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Former Chairman of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Julian Hunte has been called a “hypocrite” for his opposition against the proposed dolphinarium at Pigeon Island which his party, when in power, had approved.
That’s according to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.
“… he is a hypocrite because he is the chairman of a party that approved the same dolphin park. So this is where we now have to separate what is political rhetoric from what is the reality on the ground,” Chastanet told reporters on Monday.
Hunte, also a former St. Lucia National Trust (SLNT) chairman, has been a vocal critic of the proposed dolphin park and Desert Star Holding (DSH) development projects that are being pushed forward by the United Workers Party government.
At a Trust meeting on March 11, 2017, Hunte said he has had “sleepless nights and difficulty” understanding why a dolphin park at Pigeon Island, a historical location, was necessary.
The SLNT has opposed a dolphin park on St. Lucia, regardless of location.
However, Prime Minister Chastanet noted that Hunte’s party gave favour to the same project back in 2013-2014 when it was earmarked for development at Anse Jambett in Canaries.
Chastanet admitted that there are environmental concerns with the project, but those are being addressed like any previous development in St. Lucia.
He said: “… the feedback we are getting on the ground is that there are people who clearly have environmental concerns, there are people who have some concerns in terms of the size of the project, but when you sit down with them and they start getting what the facts are, are all encouraging it.
“The purpose of what we are doing is to come to the people of St. Lucia way before the decision is made, to allow people to participate in that process. “