Opposition leader wants people honoured while alive

Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, has asserted that it is passing strange that politicians only honour each other in death.

Pierre made the comments in parliament today.

The leader of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) had risen in support of a resolution tabled by Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.

The resolution called for the parliament, government and people of Saint Lucia to offer profound condolences and sympathy to the family of the late Patrick Manning, as well as the government and people of Trinidad and Tobago on the passing of the former Prime Minister.

Manning died on July 2, 2016 at the San Fernando General Hospital.

He passed away as a result of acute myeloid leukemia one month before his 70th birthday.

Addressing parliament today, opposition leader Philip J. Pierre said it would be pleasing if  people like Manning who have served, would be honoured before their death.

Nevertheless, Pierre declared that it was better late than never.

He said that the resolution to express condolences on the death of the former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister was fitting.

The SLP leader stated that all members of the opposition would like to associate themselves with the resolution, given the statesman that Manning was.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told the parliament that former Prime Minister, Stephenson King and a representative of the opposition were part of the delegation that went to Trinidad and Tobago for Manning’s funeral.

Chastanet thanked the opposition for its support.

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