The Democratic Labour Party Mid-Year Conference FACTS

You are invited to The Democratic Labour Party
Mid-Year Conference
On Saturday, 4th March, 2017 From 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM

At The Queen’s College School, Husbands, St. James

Come hear Reports from
Minister of Tourism and International Transport
Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation
Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs
Minister Housing, Lands and Rural Development
Minister of Industry, International Business Commerce and Small Business Development
Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth
Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment & Community Development
Attorney General, Minister of Home Affairs
Minister of Health
Minister of Transport and Works
Minister of Labour

The conference is a members’ activity and will be governed by the party’s constitution.

DLP BRINGING THE FACTS DURING UPCOMING CONFERENCE

Fri, 02/24/2017 – The Barbados Advocate

THE Democratic Labour Party (DLP) launched a campaign yesterday under the theme Facts, with the view of elucidating government’s achievements and the actions taken to ensure Barbados’ viability.

Yesterday, during a press conference at the DLP headquarters, General Secretary George Pilgrim made a call for party faithfuls to make their way to Queen’s College on March 4 at 9 a.m., for a mid-year conference, which he says will allow Ministers to share the policy journey over the period in government.
“It is very important that we share this as we seek to chart a path for all Barbadians. The conference will be streamed live on all of our platforms so that our overseas branches can also tune into the conference,” he said.

Furthermore, “The conference will also allow for the party base to share and give the party central, needed feedback on the views and thoughts. The conference will be streamed live in on all our platforms so that our overseas branches can also tune in to the Conference: FACTS as our speakers roll out,” he further explained.

Pilgrim also used the opportunity to announce that 30 Barbadians will be awarded Patriot Awards, noting that 2017 was designated as the year of Youth Engagement.

“These awards will be sponsored by the party and will be given to persons under the age of 35, based on the outlined criteria,” he revealed.
The hope, he said, is that the public will get a chance to nominate deserving young persons for such awards. Areas to be recognised include music, theatre, dance, fashion, cricket, football, religion and agriculture to name a few.

Pilgrim noted that this year also marks the 30th anniversary of Father of the Party the Right Excellent Errol Barrow’s death. “We will remember Barrow in a number of different ways during the first week of June. June 1 marks 30 years since his passing and therefore on this day we won’t be marching or asking Barbadians to be disruptive,” he stated.

“Instead we will head to St. John for a full engagement of the schools’ children by hosting a primary school cook off, the recipes will come from Barrow’s Cook book. We have engaged St. John’s Primary, Mt Tabor and St. Margaret’s. We have approached Lodge school to participate by hosting the cook off,” he said.

PILGRIM: STOP SELLING FEAR

Fri, 02/24/2017 – The Barbados Advocate

YOU cannot sell fear in exchange for hope.

This is the message from the General Secretary of the Democratic Labour Party, George Pilgrim, to the leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley, against the backdrop of recently revealed plans for a March of Disgust against the Freundel Stuart administration next week.

Pilgrim opined that the agenda of the BLP continues to be corrosive and charged that a “platform of hate and division is being created in the country”. He further charged that no one went marching when a former Central Bank Governor lost his job under the BLP administration back in 1999, adding that the march is a self-serving move for the Opposition leader.

As it relates to economic issues affecting the island, Pilgrim stated that Barbadians are not fools, noting that the issues are being vented in the public domain. “The government of Barbados prints money. Full stop. Corporation taxes declined mainly from offshore sector since 2009 by 200 million per year; Transfers are up by only 50 million over the period we were in office; commercial banks are not buying Government paper which helps create the shortfall, hence the Central Bank picks up the slack… Hence printing of money,” he pointed out.

“We print money to ensure this country’s fabric and its people are secured. It’s not the best option. Government bills have to be paid. Salaries and wages of public servants translate to families and homes surviving in this society and why should this party apologise for keeping public servants in jobs?” he added.
Notwithstanding, he said it would be disingenuous to say that the DLP government is not hard at work trying to improve the current outlook.

