Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) candidate for Castries South, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, made his debut speech at the party’s recent public meeting held at market steps in Castries.
Hilaire declared that he will work hard to secure the Castries South seat at the next general election, the place he was born and raised, and hope to represent.
“I know the constituency, I know Castries South. I lived there. It shaped my mind, attitude and it has all the stories of my struggle for survival and for success,” he remarked.
But the candidate told the gathering on Friday that it took a lot of hard work and dedication to get to the point where he is, crediting most of his achievements to his involvement with the National Youth Council (NYC).
The one-time Vice President of the NYC said, “Because of the NYC, I learnt the values of hard work.”
Although Hilaire has an outstanding career which saw him serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and former Saint Lucia British High Commissioner, he has recently been in the public spotlight for his alleged involvement in the Juffali affair.
However, the SLP candidate does not believe that the Juffali affair will have any impact on his campaign to become the next MP for Castries South.