the indictement for which they are waiting. It will no longer be an excuse but an act of contempt to the citizens and the rest of the world. Tanto Tanto.

    So Kenny in your own interest make sure that case is heard before elections.

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  20. Wow those guys really think St Lucian's are stupid "Ernest Hilaire " is that all you can say or what they told you to say? When will you guys stop and think about what is going to happen to us St Lucian's ..... I'll pray for you'll

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  21. Go tell that to the learned judge in England who concluded that Dr.Juffali's appointment was "spurious".
    If a judge can come to that conclusion then why is it so ridiculous for the ordinary man like myself to feel that way. We are entitled to feel that way cause it looks that way.
    What you need to do is not look at us contemptuously as though we are fools with absolutely no sense of logic.
    And if indeed you believe us to be wrong and can prove us to be wrong because you of all people should know the truth then provide us with the facts to justify your "truth" and do not, I repeat, DO NOT insult us.

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  22. To begin with, Juffali needs training in Maritime Affairs because he knows NOTHING about it! So before saying he offered to help the government train persons he should make sure he has the training needed for the job he bought diplomatic immunity to do! The man said no such thing! My LIE DETECTOR determines that that is a LIE!
    What about the diabetes centre? As we already suspected here was never a deal to have a diabetes centre. This was said when the story broke to fool the people about the Juffali appointment. There will be no centre because the man never promised that. My LIE DETECTOR determines that that was a LIE!
    What investment has Juffali helped to bring to St. Lucia? SLP loud mouths would have been shouting this from the rooftops. Did he built a concrete path somewhere? My LIE DETECTOR determines that that is a LIE!
    I thought in the first instance Juffali was doing this for us for free because he LORRRRRVVVESSS St. Lucia. My LIE DETECTOR determines that that is a LIE!
    Basically Juffali will be doing nothing for St. Lucia. All that Ernest mentioned is obscure and cannot be proven. Juffali does not owe us jack shit, because he allegedly paid for his diplomacy.
    The question is whom did he pay and where is that money!
    My LIE DETECTOR determines that the answer will be a lie!
    And to you Ernest HeLIE What did you benefit personally? ___________ My LIE DETECTOR determines your answer will be a LIE!

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  23. Well said bro.Dont take Mary lightly do your home work.You have what it takes.

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  24. A whole set of foolishness as if he would come to say I made a deal or I was wrong. I want to know if Saint lucia approached Juffali or vice versa?. I want to know if we were aware of his marital situation before making him ambassador or after? Also if the IMO meetings are not important then do we need to be party or members of this organization. We have had cases where government Ministers or officials are paid to attend meetings overseas and they never do so who will put their foot down and say this is not allowed.

    We need to address the underlying issues which is : does the nation need to be informed of diplomatic appointments (not via foreign media), if a representative is chosen to attend meetings then what is the repercussion if they do not attend (diplomat or Minister or official or government officer). We need questions answered for relevant issues not roro or calling on SLP followers to wage a war on Chastanets or Barnards or US or EU.

    (27)(5)
  25. Overseas and Disappointed

    Is this really the best you could muster after being silent on this issue for so long?? If you really believed any of what you said here why haven't you just come out and said this earlier in an official capacity so that the nation can move on. Rather than let the wheels keep spinning and spewing out political platitudes, if this was true it should have been immediately conveyed and dealt with. You also haven't truly answered any of these five questions

    where exactly the investment from Dr. Juffali has been spent; where is the diabetes clinic he promised; whether there were any other promises made by Dr. Juffali and whether he delivered on them; whether there were any preconditions requested by Dr. Juffali; and whether anybody from St. Lucia personally benefited from his appointment.

    You have succeeded in not-so-expertly skirting around the topic and delivering more political rhetoric that brings everyone nowhere.

    In short all your statement has done is openly declare a massive disrespect for the intelligence and dignity for the people of saint Lucia and a tremendous lack of integrity and backbone for yourself. I sincerely hope the saint Lucian population can prove themselves smarter than the Americans, who decided to vote for trump, and can exorcise you, your toxic ringleader and the rest of your cancerous posse within SLP and the government.

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  26. Say it like it is

    YET AGAIN ANOTHER RESPONSE TO THE JUFFALI AFFAIR THAT SEEMS TO INSULT THE INTELLIGENCE OF SAINT LUCIANS. THE JUDGE IN ENGLAND STATED THAT JUFFALI HAS A HISTORY OF TRYING TO AVOID HIS RESPONSIBILITIES BY USING HIS STATURE.

    THE SAME STATURE HE MAY HAVE USED TO EARN WHATEVER KNIGHTHOOD OR DIPLOMATIC PAPERS HE HAS NOW. CLEARLY HE HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING FOR SAINT LUCIA EXCEPT DRAGGING ITS CITIZENS INTO HIS DIRTY DIVORCE DIVORCE MATTER. WHO WILL PAY FOR THE LEGAL COST OF HIS EX WIFE'S LEGAL ACTION IN SAINT LUCIA AND MORE SO HOW WILL THE DAMAGE TO OUR REPUTATION BE RESTORED.

    HILLAIRE IS CLEARLY ARROGANT AS HE SEEMS ONLY CONCERNED ABOUT HIS ONW SELF AND HIS OWN SUCCESS BE IT AT WHATEVER COST. DOESN'T HE REALIZE THAT SAINT LUCIA IS REFERRED TO AS A TAX HAVERN BY SOME OF THE BRITISH PAPERS.

    SHOULDN'T OUR GOVERNMENT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR TRAINING ITS OWN REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE IMO IF THIS IS SO IMPORTANT WHY LEAVE IT UP TO JUFFALI OR ANYONE ELSE. WHAT ABOUT THE DIABETIC RESEARCH CENTER ANOTHER EMPTY PROMISE?

    THIS THING IS ENOUGH TO MAKE ANY NEUTRAL SAINT LUCIAN MAD. JUFFALI IS A BILLIONAIRE(OVER 10,000 MILLION EC DOLLARS ) HE HASN'T SPENT NOT EVEN 1MILLION EC IN SAINT LUCIA AND YET WE ARE TO BELIEVE THAT HE LOVES SAINT LUCIA. WHO IS HILLAIRE TRYING TO DECEIVE. WE MAY NEVER KNOW THE TRUTH TOO MUCH IS AT STAKE. BUT PLEASE DON'T TELL US THAT JUFFAI IS WELL RESPECTED AFTER WHAT THE JUDGE IN ENGLAND HAS STATED ABOUT HIM.

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  27. I don't expect you to say that there was a deal...............

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  28. “It’s up to the UWP to decide whether it will end all relationships which Saint Lucia established because it was done by the SLP. - See more at: https://www.stlucianewsonline.com/ernest-hilaire-on-juffali-affair-there-was-no-deal/#sthash.qXtRgTMN.dpuf

    in other words, you are not convinced your own party will win the upcoming election.

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  29. I lol'd

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  30. Yes you did Ernest!!!! If I were in your position I would be saying the same crap that you are now saying. Please do not take st. Lucians for fools and yes this juffali affair will have an impact on you campaign. This wasn't the wisest idea to run for a political seat right now!!

    (68)(4)

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