Kellman: Appreciate importance of passengers
The way the Opposition Barbados Labour Party and international agencies address the issue of financial transfers worries a Government minister.
Minister of Industry, Small Business and Rural Development Denis Kellman expressed this concern today while speaking in the House of Assembly on a resolution, which sought approval of Government’s guarantee of a $30 million National Insurance Board loan for the Transport Board.
The St. Lucy MP noted that since the 1990s international agencies and the BLP have paid attention to such transfers, and said since the Queen Elizabeth Hospital was being run by a board, patients would have to pay.
Contending that the BLP liked to listen to international agencies, Kellman said: “The BLP likes to buy into everything sold to the them by international agencies. The BLP wants to lay off staff at the Transport Board, run it by remote control, privatise it or increase bus fares. There is a clear divide between the Democratic labour Party and the BLP. You cannot privatise the Transport Board.”
Kellman charged that in 14 years the BLP “empowered” Barbadians by encouraging them to buy 62,000 reconditioned cars, gasoline and parts instead of buying land.