Phillips says two futures before East Portland constituents

Monday, March 18, 2019

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THE Opposition People's National Party (PNP) has been successful in 11 of the 16 contested parliamentary elections in Portland Eastern.

PNP Leader Dr Peter Phillips is expecting candidate in the April 4 by-election Damion Crawford to add to that when the poll closes.

Phillips was speaking to journalists following the nomination of Crawford in Port Antonio, Portland, last Friday when he noted that the PNP vice-president is the “ideal” candidate.

“He has been duly nominated. We are satisfied with him. In fact, he was selected by the party to come because of the qualities he has manifested. We think he will make an excellent Member of Parliament representing the people of Eastern Portland,” the PNP president said.

He added that Crawford has exhibited prime ministerial qualities and said he has no doubt that he will one day ascend to the position.

“Everybody should have the ambition to be all that they can be. It's something that is ingrained in every human being by their Creator, so there's nothing wrong with that ambition,” said Phillips.

He noted that the most important issue being settled in the by-election is the quality of representation for the people Portland Eastern.

“There are two futures before the people of Eastern Portland. There is a future of collective self-reliance and a vision of equality and unity that is being advanced by Damion Crawford and the People's National Party. There is another future that is resting more on the politics of money and charity.

“We believe, as Michael Manley believed, as the People's National Party has always believed, that the future of the nation rests on a united people, where everyone has equality of opportunity. And that is what Damion Crawford represents and that is what the People's National Party represents — band that's the Jamaica that we would like to see for the future,” Phillips said, adding that Crawford is the ideal person to carry the constituency to another level.

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