Opposition leader Allen Chastanet has said that Saint Lucia is still among OECS countries with the highest fuel prices, despite a reduction that went into effect on Monday.
“Unsurprisingly, the Government has hurriedly reduced fuel prices in an attempt to minimize the damage after my revelation during the Budget Debate that they had collected $70 Million more than they expected from Excise Taxes,” the former Prime Minister said on Facebook.
Chastanet declared that the Government could have used the $70 million to shield citizens from price increases in daily goods and services.
“This isn’t a genuine reduction,” the Micoud South MP stated regarding the announcement that Saint Lucians would pay less for fuel.
Nevertheless, Chastanet welcomed the decrease.
He recalled that his United Workers Party (UWP)had insisted for months that fuel prices could and should be lower given the current economic climate.
“The Government can do more to help you out,” Chastanet said.
The opposition leader noted that every individual, household, and business use fuel, cooking gas, and electricity.
As a result, he declared that no truly caring Government would allow citizens to bear the brunt of the current inflation crisis on their own.