Latest Candidate Launchings: Belrose, Victorin Unveil Their Plans

Fortuna Belrose
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Fortuna Belrose

A NUMBER of similarities were evident last Sunday in the launchings of the candidates of the United Workers Party and the St. Lucia Labour Party for the coming general elections

Both candidates unveiled their respective visions for their constituencies and both were adamant that their vision were achievable.

The catchy phrase “Yes, We Can,”made popular by American President Barack Obama during his campaign for President was echoed at both launchings.

The similarities, however, did not end there.

Fortuna Belrose (UWP) the party’s Castries East candidate spoke about improving the plight of residents, creating a safe environment for children and enhancing the constituency’s premier sporting facilities, like the Marchand Grounds and the Mindoo Phillip Park.

For the SLP John Victorin in the Anse la Raye/Canaries constituency, it was also about improving the plight of residents in his constituency. However he focused on establishing certain institutions for the economic improvement of the constituency.

Here’s a synopsis of each candidate’s vision as expressed last Sunday at their respective launchings.

Belrose wants to see every child raised in a household with access to their own toilet facility and raised in a community where there is a safe space to play and have fun in doing so.

She wants to see the elderly and the vulnerable in her constituency accessing the community and public services available to them with ease. She also wants to see a community where residents are health conscious and realizing their full potential, and where community organization is encouraged and is the prime catalyst for community and people employment.

“We want to see all residents of this constituency (Castries East) who are unable to provide for their daily meals being catered for. We want to see better housing for citizens, especially those below the poverty line,” Belrose said.

Part of her vision for the constituency is for sports, arts and theatre to be key contributors to the economic livelihood and health styles of residents, and for the Mindoo Phillip Park and Marchand Grounds, premier sporting grounds in the constituency, to be enhanced to a stage whereby it could inspire budding athletes to develop into national and international sporting figures.

Image of John Victorin
John Victorin

Victorin who spoke of the stereotyping of his constituency and his bid to remove the stigma of poverty and inability to achieve, that are attached to it, said that part of his vision for the area has to do with the improvement of the transportation system.

“We will improve the transportation system in order to facilitate constituents in their efforts to personal development and employment. We will establish a farmers’ cooperative for the region that will see farmers benefit from reduction in the cost of inputs and improve accessibility to markets,” Victorin said.

Part of his vision for his constituency is the establishing of a loan facility at the West Coast Credit Union for farmers, fishermen and other entrepreneurs.

He spoke of positioning his constituents to take advantage of employment opportunities, through technical and soft skill training.

“We will improve our community infrastructure, we will make available to residents lands for construction of their homes,” Victorin said.

The man who entered with much aplomb on stage could not continue with his speech about ten minutes after he started. He was helped to a nearby chair to compose himself. He resumed shortly after stating that he was not nervous but that his body simply gave up on him.

According to Victorin the journey which led him to the SLP political platform last Sunday started 25 years ago. He has a hope that the years of stereotyping the people of Anse la Raye, Canaries and Jacmel are no more and that this constituency will, under his care, provide a blueprint for a successful community based movement.

Belrose also spoke of being called to serve years ago.

“I am humbled by your call. I’ve rolled up my sleeves and I’m ready for the battlefield,” she told supporters last Sunday.

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    SEE, This is what happens to these Neggwess women who think that wearing fake weaves/horse hair/shivey moune mor, is healthy. The result is self-evident, and you will be rendered Bald headed, something that seem to attract Allen Chastanet as a compensation for the loss of Richard Frederick.

    Allen Chastanet is a mulatto, raised by his mother to perceive Black People as inferior, teaching Allen not to adopt the Kweyol Culture and NEVER to speak the language of Black Lucians, telling him that such a practice would degrade his ability to speak English. Anyone who has heard the idiot Allen Chastanet speak, knows that not speaking Kweyol did not help that lear-lear, who has demonstrated serious problems reading English and has adopted some strange incoherent Caucasian accent from the backwood of Europe.

    Who elected Allen Chastanet to interfere with the functions of the Government of St. Lucia? Ezekiel Joseph and Guy Joseph ? Imagine a little Gang of Negroes giving Chastanet a seat in the Parliament even after he was rejected in Soufriere. This is outrageous and the people should enact Laws to not allowing members of the opposition executive into the House, unless they are elected members of Government, and I don’t mean elected president of the Student Government.

    These interlopers are like a plague of locust in St. Lucia as we see in the person of Peter Foster, engaging in the debates of the M.P., perpetually reprimanding Guy Joseph, while other M.Ps are able to articulate whatever pleases them with impunity, and the reprobate Foster keeps his mouth shut. This interloper Peter Foster is worse than the ignorant Allen Chastanet.

    Saint Lucia is overdue for a NEW CONSTITUTION, to rid ourselves of parasites like Foster, Claudius Francis, and Chastanet and Mary Isaac.



  2. S-O-M.

    Something is burning you up inside, it is a demon and you need spiritual deliverance.
    You cannot get deliverance from the devil, because Satan will not cast out Satan.
    My dear Lucian friend, I advise you to find a Pastor in St. lucia who is versed in that
    ministry and pray a deliverance prayer for you, to free you from the bondage of “hate
    lies, unforgiveness, jealousy, blasphemy, hardness of heart, worship of a false god.
    Ask the almighty to forgive you for a multitude of sins and get back to the fold of the
    one true and almighty God – through THE LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.

  3. VIRGIL, your time is at hand. Tonight the great Kenny Anthony has lit the fire for your extermination, along with all the imps of Satan Chastanet. Enjoy your last days on earth. Your appointed time is June the sixth. The day of reckoning.

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    I don’t care what people with Multiple Personality Disorder problems are called, but You VIRGIL are a tragic specimen of what this environment of white Supremacy has done to the mind of the Original People; more commonly known as the Black people.

    Self-hating Negroes like Black Pete and John Wayne are mirror images of yourself, all of you praying to Caucasians to save you from hunger, starvation, and when you die give you a place as a Negro Slave in his kingdom.

    You know, VIRGIL, you Negroes are even more pathetic when I realize that Self-hating Neggwesses like Sarah Flood, the treacherous, Tet Chien Mary Isaac, and the rest of you Negroes are ready to put the man Allen who has never flown an aeroplane, to fly the Lucian Aircraft to a safe landing at Vigie – in other words you all are hell bent on destroying the Country.

    I haven’t slept since Kenny announced the date for Chastanet’s burial, so I will have more to say soon.

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