Former Grenada parliamentarian, Winston “Winty” Frederick is dead.
Frederick, a former Member of Parliament for the St. Patrick East constituency died Tuesday after being in ill health in recent months.
He won the seat on March 13, 1990 on a ticket of the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) but soon fell out of grace with its political leader, the late Sir Eric Matthew Gairy.
He was defeated in the 1995 poll by Former Minister of Sports, Adrian ‘Spaceman’ Mitchell, who contested the seat for the ruling New National Party.
Frederick migrated to the United States where he lived for approximately 12 years but returned home in 2008.
He decided to re-enter the local political scene for the February 2013 general elections with his small People’s United Labour Party (PULP) whose symbol was “The Guava”.
“Winty’s party was one of four minority political parties in Grenada that was informed less then 48 hours before the February 19, 2013 General Election, that they would not be able to use their advertised symbols on the ballot paper for the elections because of a legal failure by the Parliamentary Elections Office.
The fault by the Parliamentary Elections Office was the failure to gazette the symbol of the four parties.
The other affected parties were the Movement for Independent Candidates (MIC), National United Front (NUF), and the Grenada United Patriotic Movement (GUPM).
All four parties were allowed to contest the General Election using symbols already registered with the Parliamentary Elections Office.
The mishap did not deter “Winty’s” preparation and plans for taking the reigns of power, as he felt confident that it was his time to lead the People of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
One of his campaign promises was to construct a bridge from Grenada to Carriacou, and to introduce Disney World for the enjoyment of Grenadians.
Frederick also promised Grenadians to use the abandoned Pearl’s airstrip in St. Andrew’s to airfreight the goods of traffickers by helicopters to both Trinidad and Barbados in order to cut down on wastage from spoilage due to bad packing on the vessels that ply the route to Port-of-Spain.