Wednesday 26 July, 2017

Pierre says SLP an ethical party in wake of Jimmy Henry Resignation

Political leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and the opposition in parliament, Phillip J Pierre, has given the assurance that the men and women he leads will be held to a strict level of conduct and behaviour that is becoming of ministers and people in public life.

Pierre’s take on ethics and morality in public life comes amid allegations of a certain kind around former Senator and Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Jimmy Henry and his subsequent resignation earlier today.

It was alleged that Henry was stopped and searched at the Castries-based George F.L. Charles Airport where an undisclosed amount of cash was found on him.

The SLP had called for the government to say whether the allegations were true or not true and to stop being silent on the matter.

Henry resigned citing 'personal matters' earlier today.

Pierre said that while the democracy of the country cannot be tampered with, politicians should set standards. He went on to say that should the members of his party find themselves in transgression of ethical and moral values, they will not remain in a Labour Party government.

He gave an example from the past where a Minister in a Labour Party government, gave the impression of having a PhD when in actuality that minister had fallen one course short. According to Pierre, that Minister was still asked to resign.

“That was not anything illegal he did but it was a matter of ethics. I can assure you that the party that I lead, our men and women, will be held to a strict level of conduct and behaviour that is becoming of ministers and people in public life,” Pierre said.