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Reifer has ‘no regrets’ missing show

Reifer has ‘no regrets’ missing show
Candidate for the St George North by-election Floyd Reifer (left) changing a tyre with Elvis Callender at Charles Rowe Bridge. (Picture by Sandy Pitt)

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Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate for the St George North by-election Floyd Reifer has no regrets about not participating in the televised debate on Thursday night.

Although the former West Indies Cricketer did not watch the debate on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), he said he was told he did not miss anything.

“I still stand by my decision not to participate in the debate. I didn’t really listen to it but people still called me and said me, ‘listen, this is a comedy show’.  I got a lot of calls, WhatsApp messages and people said to me from the beginning the debate is a waste of time and asked how could the Prime Minister just call a debate just like that.’ So I got full support. I took a stance on it and I am comfortable with it and I have no regrets.”

Instead, Reifer said he spent that time with residents of the constituency. “Yes, we had to cancel one or two of the spot meetings but I still got a chance to move around and have conversations with people in the community,” he added.

Leading up to the debate, three parties, including the DLP withdrew, leaving only Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate Toni Moore, head of Solutions Barbados, Grenville Phillips II, and Alex Mitchell of the Bajan Free Party to participate.

Reifer, who was seen campaigning at Charles Rowe Bridge yesterday, reiterated that ahead of the November 11 by-election, working with constituents was his focus.

He added that issues such as poor roads, unemployment and lack of opportunities and transportation challenges were among the issues.

“There is an area where people have to get off the bus in Market Hill and walk with groceries and take them all the way up to Cottage Grove and that is a 15 to 20-minute walk. About five or six residents were talking about a bus running close by in the neighbourhood or a minivan running close in the neighbourhood. So that is another issue in that area that they were talking about for years, but no one ever addressed it,” he added. (TG)