The former leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, is of the opinion that Saint Lucia should follow in the footsteps of Barbados which plans to remove Queen Elizabeth as that country’s head of state.
He described it as a smart move by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and the government and people of that country.
“We believe that independence is not completed, our sovereignty is not completed. as long as we continue to hold on to the apron strings of those persons who have oppressed us for so many years,” Prudent told St Lucia Times.
“I believe that as an independent nation, we have to set our own course,” he explained.
He asserted that Saint Lucia has to set its own destiny and cannot continue to have the Queen as head of state.
The former LPM leader urged Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to seriously consider the matter.
“Perhaps if we decide to opt for a Republican form of government, I believe it would be in the interest of our country and perhaps this is the right time to reintroduce constitutional reform, which is something that the Kenny Anthony administration and the labour party dangled before us but left it to rot among dust on the government shelves,” Prudent declared.
He recalled that he has held the position for many years that the Queen should be replaced as this country’s head of state.
Prudent said during his tenure as LPM political leader, the debate was raised during the administration of then Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony.
He told St Lucia Times that the LPM was one of the groups which felt Saint Lucia should have done what Barbados is planning to do now.