The man hoping to become this country’s 5th Prime Minister since Independence Dr Hon Godwin Friday is adamant that his life’s course is to ensure that all Vincentians are provided with the opportunity to secure a better future for themselves and their families.
“First of all, if it wasn’t clear before, let me make it abundantly clear, I am in politics, in public life to make things better for our people. In short, my purpose, and I can speak for all our colleagues, the other fourteen (14) representatives, our purpose is to improve the lives of our people, that is my passion, it is what motivates me, it is what gets me up, in fact, it is what gets me up at 3:00 at nights.”
The Opposition Leader who was speaking at an NDP Virtual Public Meeting told listeners that this election is one the most important in a generation.
“This election is so important to me and to all of us. It gives me an opportunity to guide real meaningful change in our country. Change is so important right now in SVG,” he said to cheers from an in-house audience.
The Northern Grenadines representative says that his party has a clear plan to build a St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the future. Touting the party’s philosophy to promote private sector-led development, he reiterated that his party will prioritise job creation to create a country that works for everyone.
“One that means that if you want to stay here and build a home, raise a family, there would be opportunity for you to do so. It requires a strong economy and good infrastructure will bring jobs and better wages for all Vincentians.”
“Our infrastructure is neglected, no jobs are created, wages remain poor and we are the worse in the OECS,” said Dr Friday.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) under his leadership intends on supporting the fishing industry as one of its key bridges to economic development. Dr Friday stated that the party has already held talks with other governments “who also see the potential there.”
He went on further to contrast his party with the governing Unity Labour Party claiming that “for the people in the ULP, for them things nice. But, it may be nice for a favoured few but for the rest of us, it is not.”
“The ULP have become complacent, laid back, self-satisfied and smug. The top brass feels that because things nice for them, which they created for themselves they think things nice for the rest of us. They can no longer see from their comfortable bubble.”
“The concerns of ordinary people who needs jobs and economic opportunity simply do not matter to them.”