Rufus Bousquet may contest next general elections

By SNO Staff
Rufus Bousquet.

Rufus Bousquet.

Former United Workers Party (UWP) minister, Rufus Bousquet, has submitted his name to contest in a run-off to become the party’s next candidate for the Choiseul/Saltibus Constituency.

Bousquet, a former Member of Parliament (MP) for that same constituency said if he is not selected as the UWP candidate, he may consider contesting the seat as an independent candidate.

“My words were that I am very interested and I anticipate words to that effect. Certainly it is something on my radar,” the former Foreign Affairs Minister told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Tuesday.

However, Bousquet said from information he has received, the whole process to organize a run-off has been bypassed, because there have been rumours that someone has already been selected.

“The political leader (Allen Chastanet) has already indicated who his candidate is, although he has not made a public pronouncement. The reality on the ground is that everybody knows who the individual is.”

While he did not disclose the name of the individual, Bousquet said the person has already declared himself as the candidate throughout the constituency.

Bousquet was elected as chairman of the UWP Choiseul/Saltibus Constituency branch on August 23, 2015. He secured 30 votes unopposed and has remained as chairman ever since then.

He boasted that his re-election was a matter of confidence or an indication of the confidence the people have in him, in handling the affairs of the Choiseul /Saltibus Constituency branch.

In an earlier interview with SNO, Bousquet said he has no intention of not working with party leader Allen Chastanet and is ready to serve the people of his constituency.

But the former UWP minister has been critical of Chastanet and has repeatedly criticized his leadership style.

The UWP has declared its intention to confirm four more candidates on Sunday.

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35 comments

  1. We dont want anymore representatives in Choiseul with doubtful characters. We dont want San Chilot.

    A good man or woman with the interest of the people at heart is welcomed.

    (7)(0)
  2. Politically speaking, can anything good come out of Choiseul in terms of political representation at the world-class level? Rhetorical question.

    We are always seeing 'the least dirty shirt' being worn by both parties and having these cheerfully offered as candidates for that constituency. Even jailbirds quaify. Imagine that. Jailbirds!

    Yes. Jailbirds!

    Choiseulians are still scrapping the bottom of the barrel. What a people! They do not seem to get it. When will they ever learn?

    (2)(0)
  3. WOW! Rufus are you forgetting that you said UWP is a party of mongrels? So what kind of DOG does that make you? Obviously you have no class! So you really dont even deserve to be called an animal. A hyena maybe? That's more like your style.

    You are now so desperate for selection that you will even threaten to go independent. Take a good look at yourself. Wake up and realize that while you thought you were fooling everybody else, THE ONLY ONE YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED IN FOOLING IS YOURSELF!!!!

    Please note these are my personal views, and not a reflection of any group I may be a part of.

    (16)(0)
  4. I am no flambeau but for heavens sake why don't people like you and spider etc that have never been able to win two consecutive terms just blow away? Why do you think its your right to run over and over again. UWP can't win unless they are prepared to intruduce new blood to run the next elections.

    (3)(0)
  5. Rufus, did you forget to take your medication?

    (11)(0)
  6. Bruce Tucker or Rufus- go sit down with your bi-polar tendencies.

    (8)(1)
    • Please let us be mindful of what we say about people. Nobody ever woke up and decided to create their own illness.

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  7. Say it like it is

    Stop bragging about your father and your uncle you aren't fit to put on their shoes. . Bruce Tucker I'm very disappointed in you for doing harm to the party that you allegedly made you wealthy. All you care about is power and wealth for yourself. Guess what the U.W.P. leader will not be subject to your whims and fancies. you and your friends can form your own party. You will never win again!

    (10)(1)
  8. Move on Pal, you will lose your deposit. You must understand when to quit.
    You and Richard, and King are yesterday's politicians. Move on and save us
    the burden to embarrass you again. Go, in the name of god, go and don't return.

    (6)(0)
  9. As a concerned citizen who is suffering under this government I will not support Rufus back into the UWP or even in government. you Richard and King are acting like big babies crying for power.You say you are loyal to the party but you already saying you'll run against the selected candidate as an independent if you are not selected as a UWP candidate? Why not work with your party candidate to get him /her elected? you may as well go and run independent, UWP should fire you from the party, you are a poison we need people who are true to the party not traitors. There is no way Rufus or Bruce Tucker which ever name you would prefer to be called, that you will work with Chastanet if he becomes the next Prime Minister. You are too arrogant and full of yourself. Change is Coming without you Rufus and soon.

    (5)(0)
  10. This clown seems to have an obsession with Allen Chastenet.

    If he was as good as he says he is he would have been further as a politician and not to mention he was kick out of the United workers Party by Sir John.

    This clown is full of hot air and full of himself, he's like a crappy washed out copy of Kenny. HE'S A JOKE !!!

    (7)(1)
  11. The worst Foreign Minister St Lucia has ever had he still for spotlight. He better go sit down

    (4)(0)
  12. Alas not one comment spoke good bout sir,,check yourself you fail there is no hope sa..give upsir

    (3)(1)
  13. I am not wasting words. Simply put rufus Is the master of political opportunism. That is exactly the type of persons st. Lucians must turn away from if we want St. Lucia to mature and develop politically correct

    (6)(0)
  14. Enough Rufus! How many times must you be recycled? You said you are willing to work with the next candidate but now you're even thinking of running independent. Choiseul has had enough of you.

