Christmas Message 2020 – Hon. Guy Joseph

Christmas Message 2020 – Hon. Guy Joseph

Seasons Greetings to All Saint Lucians both here and abroad.

We cannot help but be joyous and happy during this time of year. Status does not matter because the first Noel the angels did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay.

All things work for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose … Romans 8:28

2020 has tested all that we are and have. Thankfully the challenges have brought out the best in us and our beloved Country. This is testament to the fact that we are a strong people. Through these difficult times we are standing strong. I want to thank all Saint Lucians both here and abroad and especially my constituents for adhering to the protocols and staying safe.

Christmas is a time of giving, so let us continue to give not because we have but because we understand what it is like to be without. Let us continue to be a source of comfort and encouragement even through the COVID-19 protocols.

I am taking this opportunity during this holiday season to express my gratitude to all the people of Castries South East for electing me as your representative. COVID- 19 has affected our interaction and our modes of showing affection (handshakes and hugs). Let us love anyway. Let it come from the heart especially this season and throughout 2021.

To the staff of the Ministry of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Road Transport Board, Air Transport Licensing Board, National Housing Corporation, CSE Constituency Council, National Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, ECTEL, My Cabinet Colleagues and Members of Parliament – I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2021. To my wife, Family members both immediate and extended, I am extremely grateful for your continued understanding through the demands of my political life. My Christian Family from all denominations, your prayers and love are the greatest gifts that I receive on a daily basis. This is what keeps us going as a Government. Foreign Diplomats and all other visitors to our Island, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Bright and Prosperous 2021.

Let COVID-19 be a bump in the road and not a stop or a detour. We will overcome. To you who have lost loved ones or have been in isolation, our hearts go out to you. Let us continue to support and pray for each other. Friends and Family are special. Let us use this holiday season to share love with each other. May this season of giving be the start of your better life.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2021 to everyone. God Bless You and Thank you

Guy Joseph remembers Sir John Compton on death anniversary

Guy Joseph remembers Sir John Compton on death anniversary

Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph says his entry into active politics is due to Sir John Melvin Compton, who passed away thirteen years ago today.

The Minister made the comments today while observing the anniversary of the death of the former leader of the United Workers Party (UWP).

“I am in politics today primarily because of Sir John and his contribution to the development of Saint Lucia,” Minister Joseph told Loop News.

Joseph, who is the current Parliamentary Representative for Castries South East, says when he was approached by the UWP to contest the seat in 2005 he was not interested, however, according to him, Sir John Compton persuaded him to reconsider.

“He found me and he said look here, I was told you are the only person who can win this seat and I need you to run the seat for me.

He said look here, at this age you think I am coming back to this thing for myself? I am not doing it for myself, I am doing this for the younger people of Saint Lucia, I have done my time, I have done my part,” Joseph recalled.

According to Joseph, Sir John was not pleased with the direction the country was heading.

“I thought about it for a while and said to myself, why complain about something if you are not willing to do anything about it, so that is when I decided to consider entering seriously, the political arena.”

Compton, the former farmer, lawyer and politician, affectionately known as “The father of the Nation,” passed away on shortly after sweeping the UWP back into office with an 11-6 win over the SLP in December 2006.

He was 82-years-old at the time of his death.

Sir John served as the prime minister of Saint Lucia on three occasions: briefly in 1979, again from 1982 to 1996, and from 2006 until his death in 2007.

“Sir John was a master politician; he was a great statesman and was well respected both regionally and internationally.

Saint Lucia is what is today because of the foundation that was laid by Sir John and the many years where he took the country from where it was to where it is today,” Joseph said.

Sir John Compton was instrumental in Saint Lucia gaining its independence and played an integral role in the establishment of a number of regional organizations such as CARICOM, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and West Indies Associated States Council (WISA).

He was also instrumental in transforming the north of the island to what it is today, including the Rodney Bay Marina.

“What stands out for me about Sir John was his heart and love for the people of Saint Lucia. He really wanted what was good for the people of Saint Lucia,” Joseph declared.

Sir John was a former Deputy Leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party, Leader of the National Labour Movement and later formed the United Workers Party, winning the June 1964 general election, and becoming Chief Minister at the helm of the new party.

Sir John Compton served as Prime Minister of Saint Lucia from 1982 until he retired in 1996.

After being retired for ten years, he returned to the political arena in 2006, taking the UWP to victory and once again becoming prime minister.

On May 1, 2007, Sir John was hospitalized in New York City after he suffered a series of strokes.

He returned to office in June of that year to oversee a babinet reshuffle, in which he remained prime minister but gave up the Finance portfolio to Acting Prime Minister Stephenson King.

He returned to hospital not too long after, where he died on September 7, 2007.

Source: Loop Saint Lucia