Never mind the posthumous praise heaped on the departed Justice Suzie d’Auvergne and the ostentatious congratulations offered her surviving team, it seems the report they submitted fell far short of the official expectation—at any rate, judging by the televised House review of the submitted proposals for constitutional reform. By official account, on 17 February 2004, parliament “unanimously” authorized the establishment of a Constitutional Reform Commission “to examine and to report in writing the commission’s opinions and recommendations for possible reform of this country’s constitution. (My emphasis)
An individual who describes herself as a disappointed tourist, claims to have written to Tourism Minister, Lorne Theophilus, complaining about the state of this country’s tourism. “ I have been to St Lucia over 3 times now as I have family there, and I must tell you how disappointed I am at the state of your beaches & lack of facilities. As well as the state of Castries,” the writer, who identifies as Anita Samuel said. The writer raised questions about the absence of public washrooms, showers and lifeguards at public beaches.
Last year more than three thousand persons from Martinique alone converged on Saint Lucia for the first ever Mercury Beach event at Pigeon Island. The event had been a staple in Martinique for more than ten years, however last year organizers decided to pursue a new venue outside of the French department with the assistance of Saint Lucia’s Maritime Consultant Cuthbert Didier. With very little institutional or private sector sponsorship, the event was an instant success. It was estimated that over the four day period when the French visitors were here more than two million dollars was injected into the local economy. This was achieved through hotel accommodations, taxis, shopping, docking fees, fuel and other expenses incurred by the visitors.
It is hard for me to visit Government House and not feel shackled, physically if not also mentally, by what we often refer to as our colonial past, although by all appearances it remains our present. Government House, although immaculately redecorated with much input, I am told, by Dame Pearlette Louisy herself, nevertheless suggests plantation sweat.
Un rapport d'experts atteste qu'il ne resterait plus que 18 serpents de l'espèce Liophis ornatus. Cette petite couleuvre, la plus rare au monde, survit sur un petit îlot, non loin de Sainte-Lucie, dans les Antilles. Un havre de paix, loin de sa plus grande menace : la mangouste.