PM told to take politics out of budget

PM told to take politics out of budget

Opposition leader, Doctor Gale Rigobert, has accused the Prime Minister of bringing the budget process into disrepute.

Rigobert has said that Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, has integrated the budgetary process into the political agenda and calendar of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).

She recalled that the convention over the past three years or so has been to have the estimates of expenditure and revenue laid before the house, just ahead of the start of the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.

“Thereafter we would have what we understand colloquially as the budget statement after Jazz -that has become part and parcel of the budget calendar so to speak and if my memory were to serve me well,” Rigobert asserted.

She said the government is reported to have issued a statement suggesting there would be a budget statement and debate between May 11-13,  2016.

Rigobert explained that on that basis, many people were awaiting delivery of the budget statement.

She expressed concern that given the delay, investment and business would be on hold.

The Micoud North MP noted that potential investors await the budget statement to get a sense of the government’s vision and the direction it will take for the next fiscal year.

Rigobert asserted that the country is now in abeyance, a situation which she said Saint Lucia can ill afford.

“I would urge the PM to take the budgetary process out of his politics – these are two very different things,” the opposition leader stated.

Rigobert said she understands that the Prime Minister will be travelling soon.

As a result she was of the opinion that the earliest that the budget debate will take place is probably at the end of May.

However she declared that Saint Lucia cannot afford that level of uncertainty.

The opposition leader said:

“We are in too vulnerable a position right now to have potential investors wondering what is going to happen and even the business sector itself has become a little bit anxious wondering when will we hear from the Prime Minister.”

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  1. Justice
    May 13, 2016 at 2:00 am Reply

    Too late Gail. Only now you realize that kenny Anthony does his own thing and cares less what you or St. Lucians think.
    He not even listening to members of his own cabinet.
    Yup. Increasing signs of a dictator.

  2. Joe
    May 13, 2016 at 3:05 am Reply

    Kenny calling elections on June 27th.
    Mate get lagigit because Sarah winning Central and Gros Islet and Dennery x 2 following because now SLP have a woman of substance.
    10-7 for UWP.

  3. Anonymous
    May 13, 2016 at 7:45 am Reply

    That means slp going off the air. 10-7

  4. dyoll
    May 13, 2016 at 8:01 am Reply

    Honestly I’m starting to hate politics, people do what ignorant people do by name calling and blaming others for the wrongs and faults they made, over the years they promise the same things knowing that some they can’t and most they will not accomplish, but I’m happy that I know the words of god and the scripture that says we are all sinners, so that means we all will lie and we all can cheat and steal and we all want the same things… Power, to be higher and better, to dominate and to distroy what opposition our goal and aim, st lucian please don’t put your trust in man, 99% of the time they will fail, and when they do they make u think its yours or another’s fault, why put someone in place to serve u and when it boils down its thee other way around, they put laws to opress u the poor and uplift the rich, they attack the fruits but never the tree, word of advice to the so called government, attack the ones causing the problems not the one giving the problems, u see the reactions but never seeing the actions causing the reactions.

  5. Anonymous
    May 13, 2016 at 8:01 am Reply

    You’ll really talking shate 10-7 in you’ll dreams,SLP winning 15-2.

  6. Anonymous
    May 13, 2016 at 8:31 am Reply

    All this political talks etc. I encourage all to talk salvation, repentance, rapture.World collapse – All coming soon…. May all be prepared

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