Muscat to back studies on Malta-Gozo travel
The first mass meeting of the Labour Party’s political campaign kicked off at around 15:30h and was held in, Rabat, Gozo where the Labour Party has decided to give particular importance to the 13th district.
Dr Muscat explained that "he wants everyone here to send a message, a message that the time for change has come. 25 years are enough and 25 years are too much.”
The PL Leader promised to back studies on the feasibility of a tunnel between Malta and Gozo as well as studies on other methods of connection.
He added that he will invest in the tourism industry of the island, but will also focus on investment in other sectors. He added that Gozo's industry must be improved.
Speaking to a packed square, he said that he will create more jobs, create cleaner air and save more money for Malta’s children. The rain began to drizzle over the crowd.
“We will give €77 million into the pockets of our people, where others spent €80 million on a new parliament. We will bring our people out of poverty” he addressed.
"We know you cannot openly show your wishes. We understand the scaremongering you are going through. We know that there are more Gozitans who are following us from home, because they are afraid that something might happen to them if they are seen here”. Gozo must advance at the same rate as Malta, Joseph Muscat argued.
He explained how the PN’s reaction to the energy plan shows a lack of faith in the private sector, The private sector play a key role in Malta, and the PL have shown that they must play an even bigger role in order for us to move forward, he announced.
The PN had promised to reduce the top rate of income tax to 25% but didn’t, he explained. “We will keep our promises.” He continued that Labour will reduce the energy and water tax and that the Nationalist Party has become the party who always says 'No'.
Dr Muscat brought up the VAT on vehicle registration and satellite tax issues, showing that the PN originally wanted the tax to remain, but later changed their minds on the issue. He explained that this is what the PN will do with the PL's energy plan.
He concluded on the topic of Civil Unions, saying that it has taken the country far too long to implement this law. This is the reason he held his first mass meeting in Gozo, because he understands that it will be hard for Gozitans to accept, saying from Gozo “we will build our road towards civil liberties.". He mentioned that 40 years ago, the Labour Party had decriminalised homosexuality and this is the next logical step.
He was joined on stage by his wife Michelle Muscat and Deputy Leaders Louis Grech and Toni Abela, who waved as confetti fell and balloons were bounced above the crowds’ heads.