Stuart challenges DLP members
President of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, has thrown out a challenge to his party members to come up with a policy idea for government that will have a positive impact on every Barbadian household.
Stuart made the call in his opening address of the party’s 60th annual conference at its George Street headquarters last night.
“What is it not yet done in Barbados for the households of this country that the Democratic Labour Party needs to do…to touch every single household in this country?” he asked a full auditorium of party members.
“No other political party in Barbados can boast the record that the Democratic Labour Party is able to boast in this country … but we cannot rest on our laurels.”
Stuart told the audience that the annual conference usually influences the way forward for the country’s administration whenever the DLP holds office. He listed as examples the introduction of taxpayer-funded education, a school meal service, a social security scheme, laws governing severance pay, and legislation for maternity leave with pay.
“We did it and we touched every single household in Barbados.
“I want to think that at this 60th annual conference we put heads together in addition to all of the issues that we have on the agenda… and we come up with an answer to the question: what are those things that remain to be done by the Democratic Labour Party to touch and heal every single household in Barbados?
“If after this historic 60th conference we can come out with some clear answers, to that question, I would consider that we’ve had a very successful 60th anniversary conference,” Stuart said.