Ernest Hilaire to contest Castries South seat in next elections

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Ernest Hilaire

Ernest Hilaire

Chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) Dr. Ernest Hilaire has been selected by the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to contest the Castries South seat at the next general elections.

Dr. Hilaire, a former Saint Lucia High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, will be competing against former trade unionist and United Workers Party (UWP) Senator Mary Isaac.

General Secretary of the SLP, Leo Clarke, is reported in the media confirming Dr. Hilaire’s selection.

Clarke said Dr. Hilaire has strong links to the constituency, having grew up in Hospital Road area. The party’s General Secretary said that the former diplomat has also been active in several SLP campaigns.

The party, he said, is confident that Dr. Hilaire will manage to secure the seat at the next elections.

Dr. Hilaire has been accused of being directly involved in the appointment of Dr. Sheikh Juffali, the embattled Saint Lucia Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The Opposition has been calling for Dr. Hilaire’s resignation, ever since the issue involving the Saudi billionaire has been brought to light and caused major embarrassment for Saint Lucia.

Observers have suggested that the SLP forced incumbent MP for Castries South and Minister of Education Dr. Robert Lewis to bow out of elective politics, to make way for Dr. Hilaire to contest the seat.

However, Dr. Lewis has repeatedly denied the accusations and said the decision to bow out of election was a personal one he made and it is something he had in mind since he entered political life.

Dr. Hilaire served as Personal Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony in 1997. In 1999 he became Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

In 2005, he was given the responsibility of managing Saint Lucia’s hosting of ICC World Cup 2007.  His success in that endeavour led to his appointment as the Tournament Director for the ICC World Twenty20 2010.

He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

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56 comments

  1. Hilaire..you can't win the seat.. You are using the fact that you are from Hospital Road as justification for your eligibility.. The labour party neglected the people in that area thus it has become a big slam.. What did you do to cause any changes in thst area nothing.. The people can no longer be fooled by a Labour party that has caused hopelessness across this land. Highest debt to GDP high unemployment worst health care ever, high level of crime, no major infrastructure, higher taxes reduced disposal income no opportunities for youth, a deterioration in our education system, increased poverty death of creative arts.. And the list goes on Any right thinking St Lucia will not give team labour a second opportunity to bring St Lucia O yo despair.. I have voted for both parties in the past. Cannot justify hiring an inept labour government this time around.

    (6)(2)
  2. I CANNOT EVER SEE MYSELF EVER VOTING FOR ANY CANDIDATE WHO HAS, OR WOULD SUPPORT ANY PRIME MINISTER, WHO HAS LEGISLATED TO MAKE ME A SECOND CLASS CITIZEN IN MY OWN COUNTRY, THE COUNTRY OF MY BIRTH. I am just not voting.

    I am not going to endorse ever selling my birthright. NEVER! HELL NO!!!!!!

    (33)(0)
    • Then you need to eject such idiots that selling our country from power. not voting will not get him out of power because the hacks will be at the polls early to vote him back in. the only way to get him out is to VOTE HIM OUT!!!!.

      (37)(1)
  3. Some government ministers are going around and asking people in the constituency not to vote for Hilaire, because they want him to lose. Kenny's plan is to try to win the elections, then resign and hand over the prime ministership to Hilaire. The thought of that does not go down with some ministers who have served the party for so long. And I agree with them. YOU JUST COME YOU WANT TO BE PRIME MINISTER.
    TAKE THE LINE.
    Now if Ministers in your party do not want you, WHY SHOULD I.
    SORRY HILAIRE. Take the line and I MAY consider you ELECTION 2021, IF GOD SPARES MY LIFE.
    GO MARY, GO MARY, GO MARY, GO MARY, GO MARY ,GO MARY!

    (5)(7)
    • That "take the line" crap is what speaks volumes about our rustic ignorance and ignoramuses. It has never been clearer.

      Leadership of anything or any organization is about a grand vision for the future, that most people accept, that takes you to a better place than where you are now. The leader does this by persuasion and not by force.

      Contrary to this, the SLP is all about ramming down our throats anything that is good for the party especially those at the top. So you have CCJ. You get VAT. You get Grynberg, in secret. You get CIP and that is bundled rather nicely with Jullafii. What a damn curse this ENTIRE SLP!

      (70)(2)
  4. Claudiass was made Speaker of the House, so anything is possible. The smartest ignorant one of the bunch. Knows a lot about nothing.
    Hilaire will get his seat and win because it's st. Lucia.
    Those two men are pompous, arrogant men who have nothing to do with common folk unless they are friends. They can't even fake it.

    Where does Deputy Pierre stand in all of this?

    (26)(1)
  5. So allegedly Hilaire Volaire running for elections.

    (25)(2)
  6. Kenny stop spoon feeding those guys. Always hiding behind the party cus you've got their backs

    (15)(1)
  7. HONESTLY HE'LL HEAR?

    He'll see....he'll Feel and HE'LL HEAR when the voters devastate him...HAHA

    (49)(2)
  8. After reading the comments here I am so happy that people who comment here are the vocal miniority.

