A former Minister for Agriculture in both the United Workers Party and the St. Lucia Labour Party administrations has responded to claims by Opposition Leader Philip Pierre that he better placed than any of his predecessors to be prime Minister.
While Peter Josie agrees with Pierre, he believes that Pierre should consider leaving the SLP if he is to realize his aspirations.
According to Peter Josie, there is a negative mindset within the Labour Party that will always keep Philip Pierre from advancing.
Having represented Castries East for over two decades, in addition to serving in various ministerial portfolios, Philip Pierre is considered by some to be well qualified to lead the country.
According to Josie there is no shortage of people, who did well for themselves after leaving the SLP including Governor General Sir Neville Cenac; Sarah Flood-Beaubrun who is now External Affairs Minister, Minister for the Public Service Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, The Francis Brothers; Senator Hermandgild Francis and Castries Mayor Peterson Francis and Chairman of National Housing Corporation Senator Timothy Mangal and yes… Peter Josie himself.
Josie says, Pierre must change the image and perception of the SLP.
Peter Josie served from 1974 to 1982 as a Member of Parliament for Castries East.
He was thrown out of the Labour Party in 1988 after campaigning against then leader Julian Hunte for the post of political leader; He joined the United Workers Party and became one of its two Ministers with responsibility for Agriculture.