Philip J. Pierre, Saint Lucia’s Deputy Prime Minister, has warned voters not to gamble on Allen Chastanet’s promise to ultimately remove Value Added Tax (VAT).
“You can’t gamble with a man who is saying that he can stop the country from earning 346 million dollars in revenue, when you need over 400 million to pay civil servants, teachers, nurses and police officers,” Pierre said last night.
The Castries East MP indicated that he wanted civil servants, particularly nurses, teachers and police officers to take note.
Pierre asserted that Saint Lucia is at the crossroads.
He recalled that the President of the Caribbean Development Bank had said last week that Saint Lucia is poised for economic growth in the year 2016.
“You cannot gamble with a man who is saying he will remove VAT,” Pierre told supporters of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party at a public meeting last night to officially launch Herbert Roserie as the party’s Micoud North candidate.
In an obvious direct appeal to police officers, Pierre said that the SLP government is the one that has done the most for the police force in the history of Saint Lucia.
He said the SLP administration had built fire stations, improved police stations, sent officers for training and given the police more resources than any other government.
“Possibly the young officers don’t know that. They don’t know how the Marigot police station was or the condition of the Soufriere police station before we came into government in 1997,” Pierre declared.
He stated that the SLP administration had built a new station in Vieux Fort, two new stations in Dennery and one in Marchand.
Pierre also had critical words for the candidacy of United Workers Party (UWP) leader, Allen Chastanet, who will be contesting the Micoud South seat.
He said it was an insult to the people of Micoud.
The Castries East MP stated:
“You can’t find one person to run in Micoud, you must look for Allen Chastanet? You can’t find one suitable young man or woman to run in Micoud but must look for Allen?”
Pierre called on party supporters to send a message to the UWP by ensuring that the UWP leader is defeated in the Micoud seat at the next general elections.