In a press release from the Deputy Chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), Nigel Carty, it was revealed that Dr. Terrance Drew was introduced to the executive of Constituency No. 8 on the evening of July 24 as the new candidate.
Dr. Drew will be introduced to the Constituency at a general branch meeting to be held on Sunday 28 July 2013 at the St Peters Community Centre starting at 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Drew replaces Cedric Liburd, who lost to Eugene Hamilton of the People’s Action Movement (PAM) in the general elections of January 2010. Liburd, who has frequently appeared on the Labour platform recently had prompted speculations of a comeback, but recently said at a Labour public meeting that he was not in the race.
Liburd’s victor, Hamilton, says he’s not surprised that Liburd is not running.
“There were a couple of things that would not have put him in a good light and I believe really that when you look at it he had lost the confidence and the support of the people, even in St. Peters where he does live, so I suppose I should say it is not a surprise that he’s not going to be the candidate again,” Hamilton said.
Liburd’s successor, Dr. Drew, enters the political amphitheatre at a time when the gladiatorial contests are at their fiercest in eighteen years and political tension is at an all time high. He must be prepared to be thrown to the beasts.
With two Motions of No Confidence filed against the SKNLP and the fallout with opposition MP’s and two former Labour government ministers over both motions that have been denied debate for over seven months; with a harsh unrelenting economy; with a prime minister who has lost much of his popularity and who has been accused of being out of touch with the country; with accusations of gerrymandering boundaries by the SKNLP to win an impending election; with two newly formed political parties, the People’s Labour Party (PLP) and the National Integrity Party (NIP); and with the SKNLP having a minority of elected representatives in Parliament, Dr. Drew has his work cut out for him.
Trained as a medical doctor in Cuba on a scholarship from the Cuban Government and then furthering his studies in Texas, U.S.A as a specialist in internal medicine, Dr. Drew, 37, joins a team of mostly medical doctors: Prime Minister Douglas is a medical doctor, so is his deputy Asim Martin and the rookie candidate for Constituency No.7, Vance Gilbert and also the vanquished and present candidate for Constituency No.5, Norgen Wilson; all with the exception of the Prime Minister were trained in Cuba.
Dr. Drew was born to Ras Gerzel Pet Mills, his mother, and his father Michael ‘Mic Stokes’ Heyliger. He is the father of one and hails from the St. Peter’s Community.
The question that is being asked is: Can he weather the political storm or would it have been better if he stayed practicing medicine?