Haiti - Politic : Gary Bodeau addresses his thanks
"This is an opportunity for me to thank the Haitian people and in particular, you, young people of my country, for having accompanied me on this perilous adventure. Without you, this battle that I have just fought against the traditional political class would not be possible.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues and everyone who, in one way or another, supported me during this long journey in Parliament.
A distinguished greeting and a special thank you to my detractors who allowed me, by scrutinizing the social and economic life of the country, to always have a realistic reading of it; attitude which was beneficial to me in my decisions.
"M'ap see yon gro kout cha po" for the young people of Delmas who allowed me to serve my country by having obtained thanks to their confidence a seat in the Chamber of Deputies. My aspirations would still be a dream outside of their dedication.
Thank you so much!
If from a personal point of view, I am satisfied with having given myself body and soul to the cause of my country even if the objectives set, in many circumstances, have not been fully achieved; from a collective point of view, I remain on my hunger because the country is more than ever divided, insecurity is in full swing, all social indicators are in red, besides the Chamber of Deputies whose work I have directed for two years made small victories but not enough to respond to the concerns of an enlightened youth who demanded their integration into the national spheres.
However, this enriching experience gives me the wisdom to address you at this precise moment in national history that we are all writing together to invite you to become more involved in public affairs. The work is immense. We may have the feeling that we are going to throw stones into the water because the problems are multiple, complex and whole, but know that each of your stones will know how to make a difference.
All of your actions will slowly but surely contribute to the emancipation of a new, more just and prosperous society.
Personally, during my mandate, my contribution to the passing of certain laws particularly marked me. The law in favor of people with reduced mobility, the law on the organization of solid waste management as well as that on the reform of the university are among others texts with social connotation which incite me to tell you, at this moment, that the country needs the energy and the competence of its youth for the solidification of the nation.
Certain laws require new adaptations and our legislation must adapt to international standards; without forgetting that honest, competent, fiery leaders with a sense of service are needed to apply them.
Consequently, I was not afraid to face the challenge of the political class and to contribute my stone in the building structure of our Rule of Law.
My pebble was probably not the cornerstone like that described in the Bible. However, even being represented as a grain of sand, it is part of the building. I at least have the satisfaction of having dared.
So today, I realize that my voice in your eyes seems weak because of political vagaries. Despite everything, I fight, despite these resentments, without flinching to offer my country the best. I call on you, dear young people, to reject stereotypes whose sole objective is to make you flee public affairs. Haiti is ours. It is up to us to get involved to permanently change the curve towards the decent slope that the country has followed for several years. Be the agent of change as Mandela has been and as Kagame is today.
Dear young people of Haiti, let's reject violence and the PEYI-LOCK phenomenon, let's fight for a new constitution. A new CONSTITUTION capable of bringing about the change we all want. A new constitution to define the rules of the game and create a new state serving the greatest number.
Be yourself the change that we all hope for because you are
Be the new Haiti that fights against corruption, smuggling and insecurity. Be the new Haiti where justice is the same for all.
Be the new Haiti with health care accessible to all;
Be the new Haiti with a restored education system;
Be the new Haiti where the state will be strong and not flee from bandits.
Be the change yourself.
Yes ! young executives of Haiti, I trust you for the emergence of a prosperous Haiti, I believe in this demanding Haitian youth on which the future of all rests"