By Demion McTair. Updated 8:25 p.m., Thursday, September 3, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Candidate for the Unity Labour Party (ULP), in the Central Leeward constituency, Orando Brewster says his medical degree is not going anywhere.
Brewster recently came under a microscope when Kenton Chance, a known local journalist, published an open letter on Facebook encouraging Brewster to complete his medical internship, suggesting that Brewster should not contest the next general election.
In his open letter, Mr. Chance asked Mr. Brewster: “Do you think that Prime Minister Gonsalves would encourage one of his children with a degree in medicine to enter politics before completing their internship?”.
But, when asked at a recent public event at Layou, why he was entering politics at this time, Mr. Brewster said:
“If you look around here, you would see the amount of youths that are around. I grew up in an area where I had to struggle to get where I am and if I can pave the way for one or two of these youths going forward, my medical degree is not going anywhere, it’s there,” Mr. Brewster says.
“I’ve studied for the degree. If I want to go over into public health, I can do that,” Brewster added.
“It’s not an issue what I want to pursue medically. It’s not an issue for me. It’s there. But, the people of Central Leeward asked specifically for a young man to represent them and to represent them well and I have heeded that call,” Brewster said.
Brewster, who was recently awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree from the accredited All Saints University of Medicine, said he made the move not out of selfishness but rather out of service to the people.
Mr. Chance has since come under fire from several prominent individuals including the Political Leader of the ULP – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who dismissed Chance’s letter as a public relations ploy for the NDP.
Mr. Chance, however, has received some support for his letter from some persons on social media.
Brewster, a first-timer, will have as his main rival, the New Democratic Party’s Benjamin Exeter, who lost to Sir. Louis Straker who made a surprise return to politics in 2015.