    How do you accuse a man of one thing then turn around and support his opponent who has done that very same thing, in some cases with greater severity. Baffling.

    Maybe one day if lucians grow the wisdom and courage to look past red/yellow we will inspire some real change to deal with the disenchantment we currently have concerning our politics.

    One commenter implied that we should employ uneducated ministers instead and has gotten nothing but resounding approval. I dont even...

    (4)(34)
  9. "In 2005, he was given the responsibility of managing Saint Lucia’s hosting of ICC World Cup 2007. His success in that endeavour led to his appointment as the Tournament Director for the ICC World Twenty20 2010. "

    Is that really true? Was the hosting of the World cup a success in St. Lucia when compared to other countries when hosting it? What did St. Lucia gain from it?

    We have to question who is making such a claim without any such evidence?

    (18)(2)
  10. SLP has taken Saint Lucia on a dangerous journey with this party. Frenwell, Black Bay lands, Grybberg, IMPACS, Hellenites Building, Dey Laff He-he-he, and undermining our democracy by threatening to tamper with the voters' list. To add insult to injury, they have the effrontery to insert yet another known misfit to the roster of scumbags and slimeballs in local politics.

    (16)(1)
  11. THE MAN IS ALLEGED TO BE CORRUPT. HE COMES ACCROSS AS COLD, ARROGANT AND EVEN HEARTLESS. HE IS DEFINITELY NOT A PEOPLE'S PERSON. WHY IS LABOUR SO SURE THAT HE CAN WIN? IS KENNY BELIEVING THAT THAT HE HAS DEGRADED OUR MENTALITY TO THE EXTENT THAT HE CAN FORCE FEED US STONES FOR BREAD. HILLAIRE TO MY KNOWLEDGE HAS NOT GIVEN ANY EXPLANATION OF THE JUFFALI APPOINTMENT. DOES HE NOW HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO START BUYING VOTES? WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON? CAN KENNY PLEASE TELL ME? IS SLP GOING TO OVERLOOK ALL THE FLAWS IN CHARACTER OF THEIR CANDIDATES JUST AS LONG AS THEY BELIEVE THAT THOSE CANDIDATES CAN WIN AND IF SO WHY ARE THEY STILL PRETENDING TO HAVE THE HIGH MORAL GAGE OR UPPER HAND?

    (42)(2)
  12. Only if you are from another planet would have an excuse to burden this country again with yet another arrogant bluffer. Degrees and all, the more backward they the more they are arrogant they are. Educated morons should not consider even putting a face in the public space asking for votes. We have enough immature educated moron PhDs in office already. Degrees are not enough. Decay, sounds familiar, shows with each and every passing day that inadequate knowledge is covered up in embarrassing mendacity. Sounds familiar?

    (13)(1)
  13. Dr Lewis who you think you were fooling, they kick you out for Hilaire and you call yourself a Christian? God deliver us from this abour admin and NEVER again to lead St Lucia.

    (15)(1)
  14. COMMON SENSE VS BULLSHIT

    Dead on arrival

    (10)(1)
  15. The thought of that man in charge of a constituency or a ministry send shivers down my spine....farless in charge of a country! Whoa! That would be a serious SLAP to SLP members and those who have put in all the work... Sticky fingers in a cookie jar awa. Poor Helen - a victim of abuse all over again

    (10)(1)
  16. hilaire you are unwanted in: castries south! in CIP or anywhere for that matter. traitor! selling your position and country to the highest bidder.

    well you will get the whipping that was meant for the "so called good boy"
    NO SELLOUTS WANTED IN THE AREA!!!

    (14)(1)
  17. he served.....he served....he served...... he should be serving time all now so..... unscrupulous, undeserving character! brought so much shame on St. Lucia and he is rewarded! Kenny GET OUT!

    (16)(2)
  18. Remember when this guy was CEO of west indies cricket, how arrogant he was. It was a one man show. He thought he knew the answers but was just creating more uproar. For the sake of west indies cricket it was a good thing he resigned. hope st lucians can keep him far away from any kind of power.

    (14)(1)
  19. My ticket from Japan to St.Lucia will be bought as soon as I hear the election date.

    My wife will have to find someone to take care of the kids but I for sure making that trip.

    My life time friend from lower Morne Road we run around picking Johnson and Villa Hotel.

    The Hilaire,Bailey,Francis,Leo,Haynes,Nestor and Cadet's family we made that South Castries area proud.

    All the people that wrote junck about a good man does not know a thing about Morne and Hospital Road boys.

    (4)(21)
    • Come, bring your wife, your kids, your granny in law, your dada in law and every one you can bring, that will not save him. you right to mention hospital though because when one is dealing with the deranged hospital is a good place to start.

      (12)(1)
    • St Lucia Flower sad to say Ernest today is not the same guy you knew growing up with many years ago ... and trust me i know what I am saying because i was in that group as well. Please do your research before putting your neck on the block!!!

