Leo Clarke:UWP VAT pledge reckless!

Leo Clarke:UWP VAT pledge reckless!

Leo Clarke, the General Secretary of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), has dismissed as reckless, an opposition promise to remove Value Added Tax (VAT).

The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has pledged to ultimately remove the tax as part of its “Five to Stay Alive” plan.

The ruling labour party for its part, has indicated that it will be presenting fifteen pledges for the further development of Saint Lucia at its political meeting on the Castries Market steps.

Whilst the UWP has criticized the announcement as a knee jerk reaction to its “Five to Stay Alive” plan, Leo Clarke has asked that the population wait and make its own assessment.

“We have had the opportunity to look at what the UWP is offering and we think that particularly in relation to the removal of VAT, it is a very reckless statement,” Clarke told reporters.

He recalled that the SLP came into government in 2011.

According to Clarke the SLP has worked painstakingly to stabilize this country and bring it back on a path to growth and development.

The SLP General Secretary expressed the view that Saint Lucia has returned to growth.

“We have seen some gradual reduction in the unemployment rate,” he said.

Clarke noted that the government has now introduced the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP), with “tremendous and overwhelming” interest being shown by local investors.

Leo Clarke said that Saint Lucia is currently at the point where a whole new period of growth can be expected under a labour administration.

He raised questions about the removal of VAT without any indication of how the transition from the measure would be managed.

Clarke observed that VAT is now stable, yielding somewhere in the region of over $300 million a year.

He questioned how it would be replaced while at the same time ensuring security for the jobs of public servants and providing essential services to the people of this country.

“You need to go beyond just saying that you are going to remove VAT,” the SLP General Secretary declared.








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  1. Anonymous
    May 18, 2016 at 5:57 pm Reply

    Hi these guys realize that their time to exit office is coming as a result they getting mad. You’ll make the people suffer too much in the name of party for the poor. I can remember the days of Compton and now. So if Lucian cannot see who is for them and those who are opressing them in the name of poor people.

  2. Jamie
    May 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm Reply

    You and your administration that is reckless. You all doing contracts all over the island not reckless?? are yall constractors?? smh

  3. Anonymous
    May 19, 2016 at 6:40 am Reply

    This was just a statement by the UWP to bring to light the amount of money being generated by the VAT. With over $300 mil nothing is being done to benefit the young upcoming teens or the poor and elderly……need I say anymore

  4. Curious
    May 19, 2016 at 11:03 am Reply

    Leo SLP has spent the last three years with all its energy to fight Allen chastanet. Allen Chastanet was not in government. ThAt’s not what the slp government was elected to do.
    You all wasted time fighting chastanet insteAd of opening the two still unfinished hospitals, insteAd of opening the long finished abattoir. You all maco chastanet so much the government did not even see the crime lab was falling down.
    So Leo lets talk Grynberg, lambirds and the hidden secrets of juffali.

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