Nine years ago when Dr. Ulric Mondesir contested the Vieux Fort South seat against Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, he secured 1,579 votes.
This time around the United Workers Party (UWP) candidate said he is confident that he would do much better, to the extent of unseating the incumbent MP Dr. Anthony.
“Sometimes you don’t have to do great things. You can do small things in a great way. I will fight better this time, because sometimes you have to fight a battle twice before you win,” he declared.
Dr. Mondesir told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview that he looks forward the next general elections with great optimism and is more confident, having acquired more experience in politics.
He recalled that his candidacy for the 2006 elections in Vieux Fort South was announced two months before the elections, which gave him little to no time to build his platform.
The physician said he has been working in the South for close to 30 years and through his work, he has been able to develop a rapport with the people there.
“So I have been able to identify their needs both health wise; both mentally and physically. Their confidence in me has proven itself in 2006,” he remarked.
Some UWP supporters have said that Dr. Mondesir stands a good chance of winning the seat, and will serve well as the next Minister of Health if the UWP is re-elected to office.
They feel that Dr. Mondesir will serve well in that position because he “understands the needs of the people” and has a sound experience in how the health care system works.
Asked to comment on this, Dr. Mondesir said whether or not he is placed in such a position, he would like to see some tangible changes made to health care sector in St. Lucia.
He said the people have suffered long enough, and need proper health services, pointing to the need for better hospitals, particularly in the South of the island.
He said what the current administration has failed to do is set their priorities and provide proper leadership that will help to establish a more robust and efficient health care system.
Questioned about his reasons for not contesting the 2011 elections, Dr. Mondesir told SNO that he is “not about politics, I’m about people” and he did not see enough reasons to contest that particular election.
“I was not interested in the kind of leadership that was taking place,” he added.
The UWP candidate believes that politics is about loving people, stating “you can’t do things for people and don’t love them.” He said candidates from all political parties should have an interest in the people.