Opposition leader Allen Chastanet, responding to a recent call by Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre for ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) faithful to take to the streets in support of the government, has urged the Prime Minister to call elections instead.
“The only way you could truly test the support you have is to go to the polls,” Chastanet told St. Lucia Times.
“I think the Prime Minister shouldn’t waste his time with a march because I don’t know that the march is going to achieve anything,” the United Workers Party (UWP) leader declared.
“If he wants to reassure himself of his own popularity and the popularity of the government’s policies, go to the polls,” Chastanet asserted.
At an SLP event in Laborie on Sunday, Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre announced plans for a ‘people’s march’ in Castries to support his administration.
“I am calling on the troops of the Saint Lucia Labour Party to take to the streets to support the government of the Saint Lucia Labour Party,” Pierre declared to applause.
He said it would be a ‘march of marches.’
“We are going to show them that the people of Saint Lucia are Labour and the people of Saint Lucia are happy with the government of the Saint Lucia Labour Party,” Pierre stated.
He said next year, before independence, the SLP would have the march in Castries.
Pierre’s Labour Party surged into office by a landslide after the July 26, 2021, general elections.
His administration currently enjoys a 15-2 majority in the House of Assembly.