The leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), has declared that ruling party parliamentarians who continue to benefit from being in government will maintain their support Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.
Therold Prudent made the remarks against the backdrop of the move by the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), to have a motion of no confidence against Chastanet debated in parliament.
No date has been announced for the debate.
But Prudent disclosed that he supports the opposition motion.
The ruling party currently has 11 seats in parliament to the SLP’s 6.
Prudent told St Lucia Times he does not see any of the government MPs as wanting to support a no confidence vote in the prime minister.
“They are all on that gravy train,” he asserted, explaining that the government MP’s are benefitting themselves by being part of the administration.
“However, I am an optimist and hope always springs eternal,” he declared, adding that hopefully when the motion is debated, reason will come through and three government MPs will support the no confidence vote.
Reflecting on the situation in Guyana where Charrandas Persaud joined the opposition in supporting a no-confidence vote against the coalition government of which he was a part, Therold Prudent said there were lessons for Saint Lucia.
“You cannot continue to have a lack of transparency in the way you administer government, whereas you have so many Saint Lucians clamouring for a better life; for health care; for jobs,” the LPM leader told St Lucia Times.
He said he hopes that ruling party members understand that Prime Minister Chastanet is on a destructive path and his actions do not benefit Saint Lucians but foreign entities, corporations and individuals.
“When you think of the borrowing that has taken place during the past two and a half years, it must boggle the mind,” Prudent told St Lucia Times.