Vote red for unemployment, blue for work - Lawrence Gonzi
A vote for red means unemployment, a vote for blue means work Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi announced.
The mass meeting in Rabat Gozo saw a packed crowd with PN fans jumping to Nirvana right before the Prime Minister took to the stage. Fog horns sounded in the background as waving flags sprawled across the street.
The five seconds voters spend in the booth on March 9 will decide the destiny of Malta and Gozo for the next five years Dr Gozi stated. adding that these five seconds could fling Malta into an unknown direction. People must remember that red means unemployment and blue means work. In five years al ot can happen he said, adding that the youths would be looking for work and furthering education and the services for the elderly can change. "five seconds for five years".
Prime Minister Gonzi thanked the youths for showing up, adding that these last few days will need to see the last force exerted to convince those who are still unsure to go out and vote for the PN. Gozo was always at the heart of the PN and the PN was always at the heart of Gozo he stated.
The PN together with the people built a beautiful Gozo, Dr Gonzi stated. He spoke about past MP's who have been crucial for Gozo. He emphasised the importance of a Ministry for Gozo, alleging that a PL Government would see Gozitans as second citizens. He mentioned Gorg Borg Olivier who brought a jump in the quality of life for all people on the islands. He also mentioned Eddie Fenech Adami, thanking him for giving the country democracy and independence.
Dr Gonzi addressed the youth, mentioning that the results of the election will affect their lives, even though they cannot vote. He said that on March 9 there will be those who cannot vote as they are too young, he appealed to the voters to think of them when casting their ballot. "A vote in PN would guarantee jobs, education and health. Lets go for it!". He urged all the people not to give up. Over the past five years Malta has proven itself to be a tough fighter who braved the economic tempest surrounding the island. "The PN is afraid on anyone and is not afraid of anything. We will face the strongest storm head on".
Dr Gonzi added that he does not want his talks to be just words, stating that the main difference between the PN and PL is that the PN comes to the island with projects which would create work and help the country move forward. He alleged that the PL come to Gozo and cannot speak about projects, but when the PN come to Gozo they can speak about each and every project which they have both completed and proposed. He began to mention the millions of euros spent of a number of projects, including the aforestation project as well as road works and restoration works. He mentioned the new apparatusat the Gozo Hospital and the stipends for Gozitan students. He mentioned a new school and the initiatives to urge further education. "When the PN come to Gozo, we don't come with roadmaps, we come with projects in hand".
The PN Leader said that the PN treats Gozo with respect and dignity, emphasising that the island has a lot of potential. "When I see the future of Gozo, I see the hunger in your eyes". He thanked the people for their enthusiasm and for their wanting of a better future for Gozo. "In you I see the future of Gozo!" Because the PN want Gozo to benefit from the fruit of politics which sees results, the PN proposed a number of projects for the island. He explained that should the PN receive the trust of the people, then the PN will focus on strengthening a number of sectors, particularly mentioning tourism. He spoke about the want for more foreigners to visit Gozo. In the coming years, the PN will publish a plan for Gozo regarding its touristic development, adding that the island needs more five star hotels. He spoke about schemes to give money to 3 and 4 star hotels as well as farmhouses to receive finances to make a leap in quality for their facilities.
Dr Gonzi mentioned the introduction of transport from the Grand Harbour to Gozo as well as others. He again urged everyone not to give up as tourism rose to record levels and will continue to improve under a PN Government. In the PN electoral programme, the PN mentioned a number of initiatives. When voted into Government, people who open a new business will have 3 years of not paying taxes, he urged. Aside from this, those who also employ at least 2 employees, will save €200 a year on their wages. The PN have told Gozo that 10% of the EU funds will be dedicated to Gozo, he pledged. This will help create jobs on the island. The PN managed to bring a sum of money dedicated to rural development from the EU, he said, adding that Gozo will receive 22% of these funds. He mentioned the possibility of linking Malta and Gozo through a tunnel. For all this to happen, the country's finances would need to remain stable he said.
Over the past five years the PN provided free medicines and helped to fight cancer Dr Gonzi said, emphasising that cancer can be cured. He spoke about extending the University and building a new MCAST campus, adding that there is still more to be done, especially when it comes to treating people with more respect and as people rather than files and numbers. The PN wants to make a change in this culture, adding that the PN will try and force forward the importance of the citizen coming first. "We are here to serve the people!".
The Maltese people will reach EU levels, the PN Leader argued. He mentioned the final mass meeting on Thursday, which will be held at the Floriana Granaries. The PN's vision is for the islands to advance forward and become more beautiful. He mentioned the respect he has for Gozo. He emphasised that the youth come first, explaining that the PN wants the best for them in education and in work.
After all the mass meetings and the election, businessmen would need to re-open for business as usual and the PN pledged to reduce taxes, Dr Gonzi added. He spoke about his trust in the private sector, adding that the Government will continue to help them succeed. He promised that the PN will continue to walk hand in hand with all Maltese. He addressed parents, adding that they should vote for their children to give them a solid future. The wrong choice can ruin a family's future.
Concluding, the Prime Minister spoke to the elderly telling them that they lie at the heart of the PN, asking them to remember the PN's programme that will solidify their pension and will continue to give them the best medicines and services for free. He urged them to vote for their children and grandchildren. March 9 will see everyone, for a few seconds, be the Prime Minister of Malta, capable of choosing the destiny of the country.
PN is Gozo's Party
Dr Busuttil said that this was the 6th PN mass meeting of the campaign, and thanked the Gozitans for giving the PN such a warm welcome. The Deputy Leader spoke of Eddie Fenech Adami who had said that Gozo is the showcase of Malta. He added that all the work done in Gozo was made by the Nationalist Party, making the PN, Gozo's party and the Gozitans are behind the PN. He mentioned his work in the EU for the past five years, stating that he is pleased to say that he was able to represent the Gozitan people.
Simon Busuttil emphasised that today he is asking the Gozitans for the Gozitans trust in order to serve as Vice-Prime Minister. He addressed those Gozitans who are still uncertain of voting in the election, stating that a PN Government will be, more than ever before, a Government of the people which works closely with the Gozitan people. He promised that, like he was there for the people for the past five years, he will be there after March 9. Simon Busuttil appealed that on March 9, for everyone to go out and vote for the Nationalist Party, as with a PN Government, Gozo moved forward and will continue to move forward.
The only other option is the Labour Party, who want to make a change in direction where there is no need for it, he said. "This would be a big mistake". He said that nobody knows where the PL wants to take the country as they have not made this clear. He mentioned the money the PL has spent on this campaign, adding that regardless of all the streamers and billboards, the PL remains a party without substance. "Joseph Muscat does not have the courage to send their Manifesto to the homes of the people". He mentioned the other countries which have chosen a Labour oriented Government, making particular reference to Greece, Spain and Portugal, arguing that it did not end well. "These countries have more taxes and more unemployment".
Should PL have been voted in last election Malta would not be in the EU, the Deputy Leader added. He also mentioned the PL being against the Euro, stating that if the country had listened to Joseph Muscat then, Malta would have faced severe problems. He mentioned Joseph Muscat's plan to keep paying for the Dockyards, which would have cost €175 million over the past five years. He spoke about Joseph Muscats praise of Cyprus in the past, when he wanted Malte to follow in their footsteps. "The country would have had an economic breakdown," Simon Busuttil said. He mentioned that Joseph Muscat waited 6 months until Gaddafi was killed before standing up and saying that Gaddafi was wrong. If Malta would have waited thent Malta's relationship with its neighbour would be in bad shape he said.
"On Saturday let us build on what we have started and continue to bring about change for the better good," Dr Busuttil concluded