Today the Belize Progressive Party held a press conference to officially launch their campaign for general. The Party’s key principles are integrity in governance, territorial integrity and nationalism of Belize; sharing the wealth among citizens; reform of the system to remove political influence and particularly ministerial influence; and to realize prosperity and development. Party Leader Patrick Rogers spoke about their vision for Belize.
Patrick Rogers, Party Leader, Belize Progressive Party: “The Belize Progressive Party is committed to a vision that sees the healing of the nation with an improved quality of life where none of our children shall go hungry and all of our children must be in school. The Belize Progressive Party is committed to a vision where the rule of law prevails, where our police serve the people with the respect and dignity they deserve. The Belize Progressive Party is committed to returning power to the people with inclusive governance where the citizenry must be consulted by way of referendum on those important issues that affect their lives. The Belize Progressive Party is committed to get Belize Growing where economic development will be focused on human development and sustainable development with a rising tide that will improve the lives and security of our citizenry across the board. The Belize Progressive Party is committed to the legacy of our fore fathers that not one square inch of 8867 will be sacrificed to the enemy. As the next general election approaches the opportunity to change the downward trajectory the country is on will be upon us. I’m hoping that you will join us in making the transformative change that will benefit country and that will benefit your family and your community not only for this generation but also for those to come.”
While the BPP discussed their strategies in today’s conference, they also announced that their candidate for the Fort George Constituency would be Deputy Party leader Wil Maheia.
Will Maheia, Fort George Standard Bearer, Belize Progressive Party: “Today I want to echo brother Pat’s sentiments where he said that if you do the same thing – and my brother Michael Usher from Fort George who keeps on saying if you do the same thing over and over that’s the definition of insanity. Today we are doing something different. Today I Will Maheia declaring myself for the Fort George Division here in Belize City. Yes I’m coming to Belize City. I have relatives in Belize City, I know Belize City. When I fight I fight for all of Belize. If this is the game that the PUDP wants to play then we will play that game. You cannot expect Toledo East to be a thousand square miles and the divisions in Belize City to be one square mile it’s just not fair and it’s just that real insanity like my brother said you’re gonna go swim in that same shallow pool, no ! We will come to the city where the chances of winning are greater, where Belizeans realize that all we are asking for is for a level playing field. The BPP is not taking Ashcroft money so we don’t have the money- it’s easier for me to get from PG to Fort George than to get from PG to the village of Dolores. Most Belizeans don’t really realize that and I hope that we could spread the message of why there’s a need for redistricting and why we have been championing the need for redistricting for generations so don’t come and tell me that “Oh the PUDP will do redistricting.” they had twenty years to fight for redistricting and they never did. So we are in the Fort George and I want to appeal to the voters of the Fort George division come out election day and vote green.”
Rogers also spoke about previous elections and their preparedness for this year’s general elections.
Patrick Rogers, Party Leader, Belize Progressive Party: “In 2015 when we campaigned we said we’re looking for candidates that are honest, that are humble and that are already honorable even before being elected because we understood the need to go back and put honor in that house. So it gives me great pride to know that since 2015 we the leaders of the resistance because I need to explain this to you all as well they said “where BPP gone after 2015?” Well if you all recall the “No to the ICJ” fight you saw almost all of BPP faces in the Belize Peace Movement right ? That was us, yes we invited all the other independent parties and everything to come help build a new brand “Belize Peace Movement” to fight the NO to the ICJ case. Immediately after we went into this redistricting case where my brother here to the right is the first person that schooled me with the need to redistrict in this country. Of course he said well we don’t have fair representation if we don’t get redistricting and I said “but Brother Will we could never have fair representation if we don’t have proportional representation.” so that is why me Patrick never went to put my name on the redistricting case that Brother Will did. Now if you’ll recall 2015 was a snap election the Prime Minister announced an election and in five weeks time we were at the polls. The BPP had just amalgamated the We the People, the PNP and the bulk of the elements of VIP but we didn’t even have a name because we got our name through the internet in a naming competition to ensure we are a participatory democracy from inception. So I’m saying that this time around we wanted to get our troops the BPP members within the Belize Peace Movement, we wanted to get them battle ready in the event of an early election.”
The Conference was held in Belize City at the Belize Institute of Management.