Some of the positives outlined by Pilgrim include a decrease in unemployment; growth in economy reported at 1.6 per cent; positive reports from the island’s main tourism driver, jobs, hotels and investment on the horizon.

“Barbados … Please try to understand … The calls for cuts from the opposition will cause major fallout,” he stated, adding that last year President of the Party told the General Council that he does not intend to dislodge families when responding to the issue of job cuts.

“The Opposition is aware of the compendium of issues facing the region, rating agencies ratings, Brexit, new Republican Administration, OECD charge against us, CARICOM’s burden with trade agreements, managing our reserves for sure. These are very difficult times for small open economies,” Pilgrim further noted.

“Our response to all theses issues help inform investors but principally… investors like a stable political climate where there is a respect for the rule of law. Barbadians must judge not only the Democratic Labour Party because we are already on trial as a party in office, but you must also ask if the opposition is really offering a solution,” he urged.

He said the policies adopted by the DLP under trying times reflect the most appropriate response to the environment. Pilgrim stated that while international agencies and the business community make calls for cuts, they are referring to sending home thousands of workers from the public service.
“So international agencies focus on making sure people are sent home and that the cost of charge for services sky rocket.

“We still continue to roll out everyday a public transport system. We haven’t bought any buses, I’m not the Minister of Public Works and Transport but I have heard on good authority that the government is about to purchase some buses. That is a fact. I have heard on good authority that the MTW will soon be rolling out a massive roadworks programme. That’s a fact. I have heard on good authority that thousands of tablets and equipment for secondary schools are sitting in the port about to be released. That is a fact,” he stated.

Pilgrim acknowledged that while there was recent criticism by the private sector about the leadership, he noted that leadership in the public and private sectors have different responsibilities and expectations.

“The public sector has a responsibility to the poor and vulnerable. Leadership in the private sector has a responsibility to profit,” he said. (JH)

 

CANDIDATE SELECTION COMING SOON

Fri, 02/24/2017 –  Barbados Advocatehttps://www.barbadosadvocate.com/news/candidate-selection-coming-soon

CANDIDATE selection is very much on the agenda of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), with persons expressing an interest either verbally or by letter for all constituencies.

This revelation came from General Secretary, George Pilgrim, yesterday during a press conference held at the DLP’s George Street Headquarters, where he assured the selection will be made “very soon”.

Pilgrim told the media that persons are gearing up for the marginal BLP seats and in particular the St. James Central constituency, currently held by Kerrie Symmonds, saying many in the DLP are eager to see him go.

He explained, however, that there is a difference between the DLP and BLP as it relates to candidate selection, the latter of which he contended is always riddled with controversy.

The general secretary said the process of the DLP is extremely rigorous, and has not just started.

“For the last three years this party has been drilling down into the issue of candidate selection. Every month a report comes on the performance and activity in the constituencies that are under consideration. Every month for the last three years,” he revealed.

“So it is not an overnight or weekend exercise under a tent. We function based on data, feedback and consultation. It is a very consultative process and I want to credit our party leader for insisting that over the last three years that the party consulted with the people of the branches in keeping us up-to-date on the performance of all of those,” Pilgrim pointed out.

He further stated that, “When we are selecting candidates in the DLP, we follow the Constitution. In our candidate selection process, the executive selects and the General Council ratifies with consultation with the committee of management.”

“And in one night, not a year, in one night, with the corporation and support of the two councils being in agreement with each other, the party can select all 30 candidates. We have a very non-public candidate selection process… We do our business with decorum, we have rules that we obey, and we don’t break the rules for the convenience of some at the expense of others,” he exhorted.

Pilgrim sympathised with persons who were wronged by the BLP including embattled Dr. Maria Agard and David Gill.

“Anybody vexed with the leadership with the BLP, call me. I drive around with application forms. This is not a party that engages in rejecting people and publicly humiliating people. We don’t like it. The people on this side are family are friends. The people on that side are alliances,” he stated.

