Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment Adrian “Medic” Forde. (Picture by Xtra Vision Photography)
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The idea of new islands, a new depot, Cabinet supporting the implementation of a cannabis programme and training for the youth were the order of the night at the end of the first half of the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) first anniversary political rally.
Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey, Minister of Transport Works and Maintenance Dr William Duguid, Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment Adrian “Medic” Forde, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Indar Weir and Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Colin Jordan were among the first slew of speakers at Carlisle Car Park, The City, where the rally was held.
Humphrey said studies were being done and there was room for three islands off Barbados, best situated in the north, off Brandons, St Michael and St Philip, as the BLP strove to generate economic growth so all could “eat uh food”.
Meanwhile, Duguid said a new depot would be built at Bath, St John, to service the constituency and surrounding areas.
Weir, MP for St Philip South, noted Cabinet had just given its support to start a medicinal cannabis programme in Barbados, worth over $100 million. He said he held extensive discussions with farmers, and said there would be no banning of chicken wings unless an alternative local supply was in place.
Forde, who leads Christ Church West Central, told the BLP faithful, the Government wanted to give the young people a voice and would seek to train them in technology, while Jordan asked Barbados to keep the faith and stay the course “because better times are coming for all of us” after giving his report on labour, the role of the Social Partnership and changes at the Employment Rights Tribunal. (RA)