Dalton Laing, Gleaner Writer
THE JAMAICA Labour Party (JLP), through two of its Cabinet members, on Sunday highlighted some of the significant achievements of the Government, while at the same time preparing Labourites for the Budget Debate.
Speaking at an Area Council 4 meeting at Godfrey Stewart High School in Westmoreland, Agriculture Minister Dr Christopher Tufton and Transport Minister Mike Henry basked in the successes of the current administration.
Dr Tufton said the JLP has come a far way in three and a half years. He said the party has stabilised the economy, brought down crime by more than 40 per cent, put the net international reserves to a record high of over US$3 billion, record levels of tourist arrival to Jamaica, among other achievements.
Meanwhile, Henry used his time at the podium to expound on what he termed hypocrisy within the People's National Party during its administrative years. He deliberated on the work the JLP has been doing in the areas of health, tourism, national security, roads and transport.
"I'm going to save the multimodal connected plan for Wednesday (when I make my contribution to the Budget Debate). I'm going to save the abuse that the Opposition has made to chances they've had."
He could not help, however, making mention of some of his plans in his ministry. "Everything I'm doing in my ministry will bloom in 2012. By 2012, you will be able to drive on the new Palisadoes Highway. By 2012, you can drive across the four-lane bridge at Harbour View and by 2012, I would have started the East Coast Highway. I won't go on because I want you to listen on Wednesday," he told the gathering of JLP supporters of Central Westmoreland.