Political Leader and Deputy Political Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet and Senator Lenard “Spider” Montoute have returned from North America where, among other engagements, they held two highly successful meetings with the Saint Lucian Diaspora living in New York and Canada.
The animated dialogue focused on matters of grave importance such as public safety, affordable quality healthcare, education and the current Saint Lucia Labour Party administration.
Chastanet explained that the meeting was long overdue and well received.
“The purpose of the meetings was to help set up UWP party support groups in New York and Toronto. The constitution of the party allows for the participation of the Diaspora and so we have had meetings in London, England, and more recently, Toronto, Canada and New York in the United States.”
Chastanet says a select number of people were invited to the recent meetings in North America and adds that the support groups can now participate in executive meetings as well as the party’s convention each year and more importantly, in the strategies moving forward.
He said while the party is engaging the Diaspora at this time, the formulation of policy is not on the agenda for discussion.
“The initial meetings do not involve any discussion on policy — the meetings are specifically designed to get the structure of these groupings together. So it’s getting like-minded people who support the party and who would like to see something different happening.”
The Toronto and New York meetings were held November 7 and 8.
The next round of meetings will take place in January 2014 in Atlanta and Texas.