MP Arrindell: “Pourier’s legacy will be tied to St. Maarten forever”POSTED: 03/26/13 11:26 AM
St. Maarten – MP Gracita R. Arrindell said in a press release that she took with great sadness note of the passing of former Prime Minister of the former Netherlands Antilles Miguel Pourier. “I will fondly remember him for his encouragement, his humor, as well as for his guidance, even many years after his retirement from active political office,” Arrindell stated.
“At the forum held in the summer of 2004 on Sint Maarten, as a tribute to former prime ministers of the Netherlands Antilles, I remember clearly that Mr. Pourier accommodated his very busy schedule to be able to attend and make his contribution to this one time historical conference. Indeed I was very persistent as the late prime minister aptly stated in his opening remarks in addressing the forum. I was convinced that the forum would have been incomplete without his presence and invaluable insights in understanding the importance of integrity, good governance, accountability and transparency in public office as well as in the corporate governance structures. Mr. Pourier personified these principles with distinction as a public as well as a corporate office holder. ”
Arrindell said that part of Pourier’s legacy will be tied forever to Sint Maarten and its constitutional history, “not only as one of our former prime minister, but more so, due to his role at the time as the chairman of the committee that produced the report which led to the imposition of higher supervision on the island territory of Sint Maarten in 1991.”
Pourier’s contribution to the book Looking back to Move Forward published in 2006, once again showed his understanding of politics, corporate governance as well as for his love and knowledge of the people he represented, Arrindell stated.
“I will miss his great sense of humor, and his inspiration sorely. I wish his wife, his children and the people of Bonaire, his island of birth, much strength in the days ahead. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”