Opposition leader Philip J. Pierre has chided National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis over recent remarks the minister made concerning a meeting between Pierre and the Police Welfare Association (PWA).
The PWA said the meeting last month came at Pierre’s request.
“We are very surprised with a statement by the minister when he complained because I had spoken to members of the Police Welfare Association,” the opposition leader said in an interview Tuesday.
Pierre expressed the view that the minister’s comments were ‘absolutely petty’.
“What the minister should be concerned about is what we spoke about,” the leader of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) asserted.
PWA President, Travis Chicot, had disclosed after the meeting with Pierre that the two sides had addressed matters including IMPACS, police promotions and the $US 2.6 billion Desert Star Holdings (DSH) project.
But National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis was of the opinion that the PWA should have met first with the Police Commissioner then with him as minister.
He said that the organisation could have, at a later time, met the leader of the opposition.
The former Deputy Police Commissioner noted that he had not yet met with the PWA President.
“I think the times in which we are living are too serious for us to get involved in who should talk first and who should talk second,” Pierre declared.
He stated that in his capacity as leader of the opposition he has a right to speak to anyone who has something to do with the country.
Pierre explained that he believed it was necessary at this time to speak to the PWA.
He recalled that he had a very good meeting with the PWA and both parties agreed that the content of their talks would be confidential.
“I see no reason for any comments or any problems as far as that is concerned,” the SLP leader remarked.
“I will speak to anybody,” Pierre said.