PM: ‘I trust Leroy Parris more than Mia Mottley’

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has publicly given his full backing to Leroy Parris, the former Chief Executive Officer of the collapsed insurance company CLICO.

The embattled CLICO executive is currently before the High Court seeking to hold on to $3.3 million paid to him by the insurance company through Thompson and Associates, the law firm of late Prime Minister David Thompson.

CLICO was placed under judicial management in 2011, following the collapse of its Trinidad parent company CL Financial in 2009. The collapse placed the investments of thousands of policyholders across the Caribbean in jeopardy and they have been seeking compensation since.

Speaking in Parliament last night during debate on a motion of no confidence in the Government, Opposition Member of Parliament for St Andrew George Payne described Government’s handling of the matter as a “total fiasco” and accused the Freundel Stuart administration of failing to meet the timelines for the restructuring the company.

“Any restructuring plan must take into consideration the policyholders and the investors in CLICO. And all that has happened with respect to  this Barbados restructuring plan is that you have brought something to Parliament, but nothing has happened,” Payne said.

He also accused Government of attempting to hide information relating to the collapse of the company.

However, in response, Prime Minister Stuart admitted that the former CLICO boss has been a friend of his for many years, going back to the 1970s.

He also described Parris as “a man of integrity” while suggesting that he would sooner put his trust in the ex-CLICO head honcho than in Opposition Leader Mia Mottley.

“Let me say this for the record tonight in the Parliament of Barbados. I prefer to have the former CEO of CLICO as my friend than the member for St Michael North East. I trust him more than I trust the member for St Michael North East,” Stuart said.

He  made it clear that no favours had been exchanged between him and Parris for the duration of their friendship, since his friendships “don’t create privileges, they impose responsibilities.

“If I had to work against him in the courts of law he would have to stand up and be cross-examined by me as I would cross-examine a stranger,” said the Prime Minister, who is a lawyer by training.

“He cannot get me to in any way try to influence his fortunes from where I sit. I believe in the rule of law and the rule of law must take its course. But the one thing you will not get me to do is to say, ‘I do not know the man’, because it would not be true,” Stuart made clear.

41 Responses to PM: ‘I trust Leroy Parris more than Mia Mottley’

  1. Sonia Shepherd
    Sonia Shepherd May 14, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Smh

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  2. jrsmith May 14, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Most Bajans wouldn’t expect anything different from the Priminister. him and his try this try that government.. What he should be worried about ,is if the people going to trust his mob when the election comes…
    He is making his comments because the bajan people involve with the Clico issue is scared of taking the right action. Look at the difference Clico Trinidad..

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  3. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde May 14, 2016 at 8:56 am

    He is a part of the PAL POLICY agreement gripping this nation. This type of foolish insult to my intelligence is exactly why I’m walking on Thursday because I have #noconfidence in these bold faced . . . dems. #iwillwalkforjustice

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  4. Maureen Greaves May 14, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Why should Barbados pay for the mismanagement in Trinidad?

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  5. dave May 14, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I trust the electorate of Barbados to reject Freundel Stuart and his band of Jokers who together form the worst Government ever in the history of Barbados. I trust the electorate to punish this poor-rakey lot called the DLP . Cant say that this group are out of ideas because from the moment they assumed Office we knew that they did not know what they were doing and they have showed this consistently.

    He does not trust the members of his Cabinet either
    A leader without a vision who appears to be self centred
    and cannot even name a Deputy Prime Minister
    Cammie Tudor was Deputy Prime Minister under Errol Barrow

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  6. Kerry Ann Waithe May 14, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Wow…….seriously??

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  7. dave May 14, 2016 at 9:32 am

    One of the thing about good leaders in Barbados is that they appeal to supporters of the other side who might be members and supporters of one party but would vote for the other party because of the leader of the other party. I do not see that in Freundel Stuart and the DLP –On the Contrary , there are people in the DLP that do not like Stuart’s tenure.

    DONVILLE INNISS -for leader of the DLP and Prime Minister’s job –Now !!

    Freundel Stuart believes that if he attacks Mia that that strategy will work this time around–Joke !!! The people nearly voted you out in 2013. You won by 1 seat. You have done nothing to improve the lot of the people of this country. Even DLP supporters and members see Stuart as a liability

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  8. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain May 14, 2016 at 10:32 am

    @ Denise….Mr. Stuart like he better off sleeping because when he wake up he like he get up dotish

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  9. Javier Maynard
    Javier Maynard May 14, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I firmly believe that the honorable member did not fully understand how charged his statement was and was in a hot headed frame of mind when he said what he had to say. I feel it was naive, irresponsible and downright disrespectful to the policy holders who felt the burn of that financial incident.

