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Gov’t of Dominica’s legal adviser says PM Chastanet acting like a ‘lone ranger’ in Caribbean

By SNO Staff

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Chastanet and Astaphan (right)

(SNO) — Legal adviser to the government of Dominica, Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan, has said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is acting like a “lone ranger” in a number of issues affecting the region.

His comments came in light of a meeting of five Caribbean leaders, including Chastanet, with US President Donald Trump on Friday where a number of issues, including China and Venezuela will be discussed.

Astaphan told state-owned DBS Radio that there is no unified position among OECS and CARICOM leaders on a number of regional matters, saying some are acting selfishly.

“Some prime ministers, like Mr. Chastanet, … how should I call them? The lone ranger?” he stated. “You cannot be a long ranger in Caribbean politics if in fact you are part of the OECS and CARICOM.”

The Chastanet-led government in Saint Lucia has taken a number of positions on regional issues which are contrary to the positions taken by other Caribbean governments.

For example, on the Venezuelan crisis, the government of Saint Lucia has said the election of Nicolas Maduro as president for a second term was illegal and called for new polls while at the same time maintaining diplomatic relations with Caracas. Other Caribbean countries have openly stood by Maduro while others have opted to remain silent on the matter.

On the issue of cash-strapped regional carrier, LIAT, Chastanet has made it clear that Saint Lucia will not buy shares in the airline unless it is free to make its own commercial decisions. Other governments have been calling more regional leaders to buy shares to keep LIAT afloat.

On the LIAT matter, Astaphans said Chastanet only has what Astaphan called, “his own pipe dream”.

Meanwhile, Astaphan said the meeting with Trump by the Caribbean is meaningless.

“In fact, I think the prime ministers, in particular the prime ministers from the OECS have shown complete disrespect for the unity of the OECS and CARICOM,” he said.

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51 comments

  1. Socialism has failed every time it has been tried, and you all know that the people in Venezuela are suffering. They need to be liberated.

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  2. The real realist

    Where was ASStaphan and the rest of the Caribbean when the United States withdrew support from the RSLPF because of his GOOD friend Kenny And toe knee?? Stop being sour because our government not wasting money and putting it in your pocket anymore... Focus on your country

    (3)(1)
  3. Astaphan its been almost two weeks now and every time I see your face i can not help myself "i just bust out laughing" you look really funny bro. LMAO...you remind of of something scientists said that was extinct

    (4)(1)
  4. Judging by these post seems to me that PM Chastanet has the full barking of the people. Barking mongrels don't bite.

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  5. Astaphan I think you are filled with a load of crap, caribbean people have been asking for changes in the structure and management of LIAT for a long time now so Mr. Chastenet is saying exactly what the people want. The only people who are angry with prime minister Chastenet's position are the Governments who benefit from the high ticket taxes and Jobs for their own.

    Liat must understand that it need to stand on it's own two feet and start looking for ways to increase profits and stop these so called share holding government from meddling in it's day-to-day runnings.

    (3)(0)
  6. Who the cares what this foreigner thinks. He should be declared persona non grata. This communist wants us to follow other jackass behaviours of other assinine people in the region?

    (3)(0)
  7. Has just claimed for himself 'persona non grata'? Well, yes. Yes, of Course!

    (3)(0)
  8. Who the hell is Astafan? What the hell do we owe him? What good has he done for us? What the hell does he think he is?

    (3)(0)
  9. Tony! you have DOMINICA THE WAY IT IS. U DONT EVEN LIKE DOMINICANs. the PM OF LUCIA IS RIGHT!

    (3)(0)
  10. Finally, we have a leader who is not a CARICOM sheep. Neither is he a CARICOM goat. He has a mind of his own. Tribal African mentalities cannot deal with that? I see. Not strange at all. I knew it.

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  11. Today, I have much greater respect for Mr. Chastanet than ever before. He has not caved in to the pressure to go against commonsense approach of running a for-profit business.

    If history gives us any insight, LIAT is a prestige project and not a for-profit enterprise. It has never been one.

