If elected, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) intends to empower “the average man” in communities across the island.
BLP candidate for St Philip South Indar Weir made this promise to a gathering at Boscobel, St Peter on Saturday.
“We are willing to empower you. We understand that if we were to empower you, we will help you to help yourselves, your children and your children’s children. In our manifesto we have said that those of you in rural constituencies, like this one, who own shops and bars, those who participate in selling food and beverages; those who are involved in cosmetology; and if you are a seamstress; a tailor; or a joiner; an electrician, and you are bold enough and willing enough to participate by taking the risk, a Barbados Labour Party administration will walk with you by giving you the start-up capital or the capital injection you need to make sure you can get that business going,” Weir said.
The tourism and management consultant told the meeting that it was high time that the average man was part of the country’s ownership structure thereby easing the burden on Government as a major employee.
“You can be part of the ownership structure in Barbados. We do not have to watch the wealth in Barbados being concentrated in one area but that it can be spread across Barbados. If we start with you at the northern side of Barbados end we empower you to the extent that you can participate in the ownership of businesses then we can reduce the burden of Government being the employer of choice, he said.
He asked the people of St Peter to elect Colin Jordan May 24 to ensure he was part of the “team for the times” as the BLP seeks to move Barbados forward through empowerment.
“We have been bold enough to say we will revolutionise this country to bring it to the 21st century requirement. We brought you a covenant of hope. We have committed ourselves to empowering you Barbadians.” (IMC)