MP for the Southern Grenadines, Terrance Ollivierre, has accused the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) of neglecting the youth of the constituency and has encouraged them to return “Labour love” to the administration.
“They did nothing for you,” Ollivierre told a rally of his New Democratic Party in Bequia on Sunday.
He said that with general elections around the corner, the ULP is offering the young people houses, jobs, money, and even a car.
“Now, in 14 and a half years, you couldn’t do nothing for the people of the Southern Grenadines. When they had no money to go to school and they drop out, you couldn’t even give them that money to go to school. How the hell now you could offer them a car?
“You think that they are so dotish (stupid) that they could say to you, ‘Yes, you offering me car, yes, you offering me house, yes you offering me LCG — lumber, cement and galvanise — and you want the young people in the Southern Grenadines to vote for you?”
Ollivierre noted that there is no secondary school in Canouan, adding that from “day one” when he entered Parliament (in 2001) he called for a secondary school for the island.
“Yo’ put it in your manifesto. When election done, yo’ take it out and say it ain’t have enough people down there. But you now want to come and offer them a house?” Ollivierre told party supporters from across the country who travelled to the northern Grenadine island to attend the rally.
“You can’t even give them basic education you want to offer them a house?”
Ollivierre said that the government refused to pay the boat transportation for students of Mayreau who travel to Union Island to attend secondary school.
“Even when they drop out of school, that did not bother you, but now you want to go round to the same young people who you neglected and want to say to those young people ‘Labour loves you’?” Ollivierre said, quoting the ULP’s campaign slogan.
“Well I want to know what kind of love is that?
“You have to use this finger and show Labour how much yo’ love them,” he said as he held up his voting finger.
“So that after the election, when they don’t get a seat in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, they would recognise that you return the kind of love that they give to you.
“They treated you bad, so you have to make sure that you do the same thing to them. So that whether it starts from the north or from the south, when the votes start to count, Labour must know that this whole country gone yellow for the New Democratic Party.”
Ollivierre said that it took years for the Bequia hospital to be fixed, but Mayreau people don’t have a clinic at all.
“Because since they get into office, the clinic that was built by the New Democratic party, they close it down and they sent the nurse to Kingstown. But what was the most horrible thing, last budget, I pleaded for the people of Mayreau…
Ollivierre said that when complaints where made about the situation, persons were asked “Why alyo don’t pack up and move up to the mainland?”
“That is what they think of the people of the Southern Grenadines,” he said.
“So I am saying to you today, you have to send the message loud and clear that [Herman] Belmar and [Edwin] Snagg supposed to lose their deposit for the terrible job they did to you in the Grenadines. Yo’ must make them know what NDP stands for,” he said, mentioning the ULP’s Grenadine candidates.
“We in the New Democratic Party have always represented you. We took your issues to the Parliament and they are taking it for a big joke …” Ollivierre said.
He told the young people that when the ULP solicits their votes they must made certain demands.
“Bequia must demand a good education and ask that the government pay the boat fee [for students attending schools in St. Vincent]. Those in Canouan must demand a secondary school on the island, and Mayreau residents must demand boat fee and that the health centre is in good condition.”
Ollivierre said that never have the nation’s roads been in such a deplorable condition.
“So, people, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, get ready. The change is coming. The New Democratic Party and our leader, Arnhim Eustace, and all our team here, we are ready to work for you and to make sure that your standard of living is much better,” he said.