SLNT “disrespectful” to investors, Tuslie asked to retract “false” statements

By SNO Staff

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Chastanet and Tulsie (right)

Chastanet and Tulsie (right)

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said he is disappointed at the way in which investors are being treated by the St. Lucia National Trust (SLNT).

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Chastanet was referring to the SLNT’s first membership meeting on March 11 where officials from Dolphin Park Inc made a presentation on the proposed dolphin park at Pigeon Island.

“On record again, I am extremely disappointed in how investors were dealt with,” Chastanet said.

“All they were doing was making a request. The level of abusiveness that took place at that meeting is unbecoming and disrespectful, particularly in an environment in which we are trying to attract investors here,” he added.

Chastanet has called on Director of the St. Lucia National Trust Bishnu Tulsie to retract the “false” allegations he has made.

“I am also saying that we need to stop this emotional argument, give us the facts. So, Mr. Tulsie went on record and made some allegations of which they are false and I am even further disappointed at the person of his standing and bestowed the level of trust that he has been, that he chose to lie to the extent he did.  And I am asking him to retract those statements,” the prime minister said.

According to a press release from the SLNT on its March 11 meeting, which attracted 222 members and staff of the Trust and 70 non-members, one of the main highlights was the presentation on the proposed dolphin park.

The release went on to state: “Following their presentation, the members vehemently opposed any such project on the grounds that it would desecrate the historic value of the only National Landmark on the island. They also indicated that they will not stand for the captivity of dolphins which are highly intelligent species and that this would affect employment for existing industries.

“For clarity the attendees were also asked if they were in favour of a Dolphin Park anywhere else on the island and to this they unanimously voted ‘NO’.

“Both members and non-members stated that Saint Lucia has more to lose from such a project than it has to gain, for example, they said Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will boycott any other country that sets up a dolphinarium. Another member also stated it would be foolhardy for Saint Lucia to go in this direction when the rest of the world seems to moving away from dolphinariums, as many dolphin parks are closing,” the release added.

At a press conference on March 16, held by the Trust, Tuslie said the organisation will take legal action against the proposed dolphin park project if the need arises.

“We have the power of public opinion. Given the mandate of our members we may have to pursue legal actions but we are hoping it does not come down to that,” Tulsie posited.

Tulsie said at the conference that while Dolphin Discovery Inc. has boasted of the potential employment for abouty 60 persons, the National Trust feels that way more than 60 will lose employment should the project materialise.

“The people who operate the diving facilities, people from the hotel, we have a snorkel and scrubber operation, are going to lose those jobs. That restaurant is likely to be closed and they employ 16 persons,” the director said.

Tulsie also expressed concern over the possible “negative press” St. Lucia stands to gain over the establishment of a dolphin park.

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26 comments

  1. Hmm Chastanet if you want Tulsie to retract his false statement, how about you attract the ABUNDANCE of false statement you have made during your campaign and into your stewardship of this country???

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  2. The fish we eat is called dolphinfish. This is very different to the one referred to here. I did not know flambeaus would have any problems with people not born here but take part in public life. Their party has a few we can name. Some who has even taken it on their own to tell us our kweole has no place on the international arena. That's an insult!

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    • You don't know anything. St.Lucian's eat marshwen which is "flipper" to you Castries boy or expatriate. If you can't speak creole go and ask for black fish. Some people are so damn disconnected from reality in St.Lucia.

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  3. Chastnet stated :“All they were doing was making a request. The level of abusiveness that took place at that meeting is unbecoming and disrespectful, particularly in an environment in which we are trying to attract investors here,” he added. He stated same re DHS ...but DHS has started project work. Which is it? Can we trust the PM?????

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  4. The fish we eat is called dolphinfish. This is very different to the one referred to here. I did not know flambeaus would have any problems with people not born here but active in public life. The party has a few we can name. Some who has even taken it on their own to tell us our kweole has no place on the international arena. That's an insult!

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  5. The fish we eat is called dolphinfish. This is very different to the one referred to here. I did not knowflambeaus would have any problems with people not born here but take part in public life. Their party has a few we can name. Some who has even taken it on their own to tell us our kweole has no place on the international arena. That's an insult!

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  6. Allen Chastanet you sound as if we should sit still while you sign away our heritage! There is nothing wrong with speaking out if we disagree with something. How are we supposed to welcome investors when the historical vale of the park will be lost. What does Tulsie's nationality have to do with anything. He has lived in St Lucia for over 40 years.

