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.