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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ICONIC STATUE OF SIR JOHN TO BE ERECTED
CASTRIES, Saint Lucia – Wednesday, January 15, 2014 – The United Workers Party (UWP)
acknowledges the decision by the Labour Administration to erect the statue of Sir John Compton
at Constitution Park in the center of the Capital, Castries. This marks the ultimate recognition of
Sir John as the indisputable Father of the Nation. It also celebrates the life of a man who was
vilified by political forces throughout his political life, and the full acknowledgement of the
incomparable and invaluable contribution Sir John made towards the social and economic
advancement of Saint Lucia.
The monument to be erected in the honour of Sir John will allow Saint Lucians to reflect on the
life and times of Sir John, and the sacrifices he made during his political career. This action by the
Labour administration is a reflection of the philosophy of Sir John, that politics, particularly in a
small nation like ours should be marked by a fellowship and respect for one another, that keeps
the society together and not the inculcation of hostility between supporters of rival parties. That
is why Sir John will be remembered for his famous pronouncement that politicians should never
regard those of opposing political parties as ‘enemies’, but ‘adversaries’, working for the benefit
of the country. The United Workers Party wishes to continue the legacy and philosophy of its
founder that we as a people should reflect on the life of Sir John, take stock of ourselves and
embrace the elements that bind and unite us as a people.
No other person in Saint Lucia’s political history deserves the accolades of ‘Father of the Nation,’
as does Sir John, and the statue will stand as a fitting tribute to his vision as a leader, who brought
Saint Lucia through pivotal stages of its history, from colonialism, to statehood and independence.
He entered politics in 1954, when he ran as an independent candidate, and won the Micoud seat.
He held on to the Micoud South and Micoud North seats, the latter he held from 2006 until his
death in 2007.
Sir John will be remembered as a giant of both Saint Lucian and Caribbean politics, who has left
his indelible footprints on the sands of Saint Lucia’s history. With this monument, Saint Lucians
will be able to look upon the image of a man who, more than any other, fashioned the country that
we live in today.
The United Workers Party also acknowledges the outstanding work of Saint Lucian sculptor,
Ricky George, for creating the monument of Sir John which will stand as testimony of his