Campaign 2017 kicked off in the LA last week with both Education Minister Hon Tara Rivers and Premier Hon Alden McLaughlin throwing jabs at former Education Minister Rolston Anglin… during debates. But Mr Anglin, who has returned to the UDP, now CDP fold, will have none of it.
“I would debate both her and the Premier at the same time because I did more than both of them compared in their seven and a half years,” Mr Anglin declared as he made it clear he believes his record speaks for itself and he’s ready to defend it. His comments were in response to shots from Minister Rivers and the Premier.
But Minister Rivers says her statements in the LA were factually based on the Auditor General’s major capital project building schools report.
“It was absolutely appropriate to (use the report) support why such a piece of legislation is absolutely paramount,” Ms Rivers said.
Her jab at Mr Anglin came during debate on the Procurement Bill. The Premier, himself a former education minister, also pounded Mr Anglin this time on his tenure as minister, but Mr Anglin fired back.
“Nothing ground breaking has happened in Education for the last three years in education. I reintroduced reception in government schools. I introduced an early years national curriculum,” he pointed out.
For her part Minister Rivers says her record is there for the public to see and she will continue to do her work.
“I am very concerned about doing what I was elected to do which is to show the people that they made the right choice when they gave me the opportunity to serve them,” she added.
Minister Rivers and Mr Anglin are set to go head to head in West Bay and from all indications campaign 2017 will be hotly contested.