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Date still in PM’s pocket

St John MP Mara Thompson (second from right) and candidate for St James North, Senator  Harry Husbands (centre), canvassing in Lower Carlton, St James, yesterday. (Picture by Rawle Culbard.)

Sun, October 14, 2012 - 12:02 AM

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart isn’t ready to reveal the date for the next general election, despite being asked for the umpteenth time.

But yesterday after being part of a mass canvass in St James, he did indicate the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) would be taking its story to the people “over the next few months”.

The next election is constitutionally due by April next year.

“What I can tell you is that the election is seven days closer to the date than when I answered that same question last week,” responded Stuart, in his tongue and cheek manner yesterday when asked if he was closer to revealing the special date.

“That day is going to come. And I can tell you we won’t have to send out any messengers for us. The people are going to be the messengers. On election night there will be no scope for analysis or conjecture. There will be election results, and they will show the Democratic Labour Party has won.

“We are secure in our own minds as what the people of Barbados expect of us, and we will make sure we live and conduct ourselves true to those expectations.”

The Prime Minister also had a special message for the Opposition Barbados Labour Party: “Either get out of the way, or you will be stepped upon. We are on the march to victory.”

Impressed

Senator Harry Husbands, the DLP candidate in St James North, told the SUNDAY SUN he was impressed with the reception during yesterday’s canvass, adding that Barbadians remained aware of the main issues facing the country, such as the economy and unemployment.

He noted that in spite of much public debate over the last few days, the image of the party remained intact under Stuart’s leadership, and Barbadians were encouraged regarding the measures Government continued to put in place during tough economic times.

Minister of International Business and Transport George Hutson, the incumbent for St James Central, said he didn’t encounter many challenges during his walk through Hoyte’s Village, but noted unemployment of young people remained a major worry.

Minister of Health Donville Inniss, the MP for St James South, said he had a number of interesting conversations with members of the public.

“Barbadians continue to be very hospitable. Many understand the challenges which have confronted this Government over the last four and a half years. And they are deeply appreciative of the measures we have had to take to keep this economy together.” (BA)

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