Saint Lucia’s opposition leader Philip J. Pierre has described neocolonialism as an economic threat coming from difference sources.
Speaking against the backdrop of the recent celebration of Emancipation Day, Pierre said some of the sources of neocolonialism are actually home-grown.
“The effect of debt – and if you want to come closer home, our government is embarking on a $600 million debt for a prestige project. That is going to put Saint Lucian young people in debt, ” the SLP leader told MBC Television News.
“These threats are basically economic. It’s a threat that is limiting our people’s ability to get health care, education and our ability to have an improved standard of living,” the Castries East MP asserted.
“We are still under threat even if we celebrate Emancipation Day,” he explained.
Pierre expressed concern that Emancipation Day celebrations in Saint Lucia seemed to be low key.
“I want to assure the people of Saint Lucia that we are not afraid of our history and when our party wins the next elections we are going to ensure that Emancipation Day is properly observed so that the young people who have not really understood out history – have not understood where we are coming from, will get the opportunity to celebrate our freedom; to celebrate our coming away from slavery,” he told MBC News.