Opposition Leader and Castries East MP Philip J. Pierre has said he was merely defending his integrity, his constituents, and the people of Saint Lucia, in a video which shows him arguing briefly with Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Guy Joseph.
The amateur video, which was published on social media, reportedly occurred during a break in the sitting of the House of Parliament last Thursday.
Pierre said he has since moved on from the matter however he emphasised that he will always defend himself when attacked or threatened.
He told DBS: “My position, once I am defending my integrity, or I am defending the people of St. Lucia, and the people of Castries East, I will say what I have to say to defend myself and to defend that people that I represent. Yesterday, it was very important that Mr. Joseph did not want me to speak in parliament. It was clear. Further, he threatened me. His exact words were ‘I am coming for you’. So I had to, I had to defend myself and I told him who I thought is coming for him. I just defended myself, I have nothing personal and I have moved on. It is just a matter of State and a matter of my constituency. So I really have nothing more to say, except to say that when I am threatened, or when I am attacked, I will defend myself and I will defend the people that I represent.
Commenting further on his actions in the video, Pierre said: “That may be an opinion; some people may call it passion. And I think what is important is what is said. What is important is the policies. What is important is whether the government keeps its word. I think that is what’s important. The other stuff is, is superficial. Some people may not think so, but what is important is whether the government has kept its promises.”
According to DBS, Minister Joseph was unavailable for comment on the incident.
Meanwhile, a religious leader has given his opinion on the matter. Deacon Peter Fevrier said leaders are expected to set good examples.
He told DBS: “When we as public leaders choose to behave in this manner, we are telling the rest of the nation that it is okay to behave so. So, reviewing procedure, which is something that most of us who have maybe moved on to the upper level understand, that there is a process where if you have an objective or an issue, you can present it. It can be discussed. And if you cannot get reconciliation, at the first level, then you seek another party to help you to get to that point. So there is a process that we can go through to avoid a situation where there is verbal exchange or where there is direct confrontation.”