Ian Castaldi Paris vying for PN secretary-general post

Lija mayor Ian Castaldi Paris to contest PN secretary-general post.

Ian Castaldi Paris
Ian Castaldi Paris

Lija mayor Ian Castaldi Paris will be contesting the PN secretary-genral post, vacated by Paul Borg Olivier, who will not seek re-election after the party's dismal showing at the polls.

"The PN needs a secretary-general who is down to earth with leading skills and who is a doer," Castaldi Paris told MaltaToday.

Earlier this week, the 34-year-old public notary was re-elected as Lija mayor with 36% of all votes cast in the locality.

"I can go for it and I want the PN to be a successful party once again," he said, adding that he has received a lot of support and encouragement to throw his hat in the ring.

Speaking to MaltaToday, Castaldi Paris said that he was at the right age to undertake the task and added that he considers himself to be a doer.

Underpinning the need for an overhaul within the party, including its finances, Castaldi Paris said there was no better time to go for the job since "people outside the party are demanding a change and the negative characters within the party structures are now gone."

Castaldi Paris, who is also the chairman of the Majjistral Nature and History Park, has at times been at loggerheads with the outgoing PN administration and in 2011 he had resigned from president of the Nationalist Party's College of Councillors.

An unswerving environmental advocate, in recent years Castaldi Paris, objected to two major development projects that would have arguably impacted the character of the picturesque village of Lija.

The first concerned a development application across the road from the Belvedere (on the road leading into the main square); the second an application for a 40,000 square metre development that Castaldi Paris argued shouldn't even have been considered in the first place.

This morning, the PN leader Lawrence Gonzi announced that the party's executive committee would be meeting on Thursday to discuss the process and dates for the election of PN leader, deputy leader and secretary-general.

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Tajjeb li jinbidel il-MENU. Minn pastizz ghal qassatat.
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Do not forget what Lawrence Gonzi had told Molly Bordonaro in confidence.
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Do not forget what Lawrence Gonzi had told Molly Bordonaro in confidence.
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.... wahda isbah mill-ohra dawn il-pasturi ta' gonzipn ..... castaldi paris qed jiftahar li hu doer ..... issa jew lanqas biss jaf xi tfisser il-kelma doer jew inkella jien l-akbar tuba f'malta ..... castaldi paris doer meta hal lija tbikkik jekk tmur timxi mixja fiha .... ibda minn transfiguration avenue, il-parti ta' isfel li mid-dehra ma tghodd xejn ... ghax hlief hmieg, hara tal-klieb, zdingar, tkissir, tifrik, bankina zgangata u telqa ma tarax .....u xi nghidu mbaghad ghal kif l-ex segretarju tal-kunsill lokali kien jghaddih passata u hu lanqas biss kien jinduna ..... u dan jippretendi li hu doer .... jalla jaghzlu lilu halli jigrilu bhal pawlu borg olivier u wara hames snin malajr juruh il-bieb ta' barra ....
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Dear 'not amused' having dreams is one thing and behaving like someone obsessed by his own virtue(read Luke18:9-14) is another.
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Ma issemma l-ebda isem sura ghal ebda kariga vaganti....Milli jidher fil-PN m`hemmx wisq materjal !!!
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The wider the choice the better, but humility would help. Ian mentions that he has leading skills and is a doer. Those are also important elements, which I would imagine he can back up with what he has achieved so far as an employer, mayor and in his previous role within the party. Ian also said that there was no better time to go for the job since "people outside the party are demanding a change and the negative characters within the party structures are now gone." I am not too sure how to interpret this, but it strikes me as a rather exclusionary statement, when the Party needs to be inclusive and needs to work hard to regain the trust of civil society. I guess that ian did not mean it that way, but perceptions are fundamental these days.
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Go for it! The PN and Malta needs persons of your calibre.
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A chip of the old block I dare say.
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Dear Zembil, if that is the case than almost every curriculum vitae is tinged with arrogance and yet, advocating one’s own credentials is a necessity to be even considered for such a role. Besides, I do not know anyone who went into politics without having dreams of grandeur. Do you ?
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Emmanuel Mallia
Is he conservative, like the rest ? Has he been approved by Gatt & RCC ? Knowledgeable enough ?
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Why Don't you let others sing your praises? A touch of arrogance,perhaps?