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    • Kenny's third wife

      The points can be made without being disrespectful. The points can be made without lying. The project can be reworked or even be stopped with proper facts and arguments without the labour party guerrilla warfare. Tulsie is a flaming hypocrite, as this project had come about out of a cabinet conclusion from the likes of Jimmy Fletcher. his mouth was shut along with the rest of the National Trust. But now everyone has an opinion. Tulsie will not be deported, but he should run his crap through some of the unemployment areas. He should get out of his comfort zone and explain the 40% unemployment or our debt to gdp ratio. Why not have a proper conversation instead of ambushing the government and planning further action with Calixte George Junior as Commandante.

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  7. Worst PM ever

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  8. Where are the experts from the Department of Fisheries to tell us if the black fish we are eating is the same playful and intelligent dolphin we are talking about.

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  9. We are clearly being asked to bend over backwards.

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  10. Yo Peh ... Salop

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  11. I see that Jamaica HAS an existing dolphin park and last time I checked, Virgin Atlantic STILL flies there. Not true? They haven't "pulled" their services away from that country to date. So, I'm thinking, maybe Saint Lucia is being threatened due to its size and economics...compared to Jamaica?(A High volume tourist destination).

    We often speak of Neighboring Martinique, The USA etc. We always boast of what they have...the neck straining skyscrappers, subway system, roads...to name a few. Yet still, for many of us, when it comes to our own advancement and development we are seen fighting it tooth and nail. When New York City was being built..who said that mangroves or other swamps didn't need displacement and that the native American didn't protest remove them? Oh but today we all marvel and look on with awe..at great NYC...the big apple. Look at the Cayman Islands...look at Curacao..tiny countries with so much to offer. Some of our leaders of old have been complacent, reluctant and have lacked vision. Enough wasn't done. This is why today Our own roads lay so narrow..hardly any space to drive...congestion for miles on end!

    All advancement isn't bad. We NEED to develop sometimes..for the better. Development WILL bring further investment. Our country has come a long way and we can't stop now. Let's continue to build Saint Lucia.

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    • True observation, but you miss one point. The Virgin owners have said that they will continue to service countries where such parks ALREADY exist, but that they will not engage "new" entrants. Their hope is that, with continued international pressure, countries that already have such parks will eventually shut these parks down. In other words, to translate our Kweyol, "you there already, you can stay", but no more future entrants into the dolphin game.

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      • Rubbish.Prove it.So Virgin go to Jamaica with dolphin parks, Mexico and Orlando but will boycott St.Lucia?
        Goodness what fools we are to believe crap. I'm sure British Airways and Thompson would be happy to pick up the slack.

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  12. Tootsie is not Lucian so he will always be swayed...

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  13. Who does Allen Chastanet think he is. Just now he will pull out his belt and start beating people. Worst prime minister in Saint Lucia's history.....and I want this to go on record too. I am not supporting any party as all politicians are self seeking egomaniacs that only fatten the pockets of close associations and themselves. But this Prime minister is the worst. I thought Kenny was bad.....but this tyrannt and fascist has taken this to a whole new level.

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  14. Uwp i seeing the way ti chas speaking like he will crush that party

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  15. Who the hell PM Chasnet think he is?Are we suppose to bend back all the way for foreign investors just because we need the investors and jobs? Should we not respond and ask questions of the investors,we are truly in a sad state.

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    • I am sure you have lots of questions for Jack Grynberg and the Rochamel guys but guess what your damn dictator buddy tolerated not a whisper. At least we can now shout at the top of our voice.

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  16. Kenny's third wife

    Is this dude a St. Lucian? Has he walked barefooted in Anse La Raye? Does he eat bajah? or Dasheen? The whole of REAL St. Lucia eats blackfish, ie dolphin! In fact, I had some at Dennery with my then Husband, now comatose person last January. Who in real St. Lucia cares about Dolphin captivity? The public does not care about dolphins..We slaughter them regularly. Stop trying to prove that you are Lucian Tulsie. Hey Chas, can you revoke his citizenship? By the way, they have a labourpartylike, guerrilla warfare like plan to disrupt anything you might do during your term. Dont stop Chas Ras! Keep developing the country!

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    • @kenny's third wife What we eat is not actually dolphin

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      • The fish we eat is called dolphinfish. This is very different to the one referred to here. I did not flambeaus would have any problems with people not born here but in public life. The party has a few we name. So who has even taken it on their own to tell us our kweole has no place on the international arena. That's an insult!

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      • And marshway and ballin are what exactly? Don't make real St.Lucians laugh at your ignorance.

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