      (10)(0)
      • RB, you're probably one of us but I am certain you are one of those who refused to grow and make the best of a bad situation.

        We have all changed for the better because we used our life circumstances to make us succeed; the trick is we never forgot where we came from because it is what made us who we are.

        To Ernest I say best of luck comrade and let not the negativity of some deter you from the cause.........

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    • nice of you to support your friend but hilaire cannot win the seat, this will be money going down the drainage and let your wife pack a bale of tissues..cause you will need it..

      (0)(0)
  20. Let's all face TRUTH- fact is the whole SLP IS UNELECTABLE.
    The one or two of the bunch needed to learn one thing and they did not:
    All what is needed for evil to prosper is for good men to sit by and do nothing.
    And each and everyone of them are guilty of doing nothing.
    Please Lucians use your votes wisely. No electorate or constituents deserve mate as their leader.

    (9)(0)
  21. Boy I could NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER vote for this man. He is aloof, arrogant, pompous and untrustworthy. What have we come to???? This election, I just will not vote.

    (7)(2)
  22. The man never brought one is nest to st. Lucia and he want to be PR

    (7)(1)
  23. Great candidate!

    (5)(66)
    • Political bandits, dinosaurs, and idiots hiding in plain sight. This is what Saint Lucians have come to and they love it. I rather be road kill over and over than to even think of casting even one vote for such adorable SLP @$$#$#@^%*&#@s.

      (10)(0)
  24. Is Kenny going to retire then? ABK...Anyone But Kenny!

    (10)(7)
  25. More doctorate ministers again and again to fashion our people in a sense of more failures. Most,of them hasnt perform well as ministers nor prime ministers per say.

    (21)(0)
  26. So this is what St. Lucian tax payers have been reduced too. The nerve of this government someone directly involved in shameful conduct, which is dragging St. Lucia in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The arrogance of these guys is being taken to unprecedented levels. This guy and Kenny Anthony should have been hauled before an independent committee or a court at least to answer for their alleged modern day treason.

    This government preached accountability and transparency last election, and this is what happens. Its a sad day in st. Lucia when instead of this guy giving a full account to the St. Lucian tax payers, the prime minister, who may i remind you is a servant of tax payers, in other words, he is an employee of the tax payers. He sees nothing better to do but reward this guy by offering him a ticket to the next general election.

    Have we lost all sense of direction in this place? I do hope this time around St. Lucian's learn the power of their vote, and stop accepting garbage from politicians. In any other country this guy would have received zero votes, because he wouldn't even be eligible for public office.

    (49)(1)
  27. Ernest what can he do for that constence

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  28. The people from the constituency need to know that this man was only shopping for a constituency. He does not have us st heart. There is a hidden agenda. Stay out

    (35)(1)
  29. Note the main concern for "dee partee" as spelled out by Leo "the opportunist" Clarke who has failed at every business endeavour apart from singing for his supper for SLP. "we are confident that he will bring the seat home" this is how blatantly disrespectful these guys have become to the St. Lucian tax payers. You would think this guy would be made an example of, based in the SLP election promise of transparency and accountability. But noooooooo, he is rewarded for screwing over St. Lucians and the country by his accomplice, Kenny D Anthony. Is this the Saint Lucia we want for our children, is this what we gained our independence to do? Gone are the days of churning out the cream of the crop, now is the cream of the corrupt.

    (34)(2)
  30. Unbelievable. I can't even bear to see that face in the news, far less ever remotely entertaining that this character is in public office. That is tantamount to a Saint Lucia as a dog returning to, and joyfully wagging its tail whilst lapping up its own vomit.

    (30)(1)
  31. He looks well fed with all that high life - but watch the weight my boy.
    By the way -- nice suite.

    (8)(7)
  32. We waiting for him with his "guy joseph" accent, I wonder if he will allow the Diabetes Center to be built within the constituency.

    (7)(1)
  33. Lol...lol. What an insult to us as St. Lucians. Here you have this guy who under his watch st. Lucia has gone thru the worst international embarrassment in its history, is now lined up or vying to become prime minister. What a complete insult!!!! What a complete farse!!! Is kenny for real???

    (32)(1)
  34. Very good choice.All the best.I know you have what it takes to be an efficient and capable minister and also a good representative.

    (5)(36)
  35. Pal you should be preparing to face big black bubba your cell mate not running for no seat given the allegations against you. Go let bubba give you some big man love.

    (27)(1)
  36. I rather die. Twice. Than vote for mate.

    (27)(1)
  37. Shouldn't some of us be facing a board of inquiry all now so? Please do st lucians a favour and resign. Hilaire has shown himself to be undeserving of any position of authority and power. He has blemished our country's reputation all over the world. in a properly functioning democracy he would not even be trusted to serve bread at the morne bakery. now he running for politics. good night and good luck.

    (27)(1)
  38. Come next elections Mary Isaac will be chewing on Hilaire sandwiches.

    (35)(0)
  39. "...........he served, he served, he served," but did he serve this country
    properly in his duties as High commissioner to the U.K.? I don't think so.

    (27)(1)

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