Attorney Ralph Thorne QC was today introduced to the constituents of Christ Church South for which he would be carrying the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) flag in the next general election.
During a mass canvass this afternoon, Thorne, accompanied by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, former BLP representative for the area Jerome Walcott, and other party faithful, got his feet wet when he courted the young and old of the constituency.
The lawyer informed the residents, who are represented by Democratic Labour Party candidate John Boyce, that he was happy to have received the opportunity to represent them, and indicated that he had their best interest at heart.
He said he was encouraged by the reception from the residents in the constituency.
Some residents complained that they were tired of the lack of leadership by the ruling party, their inability to find jobs after being unemployed for lengthy periods, and failure to pay their bills or meet basic living demands.
However Thorne said he has observed a level of patience among the constituents.
“We must work hard. It’s a noble objective rescuing this country from the difficulties that it is obviously facing. We have to work hard and beyond the next election of which we are very hopeful about as well.
“We are very excited about offering that hope to people so that their children and grandchildren could live in a country that they used to know,” he said.
Meanwhile Mottley indicated that today’s activity was the first in a series planned for the Christ Church constituencies. She said the party hoped to canvass in Christ Church East next weekend, followed by the BLP conference the following weekend.
“I want the public of Barbados to be assured that the Barbados Labour Party believes that our work is on the ground. We are simply creating the platform for the voice of the people. This is not a case of a top down exercise, this is a case where we have to get into the trenches, understand what people are feeling.
“There is a sense that this Government does not care and that is what is coming through house by house and district by district and we have to therefore go with the people and hear their concerns directly. Hear them and allow people to know that we can turn this country around,” she said.
Mottley said the party’s effort to start canvassing two and a half years before the next constitutional election was due was important because of the hundreds of people to be reached.
“Our simple message is we know things are rough, hold tight. The next election is sooner than the time from the last election. We know that the Barbados Labour Party has to restore hope to the people of this country and has to bring back stability,” Mottley said.
The BLP lost the Christ Church South seat in the last two general elections. (AH)