Opposition Leader Marlon Penn has extended a proverbial olive branch to the new Andrew Fahie-led government, stating that the Opposition will not arbitrarily oppose the ruling party’s plans if those plans are determined to be in the best interest of the territory.
Penn made the remarks at the National Democratic Party’s final campaign press conference on Friday.
“I will not be an Opposition Leader that just opposes if the government is doing things that are good. I think we should help and work together especially because some of the members of the government are new, so we have to work together to ensure that we get the best possible outcome for our country, and that is my focus.”
Penn, however, noted: “If they are doing things that are wrong, I am going to hold their feet to the fire.”
The newly-appointed Opposition Leader said, at this juncture, the territory is going through some of the “most crucial and critical times” it has ever experienced in recent years”.
“We have to ensure that we are not just an Opposition for opposition sake but an Opposition that is inclusive, an Opposition that works with the government to move the country forward.”
Opposition Leader, Premier meeting
Among Penn’s first order of business in the post will be to meet with the new Premier to discuss the way forward on issues such as Brexit, economic substance, and economic diversification.
“These are issues that we need to have a clear, cohesive plan going forward and it will only happen if the government and the Opposition work together in one accord. So I’m reaching an olive branch to the Premier to ensure that we get together very early on these critical issues,” he further said.
In the meantime, Representative for the Fourth Electoral District Mark Vanterpool said he too is willing to work with the new government.
“The electorate has made their decision. It is a democratic society, and I strongly support the new government and want to give them all of the encouragement to do their very best.”
“We will do whatever we can in a public and private capacity to see that the government is successful because the country then will be successful. We also want to make sure that as a democracy and as a people … that we hold the government to the fire and make sure that they do the right things in the interest of the people.”
He also called for unity now that another general election has gone.
Representative for the Sixth Electoral District Alvera Maduro-Caines echoed similar sentiments.
“In the Opposition, we will have eyes, and we will make
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