    He has stood up to the cowards, and the cringing and the spineless so-called leaders in the region. He has. Saint Lucians, pimples warts and all, are different.

    (3)(0)
  12. So ASStsphan is telling us that chastanet should have said no to meeting Trump. The first three letters of his name says it all.

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  13. It is no secret that Allen Chastanet is a moron. He is manifestly, flamboyantly unqualified to be PM. It goes without saying that he has been wrong about everything. I don't mean the occasional bad call, which all of us make. I mean a track record that includes predicting that giving money to foreign investors would produce a magnificent economic boom, eg, OJO lab, DHS, OKH, etc. Beyond that Allen Chastanet has a problem with facts. No wonder his government is a hackistocracy - rule by ignorant and incompetent.

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  14. So we are helping lil tony to attack and insult for political reasons and fail to look at the big picture?
    Chastanet was one of the few leaders of the region who demonstrated that he had testicular fortitude and voted for the disadvantaged people of Venezuela. He didnt vote for Petro Caribe fuel or abstained nor did he stayed away.
    I commend PM Chastanet and if St Lucia benefits from the recent meeting with Trump, then more power to him.
    In the meantime, lil tony can go rest his racist self in a corner.

    (4)(0)
  15. You see why I can't vote for no political person, it cause they are all liars trying n up they game, how the hell y'all gone vote a White man for the primeminister of a black man's country to make it worse he can even speak our language. Why are u trying to bring slavery bk, Dominican Republic are racist ppl they don't like black why the hell you gone side with them. And Lucians again not even see they primeminister is out to bring be poverty to its high rate and is trying n bring down the country. This man is not for us and if y'all don't open up y'all eyes to reality and stop making them politics play y'all head, and the man is only trying to do as his father told him do bring down saint Lucia.... But the good will always oval come the veil it just a matter of time the minister day is soon coming😈😈cause the system is responsible for all the doings in the country they are the reason children like my friends are being killed and turning into gangsters. The system don't give a fuck about they people so it's time the ppl stop giving a fuck about the system. And burn them downnnn

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    • What makes this country a "black man's" country? Just so you would know, white people were here before blacks. They brought us here on slave ships.

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  16. And this is coming from a man that Lucians paid so much money to through Kenny . If trump call him he running fast with his boy skerit . That's the price we pay when we depend . The boss call we have to go .all the fools that talking not willing to sacrifice one day for betterment for country so be careful what you all wish for .

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  17. Ppl in Dominica don’t even lokebwhat Astaphan is doing to the people on the country and Chastanet is doing the right thing for the benefits of St. Lucia by taking the steps he has look at how backward Dominica has gotten since Astaphan and Skerrit been involved. Why invest in Liat again for you to give another big portion of money soon again the country at loss because liat flying for 40 years and they saying they never made a profit ? What kind of business is that ?

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  18. I really don't see why the st.lucian government should invest in liat. Liat ticket prices are way to high that is why less and less people are travelling. How could you pay so much money for that short period in the air. Also that Venezuelan president should no longer be in charge look at these riots that's happening while he is in charge, people suffering from hunger while the man eats like a king. Bruh go back home

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  19. CARICOM is based on creating sinecures for the educated elite. Those are usually glorified clerical posts in many instances, where political square pegs are used to plug in administrative round holes as rewards. Witness the extent of behind- the-scenes horse-trading that takes place for the post of Secretary General.

    LIAT is supposed to run like a business. Most CARICOM leaders' business experience extends to only repeating prepared statements that they do not seemingly do not comprehend.

    Our PM has taken a principled stand.

    If this action separates the sheep from the goats, then more power to him. Mr PM, please do not relent. Engagement in financial foolishness is for the lame-brained.

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  20. Asstafan go suck an egg. You are as bitter as a gall bladder,no more freaking St.Lucian money for you because as Trump would say You Fired punk. Kenny put our azz in a recession to pay you for frivolous law suits, bull shit that is of no value. Stay your back side in Dominica and eat your looney Prime Minister money another joker in the Caribbean.

