Mottley issued this warning last night while addressing a mass meeting at Licorish Village, St. Michael.
She lamented what she said was the fact that conditions in the country were “dread” and sympathised with those persons who have had their electricity disconnected and forced to use oil lamps.
Mottley, who is the Barbados Labour Party candidate for St. Michael North East, also lamented the fact that in the St. Michael districts one in every three persons was unemployed.
She told her audience that before she retires from elective politics she wanted to see the decriminalisation of vending and the removal of pit toilets from the Barbadian landscape.
Mottley argued that no person in Barbados should have a criminal record for selling anywhere in Barbados in 2013, and neither should there be pit toilets in modern Barbados.
The outspoken BLP senior member noted that a criminal record could prevent a person from accessing a visa to visit a sick relative in the US.
She recalled a case where a hawker raised 13 of her children and three of sister’s from selling on Marhill Street over a period of 30 years.
The former Minister of Economic Affairs noted that following a fire at Temple Yard 19 months ago, nothing has been done to restore electricity to that location.
Mottley recalled that after several promises were made by Minister of Small Business, Denis Kellman, nothing has been done to improve the working environment of the 35 small businesses located at that site.
She complained that wire-racks which were used as advertising tools by small businesses were removed from the sidewalks on Swan Street.
Mottley added that since the BLP left office five years ago nothing had been done to empower tenants who lived on non-plantation tenantries.
In offering her support for BLP candidate for St. Michael East, Trevor Prescod, she noted that he came from the area and was always in the constituency responding to the needs of the people.
She called on members of the middle class to lend their assistance to the ordinary people of their districts.
Addressing the issue of unemployment island-wide, Mottley told her audience that the Royal Bank of Canada was about to lay off 90 members of staff, while companies on the Harbour Road were about to send home workers as well. (NC)