Dominica Labour Party candidate for La Plaine, Petter Saint Jean, has thanked voters from the diaspora whom he says will be helping ensure a victory for him and the DLP on election day.
Speaking at a DLP rally in La Plaine on Friday night, Saint Jean described diaspora voters as being “battered and bruised by the United Workers Party (UWP).”
“Tonight in a very special way my heart goes out to a group of people who were terrorized, who were battered and bruised by the UWP,” he said. “I am speaking here of my beloved constituents in the diaspora who are here tonight, who will be here tomorrow who will be here on Friday, Saturday, Sunday to ensure a win for Petter Saint Jean and the Dominica Labour Party.”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for your show of support,” he said.
Saint Jean noted that the La Plaine Constituency has experienced “the joy of development” under the DLP.
“My beloved constituents as I reflect on the past, you will agree with me that the La Plaine, the Delice and the Boetica that we knew were three communities where there was much more to be desired,” he stated. “But as I commenced tonight, I said to you weeping may endure but for a night but joy, I said joy, comes in the morning. We endured pain together but, thank God, in 2000 the DLP took the helm of leadership and here in the La Plaine constituency, we began to experience the joy of development.”
He said the people of the constituency were neglected for a long time.
“We were a people neglected, we were a people whose children suffered from from under-performance, a people whose road network was neglected and a deplorable state, a people who suffered from irresponsible and ineffective leadership,” he said. “But the day finally came when you the people of La Plaine, of Delice and Boetica recognized that if we had to break from poverty and ignorance, we had to vote for the Dominica Labour Party.”
Saint Jean said history was created at the last general election when the DLP became victorious in La Plaine.
“So in 2009 on the 18th day of December, we created history in the La Plaine Constituency, when we said yes to Roosevelt Skerrit and yes to the DLP,” he remarked.