Philip J. Pierre, the leader of the opposition, has been responding to assertions that Doctor Kenny Anthony will be the back seat driver in the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
Anthony recently stepped down as SLP leader and indicated that he had no interest in being the leader of the parliamentary opposition.
The former Prime Minister made his position clear after he led the party into an 11-6 defeat at the June 6, 2016 general elections.
Philip J. Pierre, Anthony’s long-time deputy who succeeded him, was questioned on the former leader’s likely influence in the party.
Pierre told the Times that he has tremendous respect for the former SLP leader.
He recalled that they had worked together for twenty years, being the two longest serving elected members in the party.
“We share a mutual respect for each other,” Pierre told the Times.
The opposition leader asserted that the kind of person Anthony is, he would never impose his will on anyone nor try to use “unnecessary persuasion.”
Pierre described Anthony as a man of consensus.
“We are going to discuss issues, talk about them and when a consensus is reached I am sure he will follow,” the new SLP leader declared.
Pierre told the Times that Anthony is not the kind of person who will not understand that there must be consensus and discipline in the organization.
He explained that he has absolutely no problems with the former Prime Minister.
“We will work together as a team for the advancement of the party and Saint Lucia,” Pierre stated.
“I am convinced that Doctor Anthony will do whatever he has to do in the interest of Saint Lucia and the advancement of the party, understanding the different roles that he has and I have.”
Yesterday at his first news conference since becoming leader of the SLP and leader of the opposition, Pierre announced that as a member of the shadow cabinet, Anthony would speak on matters of Public Service, Legal Affairs, National Security National Insurance and Justice.