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
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

 

Christmas Message to His Vieux Fort South Constituency


My fellow constituents of Vieux Fort South, as we once again celebrate the Christmas season I would like to convey to you a message of peace, togetherness, fellowship and goodwill, that I hope will endure not only for the festive season but throughout the New Year. Christmastime is the period during which Christians celebrate godís love revealed to the world through Christ. It is my sincere wish that during this holiday season that we embrace the message of hope and heed Jesusí call to love one another, for indeed these are the lasting legacies of the birth of the Christ child.

Christmas is also a time of great wonder and joy, of generosity and peace that binds family and friends together in celebration. As we observe the hallowed traditions that make the season special, let us not forget those least fortunate among us. Let us remember to comfort and console those who have lost love ones. To those whose love ones are ill, bed-ridden, let us offer to them our support and prayers. To those who are destitute and hungry let us open to them our homes and invite them to feast at our tables. During this holiday season, I want to impress upon you, my dear constituents of Vieux Fort South, of the need to rediscover the communal spirit which was once characteristic of all Saint Lucian societies. This communal spirit must not be rediscovered only to be forgotten once the holiday season is over but must continue into the New Year.

The year two thousand and three has indeed been a challenging one for the constituents of Vieux-Fort South and for me personally as your representative. During the course of the year I experienced the ebb and flow of public life. As I faced the many challenges throughout the year, I felt heartened by the many among you who offered words of encouragements and support. I felt reassured by your advice and by your constructive criticisms. I am also aware that some of you have been disappointed during the course of the year for one reason or the other. I welcomed it all and I want to assure you that I will continue to work with you throughout the New Year, as I have done during my tenure as your parliamentary representative. The provision of the best possible representation to you the constituents of Vieux Fort South has been and today remains my greatest preoccupation. I will forever remain faithful to your cause.

It would be remiss of me if I did not take this opportunity to publicly thank you for the many prayers offered on my behalf and for the messages of goodwill conveyed throughout the year and in particular, during the period of my brief ill-ness. Prayer is a powerful instrument and I am certain that those offered on my behalf played a very important role in ensuring my speedy recovery.

During this festive season I urge that you to exercise moderation. Do not indulgence in excesses to the point where you become a danger to yourselves and others. Avoid confrontational situations and allow good sense to prevail rather than resorting to violence as a means of conflict resolution. The refusal to heed this call will be tantamount to the betrayal of the spirit of peace which Christmas has come to symbolize. Therefore restraint must be exercised in order to avoid causing pain, suffering and embarrassment to love ones.

After the festive season is over, it is imperative that we have constituents who are strong, healthy and dedicated to the task of community building and by extension nation building. I look forward in the New Year to the reopening of Club Med and the contribution it will make by way of alleviating the unemployment situation in Vieux Fort South. I will continue to work assiduously during the course of the New Year to attract greater foreign investment to Vieux Fort South so as to provide a better quality of life to the constituents.

In the year two thousand and three we have had to come face to face with the harsh realities of crime. We cannot however throw our arms in the air, in surrender. We cannot and must not give up but rather face this scourge with a common resolve. The existence of gangs constitutes for us a clear and present danger and in the New Year they must be dealt with firmly. It is absurd that the residents of Vieux Fort cannot walk from one end of the town to the other because of turf and gang warfare. We face many problems but none insurmountable if we are prepared to work collectively for the common good and well-being of the community of Vieux-Fort South.

I once again would like to thank you my fellow constituents for the trust, faith and confidence you have bestowed upon as your parliamentary representative. It is my solemn promise that during the New Year I will redouble my efforts and will work even harder to provide the type of representation and leadership that you have come to expect from me.

As we again celebrate Christ's birth, may the glorious light of God's goodness and love shine forth from our land. May godís blessings of peace be continuously upon us and I sincerely hope that your experience during this holiday season is one of peace, love and of hope. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 


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