A lack of jobs and hopelessness have been cited by United Workers Party (UWP) leader, Allen Chastanet, as the biggest issues facing Saint Lucia.
He says there has been nothing to address youth unemployment and lack of jobs generally.
According to the former Tourism Minister, the level of unemployment continues to increase in the South of the Island, while the government offers no solutions.
Chastanet asserted that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration continues to feed Saint Lucians a “basket of lies.”
He also expressed concern about this country’s finances and the situation with law and order.
“I see interest payments continue growing out of control,” the UWP leader lamented, adding that he did not know for how much longer the government will be able to borrow money.
I don’t know how much longer the government is going to be able to borrow money and the fact that the vast majority of money they are borrowing now is coming from treasury bills which are short term,” Chastanet asserted.
With regard to law and order, the UWP leader observed that there has been a “spike” in crime.
Chastanet expressed the view that the situation with crime is linked to the economic situation in the country.
In addition, Chastanet observed:
“We have this situation IMPACS report, Lambirds, Grynberg and we now have the situation with Juffali. All these things are causing tremendous embarrassment to the country and could potentially have damaging effects on our access to those markets in the future.”