Pierre: UWP should have built on SLP’s foundation

Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, has asserted that the current administration’s first year in office has been a year of wasted opportunities.

He expressed the view that the current administration should have built on the foundation set by its predecessor.

Pierre spoke as the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) held a church service today to mark its first anniversary in office.

He explained that the UWP government had tried to dismantle and destroy virtually everything that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) left.

The SLP leader asserted that when his party left office in June last year, the economy was showing signs of improvement.

According to Pierre all the indicators for 2016  showed clearly that this country was on a positive trajectory.

He asserted that there were many programmes that the UWP administration could have continued, including the airport, the Gros Islet highway, the Soufriere Square and St Jude hospital.

Pierre said most importantly, the UWP administration stopped projects that dealt with people.

“The government stopped the NICE project and at that time causing thousands of people to be out of jobs,” he recalled.

He spoke of the state of playing fields and schools, declaring that the UWP’s year in office has been a period of lost opportunities.

Pierre also accused the UWP of creating a culture of fear because of its tendency to victimise people and stop any ‘meaningful’ dissent.

“You saw what happened to the National Trust which caused the closure of the Derek Walcott house – all these things are indications that the government has lost a golden chance and to make it worse, the government has been very vindictive in its approach,” the SLP leader stated.

He brushed aside suggestions that the opposition had not given the new government an opportunity to settle down.

Pierre recalled that the labour party’s own supporters had accused the party of being too quiet, since the SLP had taken the position at the beginning of the UWP’s term in office that the new administration should be given proper time to run the country.

However Pierre said the UWP has instead concentrated on attacking the opposition and people who are deemed to be  labour party supporters, instead of running the affairs of the country.

“You saw the dissatisfaction that culminated in the march – arguably one of the largest marches in the country’s history on the 17th of May,” he observed.

“We think that the government must retrace its steps and the government must stop its vindictive ways and understand that there is always going to be opposition,” Pierre stated.

He said that the government should treat the opposition differently, since the people have shown that they are dissatisfied with the current administration’s stewardship during its first year in office.


  1. Anonymous
    June 6, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    no progress in the country ,they should build on the former party’s foundation..example the adminstrative building vieux-fort…

  2. Anonymous
    June 6, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    What an embarrassment this Guy is for the people of Saint Lucia. Is this the best we really can put forward to represent we the people ?

  3. Anonymous
    June 6, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Build on what ?? What legacy did they leave ?? I will name some of the legacy of bills they leave for us 1 _ A BILL OF $500’000.000 US DOLLARS WE HAVE TO PAY JACK GRYNBERG that St Lucian didn’t k ow anything about 2 almost $2000,000.00 we have to pay back for all the loqns Kenny took and have nothing to show for it 3 have to find another $150,000,000.00 for stjudes hospital after all the wastages I can go on and on and on is this the legacy RAY CHARLES IS TALKING ABOUT THESE GUYS SHOULD BE IN PRISON

  4. Anonymous
    June 6, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    You had a foundation and you were voted out of government? You said that after the 2006 election. It appears that you just lay foundation but does not deliver and when the UWP government take over you ask them to build on your foundation. UWP are building from scratch.

  5. Anonymous
    June 6, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    You had a foundation and you were licked out and you want us to build on that foundation? What a joke. Are you attempting to set-up the UWP Government. If UWP build on a foundation. the people confirm was shaky by voting you all out, they would deserve to be kick out 17-0 the next election. People don’t build on shaky foundation.

    June 6, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    watch the way u mud sling fools remember the threats made 2 u election times if u ever came into power again,stop digging ur graves,literally…damn teifs yall eh work hard stop fondling with our money!

  7. Anonymous
    June 6, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Really the mud foundation. Pierre you really eh like us

  8. Terence Joseph
    June 6, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    First time I heard search stupidity. How can anyone build on unstable foundation. A wise man build on strong foundation ,a foundation that will last for generation. Slp foundation was so bad that even a small wind would destroy it. Those guys has campaign from the last election and they not stop. I pray that God give the prime minister and his government strength to go on and not let bitter and hungry for power stop him from building the Country. I never see an opposition that decide they are in favor of people that act in this way. Are St lucians blind. Just recount the steps of the Slp, from government cutting vat taxes ,from cutting license fee,from consultation with investors etc. St lucians those guys are haters of progress. Give the government a chance to do what people them their for.

  9. Equal Opportunity
    June 23, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Are serious PIP? The airport!! Pip your party campaigned against the airport when you were in opposition using this lame excuse that the project was unnecessary and also corrupt. And when you guys saw this lame excuse was not taking root, your leader and Prime Minister drove fear in the people by stating that the Country could not afford it and it would be a burden on our grandchildren. The UWP administration introduced an Airport tax to help pay for the airport project, !!remember!! I would appreciate if you would tell us what happened to that. Since you seem to have a very short memory, let me remind you. It was your administration who removed the tax claiming that it is a burden on St. Lucian travelers. No Pip the SLP didn’t lay any foundation to upgrade the Airport it was the UWP under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephenson King. You remember that guy? There isn’t any truth in any of your accusations but I chose to use the Airport…..!! SLP foundation!! Please…….what hypocrisy!! give me a break

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