Member of Parliament for St Peter Asot Michael is insisting that the United Progressive Party (UPP) has failed to deliver on the electorate’s expectations and has admonished his opponents to create a government of national unity or call early elections.
“The UPP must either call fresh elections or do the noble thing, Madame Speaker, and reach out to the opposition. Reach out to the leader of the opposition, Mr Prime Minister. Reach out to form a government of reconciliation.”
He submitted that without ALP input in policy making the “country we love so dearly” will become “our hell, our Haiti.”
It was the latest attempt from the ALP to gain hold of political power in a campaign that has been unrelenting since the 2004 General Elections. It, however, broke with the party’s previous positions.
The ALP has turned down a number of invitations from the UPP to participate in joint policy making, but yesterday Michael’s petition had audible support from his side of the floor, including Opposition Leader Lester Bird.
Michael made the unexpected call yesterday during his presentation on the Budget Debate.
“The UPP government must understand, Madam Speaker, the people did not elect them to destroy this country; the people did not elect them, Madam Speaker, to make them jobless; our people did not elect them to make them poorer, to take hard earned money from their pockets, and to make government bigger just for the sake of making government bigger, Madam Speaker.
“The people did not elect them to bankrupt their businesses or to sit in tears as the banks downtown St John’s repossess their cars, their pickups, their trucks, and sell their homes,” Michael said.
“Madam Speaker, our people did not elect this UPP government to make health care depend on their individual capacity to pay. Our people did not elect this government to have some of them in darkness, without running water simply because, Madam Speaker, they can not afford to pay the exorbitant utility bills that they receive each month.”
The 2009 election left the UPP in office, albeit by a much smaller margin of seats than it had after the 2004 poll. Michael supported his argument by referencing the party’s diminished popularity and the fact that if it weren’t for a victory in the appeal court, the UPP might not be in power.
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