The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) managed to attract a large crowd on Sunday for the launch of their Anse La Raye/Canaries candidate, John Victorin, a former national youth leader.
Victorin arrived for the meeting with a large motorcade, as the crowd burst into cheers and shouted words like “Victory for Victorin” and “We voting Labour.”
The SLP candidate was then ushered onto the stage, with his family and greeted by his colleagues of the ruling party, including Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.
However, about five minutes into addressing the large gathering, Victorin had some difficulty and requested a drink of water. He stopped soon after and was seen being encouraged by his colleagues.
The Prime Minister was seen wiping the young candidate’s face with the use of a rag, while other SLP stalwarts, including Alva Baptiste and Alvina Reynolds, were seen embracing him.
The mistress of ceremony, Communications Director of the SLP, Jadia Jn Pierre Emmanuel, took over and said he must be overwhelmed because he is speaking from the heart.
She requested the candidate’s theme song, Bob Marley’s ‘Don’t worry about a thing.’
On returning to the platform, Victorin told the gathering that his body “gave up, “hence the reason why he couldn’t go on. He continued reading his prepared speech for the SLP supporters.
He spoke about several major plans he has for the constituency and emphasized that for too long, Anse La Raye/ Cannaries has been a victim of stereotype, saying he wants to bring an end to this.
Victorin told SLP supporters that if elected the next MP for the constituency, he would work hard to bring about major transformation, which includes helping to create employment opportunities.
Further, he wants to help establish a farmer’s cooperative, which will hopefully help farmers to see a reduction in the cost of inputs and improve accessibility to markets.
Victorin also promised to ensure that community infrastructure, including roads and community centres are improved and that Anse La Raye/Canaries gets its own fire station.
Another major plan, the SLP candidate said he would like to introduce, is to expand housing opportunities for constituents, which will empower them to develop themselves.
Victorin said he plans to ensure that the constituency is no longer left out on development.
He will be contesting the seat against United Workers Party (UWP) candidate Dominic Fedee.