    (8)(0)
  15. Back back off brother go ant take care of your to bodacious we have our new man in the ring

    (5)(0)
  16. Rufus, it seems as though the only way you can survive is by being in politics, go look for a job elsewhere because we the people of Choiseul do not want you. we know who our Candidate will be, even though he has not been endorsed we are happy with the selection.

    we need people who are true to the party not traitors. There is no way Rufus or Bruce Tucker which ever name you would prefer to be called, that you will work with Chastanet if he becomes the next Prime Minister. You are too arrogant and full of yourself. Take a rest

    Even though you contest as an independent Candidate, you will not win, you will loose your deposit.

    I will never vote for you. An independent Candidate cannot do anything for our Country right now.

    If you win ( And you will not ) you will have to run and join the Silly Little People or LPM, and I do not believe they will make that mistake to embrace you.

    On your own you will not be able to get any projects for us in Choiseul. Stay home take your medication, take care of yourself and leave politics alone.

    (49)(6)
    • anonymous.....Great comment. I send you a big bear hug kudos to you. Rufus is a bag of confusion his heart is so full with malice guess he can hardly breath. Leave the UWP party alone take your meds and chill you expired a long time ago like a good old yogurt bye now.

      (6)(0)
    • UWP MEANS UNINTELLIGENT WORTHLESS PEOPLE.

      (3)(10)
    • Omg!! @anonymous!! Wow.. You have me cracking up!!

      (4)(2)
  17. one day you against the uwp then the other you want to join. Rufus you sound confuse and that is what we definitely don't want in government , confuse people with self intent . You have been at it from since 1992 and we all know you have allegedly gain great finance in politics, so my advise to you sir is repent and check on your health . You have serve for many years and still many problems are yet to be fix in your constituency so it is time for someone else to come and try , because i don't see what new you can bring to the table for the people .

    (34)(1)
  18. those thriving for political office are rather ridiculous. People of any sense should not vote for anyone who denounces the leader of the party they want to go up for, and when it suits them for political gain retrack their words and wants to be selected as a candidate.

    People like that have no balls, or if they have , they have nothing but coco-flow. Politics make the strangest bed fellows.

    People of the electorate, in this mess, I suggest UWP supporters stay home, because you do not want to vote for anyone who will make you look stupid, and in the UWP party at the moment, there are a whole bunch who are taking the electorate for suckers, just to become an MP.

    candidates come better than that, we are too educated for just jibirish

    (15)(32)
    • Tempest, well said but as an EDUCATED person myself.

      Can you honestly say the current PM has not made St Lucia and St Lucians look stupid on the Regional and International stage!!!

      To Rufus or Bruce (whatever name you're going by) you are the perfect example of why we should stop referrring to elected Members of Parliament as HONOURABLE MP for xxx.

      Let's please just stick with Member of Parliament or MP for xxx.

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  19. I give up , thats the nail in the coffin...UWP feenee. Have you guys forgotten what Rufus caused last election. He didn't give two shits about no one but himself, now that he is barking everyone bows. I'm sorry but I'm infuriated.

    We kept asking for a change, King lost the last elections due to his no balls attitude towards guys like Richard and Rufus. Looks like brother Chas not gonna take your crap so instead of uniting everyone is hungry for power and want to fight Chas.

    I was willing to give Chas a chance as Kenny has clearly run out of ideas with his micro managing politics.

    HOWEVER , as a concerned citizen who is suffering under this government I will not support Rufus back into government.

    We St Lucians need to wake up and stop forgetting signs. Wasn't he ill , go support in the back ground, you Richard and King are acting like big babies crying for power. I will say a prayer because this is madness.

    (28)(1)
  20. By now the whole of St Lucia especially flambeau should know that Chastanet does not take any part in making decisions in the selection of candidates. The constituencies selects their candidates. However, if a candidate is selected by the constituency and the party's executive council have reason to reject that candidate, they have the right to do so. So that whole thing about Chastanet making decision is ridiculous. Isn't it obvious that as a leader or captain, one would like trustworthy individuals as members of his/her team?

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  21. Yessssss!! Love himmmmm.

    (5)(23)
  22. You say you are loyal to the party but you already saying you'll run against the selected candidate as an independent if you are not selected as a UWP candidate? Why not work with your party candidate to get him /her elected? What a self serving man.

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  23. rufus like they said before you a failure and the only reason people in choiseul will vote for you is cause they dont want lorne there cause they say he not doing nothing for them

    (21)(0)
  24. just leave already. you know you have your medical condition and not fit to represent
    look for repentance. start with what you did to sir john.

    (22)(0)
  25. you may as well go and run independent, UWP should fire you from the party, you are a poison. If you runing for UWP I aint voting. Sir John fire you twice, you dont like most of the exceutive and candidates youwnt to run. STAY AWAY, Start looking for your symbol and run independent

    (25)(1)
  26. Wow !! Some people just don't know when to call it quits !

    (25)(1)
  27. Bousquet U had your turn and loose.

    (22)(1)
  28. We need a breathe of fresh air!! Not one that almost stifle us.

    (27)(1)
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