Sunday 19 May, 2019

Visiting politicians urge Jamaicans to stick with Holness

Simon Stiell

Simon Stiell

Minister of Climate Change in the Grenada Government, Senator Simon Stiell, on Sunday pleaded with Jamaicans to ensure the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is more than just a one-term Government.

Stiell, a guest of the JLP for its annual conference, made the plea while addressing the public session of the event inside the National Arena in Kingston, where he also urged Jamaicans not to stop the country’s progress.

Stiell said he was at conference to celebrate with Labourites, the successes of the Andrew Holness-led Administration since 2016.

“There are many similarities between your story here in Jamaica and where you are today, to where we (Grenadians) are, and where we’ve come from in Grenada," said Stiell.

According to him, the similarities include "having a need for strong and bold leadership; having a bold and transformative vision and agenda for our countries; having to make difficult decisions to turn around the fortunes of our countries; and having the courage to stick to those plans... to do those tough things that our opponents say we couldn’t do and would never do.”

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Stiell pointed to what he said were the achievements of the JLP in less than three years in office.

“Three years of delivering on your promise of a partnership for prosperity. The results are clear for everyone to see,” Stiell told the cheering audience, thousands of whom stood outside the arena.

He listed among the achievements, the increased economic activity, positive economic growth, the strongest economy in decades, and all-time low unemployment. 

The visiting politician said the Government had created opportunities for young people, while investor confidence was at an all-time high.

He also suggested that in respect of the steps being taken to tackle the crime problem in Jamaica, “results are being delivered. Your crime rate is on the fall,” adding that, “One term cannot be enough brothers and sisters. You cannot stop the progress, Labourites, let’s keep moving.”

Another invited guest, the dreadlocked Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party, Kent Vital, also pointed to the achievements of the Holness Government, and urged Jamaicans to keep the JLP in office.

Vital’s presentation was interrupted briefly by the arrival of former Prime Minister, the 88-year-old Edward Seaga, and his wife Carla, to thunderous and extended applause and bell ringing.

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