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  10. Jenny May 14, 2016 at 10:52 am

    These politicians have no shame….none at all!!!!

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  11. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson May 14, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Javier Maynard,this PM does not know the meaning of respect he has just proved that, what a kick in the teeth for those people who were saving for their retirement and he says that he would sooner trust Parris, . . . , is that respect for the people of Barbados????

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  12. Sue Donym May 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    With these few words the PM has taught so many lessons
    1. Why many people do not trust politicians
    2. Why fewer people trust lawyers
    3. The true meaning of why your mother said you must choose your friends carefully
    4. New reason to remember that saying about keeping your mouth shut and being thought a fool… and what could happen when you open it

    Freedom of speech notwithstanding, could you walk and talk at the same time?

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  13. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore May 14, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    While he may trust Leroy Parris more than he does Mia Mottley, which is his right to do, we trust Mia Mottley more than we do Freundel Stuart.

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    • Bajan Pepper Thoughtce May 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      thankfully, that answer is no

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    • Basil Graham May 15, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Well Said!!!!

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      • Basil Graham May 15, 2016 at 4:06 pm

        Arthur Collymore

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  14. Meakai May 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Who is this we that you speak of?
    As for me, the day I trust a politician is the day that Ossie Moore returns and run for office.

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    • DannyGlover246 May 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      I share these sentiments…at least we knew we were getting a joker if we had Ossie Moore… instead we got these … jokers posing as politicians..ok wait…that’s what politicians are…..so misleading to voters

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  15. Alec Pierre May 14, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I would like to add my bit based on concrete information but not being a lawyer I might be sued for libel so I’ll just leave it there. FOR NOW

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  16. seagul May 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Seriously–to trust mrs mottley after Dr. Maria Agard scandal.
    I say Dr Agard for PM—a class way above the rum-shop brawls.

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    • h. calndre. May 16, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      Miss. Agard have now proved that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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  17. jrsmith May 14, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Where is or who is our ( Donald Trump ) we need him right now, the only difference he could only come from the 1%, but again they don’t need or love politics…

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  18. Sandra basc May 14, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I have one thing tyo say to the Prime Minister’s statement regarding his feelings towards Leroy Parris. Birds of a feather flock together.

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  19. Randolph May 14, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Should people care who he trusts or who is his friend?give me a break.

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    • h. calndre. May 16, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Oh yes! He is the PM of b’dos, you think Jesse James should be his friend.

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  20. Mac10 May 14, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    To publicly state that, knowing the damage he has done to thousands of Bajans shows the vote of no confidence was right & you have no place or right to be in Office.

    It shows nothing but disrespect for the people you are supposed to be leading to a better future!!!

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  21. Dom (Lep ) O Reilly May 15, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Those words may come back to haunt him

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  22. Carolyn Bolden May 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

    How shameful.

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  23. h. calndre. May 15, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Do anyone in barbados can remember what was said to Obama when he was running for president where he was force to cut ties with his Paster. The PM should never be re-elected when he was seen with that man in the picture at the races and then said that the man don’t have leper, I’m not saying that the man is not his friend, but he is free to have any one as his friend but not the leader of the country.

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  24. Dav good May 15, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Have anyone ever considered that the PM may be getting on in age and at times is becoming slightly confused,at least that may be accepted as a reasonable cause for these puzzling statements. How on earth is it possible to be this insensitive? Is the PM aware that there are numerous persons who have been completely destroyed financially by Clico? You are a politician and I am surprised that you don’t understand political correctness.

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  25. Puppa weekes May 15, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Probably the PM is getting on in age, hence the confusion.

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  26. Basil Graham May 15, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    The Prime minister has now boost Mia Mottley’s ratings, big time!!!!

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  27. Rick G May 16, 2016 at 12:18 am

    After that insult to us Bajans, i can’t support Freundel Stuart nor his DLP. I hope Barbadian voters will remember those words and make the right decision when next election is called. You do not deserve to be prime minister of this country.

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  28. Ras May 16, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I not trusting no Demon or Duppy in white and I not trusting or promoting same sex marriages

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    • h. calndre. May 16, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      Ras you may not be trusting demons or duppies so you better make sure who you are putting your trust in is not a snake.

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  29. Time for a 3rd party May 17, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Everything is relative… I am sure that most Bajans will agree that Mr Leroy Parris is a man of equal integrity to the PM and his gang.