“I have one vote. The executive ratifies and accepts the members and let me say if it were to come before me, as an individual on the executive council I would personally vote to welcome Agard or any of those numbers of the DLP. Signed, sealed and delivered,” he said. (JH)

Press Conference – Thursday 23rd February 2017

 

Press Conference – Thursday 23rd February 2017, by General Secretary, George A. Pilgrim

The Democratic Labour Party is pleased to welcome you the press here today. This month marks the party’s 9th year in office and we are truly appreciative of the support given to the party over the period in office

Today the DLP has launched a campaign called FACTS.

The intention is simple to expose Barbadians to the mistruths propagated by the indifferent Opposition. This is crucial as Barbados stands to be rebranded by an online campaigned aimed at creating FEAR ..

The purpose is to announce

Party plans

Respond to Opposition Press conference

Candidate update

The party will be having a Mid-Year Conference to be held at Queens College one of the schools constructed in the 1990s

The Theme of the conference is …FACTS

The conference is unique in that it seeks to have a conversation with the members of the party. The session is really a listening one where the Ministers will seek to share the policy journey of the party  over the period .

It must be explained our party’s annual conference is due at the end of August and this activity is coming mid – year and a time which we deem relevant which is to coincide with our Party coming to office.

The principal object of our conference is to ensure the FACTS are rolled out about the government‘s achievement and the actions taken to ensure the viability of our nation state

The conference will also allow for the party base to share and give the party central needed feedback on the views and thoughts

Today, I make a call to members of this great party to report to Queens College for fellowship with your party. It is important that we share in this as we seek to chart a path for all Barbadians

Format

The conference will be streamed live in on all our platforms so that our overseas branches can also tune in to the Conference FACTS as our speakers roll out.

We will be opened to the press in the first session of the conference as we seek to have coverage while crucial explanations about the success of various sectors will be delivered

In the evening we will be closed to the public when we seek to have our members from through the length and breadth of Barbados pose questions to Team DLP.

This party decided last year that we dedicate the year 2017 as the year of Youth Engagement. Today, I want to formally announce we will be awarding 30 Barbadians under the banner of Patriot Awards.

The idea of Patriot must be viewed as a continuation of this party Independence contribution   showing appreciation and celebrating our TALENTED YOUTH

These awards will be sponsored by the party and will be given to person under the age of 35 based on the outline criteria.

  1. A Barbadian making outstanding contribution to the national development.
  2. A Barbadian who is defending and uplifting the brand Barbados
  3. A Barbadian who has started a project or develop an idea that is changing lives.

The hope is that the public will get a chance to nominate deserving young persons for such awards. These are awards for deserving youth of our country .

Arts

Youth in Music

Youth in Theatre

Youth in Dance

Youth in fashion

 

Sports

Youth in Cricket

Youth in Football

Youth in Road tennis

Youth in Religion

Youth in Education

Youth in Technology

Youth in Agriculture

Youth in Business

30 Anniversary of Errol Barrow death

This year we will pay special tribute to the father of Independence National Hero the RT Excellent Errol Barrow. We will remember Barrow in a number of different ways during the first week of June . June 1st mark 30 years since his passing and therefore on this day we won’t be marching or asking Barbadians to be disruptive.  Instead we will head to St. John for a full engagement of the schools children by hosting a primary school cook off, the recipes will come from Barrows Cook book, we have engaged the  St. John’s Primary,  Mt Tabor and St Margaret’s.  We have approached Lodge school to participate by hosting the cook off

Barrow I remember an evening of drama, dance and poetry

Awards ceremony

Response to Press Conference

The Democratic Labour Party continues to express full confidence in party leader and Prime Minister Rt. Hon Freundel Stuart. In our democracy words matter ….We have taken note of the comments uttered by the leader of the opposition and her apparent call for a March. We believe the agenda of the Barbados Labour Party continues to be extremely corrosive. A platform of hate and division is being created in this country.

