Young people in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Unity Labour Party (ULP) government, and have pledged their support for the New Democratic Party (NDP). They are excited and impressed with the programmes and policies of the NDP, and are confident that Dr. Friday and the NDP will create the enabling environment so that sustainable jobs will be provided for them.
Some of these young people have appeared on the NDP platform. The following are excerpts of a Young Democrat of South-Central Windward presentation at a virtual meeting:
“Constituents of South Central Windward, for nearly twenty (20) years we have been neglected. Don’t you think it is long enough? Don’t you think we deserve better in South Central Windward and St. Vincent and the Grenadines? Don’t you think it’s time for change? Don’t you think our country can progress and become one of the top countries in the Caribbean instead of being the opposite presently? Yes, we can do better! It’s time for us to let go the negative energy of the present government.
Plan to create jobs
Dr. Godwin Friday, Senator Israel Bruce and the NDP have a clear plan to create jobs, jobs and more jobs to grow our economy and bring new investment to our country.
‘NDP wah sell passport, NDP will sell passport’. Have you heard that over and over? That is a lie. As a young person it puzzles me, I am sick to the core. Can we as young persons and the country on a whole believe this nonsense? Just a few questions: Did David Ames have a Vincentian passport? Yes! Was he married to a Vincentian? Was he born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines? Were his parents or grandparents Vincentians?
But he got a Vincentian passport. Where did David Ames get the passport? Colonaire, Bequia, Little Tokyo, where? How much did he pay for it, $500,000, $1 million, $2 million? We don’t know. My fellow young people think about that, but NDP ‘wah sell passport’.
Let me tell you the truth, the NDP will introduce what is called the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI). With this programme, investors will show their interest to invest in our beautiful country, but of course proper and careful investigation will be done first. It must be noted that Economic Citizenship will be offered when an individual completes the legal process to acquire citizenship in our country on account of the individual’s financial investment into St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Think about this. St. Lucia just started the CBI programme and in 2018, they collected $67 million. In 2017, Grenada earned $140 million and Antigua in 2018 earned $100 million. ‘Nah worry with them it’s just noise’. You know the term empty barrels make the most noise, you know the rest.
Before I go any further, I must delve into my constituency and show you the plans of my own representative Hon. Senator Israel Bruce. Of course, Mr. Bruce’s first, second and third priority is creating jobs and specifically for the young people of his constituency. Government cannot employ everybody but a government should provide the environment so persons can employ themselves. In the first five years, Senator Bruce proposes to train approximately 300 young people in a skilled area of their choice, whether it’s cosmetology, plumbing, electrician, tailoring, carpentry, masonry, auto mechanics just name a few. This training will open up doors for young persons in South Central Windward and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to create and grow their small businesses.
Training in ICT
Information Technology is a rapid expanding field in South Central Windward and by extension the entire country. Hon. Senator Bruce will ensure that each community centre in the constituency has approximately ten (10) computers to facilitate training of our young people in ICT.
Further, Dr. Godwin Friday and the NDP will ensure that all children have access to learning resources such as text books, computers and other relevant learning materials; establish a youth parliament so youth voices can be heard and we can be a part of the policies being made to govern this country; establish sporting scholarships for our hard-working sports men and women, so the likes of Glendon James, who plays for Israel Bruce smashers, will be able to play international cricket abroad. And our parents won’t have to worry about paying fees for CSEC – that will be paid for by the NDP government.
Now, that is a working government for the young people. I guarantee you that after NDP’s first five years in office, the unemployment rate of 46% percent will definitely fall. We will see the difference as young people.
My fellow young people, I am urging you please, don’t be caught up by the pocket change they will give you now in return for a vote. Your vote is worth more than $200, $500, $1000 wrapped up in a red t-shirt. Young people, we were unemployed for the past four and a half years and now they want to just throw a job at us now, what is that? Please, we deserve better! Let us vote for our future. I want to be able to gain a degree or a skill. I want to be independent; I want a house; I want a nice driving vehicle. I am sure you are dreaming of those things as well.
The time is now to cut loose with Bruce; the time is now to vote Dr. Godwin Friday; the time is now to vote the New Democratic Party; the time is now to restore your freedom. Vote for the key on election day.”