The Unity Labour Party’s candidate in East St. George, Sen. Camillo Gonsalves, says he is not running against the candidate of the main opposition New Democratic Party’s candidate, Sen. Linton Lewis.
Sen. Gonsalves said in Calliaqua on Saturday that he is not competing against the opposition’s candidate because all he has is a losing record.
Lewis has failed to win a seat in the St. George constituencies three times, once in West St. George, and twice in East St. George. (see video below)
“When they talk about change, tell them look at the Unity Labour Party. The Unity Labour Party is the change to take the country forward,” Sen. Gonsalves said.
He added that come next general election there will only be one new name on the ballot paper: Camillo Gonsalves.
“So I am not running against anybody, but I will tell you what I am running for,” said Sen. Gonsalves, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs.
“I am running for the opportunity to represent and serve the people of East St. George and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“I am running for the opportunity to ensure that Ralph Gonsalves remains the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I am running for the opportunity to strengthen and advance the good work that we celebrate today for the ULP’s 14 years in office. I am running for the Unity Labour Party and the People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I am running for and I am running four,” he said.
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Sen. Gonsalves said that the ULP, which came to office in 2001, has “an enviable record of progress”.
He mentioned the “education revolution”, and said there are more schools, more students, more scholarships, more teachers with university degrees, more student loans, and more opportunities for students and young people to advance themselves.
“Comrades, we have a housing revolution that has build over 1,500 low-income homes in this country and given other people hundred per cent mortgages and given other people material to build their houses and add on other rooms, and given other people ten cents land to buy.
“These are policies of the Unity Labour Party,” he said, adding that the ULP administration has given away over 30,000 laptops.
“We touched every house in this country. We even go and change the light bulb in everybody house in this country. That is the type of government that you have in the ULP.”
He said there are more jobs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines than in 2001, less poverty, and less hunger.
Sen. Gonsalves spoke of the Rabacca Bridge, learning resource centres, and the jetport in Canouan.
“We have good governance today that we didn’t have before and we are building an international airport just up the road in Argyle, that we have never seen before in this country.
“Thank you, comrade! Thank you, Comrade,” he said in reference to his father, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.