The person behind the name – Yana Bland Mintoff (PL)
As Election Day looms closer we’ll bring you short interviews with those at the centre of the ballots – the candidates themselves.
The three political parties were sent the same questions to pass on to their respective candidates. To date the Nationalist party has sent no replies.
A teacher and an economist, Kalkara resident Yana Bland Mintoff, will be contesting the General Elections on District 1 and 2 (Valletta, Floriana, Hamrun, Part of Marsa, Pieta, Gwardamanga, Part of Santa Venera) and District 2 (Birgu, Isla, Bormla, Zabbar, Kalkara, Xgħajra).
What attracted you to choose a political career?
I have always been a political activist. What spurred me to run as a PL candidate was the increase in injustice, inequality, and environmental degradation in Malta.
What makes you believe in your party?
The PL is dynamic and united.
Which party values and policies do you cherish most?
Justice, Equality and Peace
What can you offer to the electorate and if elected are there any particular issues you will campaign for?
I offer my dedication, listening skills, foresight, educational and organisational expertise to the electorate. I am campaigning for an end to poverty, excellent educational and health services for all, good work opportunities, freedom, women's rights, workers' rights, children's rights and a clean environment.
PL is breaking away from its traditional image, while PN is slowly moving towards a more inclusive attitude. What are your views on both?
The PL is attracting huge support in its wide and progressive movement.
Given your background (career) what policies and bill/s will you lobby for?
The Whistleblower's Act is currently at the top of my list.
What should the public expect from a new government?
Honesty, hard work, and the fulfilment of its pledges.
How do you rate the current electoral campaign and the proposals launched so far?
The PL manifesto is excellent.
‘Fil-Parlament ma jikbrux fjuri’ – How do you plan to be effective in Parliament?
Hard work, insights, innovation, and cooperation
PL has been in the Opposition for years. Is the party ready to govern? Why?
Yes. We have an experienced and united team.
Why should people vote in new blood over serving MPs? In a parliamentary structure shrouded in allegations and lack of accountability, why do you want to get involved?
New blood is refreshing. The people deserve good leaders.