Former Saint Lucia diplomat, Peter Lansiquot, has declared that he has political ambitions and has his eyes set on the Castries Central seat.
He says he is “very interested”in becoming the candidate for Castries Central for the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
The former diplomat asserted that he has always been a ‘labour man’, subscribing to the philosophy of the party which is about taking care of people.
“I made it clear to my party a long time ago that I am interested in being the candidate for the Castries Central seat. These are matters that we are still working on internally,” he disclosed.
Castries Central was won by Sarah Flood-Beaubrun of the United Workers Party (UWP) at the last general elections.
“I am not going to play games with the people of Saint Lucia. I don’t lie to the people about things like that. I do have political ambitions,” Lansiquot said in an interview with St Lucia Times.
He is a former Head of Mission of the Embassy of Saint Lucia in Cuba and a former Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Saint Lucia in Washington D.C.
Lansiquot Wednesday launched an initiative he called calls ‘The People’s Distress Fund’ with an initial sum of $5000.
The fund was launched near the spot in Wilton’s Yard, Castries, where three houses were destroyed by fire recently.
The former Saint Lucia diplomat aims to raise $100,000 in the first month of the fund to reverse the tendency of Saint Lucians to have to beg for help when they lose their homes overnight.
Lansiquot is inviting 50,000 Saint Lucians at home and 50,000 locals living abroad to each contribute one dollar.
He told St Lucia Times that the motive for establishing the fund is the “political blood’ he has running in his veins.
However, Lansiquot explained that although he has political ambitions, the fund is not a political initiative but a social one, motivated by a desire to assist people who are in distress.