PM on crime: “This is not a situation that we can allow to continue”

PM on crime: “This is not a situation that we can allow to continue”
PM Chastnet in a sitting of Parliament in this file photo.


GIS – A sitting of the House of Assembly was held on Nov. 8.

Prime Minister Hon. Allen M. Chastanet began by addressing the nation’s current  crime situation.

“This is not a situation that we can allow to continue. We need to get back to a Saint Lucia where people feel safe and can live without the fear of being robbed, attacked, or even killed,” he said.

“Our government is especially concerned about the state of rapes, whether it is aggravated rape, statutory or incest. It needs to stop. Our women and children are not objects to be abused. They are our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, and daughters, and we must do everything that we can to protect them.

“My government abhors crime of any kind, and the recent robberies targeting our learning institutions is unacceptable. The guns on our streets, and the young people who keep losing their lives, also needs to stop. By my statement today, I want to make it clear to Saint Lucians that we have a plan to work with the police force and the various arms of the justice system to help ensure that they have the tools that they need to do their jobs.”

Mr. Chastanet also discussed the reasons behind the government’s decision to reduce the value added tax rate.

“Our government believes that the level of taxation in this country is too high, and that what was happening was the amount of monies available was causing a further contraction of the economy. The idea of increasing VAT to 15 percent at a time of recession further exasperated the situation, and we saw many small business going out of business.”

Other addresses made include an address on Tropical Storm Matthew recovery efforts by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives, Hon. Ezechiel Joseph; and an address pertaining to child abuse made by Minister for Equity, Social Justice, and Empowerment, Hon. Lenard Montoute.


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  1. The world is not blind to how we have let things go under the watch in the past two decades of both UWP and SLP.

    And you wonder why at least one Cabinet Minister has been publicly quoted as acknowledgeing that 'visitor levels" are decreasing. Our elected officials made our bed, and now, unfortunately, we are having to lie in it as tourism goes elsewhere:

    Also, note the recent visit of Deputy Chairman and CEO Adam Stewart (Sandals) to a well-publicized welcome in TT, where they are considering stablishement of both a beaches and a Sandals flagship resort.

    Does anyone really think that sandals would be continuing to overlook SLU in favour of expansions in SVG and TT, and so on.

    More money and economic development our people will never see because we frittered away a chance by letting crime run rampant.

    There's gallows in perfectly good working order at Bordelais. Let's start using it and send a message to criminals and potential criminals as to the consequences of doing crime. It has been written:
    "Woe to every (kind of) scandal-monger and-backbiter, who pileth up wealth and layeth it by, thinking that his wealth would make him last for ever! By no means! "


  2. If i got a buck for every time a government makes their speech on crime and do nothing as usual lol I will be a millionaire . we know the problems of crime in this country Mr pm . the problem we have is nothing is being done as usual and red or yellow you all just come and talk the same crap over and over . very sad that crime is business as usual where governments and politicians are concern .


  3. put back hanging... especially for the rapists and those committing other criminal activity... let the public see those faces of those criminals.. suggested place the heart of town Derick Walcott square or some where central... just like in old times or as seen on tv the offender is brought in a central place... if hanging is too brutal ..there are different kinds of torture.. for the rapists cut of their penis they will now need a urine bag or a straw.. for the thieves cut an arm if caught again cut the other arm etc etc..... God alone knows why i am not in any kind of law enforcement cause i wont have no mercy on the offenders.. none what so ever ....i am tired that madame huiman rights is more for criminal than victim......people like to plead insanity afater the crime but before the crime they were very much sane....


  4. Give the guy a break, at least he says he is going to do something
    so lets wait and see. Historically we have been too soft on crime.
    The jail is full and some with crimes worthy of the noose, but say
    that to the Catholic Church.The situation with rape is another type
    that I for one, take a hard line on. I would not like to put on print
    what I would do to those found guilty, but I'm not the P.M., Pity.


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