Government Minister, Fortuna Belrose, believes the United Workers Party (UWP) administration has the confidence of Saint Lucians.
Senator Belrose is Minister in the Ministry of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Culture and Creative Industries with responsibility for Culture and Creative Industries.
“We’ve got the confidence of the people now and we will continue to work with them to ensure that we deliver on everything that we had before elections are called by September next year,” she told reporters this week.
Belrose spoke against the backdrop of calls from the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) for the Allen Chastanet government to go to the polls.
On Saturday, June 6, 2010, the administration marked its fourth year in office.
Belrose hit out at persons whom she said deliberately try to derail the positive things in the society.
She said a perusal of the UWP’s election manifesto would show that the ruling party has achieved ‘quite a bit’.
“I think overall we have done well,” Belrose declared.
She expressed the view that in its initial stages a government does assessment.
“Within our first year the scoping, the assessing, understanding everything that is happening on the ground,” Belrose noted.
She told reporters it was one thing to sit in opposition and another dealing with the reality of running a government.
Belrose recalled that the UWP administration summoned the populace to be ‘all in’ with the government.
“Of course we’re at the point now where we are saying ‘Now is the time. Let’s do it together. We’ve been able to find all the monies for the capital projects that we want to implement and we are on a course to ensure that we deliver that’,” the Minister observed.
Senator Belrose asserted that COVID-19 had caused the government to think a little more outside the box in delivering some of the projects.
She declared that she is quite happy with where the country is at present and with the response to COVID-19.
Belrose said the UWP administration will continue to work with the people to ensure Saint Lucia is elevated internationally, so that more people will want to come here and be part of ‘this wonderful country that we have.’
She dismissed as a ploy of the opposition labour party, criticism that the government is undertaking projects to ensure its re-election.
Belrose told reporters that the labour party is the one that does election projects very well.
On the other hand, she said that the UWP does projects that sustain people through a lifetime.
“When you look at the legacy of Sir John and what he built across the country – that is how you measure the United Workers Party. You don’t measure us by the ‘bounce and draw’ projects that you see around Saint Lucia – those are labour party projects,” Belrose stated.
She asserted that the UWP is concerned about longevity, sustainability and resilience.