SLP Condemns Government Withdrawal of SLNT Subvention


The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) strongly condemns the action by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and his Government in withdrawing the annual subvention to the National Trust, for the first time since the Trust was formed in 1975 by the government of the former Prime Minister, Sir John Compton some 42 years ago.

SLP Political Leader, Honourable Philip J. Pierre, has described the move by the Allen Chastanet regime as “vicious, vindictive and reeking of victimization.” According to the SLP leader, “it is clear that the move by Mr. Chastanet as Minister for Finance, is in retaliation to the Saint Lucia National Trust’s principled position on the Dolphin Park at Pigeon Island National Landmark, and the DSH Project and its environmental impacts.”

The Saint Lucia Labour Party wishes to place on record, its support for the National Trust, as the legal entity entrusted with the protection of our environment and patrimony.

The SLP also re-affirms its non-discriminatory policy on governance, and puts Prime Minister Chastanet on notice, that such acts of pettiness and bullying will not be accepted by the Opposition and the people of Saint Lucia.

The SLP also wishes to assure the Saint Lucia National Trust, that we will restore its subvention upon our return to Government.


  1. These guys are missing the point. This is why you were voted out of power. An entity making 2.6 million dollars annually, why should a broke government finance such entity with no accountability to the government? You guys are mad. You all never had time to look out for these NGOs just siphoning money from government. I would agree that a foundation be formed in VFort with the advent of “The Pearl of The Caribbean” the foundation would be responsible for beaches like at Pigeon Islet. Together with the forestry division the foundation will also be responsible for the The Maria Islet after it and the Mangrove as eco-tourism. he money collected will be used to help alleviate poverty in VFort. Don’t let SLNT come close to these development and we don’t know what they are doing with the money.


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