Although he has hinted that he might end his political career soon, former La Plaine MP, Ron Green, said he is willing to ‘step up to the plate’ if a bi-election is called in the La Plaine constituency.
The nation is awaiting the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court judgement in a dual citizenship matter involving MPs of La Plaine, Petter Saint Jean and Vielle Case, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. The United Workers Party (UWP) having taken the matter to court claiming that Saint Jean and Skerrit contested the last general elections illegally, have appealed the High Court decision which went in favour of Skerrit and St. Jean.
According to Green if the court rules in favor of the UWP, he will definitely be on the ticket to contest a bi-election in La Plaine. “I will definitely be contesting if there is a bi-election as a result of the court’s decision, which we expect soon,” Green revealed.
He said although the decision for selecting a candidate for any election rests with the party and the constituency association, the matter is a “fluid one,” and he thinks he is the best candidate to take on the challenge. “I have contested five times, 1980, 1985, 2000, 2005, and 2009. I think should there be a candidate that emerges, that is prepared to step up to the plate, certainly I will be prepared to provide 100 percent support and take it from there,” he said.
He said possibilities of the UWP winning La Plaine are bright. “It has been bright for four consecutive contests, including the last one which was claimed that we lost,” Green remarked. “I think this constituency is strongly supportive of the United Workers Party. So I believe the prospect for the future is still bright.”
When asked about talk of ending his political career, Green said although the time is coming he cannot give an exact date. “There comes a time when the person who has been seeking political office may step behind and allow others to step forward,” he noted. “I believe the time is coming but to tell you when it’s coming, exactly what date, is something I cannot do at this time.”
Green also said the UWP on a whole is busy preparing for the possibility of bi-elections in both the La Plaine and Vielle Case constistuencies.