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Anesia Baptiste, head of the Democratic Republican Party. (IWN photo)
Anesia Baptiste, head of the Democratic Republican Party. (IWN photo)
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Remember! “When Justice is delayed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, it is our justice that is denied.” Let us not wait for another five years.


First, when we look at the agenda that the DRP has in place for the transformation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines into a productive nation, there is no doubt in the hearts and minds of Vincentians that Anesia Baptiste is an asset to this country.

We already know that Vincentians are an industrious people, that are willing to work hard and produce bountifully out of our skilled hands, but there is a need for viable markets for our products. Today, banana, our chief crop, has sunk to the lowest under the current regime. Currently, there are no markets for our fresh produce. We the DRP will revive the agricultural industry into a productive one. By tapping into the European, North American and Caribbean markets, we will bring about stability once again to our frustrated farmers.

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With the DRP in power, great emphasis will be placed on banana, dasheen, coconut, potatoes, eddoes, and arrowroot, etc. our local fruits, ground provisions and by-products will be made marketable in regional and the North American market. We will revive and modernise a coconut industry right here in SVG. Revive and modernize a Diamond dairy — an industry that is better than its predecessor. As a result, local fruit juices and nectars will be canned right here in our backyard. We will revive and modernise our once valuable garment industry. We will bring a cement factory here on our soil. This will help our construction industry tremendously. The above will guarantee employment for our young people that will reduce drastically the unemployment that is plaguing our land.

With the revival of our banana industry and a readily available market, farmers will be able to return to their once stable lifestyles.

When we look at countries such as Aruba and Curacao, we should be able to compete and bypass these nations. Why? We have what it takes to do so. And amazingly, they are unable to produce their own foods; instead they import their fruits and vegetables from Venezuela. Aruba doesn’t have an oil industry but depends greatly on tourism. We in St. Vincent do not depend on any country for agricultural products. We have an advantage; we produce our own food and possess the most fertile soil in the world. We have the Grenadines, which is a massive tourist attraction and a great source of the nation’s income. A combination of agriculture and tourism will bring our nation back to financial stability, back to our winning ways. With over 32 islands and cays that make up this lovely attraction, St. Vincent & the Grenadines can be the leading tourist attraction in the Windward Islands, and the Caribbean for that matter. We must protect our industries.

Can any Vincentians state categorically that Anesia Baptiste is not a valuable asset and resource to the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines? The response is a resounding NO! For she is a contemporary, a visionary with profound insight for the island’s development. Remember, it was the NDP that once embraced her (Anesia Baptiste) because of her high moral standing, her quality, and constitution for nation growth and development. In November 2009, the nation listened and sang to the song of her “VOTE NO” chorus during the Referendum. Today she is still singing the song of national development. It is imperative today, much more than before, that the nation embraces her our native sister and let us get the best out of her. We must listen attentively, for we need her voice (a vibrant young voice) in parliament to represent us, to advocate for us, a voice to speak for us in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

To maintain morality in this country, Vote DRP and save our nation. Vote DRP now for hope.

Josiah Stewart.

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One reply on “Don’t hesitate to elect Anesia and the DRP”

  1. Her wierd religious stiff-neckedness should her unelectable. Still, we already have so much religious nonsense in our politics that a reputed atheist can thump the bible for 14 years and still fool the masses.

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