The daughter of United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for Laborie, Francisco Jn Pierre, who happens to be the Communications Director of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) lashed out at him on Sunday.
Jadia Jn Pierre-Emmanuel told SLP supporters at a political rally at Anse La Raye that she would rather support the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Laborie, Alva Bapstiste, than her father.
“Brothers and sisters of Labour, do you know that the man who is contesting the seat in Laborie for the UWP is my father? Do you know that? But do you know if I was voting in Laborie, I would be voting for Alva Baptiste?”
The SLP member said the reason for supporting Baptiste is because he is a man of “integrity” and one who belongs to a team that respects people and who loves the constituency of her birth.
“Alva Baptiste belongs to an SLP that believes even though you cant eat laptops, you need laptops to develop. Alva Baptiste belongs to a team that understands what technology means to the development of a people.”
Jn Pierre-Emmanuel said too she would “challenge the man” who is contesting the seat for the UWP in Laborie, referring to her father, to tell her why his party did not see it fit to fix the road to his home.
She continued: “There is a lesson that you must teach the UWP in Laborie. For my sake, ensure that Francisco Jn Pierre losses his deposit and then the day after the election we will hold a big meeting…”
Senior Jn Pierre had told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that his daughter has a right to choose whichever party she wants to support and likewise, he will chose whichever party he wishes to represent.
The UWP candidate had expressed hope that although they are both supporting different political parties, they should be able to work and live peacefully among themselves.
Jn Pierre admitted that his daughter’s support for the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) may have come from her upbringing, because he too was at one time a strong supporter of the SLP.