Gonsalves: No demonstration can overturn the results of the people
March 8, 2011

Gonsalves: No demonstration can overturn the results of the people

The people of St.Vincent and the Grenadines will not allow the New Democratic Party’s “demonic quest to get political power” in this country.{{more}}

Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Political Leader of the Unity Labour Party and Prime Minister of St.Vincent and the Grenadines, made this statement on Sunday night at a ULP rally held in Barrouallie.

“No demonstration by the New Democratic Party can overturn the result of the people on December the thirteenth,” said Gonsalves.

He said political power here comes by one means – at the polls – and general elections was just held in St.Vincent and the Grenadines.

Gonsalves said anyone who wants to overturn the results of the December 13, 2010 general elections will have to wait until he calls it again in 2015, or if he so desires to call it earlier.

“This is the third time they have tried and this is the third time they have failed,” said Gonsalves.

Gonsalves spoke of the achievements of his new administration since it was sworn in.

Among them is the passage of the 2011 National Budget, the increase in public assistance for the poor and physically challenged; the continuation of the construction of the Argyle International Airport Project, the Diagnostic Centre at Georgetown, and the new school at West St. George.

Gonsalves said his Government signed on and ratified the OECS Economic Union Treaty, which established the OECS Economic Union; and brought in laptops which will be distributed to students throughout the state.

The Political Leader said while his party is carrying on the business of Government, the NDP is preaching a pugnacious doctrine.

“The doctrine says even though you had free and fair elections, we still want it runover because we ain’t satisfied, because we lose and we will try and overthrow you,” said Gonsalves.

“Anybody thinks that 250 people on the road and people climbling over fence and misbehaving in Parliament could overthrow Government?” Gonsalves asked.

Gonsalves called Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace a dictator and said Eustace’s actions in Parliament on Thursday, March 3, to disrupt it, were that of a dictator.

Maxwell Charles, Area Representative for Central Leeward, told his constituents once they continue to own the Government, the NDP will not succeed in destabilizing it.

He said the Opposition’s actions in Parliament on Thursday, March 3, made him realize that they had failed on the streets and as a result of this had brought the “war” to the House of Assembly.

Charles used the opportunity to update the constituency on plans that are being carried out to benefit constituents.

They also heard from their former Area Representative Sir Louis Straker, who held the posts of Deputy Political Leader of the Unity Labour Party and Deputy Prime Minister before he resigned. He said he doesn’t understand how anyone with common sense could vote for the NDP, when that party had voted against their children’s education, the international airport project at Argyle, the Rabacca Bridge and the Buccament Bay Project.

Supporters of the ULP were asked not to allow anyone to mislead them.

Straker appealed to the gathering to compare the former NDP administration’s 17 years to the ULP’s 10 years.

“You have an excellent team in Parliament, you have an excellent leader in Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, you have an excellent deputy leader in Girlyn Miguel. We are the ones that will create a better society, a better constituency,” said Sir Louis.

During the rally, Glen Jackson, a stalwart of the ULP, who died on March 6, 2006, was remembered. (HN)