Opposition leader, Philip J.Pierre, has reached out to to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet requesting dialogue on issues of national interest.
A copy of the May 29, 2017 letter has been obtained by the Times.
In it, Pierre reiterated the position of his opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) that the political group is not opposed to any development which is ‘sustainably beneficial’ to this country.
“To this end, we are prepared to support the government in any meaningful initiative,” the letter stated.
However the document made clear that the SLP is not prepared to allow developments which bring little or no benefits to Saint Lucia or worse, place the country at risk both economically and with regard to its national security.
The letter made specific reference to the controversial $US 2.6 billion Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) project to which the SLP has expressed strong opposition.
“We cannot in good conscience support that the vast majority of the available lands in the south of the island to be owned and developed by a single entity, thereby rendering competition obsolete,” Pierre wrote.
“Further, we view as unacceptable the leasing of the vast majority of the land for such an extended period at the extremely low cost of US$1:00 per acre,” the SLP leader declared.
The letter also raised other issues associated with the DSH project.
According to Pierre, as presently structured, the project places Saint Lucia at great risk.
Pierre warned that the negative fallout will have severe consequences for this country both in the foreseeable and unforeseeable future.
He reiterated a call for the contract to be laid and debated in the Parliament of Saint Lucia.
Pierre’s letter mentioned the proposed dolphinarium to be located at Pigeon Island National Landmark, asserting that the SLP will join with the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) in doing all that can be done legally to prevent the project from going through.
In addition, the SLP leader repeated his party’s objection to the removal of the SLNT’s annual subvention.
He also mentioned the issue of the non-election of a Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly describing the development as a “stain on our democracy.”
Pierre said the SLP was open to dialogue on the issues and other matters of concern he raised in the letter to Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.
In the letter obtained by the Times, Pierre stated that the SLP would be grateful for an opportunity to discuss the matters with Chastanet at a mutually convenient date.