Co-opted to Parliament in the midst of a pandemic, Ian Castaldi Paris is one of Malta’s newest MPs and he has a point to prove.
A notary by profession, the Labour MP describes himself as a big believer in politics and a major supporter of the current Prime Minister.
Here are five things we’ve learned about Castaldi Paris from Lovin Malta’s video series Meet Your Candidate, a sponsored campaign among candidates ahead of the next Maltese general election.
1. He believes being close to the people is first and foremost
Castaldi Paris thinks people will vote for their preferred party first and foremost but then select their favoured candidates from the party list depending on how close they are to the people.
“The people will choose a candidate or a politician who heard them out in their everyday needs in a way that they feel confident calling them up whenever they need something and ensuring that the politician does his job.”
2. His greatest achievement is ‘roping people’s voices’ into a single voice
Not many people get to speak in Parliament, and in fact Castaldi Paris’ greatest achievement is voicing people’s concerns on the largest stage in the land.
“When you represent the people in Parliament, your everyday job is to ensure that people’s needs are being heard. I think my biggest satisfaction is that I got to address issues in Parliament which people had asked me to address.”
“Knowing that all the people’s ideas and voices are being roped into one voice in Parliament is an achievement which I like.”
He’s also a self-professed lover of the environment.
3. He’s known Robert Abela since their university days
Castaldi Paris and Robert Abela go quite a long way back, all the way back to their days as university students actually.
The MP is a huge admirer of the Prime Minister, describing him as “dynamic, intelligent and spot-on when taking tough decisions”.
“Seeing the track record of such a young Prime Minister who faced everything in the first year of his office surely motivates me and makes me enthusiastic to contest the election and have more working time with him.”
4. He thinks COVID-19 has really changed Maltese people
COVID-19 hit the world out of the blue last year, and Castaldi Paris believes the pandemic has left a lasting imprint on the people of Malta.
“I think the Maltese people have surely learned how to be closer to each other, and that the government doesn’t look at people’s colours. Most of all though, I think it’s brought about a sense of appreciating your job, appreciating that you must work for and take care of what you have.”
5. He believes the government has passed its COVID-19 test with flying colours
There have been mixed reactions among the Maltese public at the way the government has dealt with the pandemic, going in hard at the start but taking a more lenient and targeted approach during the second wave.
However, Castaldi Paris is crystal clear on where he stands.
“I think the people of Malta should be very proud of this government and I’m saying this in a humble way. My biggest satisfaction is that, during the COVID period, people who were perhaps unsure about us as a government today feel comfortable and have their minds at rest.”
“I’m not saying this in the sense that they will vote for us because that is their choice, but what’s most important is that the government will continue uniting the Maltese people.”
“Everyone can rest assured that they’ve got a government who works for everybody, which does not look at faces and which loves the Maltese people and Malta.”
This article was paid for by Ian Castaldi Paris. It is a sponsored article that forms part of Meet Your Candidate, a new Lovin Malta series offered to individual MPs who intend to contest the next general election.
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