Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy, de facto deputy to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, told ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) supporters Sunday that they must hold fast to the path of economic belt-tightening as better days can be seen ahead.
Sealy delivered this message of recovery on the horizon at the party’s annual Father’s Day luncheon held at its George Street, Bellville, headquarters where long-serving member, 93-year-old Astor B. Watts, was honoured as an example of holding fast to a path.
Adopting a Father’s Day theme, Sealy told DLP faithful their government was acting like a father when the household faces challenges.
“We had to take certain measures but . . . it is clear that we are turning the corner. Things are starting to improve in Barbados from an economic perspective and we have to continue to stay the course.”
He spoke of the support by party members and other Barbadians “that allow us to govern in these extremely difficult times…doing it quite successfully, given the circumstances”.
Watts recalled that the policies of National Hero, Errol Barrow, influenced him into becoming a DLP member.
“I joined him as soon as he decided that education will be the axis for the development of a country like Barbados. Since then, I am among the Democratic Labour Party.”
Watts said that he and a few other members decided to organize the Father’s Day luncheon as one of the ways to commemorate Barrow. It has been an annual event since the late 1990s.
Party member, Joyce Sealy, who presented Watts with a hamper, described him as, “a father to a lot of us who came up through the Democratic Labour Party.”