Hon. Cyprian Lansiquot Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Parliamentary Representative for Anse La Raye / Canaries
Home Up Hon. Dr. Kenny Davis Anthony Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, International Financial Services, Economic Affairs and Information and Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South Hon. Philip J. Pierre Minister for Commerce, Tourism, Investment and Consumer Affairs and Parliamentary Representative for Castries East Hon. Felix Finisterre Minister for Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities and Parliamentary Representative for Babonneau Hon. Sarah Lucy Flood-Beaubrun Minister for Home Affairs and Gender Relations and Parliamentary Representative for Castries Central Hon. Damian E. Greaves Minister for Health, Human Services, and Family Affairs and Parliamentary Representative for Dennery South Senator The Hon. Calixte George Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Leader of Government Business Hon. Velon L. John Minister for Labour Relations, Public Service, and Co-operatives and Parliamentary Representative for Laborie Hon. Menissa M. Rambally Minister for Social Transformation, Culture and Local Government and Parliamentary Representative for Castries South East Hon. Cyprian Lansiquot Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Parliamentary Representative for Anse La Raye / Canaries Hon. Theophilus Ferguson John Parliamentary Representative for Choiseul Hon. Arsene James Leader of the Opposition and Parliamentary Representative for Micoud South

 

As we get ready to celebrate another Christmas let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas. It is a season of spiritual significance. It is a time of hope and renewal. It is a time to remember the importance of families and close friends it is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ as our Master and Redeemer. Christmas is also a time to reflect on the values that bind communities together, and most of all we must reach out to those most in need.

The year 2003 has been a very challenging one, but together we are able to breach these challenges as one people. Despite these challenges, we still have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for.

Brothers and sisters, inspite of our failures and disappointments we need to lift our hearts in praise and thanks giving to our God for the many mercies and blessings he bestowed upon us throughout 2003.

Upon sober reflection, our hearts must be grieved over the loss of our departed loved ones and friends due to the unfortunate occurrences of violence, crime and road accidents. The social and economic hardships which continue to plague our unemployed youth is also a major cause of concern.

We are grateful to God for carrying us through the safest Hurricane season recorded over the past twenty years. The mercies of the weather and improved marketing conditions were favourable to our farmers who are now experiencing increase production and better economic returns which will hopefully continue in the new year.

Brothers and sisters Christmas brings us a message of hope, comfort and joy. Let us forget for a moment the message of despair and hopelessness we hear in our news media and talk shows day after day. Fellow St. Lucians we have achieved enough to make us proud internationally. In addition to our two novel laureates; this year we saw a St. Lucian being elevated to be the President of the United Nations- the first Caribbean man to hold such a high and esteemed position on the international front. Let us think more about our achievements, instead of allowing the detractors or prophets of Doom and Gloom to sacrifice our reputation on the altar of political expediency. We are rapidly gaining prominence in the OECS if not the entire Caribbean in many respects. We are proud of our achievement in education e.g. Sir Arthur Lewis College and we can boast for having the most modern and state of the art stadium and international cricket ground. Very soon we will have a brand new General Hospital which will rate among the best in the Caribbean.
With Christ as our leader and continued Government support to our major industries we look forward for a more fruitful prosperous and productive New Year.

I am grateful to the Government and the St. Lucian community especially the people of Anse-la-Raye/Canaries for the opportunity afforded me to serve as a Parliamentary Representative and the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. In the Ministry my special responsibility is in the area of Foresty and Fisheries. We will continue to expand and diversify the forestry sector to make it a more viable tourism product and we will also continue to improve and modernise the fishing sector with modern, state-of- the art and landing facilities in all the major fishing communities including Anse-la-Raye and Canaries.

I wish to express my many thanks to the people ofnAnse-la-Raye and Canaries for their relentless and unfailing support. Notable among our achievements this year were construction of two Multi-purpose courts at Autabore and Vanard, expansion of the water system at Belle V Dere, improved footpaths in Canaries, increase street lighting throughout the constituency especially the highway from Roseau to Anse-la-Raye and the drainage and irrigation projects in the Roseau Valley. We hope to achieve more next year with the improvement of roads at Tet Chemin, Roseau dam road, Venus to Anse-la-Raye, St. Lawrence, Ti Caye Village, Canaries valley road.

Plans are well underway for the flood control project in Anse-la-Raye, fish landing facilities for Anse-la-Raye and Canaries and the secondary school for this constituency.

As we prepare to celebrate our 25th Anniversary of Independence, let us all make the commitment in helping each other to take the challenges of the coming year, and pray that in 2004 that our goals will be realised.

Finally I thank the St. Lucian public in general for their support and the Minister and staff of Ministry of Agriculture for their cooperation and assistance in pursuit of the goods of the Ministry. I now take this opportunity to wish everyone a joyous and Merry Christmas and a bright and Prosperous New Year.
 


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