ST. VINCENT (Feb. 28): – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says that he needs to take some time off from work after a very demanding two years.
“I really need to go on holidays. I have been going full-out for several years and the last two in particular but there are some things which have clouded in,” said Gonsalves on Monday, Feb. 28, one month ahead of his party’s tenth anniversary in office.
“I have to try and see how I can do something. …You have to remember that you are not getting any younger,” Gonsalves said at a press briefing in Kingstown.
He made the point as he announced plans for a two-week trip that will take him on state business to London, Singapore, and Taiwan in mid-April.
He said that during the two-week period, he will be “selling St. Vincent and the Grenadines and drumming up support for things we are doing”.
Communication Consultant in the Office of the Prime Minister, Elson Crick, had interjected that the trip would be taking place “before the holidays”.
“You are beginning to sound like Douglas Slater and my daughter,” Gonsalves said in response to Crick’s comment.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sen. Dr. Douglas Slater, a physician, is a former Minister of Health under Gonsalves’ Unity Labour Party administration.
In August 2005, Gonsalves spent then days of “reflections, rest, and prayer” at Mount St. Benedict’s monastery in Trinidad.