“Keep your mouth out of our business!”
That was the stern warning issued by Democratic Labour Party (DLP) St Michael West Central candidate James Paul over the weekend in response to recent suggestions made by Canadian High Commissioner Marie Legault that the island was ready for a female prime minister.
The comment has been interpreted by members of the ruling party as a possible indication of support by the Canadian envoy for Opposition Leader Mia Mottley to take over the reins of Government following elections which are due here by June.
And without referring to Legault by name, Paul told party supporters during a DLP St Michael North East meeting over the weekend that while he believed that Barbados will one day have a woman prime minister, it was not the place of any diplomat to be saying that the island was ready for one.
“Keep your mouth out of our business
. . . . Respect the fact of who you are and where you are,” advised Paul, the tone of whose response to the Canadian diplomat mimicked that of Minister of Education Ronald Jones who had earlier torn into the resident envoy over her remarks which came during an International Women’s Day event earlier this month.
In fact, Jones suggested that Legault should be recalled over her remarks.
Speaking during Sunday night’s DLP meeting held at the Lawrence T. Gay Memorial School in Mottley’s constituency of St Michael North East, Paul said: “I support the day when we could see a woman prime minister who exemplifies the best of Barbadian womanhood.”
However, in a further warning to Legault, he said: “Do not come down here as no diplomat trying to get on as if you are so enlightened and you could tell us down here what to do . . . . Keep your mouth out of our election.”
He also assured party faithful, “we [the ruling DLP] are not in anybody’s hip-pocket, so they can’t tell us what to do”.
Paul also complained about what he saw as a “constant effort in the press” to promote the LGBT agenda. “It is as if it is orchestrated to change us,” he said, while advising the Barbados press: “Do not get caught up in their campaign. If that is good for their society, leave them up there with it.”
He said, “the churches in this country need to make a stand [and] stop being so quiet on these issues.”
“No wonder our young people in this country are so confused because we are sending mixed messages to them,” he added. (GA)