PD calls Parliamentary debate on the Gozo tunnel “false and blind”
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Partit Demokratiku MPs, last night boycotted, what it called the “false and blind” Parliamentary debate on the Gozo tunnel, Adding that it “strongly condemns the shameless unity by Government and PN Opposition to rush the Gozo tunnel project through, as a fait accompli.”
In a statement the PD pointed out that, “this is before the relevant studies to the project have even been completed, with others not published and when the Economic Cost Benefit Analysis of Available Strategic Options is flawed.”
It argued that “this blind political commitment to a project which may have a profoundly negative impact on Gozitans and their way of life, their social fabric, their environment and their wellbeing, is a Parliamentary manoeuvre designed by government, on the eve of an Easter recess, to herd the PN Opposition into consenting to its doings.”
PD Leader Godfrey Farrugia said, “a national mega-project of this size has significant financial and far reaching environmental implications.”
He argued that “Partit Demokratiku is committed to increased connectivity between Gozo and Malta, but it must never come at the expense of the people who live on either island.”
“Gozo’s character is a resource in itself with an added value to Malta and an unquantified economic capital to Gozitan people themselves,” stated Farrugia.
General Secretary and MEP candidate Martin Cauchi Inglott stated “Gozo’s local communities need to be sustained and revitalised. PD addresses these challenges from a social perspective. We do not wish for Gozo to be turned into another Malta, with all of its problems. It is essential to make Gozo self-reliant.”
“Partit Demokratiku has outlined its vision for Gozo, which would see the creation of quality jobs in Gozo, an increased overall quality of life, provision of further services, strengthening of the Gozitan economy in general, and for Gozo to succeed based on its unique characteristics, added MEP candidate Camilla Appelgren.
“We prioritise the genuine socio-economic needs of the Gozitan people, benefiting from their natural and cultural environment,” said Camilla Appelgren.
“Gozo is an integral part of our country with huge potential which has not been brought to the fore due to bad decisions in the past,” stated MEP candidate Anthony Buttigieg. “It is time to act by addressing the very core of the problem: the Gozitan population that has rapidly decreased, affected by brain drain and skills drains.”
Partit Demokratiku concluded by saying that it will “continue to stand up for what is right, in the best interests of all Maltese and Gozitans, at community, national and European political scenarios.”
Photograph by Alain Salvary