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  21. Five more years! Five more years. LIAT is a prestige project for Barbados, St. Vincent and Antigua. They are welcome to pay for we have an airline "feel good" feeling. We are not going down the same road with financial idiots. That is refreshing.

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  22. If he is indeed acting like a Lone Ranger, then give him another 5-year term in office. He is my kind of leader, one with real balls.

    Go, Saint Lucia!

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  23. i looking at the legal adviser and am saying he looks familiar is then i realized he looks like Gruu in In-despicable Me with the yellow minions.

    (2)(0)
  24. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is playing house in the Prime Minister Mansion, He and wife is like Jack and Jill or Dick and Dora, so you can imagine.
    PM Allen Chastanet better known as Not So Bright was a D- student in school, he wanted to impress his family after a series of failed Academic performances. He took the path of less resistance by enrolling in art and acting school, and graduating as an average student.
    PM Allen Chastanet or Not So Bright could not find a job with his Art Degree and returned back to St. Lucia as a hidden failed man.
    I have respect for Dumb and Dumber people who choose to be that on their own time, but it is different when a country have PM like that.
    Its REALLY SAD, its a low lower for the country of ST. LUCIA.

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    • You may be more dumb than the PM!!! Didn’t they teach you at University “return back” is redundant speech dumb ass. If he was what you just commented my god he has grown to be a well liked man.

      (2)(0)
    • U chat shat. Chastanet the best. simple

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    • you speak of failure then you obviously must be slp. your leader kenny was the worst pm in history. his do nothing "I will sue you" mentality was a complete failure. the dominica govt is butt hurt because our pm will not help them pay for liat. chastanet was elected because he takes action and doesn't listen to his loser critics. I hope you enjoy another 4-5 years of uwp power.

      (3)(0)
    • A fishing expedition. Is that what you want the nation to base its political decisions on? Thats what went on in the 70's, thats pretty outdated mate. People nowadays deal wit facts and if you don't have that then go back to school.

      (1)(0)
  25. More like lone idiot

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  26. For a "Lone Ranger" he is pointing the finger at the wrong person.

    PM Chastanet will not invest his peoples tax money in LIAT because the solutions offered are all political and will not change a damned thing. The political solution will guarantee that the arms will be twisted and wallets squeezed twice a year, every year, for decades to come.

    It seems the most practical solution is being avoided at all costs, possibly because quite a few political friends and appointees would be displaced if the PMs were to go down that road and do the right thing.

    Rather, point the "Lone Ranger" finger at Finger-In-Every-Pie Ralph Gonsalves, who seems to be anywhere and everywhere - GLOBALLY - at the expense of his tiny population. Ralph is leading the charge to keep LIAT EXACTLY as it is, because God forbid his personal plaything should ever be taken away from him.

    He could not even relinquish his seat on the ECCB without appointing his son to replace him there.

    Chastanet is the ONE single PM in the Caribbean who has ANY airline experience at all. But Astaphan claims HE is the "Lone Ranger"??? That seems a little strange to me, especially since his predecessor Kenny Anthony held exactly the same position as regards LIAT.

    What was that terrible position? Simply speaking, fix LIAT properly, make it a commercial proposition that will not continually feed on tax dollars decade after decade, and he would become a shareholder.

    Terrible, isn't it?

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    • missing the point

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    • There is more to this article than LIAT. Stop being a leach.

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    • Our PM must be supported on this. He is the only one making sense out of the confused minds in CARICOM and the OECS. He is the only one with practical experience in the airline passenger traffic area.

      LIAT needs to press the restart but from scratch!

      No taxpayer money must go to a losing enterprise. Hell no!

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    • Allyuh see Gonsalves now ready to shut LIAT down? He is the MINORITY shareholder, but seems to be calling the shots for PM Mottley, the MAJORITY shareholder, who has had professional advice what to do but spends all her time taking advice instead ONLY from all those who are currently pulling it into the garbage.

