The opposition New Democratic Party says it has received “overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic” feedback from the hundreds of Vincentians who attended its town hall meeting at the York Civic Centre in Eglinton, Canada on Saturday.
Vincentians from all over Canada, including some living as far away as Montreal, attended the meeting hosted by President of the NDP, Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace and St. Clair Leacock, MP for Central Kingstown, who is also an NDP vice-president.
Benjamin Exeter, the NDP’s candidate for Central Leeward, who is a former resident of Canada, also attended the meeting.
The NDP said in a press release that persons in attendance were anxious for news about what was happening in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“Eustace gave an overview of the economic situation, crime, healthcare, agriculture and bananas in particular, and spoke on immigration, the standard and cost of living for those living in SVG.
“He stressed repeatedly the importance of the Vincentian diaspora to the economy of our island nation. In a lively, often humorous and well received presentation, Eustace underscored the party’s view that the NDP is ready to lead the recovery of our country as he asked the audience for their support,” the NDP said.
“Leacock, in a punchy and equally well received presentation, advised the attentive audience that the NDP is comprised of competent and capable people all ready to hit the ground running.
“Speaking on electricity he advised that the current government has lost its ability to think outside the box and creatively address the problems of the high cost of living, unemployment, poor healthcare, crime and promoting economic growth,” the NDP further said.
The speakers also responded to questions from the audience and mingled after the event was finished.
The meeting was hosted by the Vincy New Democrats of Toronto.
Eustace and Leacock are now in the US ahead of the second of their meetings, which will take place on Saturday at the Friends of Crown Heights in Brooklyn.