The Malta Independent 25 September 2022, Sunday
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I kept my promise to go to election prepared, unite and regenerate PN - Grech

Sabrina Zammit Saturday, 26 February 2022, 20:26 Last update: about 8 months ago

PN Leader told supporters in Gozo on Saturday that he had kept his word to take the party to an election fully prepared, just as he had kept his word to unite and regenerate the Nationalist Party.

Speaking in Xaghra, Grech also said the PN has put forward “the most ambitious ever” electoral manifesto presented by any Maltese political party.

A lot of consultation, including by the party organs and activists had gone into the manifesto, Grech said. He also praised Claudio Grech, whom he described as one of the ‘main pillars’ of the party and who would remain with the party to see its manifesto implemented if the PN is elected to government.

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He said all party candidates are working together, for the good of the party and of the country. “This is the PN I want to see.”

The PN also wanted to give Gozo its own regional council, elected from among Gozitans with its own exclusive executive powers, Grech said. The council will be provided with the needed finances to implement initiatives and projects.

The PN in government would plan for the enlargement of the Mgarr port and the AFM maritime base.

Apart from that a PN government wants to build more homes for the care of the elderly and specialised homes for people suffering from dementia, mental health issues and several other disabilities. 

“There is a lot to do for persons with disabilities, as they have rights that they should not be begging for,” Grech said.

Grech also said that the PN wants cancer patients to receive their treatments in Gozo as it wants to remove unnecessary stress. Apart from that he said that a new MRI service will have the needed allocated specialised resources.

He said that a PN government will stop the Steward deal and build a general hospital for Gozo with 400 beds.

Grech said that a PN government will also be adding another MCAST campus in Gozo, with new courses specialising in the 10 new economic sectors proposed by the PN.

A PN government will also be investing in a Malta Enterprise branch in Gozo.

Speaking about the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, he said that it is important for Malta to make good political gestures.

“Yesterday, I encouraged the Prime Minister to stop all pending applications from Russian citizens to buy a Maltese passport, yet 24 hours have passed, and the PL is still trying to escape by saying that they decide what Europe decides,” said Grech

He added that Malta has an international obligation to show that when another nation is having hard times it is there support it, “because if it was us we would expect the same”.

He added that although he does not blame police for receiving orders to remove symbols left behind after protests in support of Ukraine, he said that like the Daphne memorial, they should not be removed.

 

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