PRESS RELEASE – Dr. Ernest Hilaire was officially presented as the Saint Lucia Labour Party’s (SLP) candidate for Castries South, at a Press Conference held today, May 24, 2016. With less than two weeks until election day, the SLP candidate line-up marks an exciting time for Team Labour 2016.
From his childhood spent listening to the past champions of Labour speaking on the Castries Market Steps, to his nomination as representative for this constituency, Ernest Hilaire is a man born in, and shaped by Castries South.
At the press conference today, Hilaire described his dream to be the best political representative Castries South has ever had, and expressed his determination to create opportunities for young people to enable them to realize their potential.
As a founding member and Vice President of the National Youth Council, and President of the Caribbean Federation of Youth, Ernest spent his young years in the arena of community service and activism. Ernest described how his consciousness “was shaped by upbringing and dedication to serving my community”. His hard work and tireless devotion to Saint Lucia led to his appointment as CEO of the West Indies Cricket Board and later, Saint Lucia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Addressing his most profound values, he told the conference, “I believe that we need to build a more equal and meritocratic society where everyone, regardless of place of birth, family background or political affiliation, has an equal chance to succeed in life. I hold firm to the belief that public life is about service to the people and not a favour to the people. The Labour Party has best offered me the chance to live that philosophy”.
Hilaire explained that Castries South is overflowing with talent, opportunity and expectation, despite poor conditions in some parts of the constituency. He expressed his enthusiasm for working with young people in Castries South, to offer them the space to realise their aspirations. He added, “I intend to serve Castries South with the same hard work, dedication and commitment which have thus far guided me throughout my time as a student leader, youth leader, student and in my professional life.”
The SLP looks forward to Hilaire’s official launch on Sunday 29th May at the Hot Grounds, in Cul de Sac. It will be exciting day, during which voters will have the opportunity to hear more about the candidate for Castries South and about our 15 key pledges to the people of Saint Lucia.