Barbadians are not fools; the issues vented in the public domain are no secret. The government of Barbados prints money. Full stop

Corporation taxes declined mainly from offshore sector   since 2009 by 200 million per year

Transfers are up by only 50 million over the period we were in office

Commercial banks are not buying Govt paper which helps create the short fall hence the central bank picks up the slap. Hence printing of money

We print money to ensure this country’s fabric and its people are secured. It’s not the best option

Government bill have to be paid

Salaries and wages of public servants translate to families and homes surviving in this society and why should this party apologize for keeping public servants in jobs

It would be a lie not to say this government is hard at work trying to make improvements in our outlook

Look ..On the bright side the noise is drowning out the positives

Unemployment is down

Growth in Economy was reported at 1.6 percent

We have heard reports coming out of Main Economic driver Tourism as extremely positive

Jobs coming

Hotels coming

Investment coming

Barbados … Please try to understand ….The calls for cuts from the opposition will cause major fallout … For fear of engaging the wrath of my party council …. I want to report to today a comment coming from our President who sat in a meeting last year as chairman of our General Council and said to the Council …”.Comrades I will not be part of a government that seeks to dislodge Families “.  In response to more job cuts …end of quote

The Opposition must tell Barbadians the truth about March 11 and why the date was chosen? Let me tell the viewing and listening public. This is Pure opposition opportunism. This is not a March against the Prime Minister. This is a March for Mia Mottley …….what she wants

Secondly    We keep hearing from the opposition the creation of a narrative to call elections now. We reject this outright as the party leader made it abundantly clear, There is a Constitutional deadline.

The opposition is aware of the compendium of issues facing the region, rating agencies ratings, Brexit, new Republican Administration, OECD charge against us, CARICOM’s burden with trade agreements, managing our reserves for sure. These are very difficult times for small open economies.

Our response to all these issues help inform investors but principally, Investors like a stable political climate where there is a respect for the rule of law ..Barbadians must judge not only the Democratic Labour Party because we are already on trial as a party in office but you must also ask if the opposition is really offering a solution …

You cannot sell FEAR in-exchange for HOPE …

What is the long term impact of this information overload campaign mounted against Barbados?

For the record .i don’t believe ..people can’t you hear things

Thirdly

I want to ask the leader of the opposition a question and I want Barbadians to know the facts

Who was Winston Cox? Sept 1997 –April 1999

Tell Barbados who was in office when he was fired ?

Maybe the opposition leader was on Facebook when the decision to fire him was taken?

The last question, did You call for a March then ?

Let’s cast our minds back ………………….

The opposition fired/ got rid of   Maria Agard  we did not ask people to march

The opposition fired / got rid of  Lynette Eastmond we did not March

The opposition fired / got rid of David Gill we did not March

The opposition fired / got rid of Jerome Walcott  …. Not quite  ….cause he smart

We decided to do what they did at the Central Bank in 1999 and they NOW they are marching ….

Barbadians should ponder on the fact ……

Every week splinter groups are emerging form within the Opposition ranks and Barbadians /we are supposed to be fooled there are ready to take over office as they continue to Mixing fact with fiction

Every solution coming from the opposition is in some form of disruption. From February 21st the shock of the second term has led to a call for fresh elections and a duty by them to make Barbados ungovernable.

Let me close by reminding ALL Barbadians

First thing the Opposition will do if they were returned to office, will not be about the economy or foreign reserves  it will be about THEM…. They want back the keys to Treasury not the keys to the economy.

I want Barbadians to connect the dots …..how can a party be in opposition. Lay claim to the struggles of a nation and a people and YET.

They are somehow finding all this money to organize all these activities , pay for  these things  and print thousands of t Shirts for supporters throughout the island …feed people every weekend , design all these full colour ads ….QUESTION ….who has  the opposition made a covenant with, if they will the next elections.

History will be the DLP’s principle audience …let me say this to the leader of the Opposition. Don’t look to become a person of success become a person of value.