      WHEN LIAT is folded, rest assured there will be a limited number of people truly to blame, at the top of the list PMs Gonsalves and Mottley, and former CEO Brunton.

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  27. Many of the Caribbean leaders have fall short on making the Caribbean better...preach a good game, but when get elected amnesia kicks in. I feel if Mr. Chasnet feel and noticed the same song have been sung for all those years with zero changes, well guess what lone ranger it is, we got to take the Bull by the horns sometimes. Like I said before and will say it again LIAT is a Fail project, and you guys know that. For all those years that this airline has been F**king the people royally prices have never gone down, always late, lost luggage, bad customer service and the list goes on. So, you are telling me we all need to follow this crappy way of business because you guys do not want to change the formula for the better. I know the changes that a being made is different from the norm, and we hate change. Its about time that the Caribbean stop sitting on the sidelines being cheerleader and do right by their people. Stop playing politics and get real, people live, and lively hood is on the line here, this aren’t cartoon out here this is real.

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  28. This guy talks loads of crap. Doing bussiness the "usual" way doesn't work and hasn't worked for the Caribbean. Go back to your sewer penguin unless you start providing solutions.

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  29. Will all know Chastanet is an arrogant guy, when this man try to talk for OECS countries, you all need to put him in his place it's just that simple. The boy been arrogant from times he didn't even win the sit in Soufriere the man done break down the people bridge and have the opposition spending money to fix the bridge.
    In the case of Venezuela this clown need to take a back seat because it's a trick, a plan and plot these imperialist will pull to get support to overthrow a legitimate Government and we all know he already supporting them. Chastanet behave your self and calm yourself man STOP WITH THE FOOLISHNESS !!

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  30. CARICOM and the failed 1970s leftist ideology had been nothing but failure for the Caribbean. The narcissistic UWI trained leaders are being left behind in the economic social and moral development of our people as they waste taxpayers money without a valid blueprint for moving forward. Holness and the other countries will do more for our people with this meeting than the foolish leftists hammering away at Trump in our little islands from their positions on the liberal/ progressive plantations.

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    • There is so much truth in your message, almost all Caribbean politics is centered around this leftist ideology. Most caribbean countries its not about ideology but personalities because when either party comes in office they do the same disorganised agendas.

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    • While I do appreciate the fact that the region's only hope in this quickly changing global environment is to stand up as a united region in all matters and areas. The questions to all readers and contributors to this blog are.
      1. How long has CARICOM been trying to get this region to do anything as one united entity?
      2. How long have LIAT been operating at a lost?

      It is my view that while the CARICOM Secretariat is working hard trying to do things and get the leaders of region to sing from the same song sheet, it is just not happening. just to take you back a few years ago. I heard the comments of the Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley on the meeting between President of the United States and the five Caribbean Leaders. He was indeed condemning them and stated that they did not represent the views of CARICOM.

      I respect that and so, it is my view that while they could not speak on behalf of CARICOM, surely they can speak on their own internal issues. But wait, do you all remember the comments coming from the same Trinidad and Tobago, by the previous Prime Minister, Kamla Pasasd-Bissessar after Hurricane Tomas I think, in response to assistance for the smaller less developed CARICOM member states, which were battered by Tomas.

      Her response was that Trinidad and Tobago is not providing anything if Trinidad and Tobago is not benefiting from that assistance. (meaning the region had to use the material and labor from Trinidad) Remember Guys!! That went down so bad for the region that in her visit to St. Lucia, the president of the Small Business Association, Mrs. Paula Calderan let her have it.

      That was just one example of the belief of the More Develop CARICOM members. So, when some of these leaders speak, we must all take it with not just a grain of salt, but with all the seasoning we have in the pantry. Secondly, do you remember the issue with the West Indies Cricket, when the famous slogan came out, " do it alone". Which country said that they can do it alone?. Did they even think at the time, the implications for them moving out of the West Indies team and playing in the same tournaments as "Lone Rangers".

