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There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered “out of character”. Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest political campaigns ever seen in the Caribbean.
I am a Vincentian who has lived in Canada for many years, but my attachment to my homeland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has been such that I’ve returned home as often as circumstances have allowed. During the last few years, I have followed the developing situation there with a growing sense of anxiety and alarm, which has now grown to such a high level that I can no longer sit quietly by and do nothing.
Over the past 14 years, the Unity Labour Party, under the leadership of Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, has steered the country in a direction that is completely destructive and is no longer sustainable. He is undoubtedly one of the most effective politicians ever seen in the Caribbean. His political style and misleading grandeur has been such that, for most of those years, he has held the majority of voters spellbound. Until recently and despite strong criticisms by the New Democratic Party, his unacceptable utterances and shameful behaviours, his destructive economic policies, his lies and subterfuges but, most of all, the corruptive tendencies that runs throughout his government, have been largely ignored by most voters. As a result of recent occurrences, most voters have now become clearly aware of the economic, social, and political destruction that has catapulted St. Vincent and the Grenadines toward a looming social and fiscal cliff. Within the next few months, an election must be held and the cry is being heard from all areas of the land: “Ralph Gonsalves Must Go.”
Vincentians are fortunate that, during all of those years, they have had an Opposition Leader whose now celebrated blandness, personal steadfastness and integrity, commitment to the people, advocacy of sensible social programmes, and whose proven ability in forecasting economic matters have provided a measure of sobriety that is now being acknowledged throughout the society. The people are making it clear that they want a change in government. They want an election in order to end the Ralph Gonsalves idealistic “ownership” programme. Their cry is exemplified in the clarion call to “Ring the Bell.”
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