The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) will today, Sunday November 26, 2017 march against what it said is government’s inability to properly manage the St. Jude Hospital project and the country as a whole.
The march is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. from the La Ressource playing field.
After talk surfaced that government was considering the option of demolishing the $80-million St. Jude construction project, the SLP said the United Workers Party-led government needs to provide St. Lucians with a clear picture as to its plans for the St. Jude Hospital and is only confusing St. Lucians with “mixed” messages regarding the project.
The opposition party has demanded that the UWP government immediately re-open and complete the long standing project and said that it will hold a protest march in that regard.
At a meeting with supporters at the Castries market steps on Thursday evening the SLP sought to gain the support for today’s protest.
Vieux Fort North MP Moses Jn. Baptiste told the gathering that the demonstration is a fight against the UWP’s “greed to take away what is St. Lucian”.
“And that is the fight that we have with Allen Chastanet and the whole UWP… We are here to ask you and to ask the people of St. Lucia whether in St Lucia and all around the world, whether you are happy with your country today…?Jn. Baptiste asked.
“We want to explain to you why we must march on Sunday. [We should march] so that we can save also the St. Jude Hospital from the United Workers Party, and from Chastanet, and from Guy Joseph and Mary Isaac,” Jn. Baptiste said.
Former MP for Babonneau Alvin Reynolds used the opportunity to call on Health Minister Mary Isaac to clarify what happened to the plans for a state-of-the-art health center for Anse La Raye.
“This is why you march on Sunday,” she told supporters.
Reynolds also called on the health minister to account for a polyclinic which the SLP had planned in Dennery.
Meanwhile, Castries South MP Dr. Ernest Hiliare called on supporters to march for their dignity.
“Remember also you’re marching for the soul of this country. You’re marching for the dignity of this country… You’re marching against those bogus unemployment figures. You’re marching against DSH… all those projects that this government is negotiating you have to march against it…because we are losing our soul as a country… We have to stand up and make a powerful statement that we’re not gonna allow our country to go any further down that drain,” he said.