BLP 2018 MANIFESTO

BLP 2018 YOUTH MANIFESTO

BLP MINI MANIFESTO FULL VOICE WITH MUSIC

Sometimes it seems that politicians want to stay in office forever, how will the BLP stop this?

The BLP will not abuse the goodwill of Barbadians by forcing ourselves on them long after our “sell by” date. We never have and will not do it now.

As your Government, we will upkeep and improve democratic processes by introducing Referenda to seek guidance from the public on major national issues such as fixed dates for elections, term limits for the Prime Minister and whether Barbados should become a Republic.

Where will the BLP find the money to do all the things promised in the Manifesto?

We have costed our proposals, so we know what the country can afford. The present Government has wasted and mismanaged the country’s money. They have collected more taxes than any other Government in the history of the country, but no one can see what they have done with all that money. The BLP will manage…

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How will the BLP ease the tax burden and lower the cost of living?

Since 2008, the Dems have imposed whopping new taxes on everything from food, to phones, to funerals. Within the first 6 months, the BLP will put money in people’s pockets by abolishing the NSRL and Road Tax, increasing non-contributory pensions and paying the reverse tax credit. VAT will be returned to 15% within 18 months.

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What is the BLP’s position on “going” to the IMF?

After 23 downgrades and the devastating first quarter report from the Governor of the Central Bank on May 2, showing further decline of our economic position, no one will easily lend the Barbados Government money internationally. This Government has carried us to the doorstep of the IMF and has paused waiting for the Election. The…

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Will the BLP devalue the dollar?

The BLP is committed to maintaining the exchange rate of BBD $2 for USD $1.

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How will the Government boost our foreign reserves?

Our strategy for boosting foreign reserves has many facets. We will prohibit the Central Bank from printing money without Parliamentary approval. We will allow all who earn foreign exchange to keep foreign currency accounts in local banks. We will attract new inward investment through a range of policies including developing Heritage Bridgetown as a Smart…

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How will the BLP afford to pay for students to attend the UWI?

Governments must make choices about policy priorities versus optional activities. The BLP has identified tertiary education as a priority for helping people to earn more, enjoy a better standard of living, attract investment into Barbados and performing the new jobs that the BLP will create. The $25 million it will cost to pay the fees…

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What about gun and other violence in the country? What is the BLP’s plan?

The BLP will work with regional and local agencies to stop the flow of guns into Barbados, institute a gun amnesty and buy-back programme. We will establish systems for community policing, increase the size of the RBPF, give them better resources and equipment to get the job done and improve their detection and response capacity.…

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How will the BLP address violence and bullying in schools and among our young people?

The BLP will be caring but firm. We will introduce Safety Officers on buses and areas frequented by school children and young people, place more Guidance Counsellors in schools and more psychologists at the Ministry of Education to work with school students. We will introduce conflict resolution and anger management programmes in schools and communities,…

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Garbage collection and sewerage systems are in a mess. What will the BLP do?

The BLP Government will buy new trucks to have a regular, scheduled garbage collection service. In relation to the South Coast Sewerage System, we will obtain equipment and technology which can keep the system functioning satisfactorily until it is permanently fixed. We will bring in experts to give Cabinet a plan for addressing the system…

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How will the BLP deal with the bad roads, and the buses and street lights that do not work?

The BLP understands how these issues are causing Bajans concern for their safety. We see how they result in frustration, inconvenience and expense, from waiting for buses that do not come, to school children hanging around the streets, to having to replace damaged shoes and tyres, to loss of productivity. That is why we have…

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Will civil servants get a salary increase?

The BLP intends to give a Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) if negotiations on salaries and benefits are not completed with the Trades Union within 3 months of being elected to Government. The BLP believes that our civil servants both need and deserve a salary increase, but until we have rescued the economy, we expect…

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Can the BLP truly make a difference in my life?

The BLP’s new policies will make a difference to all Bajans. We will give Trust Loans to small businesses; introduce Health Is Wealth Grants to combat the epidemic of chronic diseases; promote entrepreneurial activity at the community level; build the cultural industries as a major foreign exchange earner; ensure that part of government’s budget is…

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What is the BLP’s position on corruption?

Under the BLP, there will be zero tolerance for corruption. We will enact integrity legislation at the first sitting of Parliament after elections. The draft of our proposed legislation is available for viewing on our website blp. org.bb. We will make ministers declare their assets, institute penalties for attempting to bribe officials, pursue campaign finance…

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Sometimes it seems that politicians want to stay in office forever, how will the BLP stop this?

The BLP will not abuse the goodwill of Barbadians by forcing ourselves on them long after our “sell by” date. We never have and will not do it now. As your Government, we will upkeep and improve democratic processes by introducing Referenda to seek guidance from the public on major national issues such as fixed…

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Many Bajans feel invisible, voiceless and excluded from Government’s decision-making processes? How will the BLP give Barbadians more say?

The BLP will establish elected “People’s Assemblies” to empower communities and to get more people involved in the decision making process. We will continue “Rubbing Shoulders.” Communication with citizens will be increased, and their opinions sought through national consultations that will be open to all members of the public. We will introduce Referenda on issues…

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How will the BLP restore Barbados’ image?

The BLP will pursue Barbados’ traditional policy of “friends of all, satellites of none.” We will reassert our voice in the Caribbean and globally. We will take firm, principled stands and speak out on issues of national importance. We will defend and promote the interests of Small Island Developing States.

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Why vote at all, or for the BLP and not a third party?

The BLP is asking for a clear and strong mandate. Not voting, actually helps this government to stay in office. Your vote counts. Every vote counts. If you do not like what is happening in Barbados, if life is as rough for you as it is for the rest of us, go out and vote…

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Will the BLP legalise same sex marriages?

The BLP has no policy to legalise same sex marriages. We have said that repeatedly. We believe that no 30 people should be allowed to make decisions on issues that go to the heart of the nation’s collective values. This issue can only be determined by the outcome of a Referendum.

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