Former Gros Islet MP, Emma Hippolyte, has said that the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is not against this country’s development, but is opposed to what appears to be the government’s lack of respect for Saint Lucia’s national heritage.
“The Saint Lucia Party will support any project for development,” Hippolyte told the Times
She made reference to the controversial Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) project and the proposed Dolphin Park at Pigeon Island.
Both have been criticised over the environmental impact they would have on sensitive areas where the projects are to be undertaken.
“You get into Maria Island in Vieux Fort, you get into the Mangroves in Vieux Fort and then you get into Pigeon Island – it is as if the government is bent on discounting what makes Saint Lucians proud,” the former Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs told the Times.
In regard to investment and job creation, Hippolyte recalled that the SLP had an investor who wanted to engage in a wind energy project.
“Why did this government, if it is interested in the people and in creating employment, allow this large investor who was using his own funds walk away from that significant project for us?” The former Minister stated.
Just recently, the Government of Saint Lucia expressed its commitment to continue to work towards the development of renewable energy on the island.
This after US-based firm WindTex Energy ‘disappointingly’ cancelled plans for a previously announced wind farm on the east coast, less than four months after the new administration gave its commitment to the developer, to see the project to a successful completion, a government statement said.