The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) will, in office, address vindictiveness and other negative traits that are dividing the society, it has been announced.
“When the Saint Lucia Labour Party gets into office, the Saint Lucia Labour Party will, as far as possible, try to stop he animousity, the division, the bitterness and the vindictiveness in the society,” party leader, Philip J. Pierre said Wednesday night.
“Our party will not subscribe to that kind of behaviour,” the SLP leader declared.
Pierre was a guest on the DBS Television programme, Newsmaker Live, with broadcast journalist, Timothy Poleon.
“Philip J. Pierre as prime minister will never say to opponents ‘Let the jackasses bray’ even though it is figuratively or not. We will never say ‘I don’t listen to barking dogs’. I will never say that,” he said.
Asked whether he would never refer to MPs on the opposite side as ‘Poodles’, Pierre declared that he would never do so.
He went on to assert that a poodle is actually a pet.
At that point, Poleon interrupted telling the opposition leader that there was no justification for the ‘poodle’ comment.
In 2014, Vieux Fort South MP, Dr. Kenny Anthony had referred to Castries South-East MP Guy Joseph, as a poodle – arguing that it was a figure of speech.
The comment ignited a controversy here.
SLP leader, Philip J. Pierre said that the people of Saint Lucia voted to make it right.
“The people of Saint Lucia voted the labour party out of office because they did not agree with what we were doing – we accepted it. I called Allen Chastanet and I congratulated him. I said ‘You have won. Congratulations!’ We are not going back into the past,” Pierre stated.
“What we are looking for now is is betterment and we are saying that this party that I lead will do the betterment for Saint Lucia in our next term,” the SLP leader said.