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Statement by the Honourable Prime Minister on the death of the late Allan Bousquet Sr. - June 3, 2000

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Statement by Prime Minister,

Honourable Dr. Kenny D. Anthony

on the death of the late Allan Bousquet Sr.

It is with deep sympathy and regret that I received the sad news of the death this morning of Mr. Allan Bousquet.

The late Mr. Bousquet made a long-lasting, sterling contribution to the politics and development of our country. A former government minister, he was the longest-serving MP -- indeed the champion -- of the people of Castries North-West Babonneau.

But Allan Bousquet was not only a good politician, he was also a very honest one as well, against whom no one has ever dared point an accusing finger. A former Minister of Health, he also had portfolio responsibilities for the Ministries of Education, Communications & Works and Labour, among others.

The late Mr. Bousquet belonged to a particular breed of politician whose integrity remained intact right up to his death. Indeed, he was a model politician. To him, his constituents meant all and he remained loyal to his party through thick and thin.

The late Mr. Bousquet’s contribution to St. Lucia is well documented and is evident in what Babonneau has become today. He has received several much-deserved honours and I am that sure his several contributions to our country will continue to be acknowledged, even after his departure to the Great Beyond.

On account of and with respect for his sterling contribution to the history, politics and development of St. Lucia over the years, Mr. Bousquet, who lived to the ripe age of 93, will be accorded an official funeral with all of the attendant rites. I hope that the family will agree to allow his body to lie in State at the Parliament Building, so that St. Lucians can have the opportunity to pay our final respects to this late, great son of our soil.

On behalf of my Cabinet of Ministers, all fellow parliamentarians, the St. Lucia Labour Party and the people of St. Lucia, I extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of a man who will long be remembered for his simplicity, his humility and his kindness.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

June 3, 2000


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