Pierre is leader of the St. Lucia Labour Party in opposition on the political landscape of St. Lucia. He addressed the NRP Convention held under the theme, ‘Redefining Independence and Economic Prosperity for Nevis’.
He stated that the NRP must ensure that the party is united and well structured. Organization and clarity of purpose are essential ingredients for political success.
According to Pierre, performance alone may not be enough and indicated that the party’s contact with the people is the cornerstone if they are to be successful in regaining governance of Nevis.
The opposition leader, Pierre, echoed that the success of the NRP cannot be the responsibility of the leader and the executive alone and emphasized that everyone has a role to play and that they must “remain grounded in principle” and “not tolerate corruption and misbehavior amongst its membership”.
Additionally, Pierre said the path to independence and prosperity must include “championing the cause of the forgotten demographics.” Therefore, he said, special attention must be paid to the youth and women. The St. Lucian representative said NRP should demonstrate in real terms that the youths are the future, and as such, they (young people) must be encouraged to be involved in emerging businesses.
Speaking about the empowerment of women at the 14th August NRP Convention, Pierre stated, “Women must be represented at the very heart of the party and their issues given prominence in the policy agenda.” He believes strong women and men make strong families, and there must be equality and gender justice to ensure a progressive society.
More focus was placed on the youths, as Pierre urged the party to engage, train and support the young people ensuring that issues relating to them are given priority in their policy agenda.
Once the NRP promotes the principles of equity and justice, the advancement of education and the development of small business and industry, Pierre said, “I am confident that the NRP is well placed to be returned to office.”