Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader, Philip J. Pierre, has expressed his deep sadness and that of the executive and members of his party at news of the death of Eldon Mathurin.
“It has been said that the great difference between the real statesman and the pretender is that the former sees into the future whilst the latter regards only the present. Eldon Mathurin was a statesman and in all that he did, whether personally or for the community, his ultimate goal was always the betterment of the Country,” Pierre observed in a statement Monday.
The SLP leader recalled that it was because of those qualities that his party had no objection to Mathurin’s appointment as Chairman of the Salaries Review Committee.
According to Pierre, Mathurin approached that task with fairness, firmness and a deep sense of appreciation of the responsibility with which he had been entrusted.
“Eldon was also a regionalist and spoke with a passion about the need for the wider Caribbean to become one nation or at the very least, act as one nation. It is sad that he would have passed away before seeing that deepening of the integration which he so eloquently and tirelessly pursued,” the SLP leader stated.
Pierre, a former Tourism Minister, recalled that that as a school boy he remembered Mathurin when he lived on Water Works Road and later his many discussions with the deceased, not only during his stint as Chair of the Salaries Review Commission.
He said during his tenure as Minister for Tourism, Eldon Mathurin was most knowledgeable about the industry.
According to Pierre, discussions with the deceased gave him an even great insight into the inner workings of the industry.
“On behalf of the entire Labour family, we extend sincere condolences to the family of the late Eldon Mathurin,” the SLP leader said.
May he rest in peace.