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Therold Prudent redefining representation for Gros Islet: A forward vision

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Therold Prudent

(PRESS RELEASE) — The issue of adequate and quality healthcare for the people of the Gros Islet constituency, the most populous region in St Lucia, is very dear to my heart. Therefore, if given the opportunity to become the next district representative of Gros Islet, I will endeavour, after consultation with my constituents, to address this critical situation and to implement a number of sensible and ambitious projects aimed at spurring job growth and improving the quality of life in my district.

Over the last 10 years, I have engaged in a progressive brand of politics which places little emphasis on trivial political warfare. Moreover, in as much as I may, from time to time, engage in constructive criticism of my opponents if this is warranted, I also understand that I better have ideas and solutions of my own in order to inspire others to arrive at workable solutions to St Lucia’s problems.

It is, therefore, in the spirit of transparency and a serious attitude to representing the interests of the people of Gros Islet that I will, in the coming months, outline a set of priorities that will fully explain what voters can expect from my stewardship in my first, second, third, fourth, and final years of representation.

This is, consequently, an opportune moment to change course; move away from the current lazy, inefficient, visionless, haphazard, and uninterested approach to representation; and instead embrace a bold new concept which involves innovative planning and the implementation of strategic ideas aimed at developing our constituency in a holistic manner and creating real jobs while simultaneously attending to the health needs of our people.

My Pledge: Adequate and Quality Healthcare for Gros Islet

Government, must find a way to expand healthcare and offer quality and affordable services to the people of Gros Islet and all of Saint Lucia. Moreover, prioritising people’s health, is not only a progressive and strategic policy but also one which is sure to deliver a quality standard of living to every Gros Islian. In this regard, in the very first year of my representation, I will expeditiously convert the newly completed and spacious human resource centre into a community hospital. Adequate plans will also be put in place for parking to ensure that the throughway into Gros Islet via Dauphin Street will always be accessible to vehicular traffic.


Other benefits will be derived from having a hospital in Gros Islet, and these will not be limited to the convenience of care that will be delivered to the people of Gros Islet and its environs. Rather, such benefits will also include the ability to free up space at Victoria Hospital and reduce the flow of traffic to and from that hospital.

The polyclinic, which offers limited services and can no longer be depended upon to serve the wider needs of the expanding constituency, will be converted into the new home of the Gros Islet Human Resource Centre. Finally, at a more appropriate time ahead of the next general elections, I will offer possible ideas for funding, including foreign donations of beds and medical equipment.

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8 comments

  1. Concerned and tired Saint Lucian

    I continue to be disappointed by both political parties and their strategies to improve the lives of Saint Lucians. We need to find new innovative ways to bring more money into the country that the government can then use to provide the services we desperately need. Borrowing is not the answer, that is a temporary plaster on a wound that needs radical surgery.

    Where is constitutional reform?

    We need to reduce income tax (the actual percentage not raising the allowance) more money in the public's hand allows us to spend more and the government will get it back in VAT, but at least we will receive goods and services first.

    We need to lower airport tax. Lower fares=increased stayover visitors=more direct infusion of cash into local economy=More VAT

    Legalize marijuana and tax the industry but with appropriate policy for what products are produced (new tax revenue)

    Develop a renewable energy industry, require all new houses to have solar panels similar (yes this has to be coordinated with LUCELEC but reducing import of diesel means less foreign exchange leaving country)

    Improve policies that will support the production of value added food products

    With more revenue the government can address things like increasing civil servants salaries (reducing income tax has that immediate effect), improving healthcare, crime etc

    We need to develop an actual longterm plan for SLU development and get both parties to vote on it in parliament and that way they will not change things every time a new party is in government.

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    • Constitutional Reform? What are you talking about? When "the ordinary man in the street" knows very little about the constitution in the first place, how is s/he going to be able to make a responsible input into the conversation?

      Look at what happened the last time. The circus came to town, and the result was to create an even a greater transfer of power to the PM than whatever existed before. There were no recommendations of note to democratize anything.

      The Senate, the GG, the Accountant General's Reports, all need reform. But partisan political fait accompli shams, shows and exercises are not worthy of our attention.

      I pour deep scorn on the actors and the theatrics of the last, but shallow nepotistic exercise in political manipulation and deception. That's what it was.

      Even the related terms of reference bear ample testimony that it was little more than farce.

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  2. If a going back to old political schemes represents a redefinition, then the word redefinition itself now needs redefinition.

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  3. Mr. prudent has not mentioned HOW he will do all what he says he will do. For example Chastanet said I will grow the economy by continuing the projects which I find relevant and reduce VAT to ensure more widespread compliance, resulting in increased revenue to the country.

    Politicians cannot come in this day and age and not offer a particular path to social or economic prosperity. Just saying "I will address something" is outdated and derelict. Is Prudent proposing a new hospital at GI? I notice that a lot of potential politicians (fools among them) are postulating that their constituencies need their own hospitals and fire stations. Absurd isn't it in a country of only 238 square miles. I have repeated consistently that the problem is not a dearth of institutional buildings but the inadequate access to these institutions. So for example, would it be wiser for the country to invest 6 million dollars in 3 helicopters to provide ambulance service or road improvement (tunnels included) rather than investing hundreds of millions in hospitals and fire stations (which by the way requires several millions more to operate on a yearly basis)?

    These are the simple but relevant discussions and solutions we should be discussing. Not whether a PM should discipline his own member of Cabinet for a letter purporting to diminish his authority as Finance Minister, and which is of no consequence really? Really?

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  4. Building 'white elephants' seems to be the product of SLP's progressive thinking. But for this politician, in particular, there is a problem. If such 'progressive' ideas could not garner 100 votes in past elections, with their aged shelf life, do they stand a better chance of vaulting this politician into office with this idea of building yet another hospital as another white elephant?

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  5. Sardine is wrong-headed. Take a look at this pal:
    " The Pacific Alliance was formed by Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Chile in 2012 to promote free trade and strengthen ties in the Asia-Pacific region, drawing a contrast with Latin American groups such as ALBA and CELAC which were led by the region's leftist presidents.

    Ecuador's former president Rafael Correa, a leftist who governed from 2007-2017, had said Ecuador would not join the Pacific Alliance as long as he was in office.

    But Moreno, a former political ally of Correa, asked the bloc if Ecuador could join after he replaced Correa in 2017. That was one of several moves to reverse his predecessor's positions, which also include starting trade talks with the United States, signing a $4.2 billion deal with the International Monetary Fund and kicking Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, out of Ecuador's London Embassy. "

    We know that there is nowhere else to go. But Sardine is on the wrong track. This ALBA-tross Agreement that SLP has us tied to, is undermining the GDP of this country by roughly 2 per cent every year.

    Sardine has no progressive ideas to get us out of this. Sad.

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  6. Is this a transplant of American politics into the local arena? We have two hospitals already. Two are north of the Morne. These two are struggling to provide adequate minimal services. So, would an additional hospital do the trick?

    This sounds too far away from the philomathic approach that would inform good and optimal decisions. Something about the gentleman's logic is very wrong here.

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    • A real progressive would not be on that track to build a new hospital. A lost politician would be doting that. Drifting from party to party is not a good sign. Promoting foolishness is a sign of desperation.

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