The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), which seems determined to make a big impact in the Christ Church constituencies at the next general elections, continued its series of mass canvasses on Sunday when its foot soldiers moved through the community of Gall Hill in the Christ Church West Central constituency.
With party leader Mia Mottley out front, accompanied by Adrian Forde, the newly endorsed candidate for the area, BLP faithful went from door to door, engaging residents and listening to their concerns. Major issues included faulty electrical wiring in some public housing units, high youth unemployment, the high cost of living and an inability by some young people to access tertiary education.
Following the two-hour outreach, Forde expressed satisfaction with the response. Citing the wiring issue as a major concern, he said: “We will definitely meet with the National Housing Corporation to see if we can get a response from them. We understand the threat of electrical surges in the units. There are abnormal surges.”
“One of the residents complained that she had to carry out her own wiring and that the meter project literally stopped just after the BLP left Government and has not been restarted. Almost every other unit has complained of sparks and surges this week. It is a serious issue,” he added.
Forde, who will be contesting a general election for the first time and is going up against Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, said unemployment and the high cost of living represented a “double whammy” for constituents.
Addressing the issue of access to the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) following the decision by the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration to make Barbadians pay tuition fees, Forde said: “It is impossible to ask persons to pay for goods and services if they are not working. It is really what we can call the true political storm that has been created since 2008.”
Forde emphasized his longstanding ties to the constituency, saying that he has never left the area and his place of business, a pharmacy, is located in Gall Hill.
“I feel the constituency is part of me. I was raised by the constituency and I call it a family. I see Christ Church West Central as one big family. I cannot wait to hit the ground working to rebuild it in a special way,” he said.
Meanwhile, when BLP leader Mia Mottley was asked for a comment by Barbados TODAY on reports that a recent poll carried out in the Christ Church area had shown that she is the preferred person to lead Barbados with a rating of 44 per cent, she said:” We in the BLP are doing our work as you can see, but we are comforted by the support shown.”