The recently announced opposition candidate to contest the Laborie seat in the next elections, Francisco Jn Pierre, whose daughter Jadia Jn Pierre-Emmanuel is a staunch supporter of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), has said that there will be no family feud over politics.
Jn Pierre told the Times that it was unfortunate that his daughter’s name has come into the matter, but asserted that she is a grown up whose affiliation with the Labour party is her choice.
“Maybe her upbringing by me contributed to her being so much involved in the Labour Party because I was a staunch Laborite at some point in time,” he told the Times.
However Jn Pierre made it clear that when it comes to his family, there will be no problems.
“Politics as far as I am concerned, is about service to the people and it is also a science and not the gutter issue that we have made it to be in Saint Lucia,” he declared.
Jn Pierre said that people can be of different political persuasions and co-exist peacefully.
“I know of many husbands and wives who support different political parties and they are together and living peacefully, so at the end of the day we have to learn to accept each other,” the UWP candidate said.
Asked about his chances of winning a seat that has been a Labour party stronghold, Jn Pierre declared that he is confident that things do not remain the same.
He recalled, among other things, that the Berlin wall came crashing down and East and West Germany came together.
“In life this is what history is about,” Jn Pierre asserted.
“The fact is that history has to be made at some point in time and I am hoping this time around it is will be created.”