Having extracted dentist Dr Maria Agard from the party, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) could insert Dr William Duguid as its candidate in the Christ Church West riding.
Dr Duguid, also a dentist, quit active politics in 2013 after representing the constituency from 2003, paving the way for Dr Agard to represent the BLP stronghold. However, the continuing row between the sitting Member of Parliament and the party has led to calls by constituents for Dr Duguid’s return, and the former MP appears interested.
“Obviously I would have to be cognizant of what the people are saying, but I really have to put it to my family because I cannot make a decision like that on my own. This would be something for the family to decide. Once the family gives its approval then I would have to seriously consider it,” he told Barbados TODAY.
When a team from Barbados TODAY toured some areas within the constituency, several constituents said they would welcome back their former representative should he decide to return to elective politics.
While most of those interviewed declined to give their names or to be photographed, they stressed that he was a very good representative during his tenure.
“Dr Duguid is a good man, but on the other hand, Dr Maria Agard did not offer me any assistance. I had to go and look for work from the other political party. I would welcome him back because when he was the parliamentary representative for Christ Church West he gave me work on a house he was building and three apartments,” said a young building contractor in Clapham.
A young women who also lives in Clapham and who also declined to give her name said she too would welcome Dr Duguid back, but she was interested in finding out what he would offer the constituency.
Over at Symmonds Land, a retired human resources manager was high in praise for the quality of Dr Duguid’s representation and his visibility and accessibility to constituents.
“I would definitely vote for Duguid. I used to see him often. He would always pass through the constituency. He was a good representative. I saw Dr Agard once when she was being introduced to the constituency by Herbie Yearwood. I have not seen her since that introduction.”
Dewayne Brewster, a young tradesman, said he regretted Dr Duguid’s withdrawal from elective politics, arguing that if he was still the representative “he would ensure that I find gainful employment”.
“Duguid did a lot for my family and many other families in the constituency. He was able to get a bus service for my district even though it has been withdrawn in recent times. He also ensured that we got natural gas. He even tried to get a playing field for the youth of Rendezvous. We would welcome him back in the constituency,” he told Barbados TODAY.
While willing to accept Dr Duguid with opened arms if he decides to return, Robin Ifill argued that Dr Agard is a good representative, pointing out that she frowned on the practice of vote-buying.
It was not immediately clear how the BLP hierarchy feels about a return of the doctor, but he stressed that if his family agreed that he could have another run, he would sit with the party to discuss the way forward.
“Family comes first and I need to find out what it is saying. I do hear the people definitely and I do understand why they are asking for me. I received several calls from constituents encouraging me to reconsider my decision to quit politics. Once I get approval from my family I would discuss it with
the party,” Dr Duguid said, leaving the door open for a possible return.