First, let me say a heartfelt thank you to our volunteers for getting the word out about our newly formed political party, the Grenadian Progressive Party (GPP). You all know our party is not contesting the February 19 election, and many of you say you do not plan to vote. However, I say you MUST vote because ‘if you don’t make your voice heard when it matters, you don’t have the right to complain later.’
Of the six political parties and independent candidates fighting for your vote, I strongly encourage you to vote for the NDC. Before you disagree with me, hear me out. First, look at the recent history of the two main political parties, the NDC and the NNP. Remember that ‘knowledge is power’ and the Bible says in Hosea 4:6: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Following are a few of the facts, as they are known.
Facts about the NDC
The NDC under the Honourable Tillman Thomas’s leadership has been in office since 2008, for four and a half years.
During that time, our nation has suffered through a severe economic downturn, the worst many of us have ever seen.
I truly believe this has been a time of lost leadership for our nation.
Facts about the NNP
The NNP under Dr Keith Claudius Mitchell’s leadership was in office for 13 years, from 1995 until 2008.
In or about 2001, Canada began to require a formal entry visa for citizens of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique.
In 2002, the United Sates Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network suggested the following:
"Grenada at present creates significant opportunities and tools for the laundering and protection of the process of crime, and allows criminals who make use of those systems to increase significantly their chances to evade effective investigation or punishment."
Based on facts and documented evidence related to our nation’s business during Dr Mitchell’s 13 years as prime minister, I believe that if he is re-elected our nation’s credibility will once again be put at risk, and that will affect our development, creating a setback for our nation.
Fellow citizens of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique, you are smart, strong, resourceful, courageous, and eager to take on life’s challenges. Do not be “as Esau who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright” (Hebrews, 12:16).
Friends, you have the power to change our nation. I say re-elect the NDC and stand still; you will not starve. Stand still and wait to be moved by the political party that can prove to you it has a vision and a plan of action that will move you, your family, and our nation forward.
On February 19, I strongly encourage you to vote for the NDC. Tillman Thomas is an honourable man and a respected political leader, and I believe he has our nation’s best interests at heart. For the next five years, if God spares his life, under his leadership our nation’s credibility will continue to grow and that will attract more credible investors like Sandals Resorts to our shores. I also believe that the Honourable Thomas will do his best to protect our nation’s resources from unscrupulous investors. I also believe that eventually Canada’s visa requirement, which was placed on us during the NNP administration, will be lifted so that you, your children, and your grandchildren can once again travel freely to Canada.
Finally, for those of you who wonder if the GPP has a plan of action to move our nation forward, yes it does. We will gladly share the GPP agenda with whichever political party forms the next government. After all, this election is not about me or the GPP; it is about you and our nation.
I pray that God continues to bless you all and our tri-island nation. On February 19, 2013, may the Holy Spirit guide you in electing the politicians that our nation deserves.
Founder of the Grenadian Progressive Party