      Now, coming to LIAT, I recall in 2005-2006 was the first time in 20 odd years that I heard LIAT made a profit of I think five million for the year. I must admit that I have great admiration for the airline, but for crying out loud, When will we stop? LIAT prices are about the highest in nearly all airlines, just to travel around the region. Any of the Leaders of the region who were operating a failed entity like that would have shut it down.

      Case in point, just look at the Petrotrin situation. This is the Refinery that was providing Petroleum and Petroleum Products to these same CARICOM members. What happened in Trinidad and Tobago? Why did the Government of Trinidad and Tobago intervene to save Petrotrin, and safeguard the continued supply of fuel to the Region?

      The Prime Minister of Grenada, I think suggested that while LIAT have a number of planes sitting on the Tamac in Antigua, while cant the company operate the planes at a cheaper rates for seats.? I am no Economist, by any stretch of the imagination, but that would certainly increase travel around the region. Let LIAT think of rebuilding the Tourism market around the region for Caribbean People, than to continue to operate a few aircraft at High Seat costs. The new definition for a Tourist, is a traveller from Europe, the United States or ASIA coming to the region for a vacation. The regional Tourism Market had literally died a costly LIAT death. I for one have used LIAT to travel the Caribbean multiple times when the fares were reasonable, not just for business, but 80 percent of the times was for relaxation and vacation. Can I even afford to do that now. It is cheaper to fly to Miami.

      When the Prime Minister of Grenada opposed LIAT, the most profitable flight from Grenada was cancelled. Remember that. We continue to fight with ourselves as a region and we continue to show insularity to the smaller states. It is only when we do not have benefit that we make noise for our share of the cake.

      Having said that, back to the issue of the President's meeting with the five Caribbean Leaders, I would only hope that your own countries problem were the focus of that meeting. It is without a doubt that the discussion between the regional leaders is not that good. Why are we hearing from individual leaders and not from CARICOM as a united body to condemn this meeting. Why didn't CARICOM make a statement before the meeting was held, knowing that the members who attended were not representing the views of the Region.

      Just think about that for a while.

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    • Anon you are the only one making sense and seems to know what you are talking about.

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  31. Our PM is going to bend the knee and kiss Trump ring.

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  32. With Chastanet's victory........ Astaphan lost his cash cow....the taxpayers of St. Lucia whom he bled for years as he stood with Kenny Anthony. Sour grapes.

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  33. well mr adviser you want to know why he acts as a lone ranger? he stands for what is truth and what is right and fair and apparently the other heads of caricom cant see this and want to do what is not right in the majority. he is not afraid to take a stand and be different from the rest of you. you know damn well this crisis in Venezuela is not right but yall dont care about the poor people but just use them to get yourself rich.

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  34. Facts. But we all kno chasnet is too much of an a** to see when he is being lured into a trap. All i can say time will tell.

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    • Exactly ! Best comment yet. He will come away with nothing just watch; Trump will just have him spinning on his little finger. The United States only give a dam about "others" they have a vested interest in. What does the United States see in St Lucia as a major interest to them ?? (there is no world war) What does the United States sees in Venezuela as an interest to them ?? I rest my case. Let them keep pumping their fist (fools). They were not even dignified with a White House visit and a photo opt in the rose garden like other world leaders it's as if they are not important heads of government THE SHAME OF IT. There is unity in strength and this where we are blinded and fall short.

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    • Into which trap? All PM have to talk to Trump at some point regardless what we think of him. He was elected by US citizens. America is for Americans. The people were not voting on our behalf. If Chastanet had taken alternative paths to the situations I bet Astaphane would say he was an idiot. Kenny did not invest in Liat and you did not hear Astaphane. That's why you cannot have professionalism in the Caribbean because all of them using the politicians to get our tax dollars. Astaphan campaigning already. St. Lucians who side with Astaphane are traitors willing to sell your country for politics. Ralf had called them manicou and all of them were clapping. See how stupid you all are

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