Former SLP leader: Party needs fresh blood

Former Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader, Peter Josie, has suggested that the party needs fresh blood at the helm.

Josie told the Times that Phillip J Pierre’s time to lead the SLP has passed.

Pierre is the current replacement for Doctor Kenny Anthony who stepped down as party leader after the SLP lost the June 6, 2016 general elections.

The Castries East MP will also lead the parliamentary opposition.

According to Peter Josie, everyone knows that Anthony wanted current Castries South MP, Doctor Ernest Hilaire, to be the next SLP leader had the party won at the polls.

He recalled that Philip J. Pierre has been in politics before Anthony, but has been bypassed in several ways by the former.

“It does not make sense,” Josie declared.

He said:

“This guy Hilaire is new, so you would have thought that if the SLP was looking ahead, the natural leader after Kenny and bypassing Pierre who has been there for over 40 years, would have been a younger person – a young man or woman coming in.”

According to the former SLP leader, the new leader does not have to be Hilaire, but a choice that would say to observers that the SLP was trying to build for the future.

“Philip Pierre, I would even call him a friend, I don’t know how he would classify me, but it is clear that his time to lead the SLP anywhere has passed and the only purpose you choose a leader and a leader of the opposition is to have someone lead the party back to victory,” Josie declared.

He asserted that the only reason a political party exists is to be in power to do the things for the country that the party deems necessary.

Josie said that the move to have Pierre succeed Anthony should be denounced by anyone looking at politics with a clear head, whether being a supporter of the SLP or not.

“Where can Philip J. Pierre take that party?” He asked.