Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, has spoken of the need to protect the persons who voted for the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) in the last elections against victimization.
“These equal sons and daughters of Saint Lucia require that we protect their interest and safeguard them against victimization and other hardships that the government may try to inflict on them because of their political affiliation, or because they reside in constituencies represented by SLP parliamentarians” Pierre declared.
He said however that the SLP intends to be the opposition for all Saint Lucians.
The SLP leader disclosed that the SLP looks forward to the formal opening of parliament.
Pierre made the pronouncement at his first news conference since assuming the role of leader of the parliamentary opposition.
He was accompanied at the conference by other SLP officials.
Former Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, was absent as a result of being overseas, it was reported.
The SLP leader asserted that the party will be vigilant and alert as it observes the government during what is likely to be a difficult and challenging time.
“We are fully cognizant of the weight of the responsibility which we now carry and we have no intention of failing in our duty to the people of our country,” Pierre told today’s news conference.
He noted that after the June 6, 2016 general elections here, Saint Lucia was greeted with the “troubling” news that the people of Britain had voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.
Pierre said the vote was already beginning to have a negative effect on this country’s economic outlook.
He explained that the continuing sharp drop in the value of the British pound will undoubtedly have a negative effect on tourism arrivals and spending by UK tourists.
“It is already impacting the value of pensions and other investments held by Caribbean nationals in the UK,” the opposition leader observed.
He asserted that these were early indications of the challenges that lie ahead and the realities of government after the excitement and promises of election campaigns.
Pierre said the SLP intends to bring its past experience in government as it plays its part in contributing to proper governance in this country.
“We are the oldest mass based organization in Saint Lucia,” the SLP leader declared.
He said the SLP knows and understands the rigours of opposition life.
Pierre disclosed that the SLP has always taken very seriously, its role of defending the workers and the poor, protecting Saint Lucia’s sovereignty and advancing democracy and development through hard work and ethical business practices.
He stated that the SLP in and out of government has always done what is best for Saint Lucia.