LPM urges gov’t to be transparent and avoid leaks

By SNO Staff

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Recent leaks of some government documents, including the controversial Desert Star Holding (DSH) framework agreement, has stirred up a debate about the need for government to be more transparent.

Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) shares that same view, as its Political Leader Therold Prudent believes that if the government is to remain transparent, then they would not be facing these issues.

“It is our view that if any government is transparent with the nation, then there is no need to worry about leaks emanating from crooked civil servants with a political agenda,” Prudent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) recently.

The first rule of a transparent government, according to Prudent, is to be honest and truthful with the people they were elected to serve.

“And in so doing, there would be no need for an politically motivated civil servant to be tempted to double cross the government which they themselves are paid to serve,” he asserted.

Prudent argues that the nation deserves a level of integrity and respect, in knowing that their government will never sign any document or undertake any actions, that are adverse to their general well-being and interest.

The LPM, he said, has always maintained that in a democratic system, governments are not elected to dictate to its citizens, but rather to consult and engage its people fully, and to implement the express wishes of the people of the country.

Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph had expressed disappointment with this new trend, stating that  if more government agreements are leaked and left unchecked, this could discourage foreign investors.

“It’s not about getting to the United Workers Party (UWP) that is the issue, because I don’t think that we are doing anything in this government that cannot be out there. But what does it say about us as a people? So if an investor comes to Saint Lucia and he wants to do something, who in Saint Lucia can he trust?” Joseph questioned.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Phillip J. Pierre has said that this is nothing new, as it has occurred in the past, when the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) was in government. He therefore called for a full disclosure of all key documents.

While there were talks about having public servants disciplined for leaking the government information, no one has been brought before the Public Service Commission for a hearing.

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3 comments

  1. As long as you have an electorate who are willing to tolerate this crap nothing will change.
    I am happy to see the lpm among the few who are willing to say it like it is.

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  2. Both parties have a morbid fear of St. Lucian's finding out about agreements done in their names. They treat the public as peasants and think themselves as emperors. Unfortunately, they have it twisted. They have not understood, that they are employed by the voters who pay their salaries. As employees, they must report to the voters what's occurring. I believe, the civil servants who are leaking these documents are in fact patriots. If the politicians wouldn't, someone else should. St. Lucian's must know what deals are in the works to separate them from their beaches, selling our patrimony or handing citizenship to flakes.

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