The marriage between two labour political parties on the island
in both of them putting up eleven (11) candidates to contest next
The country's oldest political party, Grenada United Labour
and the People's Labour Party (PLM) of former Attorney General,
Alexis have teamed up under a labour platform to contest the elections
they are optimistic about winning.
Barrister-at-law, Reynold Benjamin who is the leader of one of
factions in GULP said that the Combined Labour Platform would
be doing their
best since it is important for them to Œbe in the mix for
Benjamin said that in order to achieve economic transformation,
into office they would steadfastly ensure that they tap into the
resources of oil and gas in order to jump start the economy.
He stated that by using the revenue derived from oil and gas this
lead to the transformation of other areas of the country.
"We would use revenue from oil and gas to build small industries
agriculture. We would be able to finance local industries, local
entrepreneurship... because we have tremendous resources from
oil and gas,"
Benjamin spoke of Grenada being able to achieve about US$800 million
exploiting its oil and gas reserves.
He said the labour parties have been advised that within three
Grenada could be producing gas under a GULP/PLM accommodation
The GULP/PLM presented its team of candidates which includes one
the media last week Thursday with a strong determination that
they can win
Alexis who is the campaign leader of the labour platform outlined
strategy that will be used to capture the support of eligible
He said the labour platform will be issue-based focussing on the
economy, society, national debt, as well as the challenges of
with respect to women and young people.
Alexis who is contesting the election for the Constituency of
South East said Labour will also focus on constitutional reform
emphasis on the limit for prime ministerial term.
In addition, emphasis will also be placed on Local Government
empowering the people.
Labour has also identified as critical to its platform a youth
focus on engaging young people who apparently have a loss of direction.
According to Alexis, the labour campaign will be void of mud slinging
gave a stern warning that it would react if provoked.
"Let no one whosoever think that he or she can attack labour
We are committed to a very peaceful campaign, and issue-base campaign
avoiding character assassination", he said.
We would not allow ourselves to be dragged down into the gutter....
peacefulness must not be mistaken for weaknesses. Let all concerned
warned," he added.
Alexis also commented on a recent opinion poll that was released
showed the incumbent New National Party (NNP) having a 36 percent
the popular votes and the main opposition National Democratic
trailing with 32 percent.
He said with the polls showing there is a close fight between
the two, it
means that NDC is not impacting on the people who are clearly
looking for an
alternative to both the incumbent and the main opposition political
"Given all that has been happening in Grenada, any poll should
that the NNP is out of office right now, and if they are still
in a contest
with the NDC it must mean that NDC is not firing the imagination
people of this country," he remarked.
Alexis, a former Attorney General under the previous 1990-1995
Government, quit the party over a decade ago to chart his own
Over the years, he has been involved in several political parties
arrangements in the battle to unseat the NNP of Prime Minister,