Opposition leader Philip J. Pierre has indicated to the House of Assembly that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is ready for elections if it is called before September next year.
“That’s the problem now, they’re in a mad haste because they realise that next week is June 6,” Pierre said of the current government’s planned infrastructural development projects.
The United Workers Party (UWP) administration won the last elections on June 6, 2016 by a margin of 11-6.
Pierre asserted that by September next year, the UWP must return to the polls.
“They can do nothing about it. They can victimise, they can get vexed, they can be arrogant, they can stop demonstrations, they can stop gatherings – they can do whatever they want; they cannot stop September next year for a date for general elections when the people of this country will take a decision on what they have done for them for the last four years,” the SLP leader noted.
“And if they come before that, we’re ready,” Pierre told the house.
Earlier the opposition leader said the Allen Chastanet administration wants to give the impression that they are the ‘roads’ government.
“Because elections are near, there’s a mad rush for roads,” Pierre stated.
He told the house that in government the SLP repaired or re-built 23 bridges.
Pierre spoke in detail about the work the then labour administration did on roads throughout the country between 2012 and 2016.
“We’re not speaking about 1997 coming down,” the Castries East MP explained.
Pierre declared that the Allen Chastanet administration has an issue regarding its priorities.
“They have been caught with their pants down – they believed they would have been in power for 40 years,” he said.
Pierre told the house that this year for the UWP was supposed to be the year of projects.
“There’s a mad rush – projects, projects, projects, Mr. Speaker,” he declared.
“I predicted that there would have been so much turning of the soil in Saint Lucia that the Prime Minister’s back would hurt him,” Pierre told the house.
But he said the UWP cannot stop time.