Don’t be swayed
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo, has advised Democratic Labour Party members and supporters against being swayed by the polls and propaganda of the Barbados Labour Party.
Byer-Suckoo issued this warning tonight while addressing a meeting in the car park of the National Cultural Foundation, West Terrace, St. James.
The DLP candidate for St. George South warned the large crowd that over the next five days they could expect telephone calls informing them that it was a waste of time to cast their vote for DLP candidates because the party had already lost the general election.
Noting that the western world was still in the grips of the worst recession in the last 100 years, Byer-Suckoo stressed that the country still needed the steady hands of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
Arguing that the DLP deserved another term in office based on its performance in housing, Byer-Suckoo pointed out that the Freundel Stuart Administration had provided 684 housing solutions for low income earners and another 1,200 housing solutions for middle income earners in the past five years.
She told her audience that when the DLP assumed office in 2008,
there were cases where some applicants for housing had been on the waiting list at the National Housing Corporation for as many as 20 years.
The Minister of Labour argued that in spite of the economic downturn, the DLP had been able to provide 2,500 house spots every year over the past five years.
She reminded the crowd that the BLP was presenting the same team with the same leader who had presented the argument that land should fetch its highest economic value in a country where land was scarce.
Byer-Suckoo said a DLP administration would continue with its programme of building high-rise housing and partner with the private sector to provide housing solutions for middle income earners. The Minister of Labour and Social Security acknowledged that middle income earners also had their challenges which had to be addressed by a caring Government.
She further acknowledged that some housing projects had to be put on hold because there was an inadequate supply of potable water.
Addressing the issue of unemployment, Byer-Suckoo acknowledged that many of today’s youth had expressed an interest in being self employed. The incumbent for St. George South said too that in its attempt to reduce poverty in the island it had begun to address issues at the family level and thereafter it was extended to the community.
Pointing out that unlike the Owen Arthur Administration of early 1990s, the Freundel Stuart Government was willing to accept ideas from the community in its formulation of policy. She noted that this dialogue has extended to the Civil Service where public servants were now sharing ideas with the political directorate because they no longer feared abuse.
Byer-Suckoo told the crowd that a DLP Government would introduce legislation to ensure that vehicles were not driven on the road without insurance coverage, as well as laws to reduce the level of noise in the country.
She bemoaned the fact that after 14 years of BLP government, there was still a backlog of 3,000 children awaiting access to pre- school institutions. She also lauded the work being done by Minister of Transport and Works, John Boyce, in upgrading the road network across the country. (NC)