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#JaVotes2016: JLP only knows about poverty - PJ

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 2:12 PM
Patterson: "When I hear them say they are going to move you from poverty to prosperity, I have to 'jook' them with figures. They know about poverty, but they do not know about prosperity."

Christopher Thomas Gleaner Writer

Former president of the People's National Party (PNP) P.J. Patterson on Sunday night took a swipe at the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) "poverty to prosperity" slogan while addressing the Comrades mass rally in Montego Bay.

Patterson asserted that, during its time in power, the JLP had in fact increased Jamaica's level of poverty.

"In 2006-7, we had 9.9 percent unemployment. Under the JLP, it rose to 10.6 percent, and in 2012 it was 12.7 percent," Patterson told PNP supporters.

"When we left office in 2006, the economy was growing by 2.9 percent. When the JLP left office, the economy was smaller by 4.6 percent."

"When I hear them say they are going to move you from poverty to prosperity, I have to 'jook' them with figures. They know about poverty, but they do not know about prosperity," Patterson added.

The former PNP president also said that, by contrast, the ruling party has worked hard to stabilise Jamaica's economy since its return to power in 2011.

"Andrew Holness said they were going to administer bitter medicine. Instead of bitter medicine, we found the right doctor who could administer the proper antidote so the patient could live," said Patterson.

"Jamaica is now regarded as a bright and rising star in the economic firmament... Jamaica now has a good credit rating, and it is a place to do business."