|COP leader Prakash Ramadhar|
COP leader Prakash Ramadhar told reporters on Saturday the present relationship with the party's coalition partners in government is working but it is not perfect. He said the party's membership will signal later this year the direction COP should be taking.
"We have a leadership election later this year and, certainly, I am sure our members will tell us what we need to do, how we are to go forward, if we are to associate with anyone else into 2015," Ramadhar said.
COP announced recently that it plans to talk to other political groups and has already held talks with Jack Warner, political leader of the Independent Liberal party (ILP).
However Ramadhar said the party has not made any decision and is just trying to reconnect with citizens "because we have been condemned in a large part for failure to communicate."
Ramadhar also introduced Canadian consultant Ray Larson, secretary of the Liberal Party of Canada in the province of British Columbia, who he said is assisting in the rebuilding of the party.
“The Liberal Party of Canada and the COP share many of the same values—diversity, social justice. I am here to help the party build that movement again. It is really about building the party for the long term," Larson said.
He added, "The way we are going to start this movement is that we are talking to voters on the ground and really get a sense of what is important to them, to make sure when the COP is in government again, they are really responding to the needs of the people. We will take lessons from the past but, ultimately, it’s about building for the long term."
Ramadhar said COP has remained true to its ideals and values. And he insisted that what is happening in the party today is not connected to the 2015 general election. "These were in preparation all along; it is not about the elections,” Ramadhar stated.
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