PM promises $10,000 of personal money for Bequia pavilion

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. (File photo)

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. (File photo)

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 19, IWN – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says he will give $10,000 of his own money to help repair the pavilion at the Clive Tannis Playing Field in Bequia.

He made the announcement at a ceremony on the Northern Grenadine island on Monday, where the health centre was opened in Port Elizabeth.

“I don’t have my cheque book here. Tomorrow morning, I think we should start a fund for the playing field. I want Loraine to join me as the MP. I will take from my own pocket $10,000 and I want him to sign a cheque, too, of $10,000,” Gonsalves said in reference to Northern Grenadines representative Dr. Godwin Loraine Friday, who also attended and addressed the ceremony.

“I want us to start. He (Friday) is making more than me because he is in private practise in law. … I am going away on Wednesday. I would leave with my secretary a check open, $10,000, she can put in the date, she can put in the fund to which we are going to do it as soon as Loraine calls her and tells her he has $10,000 too,” Gonsalves said to laughter.

Member of Parliament for the Northern Grenadines, Dr. Godwin Friday. (File photo)

Member of Parliament for the Northern Grenadines, Dr. Godwin Friday. (File photo)

“No, no, no. I am not putting Sir James in this,” he said in response to a member of the audience.

Former prime minister Sir James Mitchell is a former representative of the Northern Grenadines.

“I know him (Sir James) well that if Loraine and I put in, he will chip in with a little something too. The government, we will put in and the Lottery will put in too and when we start like this — if Loraine and I start — people in Bequia, including those who are born elsewhere and are … resident in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will also put something in the pot,” Gonsalves said.

He said Deputy Director of Grenadines Affairs, Herman Belmar, can be asked to be the keeper of the money and have a committee and do proper accounting.

Friday has asked in Parliament about repairs to the pavilion.

“Lorain said he spoke to me about it, I agree. I told him the same thing in Parliament. I say it publicly in Bequia,” Gonsalves said, adding that architect Aurin Bennett has said he will do a master plan at a reduced price.

“We have a master plan and this is how we do it bit by bit by bit until we have a fine facility there,” Gonsalves said.



4 thoughts on “PM promises $10,000 of personal money for Bequia pavilion

  1. It appears to me that Gonsalves just cannot behave himself, cannot behave like a British or any other civilised Prime Minister. He remains a third world Dodo bird [The Dodo (Ralphus cucullatus) is an extinct flightless bird that was known to be fairly stupid]. Gonsalves cannot go to a simple opening without using insults and showing disrespect to someone who is a decent honest man, an elected Member of Parliament, the Honourable Dr. Godwin Friday, a man of quality and an upstanding patriotic citizen. A man who has never been charged or accused of anything that brings disrepute to SVG.

    Gonsalves said “Deputy Director of Grenadines Affairs, Herman Belmar, can be asked to be the keeper of the money and have a committee and do proper accounting” does that mean that the Member of Parliament the Honourable Dr Friday would not do proper accounting.

    People of Bequia, if I was you I would not take a personal cent from Gonsalves, he is only trying to score points from you. Remember the disrespect he had for you all when he applied a departure tax on you to leave Saint Vincent, a tax on a section of citizens known as Bequians.

    Let Belmar put in a donation, he is earning more than the elected MP. Someone imposed on you by this nasty Marxist regime. Ding-dong! Belmar, put your hand in your pocket.

    It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.
    Albert Einstein

    Posted by peterbinose | March 20, 2013, 08:21
  2. Tell him to stuff his $10k where the sun doesn’t shine, you will regret taking it later on.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 21, 2013, 21:24
  3. I will never visit Bequia again via the Kingstown wharf. I get the feeling I am travelling to another country. There is no valid reason to search Vincentians travelling to the Grenadines. I’ll support the people from the Grenadines if they want to separate.

    Posted by pvpalmer | March 25, 2013, 23:30
  4. PVPALMER, its all about spite. Remember people in the Grenadines were charged a departure tax to go to their own country, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Bequians paid a tax yet people travelling to Georgetown paid no tax, that also was a spite thing, its punishment against those who do not and will never support him or his ULP.

    Now stopping people when they want to catch a ferry, how about those that cross the Rabaca bridge, stop them as well. What on earth is going on, are we not a multi island state?

    Posted by peterbinose | April 3, 2013, 18:27

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