Newcomer to the United Workers Party (UWP) leadership race Sarah Flood-Beaubrun has said the UWP is the best party to govern Saint Lucia at this time because the ruling Saint Labour Party (SLP) Administration of which she was previously a member, has failed to deliver a better life for Saint Lucians.
Speaking to St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an interview earlier this week, the former government minister said the SLP Administration’s performance has been marked by “increasing unemployment, escalating crime, general despair and hopelessness and unacceptable levels of poverty”.
“The Labour Party has not delivered,” Flood-Beabrun said.
However, she said in order to do better, a new UWP government will need to be “different”.
“Leaders will need to model the behaviour which they expect of others – at all levels. Only then will citizens trust us, and believe in our leadership. Then we can truly work together to rebuild our nation,” she said.
Flood-Beaubrun was on Sunday nominated to challenge current leader Allen Chastanet for the post of political leader at the party’s National Convention on November 15.
Currently, the party’s image has been stained by issues of infighting that make headlines ever so often.
When asked if she believes she has what it takes to unite the party if elected political leader, Flood-Beabrun said: “I will do my best to work with all members so that we can put our differences aside and focus on the important task ahead. We have one common united purpose – to win the next general elections.”
Asked if nomination for political leader is an indication that she’s not satisfied with the current leadership of the party, particularly Chastanet, the former United Nations representative replied: “I believe that my leadership style will foster greater unity and encourage broader participation of members as we prepare for general elections.”
If elected leader of the UWP, Flood-Beabrun said her main goals and objectives are to prepare the party for general elections and prepare for government.
“Our number one priority in government will be to address unemployment. Being unemployed means being unable to meet basic needs. It is a threat to survival and life itself.
“People must be able to use their God-given talents to earn a living, feed their families, and to prosper. All people who are able, and willing to work, should be able to find work. It is the government’s responsibility to ensure that there is a healthy environment for sustained economic growth.”
She further stated that the UWP will develop “an honest, capable, hardworking, and people-centred team of men and women who will articulate a vision for Saint Lucia, to be implemented when we get into government”.
Flood-Beaubrun accepted the nomination for the post of political leader on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the party 39th Conference of Delegates meeting in Ti Rocher, Micoud today (Oct. 18) where nominations were accepted for the November 15 National Convention.
At the Convention, a new national executive will be elected.
A lawyer by profession, Flood-Beaubrun is a former United Nations representative under the last UWP Administration. She served as Minister of Health, Human Services, Family Affairs and Gender Relations in the SLP administration during the first term and during the second term as Minister of Home Affairs and Gender Relations.
Following the General Election in December 2006, Flood-Beaubrun was selected as St. Lucia’s first female Speaker of the House of Assembly on January 9, 2007. Flood-Beaubrun, in September 2008, was subsequently appointed Deputy Permanent Representative for St. Lucia at the United Nations in New York.