Parliamentary Representative for the Salisbury constituency and newly chosen Opposition leader Hector John has said that a priority action for him would be that of bringing new people into the party to aid in the development of policy papers.
John said that this aim would involve working with professionals from outside along with party members to develop plans and programs which will help in the development process.
“I think bringing new people in, working with new people from outside. I think that would help in terms of pushing our policies together, policy papers. Developing plans and programs that will further help in the development process, we have for example … the problem in the banana industry right now, in agriculture. That is an area where we can have short term turn over in bringing people back into agriculture…” he said.
The young politician said that he is also willing to collaborate with persons on the ‘other side’ in order to achieve what is needed to bring the country together.
“So it is all inclusive, it’s all about brining Dominicans together. I am one of the new politicians I think I can speak with other politicians on the other side and other people on the other side, bring people on the fence, and that is what we want to do in bringing the country together,” John said.
John is convinced that all stakeholders must be involved for the development process to take place.
“That fight for democracy is a very important one and as a green politician as I would say, that I can work with others to champion that cause and lead from the front. It is very important for us to do that to work together, it’s very important for the party to create that environment. We have been doing that but we have to continue to do it at every level to bring in every stake holder to ensure that we move forward in the right direction that is where we will start off,” he stated.
The opposition leader said that he will soon select his four senators. John said that his senatorial appointments will display a good balance between youth, experience and professionalism.
He added, “We’ll be also looking at implementing a shadow cabinet so we could work with everybody and look at the different ministries.”
John was announced as the party’s choice for the opposition leader post on Wednesday at a United Workers Party (UWP) press conference.