Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Ezzard Miller, recently shared his vision of forming an “Alliance” rather than a political party, where independent thinkers will feel free to voice their opinions, and offer solutions to problems. The idea of the alliance would be to encourage people to bring ideas to the table, without fear, so that “as adults,” the best solutions could be found:
“In my first press thing after I became Leader of the Opposition, I talked about two things. I talked about the existing group of the five of us working to earn the respect and the confidence of the people that we are privileged to represent; and to raise the whole level of the role of the whole Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, Because I don’t think you can have good government without good opposition,” he said.
“We divided up the members of the opposition into shadow ministries…I believe they have reached stage now where we have earned the respect and confidence of the people and it is now time to start to put in place an organization that can offer candidates as an alternative to the (existing) Coalition.
Expanding on the concept of ‘alliance’ as opposed to ‘party,’ Mr. Miller said: “I am not looking for an organization where one or two or three people call all the shots and everybody toes the line. What I want to do is put together a group of independent thinkers who have the ability to look at the issues facing the country and sit down and analyze them and come to a consensus.
“Maybe we have different solutions to the same problem but what I am interested in is leading the group that has the ability to sit down as adults and look at the alternatives, look at the resources that are available to solve the problem. We are going to make sure we identify what the problem is, and we will propose a solution for the problem, not just some politically expedient idea that may have some populous value. That’s what I am hoping to build a people’s alliance into.
“I want people to be involved in the process, and as wider cross section as possible…the way I want to do this, it cannot be done in six months,” he said. “It Has to be a gradual process, that gives people time to get comfortable with each other and become tolerant of each other’s views, even though they’re different. You can disagree with me as leader; I am not going to punish you because you disagree with me.
“What we want to do is hear your opinion, and then we sit down and collectively come to a position. Even then, if you feel strongly about your little angle, I think you should have some freedom to express that angle, in those circumstances. The more alternatives and the more we let the public know the processes that are ongoing in developing policy, the more likely we are to get something that is aligned with the people, and that’s the whole purpose of a peoples’ alliance.”