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  30. lyric May 17, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    well that’s who you voted for

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  31. recoanthony May 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    REMEMBER, PARRIS IS MY FRIEND I CAN’T SHUN HIM AS THOUGH HES AH LEPER..ALL WE IS CLICONIANS TOGETHER….YES HE MUST HAVE RESPECT FOR PARRIS, JUST LIKE MICHEAL CARRINGTON, AN COMPANY….LOOK ERROL BARROW AN HIS COLLEGUES RAN THIS COUNTRY FOR 16 YEARS DID AH MASTERFUL JOB, IN DE SPACE OF 13 YEARS BETWEEN THESE 2 THINGS(LIKE IT OR LUMP IT)(MONSTEROUS PEVERSION OF COMMON SENSE) THAT I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR, BREK UP THIS COUNTRY, THIS PRESENT ONE LOVE TO INSULT DE MASSES, BUT COME 2018, HOPE BEFORE…THE PEOPLE OF BIM INSULT ALL AH WANNA, BUNCH AH WASTE..SOLID WUNS AT THAT.

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  32. recoanthony May 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    THEY WAS AH PERSON WHO GOVERN AH BUSINESS, AN HAD SOME FEILD WORKERS UNDER HIM….NOW THOSE FEILD WORKERS CORRUPT TO THE BONE AND THE BOSS KNEW ABOUT IT.

    BUT THE BOSS COMES OUT AN SAY NOBODY CAN’T TALK ABOUT ME, MY HANDS ARE CLEAN, I’M CLEAN RIGHT THROUGH OF ANY ORRUPTION… ANYONE KNOWING OF ANY CORRUPTION IN MY GANG, TAKE IT TO THE HIGHER AUTHORITY, NOW LISTEN BOSS.

    ANY CLEAN BOSS THAT KNOWS CORRUPTION IS IN HIS GANG AN REFUSE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, IS AS GUILTY AS THE GANG, REMEMBER DE OLD SAYING? THE UP HOLDER IS JUST AS GOOD AS THE ( TEETH)

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  33. VICTOR CALLENDER February 8, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Mia never ran no company in Barbados that rob anybody of anything. Wait, wunna forgetting that Mia Mottley is Ernest Deighton Mottley grand daughter? Mia’s family has been helping bajans for more than seven decades. Freundel, these are words for blows, and I am not a violent man. You ruin Barbados and talking bout trust, you god damn criminal. It was the DLP that took a thriving Owen S Arthur economy and ruined it. It was you, who over saw the crime rate escalate to out of control. It was your government, that allowed potholes in Barbados that even “Potholes Donville Inniss,” said were the size of another planet. It was you Freundel Stuart that failed to properly secure the school system in Barbados from Tyranny. It was you Freundel Stuart that mismanaged Barbados’ economy, to the near devaluation of the Barbadian dollar. I glad you finally open your mouth, all be it protecting that crook Leroy Parris. You Freundel Stuart, are in a league of “Infamy” all by yourself. Take Mia’s name out of your mouth Freundel, look at your own incompetent self and the incompetence of your ministers. You have the distinction of being the worse Attorney General of Barbados, until Adriel Brathwaite came along,and the worse Prime Minister too. Don’t ever even look at Owen S Arthur or Mia Mottley, and do not ever mention their names in no conversation Mr. Stuart. We the affected bajan people can, but not you Mr. Stuart. You took Mr. Parris’ side, no need to come back to the bajan people, stay with the side that robs and mismanages the life’s earnings of bajans. You and your party Mr. Stuart understand mismanagement all to well. Barbadians have been on economic crutches for to long, Barbadians need economic pillars, the only economic pillars that can be found through the change of government. SEND FREUNDEL AND HIS DLP POSSE, HOME ON A PERMANENT RETIREMENT. LET’S SWEEP THE HOUSE OUT 30-0, DEMOCRACY COULD NOT BE AT A MORE THREATENED POINT IN OUT COUNTRY’S HISTORY, THAN IT IS NOW. FINANCIAL DOWNGRADES, SPIKES IN CRIME, A FAILING MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES, DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF BAJANS, COLOSSAL FAILURES IN GOVERNMENTAL CENTALIZATION, THE DYE HAS BEEN CAST, PRIME MINISTER FREUNDEL STUART HAS TAKEN FAILURE TO STRATOSPHERIC LEVELS, NOT EVEN ON “GILLIGANS ISLAND” HAS FAILURE BEEN SO EVOLVED. A ROCKIN CHAIR, AND A DRINK WITH AN UMBRELLA IN IT, IS ALL THAT IS NOW LEFT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER OF BARBADOS, FREUNDEL STUART.

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  34. Sandra Squires February 11, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Come on PM ! Where did you trump up that from?Are you aware of the pain Leroy Parris and his counterparts inflicted on their trusting clients at clico? Why this idle and irresponsible comment in your attempt to discredit the Opp leader?This does not make her look bad it make you seem insensitive?

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