In less than an hour, the official handing over ceremony will begin that will see Patrick Faber ascend as the leader of the United Democratic Party. Faber will be the youngest leader to date for the UDP. The former Deputy Prime Minister is seeking re-election in the Collet division and told the media yesterday that he is aware that this part of his journey requires much more as he works at creating a legacy.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Leader Elect, United Democratic Party: “There is maximum respect to be paid, homage to be paid to the Prime Minister for all that he has achieved and the steady hand by which he has guided this nation and guided our party and he has been a giant in terms of getting us to this point and I do intend to stand on those very proud shoulders that the Prime Minister has flexed out ready for this party’s continuance but it does not mean that I cannot be original and that I won’t be original in pushing forward. I have a legacy for my own self to create, trying to ensure that there is greater transparency in how we do things I listed off quite a few of them at the time of my Independence Day address. Certainly as it relates to making the government more efficient and effective, digitizing the government services, making sure that we have better services to support our persons who are experiencing poverty but not in a way to keep them forever dependent on the system but to help them to pull themselves up of which if course education continues to be for me the primary way. So there are lots of ideas that the party now can flesh out. Can now given the kind of steady foundation we’ve had over the last few years under the leadership of the Honorable Dean Barrow now build on. It’s not necessarily a view that we would want people to have that it would be business as usual but there is some level of stability that comes from the Dean Barrow era that we will certainly capitalize on while we push for the kinds of change that will be needed in the new era.”
Faber says he hopes to gain the trust from the people and for those in doubt he says he hopes that he will be able to earn their trust in time.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Leader Elect, United Democratic Party: “I’d hope that people have observed me long enough and you know that’s one of the biggest concerns that people have even now as I make my rounds as the UDP leader elect to various different stakeholder groups we understand what Dean Barrow is about, we understand what he did, our concern and our worry now as we go – maybe worry is too strong of a word but what we want to know is what will a Patrick Faber administration do ? And I say as the primary watch word for such a question or such an answer, it would be to make the very necessary changes that we need but to do so consulting and talking to the stakeholders. It has been the single most successful strategy that I have engaged in in my public life or my public management of the Ministry of Education to talk to the stakeholders. They could say “Well you quarrel with the stakeholders.” but we are engaged, we are talking, we make decisions that are good for the stakeholders based on engagement. I am the kind of leader who will go out and talk and listen and engage. I’ll go to PG if I have to go wherever I have to go to listen. I’ve been listening to some of our business people in particularly. I’ve been listening to some who are in the tourism industry anybody who wants to tell me and talk to me about where we can go we will listen – some in the banking industry because this is what I want people to know about me. That is what I want people to expect not a person who necessarily has a fix all for everything but that we can talk, we can engage and that we will listen to those who are experts as well because the last thing you want is a leader who believes he knows it all and can push things down without giving people and opportunity to share in the decision making process so that is what people can expect.”
The official handing over will be done virtually and starts at seven thirty tonight on Love Television.