Incumbent St James North Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate Edmund Hinkson has told party faithful that relief is certain if his party is elected.
“Come September we will pay tuition fees at the UWI [University of the West Indies]. The Barbados Labour Party will remove some of those taxes. We will remove that NSRL tax one, of the most iniquitous taxes ever in the history of Barbados. We will pay reverse tax credits. We will increase non-contributory old age pension by 50 per cent. You will have more money in your pockets. Your children will be better off. You will be able to do a lot more than you can do now,” he said at a meeting in Speightstown, St Peter Saturday night.
He lambasted the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) for collecting billions in taxes but failing to see after the needs of the people.
“They have collected $26 billion in taxes. You see anything for the money they collected from you? You see any new highways, fly overs, new hospital or new schools?”
Hinkson urged Barbadians to rally around the party since the journey ahead would not be a quick fix. However, he vowed the people will be an integral part of the process.
“It will not happen overnight but together with you. You will be part of the process. We will bring you in. We will involve you in People’s Assembly, every six months or less we will meet with you. I Edmund Hinkson will come before you and you can tell me what is going on. That is how our manifesto was formulated. For the past three years we have been rubbing shoulders with you and listening to you.”
The attorney at law told supporters to go out and vote in their numbers come May 24 to help the BLP secure a landslide victory.
“We don’t want to hear you need a strong opposition so this candidate for the DLP should get in. You vote for a Government not the opposition. The opposition will take care of itself. We had three opposition members after the 1986 election and those three run rings around the 24 DLP members.” (IMC)