Hilaire: Labour party needs renaissance

Hilaire: Labour party needs renaissance

Doctor Ernest Hilaire has asserted that the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), must have a renaissance to become more relevant to Saint Lucia.

The SLP lost the June 6, 2016 general elections by a margin of 11 to 6.

The loss triggered the resignation of Doctor Kenny Anthony as party leader.

Anthony, on the night of the election loss, also said he did not intend to serve as leader of the opposition.

Doctor Ernest Hilaire himself managed to win the Castries South seat by a small margin of less than fifty votes in his first foray into elective politics.

But despite the SLP election defeat, the former High Commissioner to London feels that the SLP will come back even stronger.

He recalled that the party had been re-energized in 1997 with the return of Doctor Kenny Anthony who became leader.

During the general elections of that year, the SLP won a 16-1 landslide against the United Workers Party (UWP).

Hilaire said the SLP now needs to go through some introspection.

The Castries South MP asserted that the party must first understand what happened at the elections on June 6, 2016, the mood of the electorate and why they voted the way they did.

“Once we can come to understand that we can then start making decisions as to the future of the party,” Hilaire declared.

He felt it would be premature to make decisions on the future direction of the party without fully understanding what happened at the last polls.

Hilaire, who was widely reported as the likely successor to Doctor Kenny Anthony as SLP leader, asserted that once thee is that understanding, a decision can be made on what is the best configuration to take the party into the future.

“For me the most important thing is not to be speaking about leadership and who should be leader and who should not be leader,” he declared.

The former High  Commissioner to London said that for him what was most important was to understand the electorate, why they voted the way they did , how they accessed the SLP government and what they expect of the party in the future.

The SLP will hold a convention later this year, when there will be an open election for party leader.


Castries East MP, Philip J. Pierre, who was deputy party leader, was endorsed recently as leader according to the SLP constitution.

Pierre is also the current leader of the parliamentary opposition.

“Let my successes take me wherever it goes,” Hilaire said, adding that as a first time MP he needs to represent his constituents to the best of his ability.

He acknowledged that at the same time the SLP needs to reenergize itself and prepare for the future.

Asked directly whether he sees himself leading the SLP, Hilaire said he could not pronounce on the future.

“For me my goal was to win a seat, which I have done,” he explained.

Hilaire disclosed that it was now for him to demonstrate his capacity as a parliamentarian and along the way decisions will be made as needed.

“I am in it for the long haul,” Hilaire said, adding that he will not be running ahead of himself.

He said he and former SLP leader, Doctor Kenny Anthony have never had any discussion about leadership of the party.


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  1. More
    June 30, 2016 at 11:03 am Reply

    You a loose by Mary, even you win by 46? I consider that a loose for you sir. Nothing to boast about

  2. Me
    June 30, 2016 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Good job Dr Hilaire. Well said. I totally agree with your statement. No fighting no backbiting. Work with team lab our. The party will rock in the nxt election.?

    1. Anonymous
      June 30, 2016 at 12:26 pm Reply

      yes you are off your rockers. hilaire is a great example of what is wrong with labour. ask him what he did with jufalli money. boy move from there.another waste of space from the SLP.

    June 30, 2016 at 3:34 pm Reply

    He felt it would be premature to make decisions on the future direction of the party without fully understanding what happened at the last polls.

    June 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm Reply

    “He felt it would be premature to make decisions on the future direction of the party without fully understanding what happened at the last polls.”

    What does it take to determine what happened in the last polls? What is so difficult about that to figure? Sitting ministers losing by thousands of votes. Maybe he wants a white paper or some sort of longitudinal study. The answer is sitting right in front of him. They were not listening to St. Lucians and forcing hardships upon the people. They did not know when to stop. Example, who is a St. Lucian? Don’t forget about the lies and deceits. The people had enough. Your mystery is solved,

    1. Sad-But-True
      June 30, 2016 at 4:13 pm Reply

      Be quiet! You don’t contribute anything to help this island’s development other than bitchin all day about how “tings Hard.” Vat does not affect you. What do you own? Allen the boy, has given all his rich buddies a huge property tax break. What have you gotten in return? Did you really believe Voting the Inferior Party (UWP) was actually to benefit you? Lol. Ask the Syrians and Asians here. They are the ones laughing at your silly Black a$$. Lol

      1. ken
        June 30, 2016 at 5:10 pm Reply

        Your arrogance is sad. You are what is wrong with your party. Aloof sociopaths whose twisted egocentric views leave them delusional as to their own self importance. Labor has produced a breed of angry, unpleasant, self serving, self entitled and vitriolic foot soldiers.

        1. soups
          July 1, 2016 at 10:45 am Reply

          he!he!he! you sure make me laugh this morning! the rennaissance should start with removals first. and guess who must go? it is staring right in the mirror at the rennaisance man!

  5. Sad-But-True
    June 30, 2016 at 4:08 pm Reply

    Oh Yes!!! Next time around it will be SLP: 17 – UWP (Inferior Party)- 0.

    I love my Superior Party (The SLP.)

    1. Anonymous
      July 1, 2016 at 8:53 am Reply

      AB you an idiot shut up !!

  6. Anonymous
    June 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Sad but true you are really hurt and dreaming get over it little friend SLP will not form the next government in a hurry dont fool yourself 17/0 you living in a fantacy world.

    1. Sad-But-True
      June 30, 2016 at 4:30 pm Reply

      In 1997, it was SLP 16, and UWP 1. Lol.
      Don’t fret, we are going to make Saint Lucia, BLACK AND PROUD AGAIN. 🙂

  7. Anonymous
    July 1, 2016 at 10:21 am Reply

    Rasicts remarks like these didn’t help slp win da last elections. Ah! how sad ppl like sad but true have not learnt yet that these kinds of talk is exactly what we don’t in out politics.

  8. Amen
    July 11, 2016 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Do you want a few themes for your ‘introspection’ Hilaire?
    Here we go:
    – DECEIT

  9. Anonymous
    July 12, 2016 at 8:50 am Reply

    Blah blah blah blah

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