Prime Min­is­ter Salutes Sir John as Leg­endary Leader in Saint Lu­cia and the Re­gion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On the an­niver­sary of the pass­ing of Sir John Ge­orge Melvin Comp­ton, KBE, PC, Saint Lu­cia’s Prime Min­is­ter Allen M. Chas­tanet has praised the legacy of the “Fa­ther of the Na­tion”. Sir John Comp­ton passed away on 7th Septem­ber, 2007. Sir John had served as Saint Lu­cia’s Prime Min­is­ter as well as Saint Lu­cia’s Chief Min­is­ter and the first and only Pre­mier.

Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet said that as the na­tion re­flected on the life of Sir John, “We must hon­our not just his con­tri­bu­tion to Saint Lu­cia but his strong com­mit­ment to the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion”.

“Sir John was a true states­man and he is re­spected re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, for his brav­ery against what at times seemed im­pos­si­ble odds. He was in­stru­men­tal in the for­ma­tion of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as CARI­COM that could rep­re­sent the re­gion on a broad scale and let the world know we are here,” noted Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet. “We must not play down the sig­nif­i­cance of Sir John lead­ing the way for Saint Lu­cia’s In­de­pen­dence and in fact his skills in help­ing to unite the West Indies.”

Sir John was in­stru­men­tal also in the es­tab­lish­ment of the Caribbean De­vel­op­ment Bank (CDB), the West Indies As­so­ci­a­tion States Coun­cil of Min­is­ters (WISA) and the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet ex­plained that, like so many lead­ers, he is in­spired by the life and legacy of Sir John.

“Saint Lu­cia’s his­tory is for­ever in­ter­twined with Sir John,” said Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet. “All around us, ev­ery day, we see re­minders of Sir John’s phe­nom­e­nal con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of this coun­try. To­day we, as Saint Lu­cians, must all re­flect on the great­ness Sir John ex­em­pli­fied. His in­de­pen­dent spirit in the early days of lo­cal pol­i­tics is what in­spired him to form a new party in that of the United Work­ers Party (UWP), and his will­ing­ness to work with oth­ers and chart a course for Saint Lu­cia is why he is re­spected by even his fiercest ad­ver­saries.”

Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet also noted the sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture in Saint Lu­cia dur­ing Sir John’s time.

“Sir John fa­cil­i­tated the mod­erni­sa­tion of Saint Lu­cia,” said Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet, while sin­gling out the vi­sion­ary leader’s de­vel­op­ment of Rod­ney Bay, the Roseau Dam, He­wanorra In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the Mil­len­nium High­way, schools and har­bours.

“We still have a long way to go and I think if we keep the ideals that Sir John opined in the be­gin­ning it will serve us well,” said the Prime Min­is­ter. “I join the na­tion in pay­ing trib­ute to Sir John Comp­ton, one of the great­est, leg­endary lead­ers of our time.”

Sir John Comp­ton, revered as the Fa­ther of the Na­tion.

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