United Workers Party (UWP) candidate Dominic Fedee is urging both political parties to put their differences aside and work together to help reduce the increasing number of criminal activities here.
Fedee who was responding to a question about statements made by Tourism Minister Lorne Theophilus that “crime happens everywhere”, said that if this is true, then it is a too casual response to a very serious situation.
“I believe that we ought not to politicize crime,” he said, stating that a bi-partisan approach would be the best way to tackle the crime situation, noting that it will not only affect the tourism sector, but the very safety of all citizens.
Fedee said, “I think it has to be a joint parliamentary approach, whereby Parliament needs to set up a sub-committee to oversee crime and deal with it very urgently.”
He stressed too that crime does not auger well for a successful tourism sector and so it remains a major concern to the private sector not just in Saint Lucia, but other countries in the Caribbean.
The UWP candidate said too that countries should avoid sending the wrong signal to the tourism market.
Fedee went on to state that the IMPACS report is a prime example of an issue that is being largely politicized.
“Procedurally it has been breached at a number of fronts and it was very saddening to see that a minister of government calling on the DPP to resign, because she did not act on the IMPACS report,” he added.
Fedee believes that a political platform was not the appropriate place to deal with the issue and the arguments will in no way help to resolve the crime situation.
The UWP is suggesting that both the government and opposition engage the private sector and other stakeholders to look at ways of addressing the crime problem the country currently faces.
He also suggested that the government give consideration to the idea of security officers being given powers as constables to arrest people, while stressing that a more comprehensive approach is needed to tackle crime.