Pierre: Forget the past and look to brighter future

Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, asserting that 2016 was a difficult year for all supporters of  the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), has said it is time to forget the past and look forward to a brighter future.

“As your new leader I look forward to serving you so that together we can achieve our goals for a better Saint Lucia,” Pierre said.

He made the remarks during his 2016 Christmas message.

The SLP leader stated that as 2017 approaches, he hopes that the marginalization and exclusion of SLP supporters ends.

He expressed the hope that all Saint Lucians will be given a fair chance to survive on the Island.

Pierre  said he hopes there will be more employment opportunities for the unemployed in the New Year.

“To the sick, victims of crime and violence and our women who have suffered the indignity of abuse and rape, I wish you a speedy recovery,” the Castries East MP said in his Christmas message.

He singled out residents of his constituency for special thanks because of their support and loyalty over the past years.

“I am privileged and humbled at the confidence that you have entrusted in me,” Pierre said.

He explained that he will try, within the institutional limitations, to continue with the projects that were requested by his constituents for the benefit of all.

The SLP leader called on all citizens to be strong and courageous.

He urged them to remain positive and hopeful.



  1. Calvin
    December 26, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Forget the past? Uhmmm, excuse me What we’re talking about is the past arguably gross mismanagement of an island nation, not about a disagreement about what to eat during a date. This was arguably very visibly manifested in the fundamentals such as governance, public safety and security, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and oversight of expenditures.

    SLP, there is a reason that you were resoundingly carded and sent to the proverbial penalty box by our nation’s voters. How unfortunate that you so readily dismiss the sage fortitude that they showed in showing you the door.

    And, please remember, those that forget the past or otherwise disregard it are condemned to repeat it.

    SLP had its chance. It’s now time for them to crawl back underneath their rock, do a lot of reflection, and say something when they have formulated a realistically achievable platform that id not a simple statement of the obvious that simply is pandering for votes.

    1. Anonymous
      December 26, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Calvin. Look to the future. That’s what Philip said. You’re still looking back. We know all that. The future looks bright with 2.6 billion dollar project in the making. New summer festival and so on. No more mismanagement bad governance and poor public security. We are in good hands and this new government proves it more and more as the weeks and months pass by. The future looks good… The people can see the difference.

      1. Anonymous
        December 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm

        How could we forget the pass when it can affect the future? How can we forget gryberh when it can definitely affect in the future. Another example is the stadium in VFort which was built in sea blast. It was supposed to built in the stvjudee highway. Will I ever forget that when the stadium is now all rusting?

      2. Calvin
        December 26, 2016 at 7:19 pm

        I agree with looking to the future, no question.

        My point was that the Leader of the Opposition is dreaming in Technicolor if he expects Looshans to heed his call to forget the past, hence imllying how he and his brethren did more than their fair share to treat the nation’s resources, be they human, natural, or financial, as their own personal piggy bank.

        It is with cautious optimism that we can watch the future, and engage in it as voters in a democratic nation. People need to realize that nothing comes for free, and that includes whatever manner of ec-dev. We have to be realistic as to what we have to offer and what we can get for it. Looshans want ec-dev, FDI wants return on investment — and there-in lies the challenge in the back-and-forth towards deals that work as best possible for both parties.

  2. Dacobs
    December 26, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    When I hear people talking about how SLP was resoundingly carded and sent packing at the last general elections, as if this is supposed to signal its death I am reminded of the high level of ignorance residing in St Lucian politics. Calvin should be reminded of how bad UWP performed in 2011. If it came back from that defeat to win in 2016 analytically the possibility that it might not do as well in the next general elections exists just the same.

  3. Anonymous
    December 26, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Those politicians are just snakes
    …listen to him in budget he will be purely historic….Pierre is just holding that position for zJufali