Opposition responds to PM’s 100 days press briefing

Opposition responds to PM’s 100 days press briefing

The Prime Minister’s account of the first 100 days in office of his UWP administration was bitterly disappointing.  It lacked any substance, any commitment to keep promises made, offered no way forward to meet global challenges and continued the personal attacks on professionals.

During the campaign, the Saint Lucia Labour Party had informed all Saint Lucians that we were facing difficult times and difficult decisions were taken.  The SLP also explained that the hard work was to continue.  The SLP explained that the fiscal space was limited and our deficit and borrowing had to be curtailed.  However the economy was improving and according to the I.M.F we had achieved economic growth.  The UWP made numerous promises and the electorate gave the UWP a chance to deal with the challenges by electing them. The campaign is over it is now time for governing.

The Prime Minister cannot continue to lament that these are difficult times.  The people of Saint Lucia know that.  It is time to deal with the business of Government and stop stating the obvious.

The first action which the Prime Minister promised was an assessment of the economy to be undertaken by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) on the state of the economy.  This was promised to be delivered as soon as possible.  After one hundred (100) days, there is no Report for the people of Saint Lucia to review. The SLP insists that this assessment be based on figures prepared and presented by the Ministry of Finance. The Saint Lucia Labour Party calls on the Prime Minister to immediately make the report or any other Report prepared by the Ministry of Finance available.

The UWP when in opposition assessed the state of the country and offered its “Five to Stay Alive’ which would be implemented immediately upon assuming office.  Let us assess what was achieved.

Number One: The immediate reduction and ultimate removal of the dreaded Value Added Tax.’  “We will find a more creative way and a less onerous way of raising revenues now generated by VAT,” the Prime Minister promised.  Nothing has happened!

Number Two: The reduction in vehicle license fees by 50%.  Instead, there was a 50% reduction of the increase.

Number Three:  We will double the school feeding and the school transportation subsidies.  “We must guarantee all children at least one nutritional meal a day and take the financial strain off parents to ensure children go to school.”  Nothing has changed in the school feeding and school transportation subsidies.

Number four:  Which Chastanet said was very dear to his heart.  “The United Worker’s Party will have a targeted amnesty on hospital fees owed to Victoria and St. Jude’s Hospital.  It is unacceptable that a person who is unemployed or is a pensioner feels degraded to go to the hospital because they cannot pay their bill.  What kind of Government?  What kind of man does it take to be able to impose that kind of wickedness on the people of this country?”  Nothing has been done.

Number Five:  We will remove personal property tax for a period of three years. “It cannot be that the one thing that we have struggled so long to do, to own our house and that after paying a mortgage for so many years, that a government would come and impose a property tax and cause us to lose our home.”  Nothing has happened.

The UWP Government promised that there would be no more STEP in Saint Lucia.  The Prime Minister described STEP as disgusting, demeaning and degrading.  He claimed that women were ashamed to engage in STEP and would hide when doing so.  Yet, the only action that the UWP has undertaken to stimulate economic activity is to undertake a national STEP as the Caretaker Programme.  Worse, it has been used by the Government as a tool of political discrimination.  Only UWP Parliamentarians and losing candidates were allowed to recommend workers.  It appears that the promised ‘ching ching’ is for only UWP supporters and not all Saint Lucians.

Reports on the Prime Minister’s Travel are disturbing.  On his trip to France, Morocco and England the PM revealed that he did not meet any Government officials. The purpose of his recent trip to Taiwan was to discuss with officials what he would discuss when he returned in December a task that could have lastly been done by officials of the government. The PM went to China to witness horse racing and to confirm that DSH was legitimate.  One would have hoped that due diligence would have been done on the company before any agreement was signed.  In fact all these discussions could have taken place using available technology.

Lastly, the UWP Government in its first one hundred (100) days had shown that it is the most vindictive UWP administration ever with numerous firings of workers and professionals in the most undignified manner.  The SLP believes that every Saint Lucian deserves the right to work and regardless of political orientation must be treated with dignity and respect.  The attacks on the Attorney General and Ambassador to Washington both women were uncalled for and unnecessary.

This is a preliminary assessment the Saint Lucia Labour Party will very shortly undertake a sectoral analysis of the performance of the UWP Government after its first one hundred (100) days and will present a more comprehensive report.

 

10 Comments

  1. critic
    September 20, 2016 at 5:47 pm Reply

    U do know its because of your’ll we were facing those hard times. My vehicle licence went down. BTW your’ll did worst. So go bk to bed.

  2. Eagles Eye
    September 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm Reply

    Shut up Pierre. You simply make no sense. Both you and your former boss are to be blamed for the predicament that we are in today. This administration so far has done far better than you’ll did in 4 years.

  3. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Mr Pierre is a POLITICIAN nothing more nothing less.

  4. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 10:10 pm Reply

    Yawwwwwn!!!!!! Wake me up when you are done. Mr Pierre,You did not vote this government in so why are you disappointed on behalf of those he did. Those who voted the UWP in had a voice and they shouted out loud, all the way to the ballot box. Therefore, if those who voted UWP in are disappointed after the 100 days , they will not be needing you to be disappointed on their behalf, they will know what to do.Then again, someone must oppose, whether there is something to oppose or not. Lucian politics. Well, well, some said over their dead body, he’d be Prime Minister he is prime minister and they still alive. What more “miracles” do you want performed!!!!! You want him to start printing money and flood the market. No let’s try seeing how much money St Lucia really has or does not have. Right now that looks like a real miracle!!!!!

  5. Anonymous
    September 21, 2016 at 3:25 am Reply

    RUBBISH PIP PLAIN RUBBISH HAVE YOU SEEN ANY WOMEN WORKING ON THE NATIONAL STEP PROGRAM AS YOU PUT IT
    HAVE YOU EVER HEARD HALF A LOAF IS BETTER THAN NONE WELL I WILL TAKE THE HALF MORE MONEY IN MY POCKET
    FYI I DID;T VOTE THE UWP ON PROMISES THEY DIDNT MATTER TO ME
    I WANTED TO SEE THE BACK OF THE SLP SO KEEP WALKING AND SHUT UP YOU IDIOT
    YOU A FOLLOWER NOT A LEADER YOU HAVE NO LEADERSHIP SKILLS

  6. Becka
    September 21, 2016 at 7:40 am Reply

    Anonymous u need to be more positive and stop being an idiot. Pierre is doing what he is paid to do………..run his mouth

  7. Anonymous
    September 21, 2016 at 9:23 am Reply

    Hot air from the mouth of pip nun more nun less.

  8. nemiah
    September 21, 2016 at 9:23 am Reply

    Philip is suffering from a delusion.

  9. Anonymous
    September 21, 2016 at 10:52 am Reply

    Listen to this.. After all the negative things all of them SLPs said about Chastanet. It was Chastanet that was the worst thing that ever happened to St Lucia. It was Chastanet who lied. cheet .stealing. all kinds of faults .God was looking after Chastanet and make him their leader today. Judge not. And keep thy toung from evil speaking. Thanks thee to God.

  10. Anonymous
    September 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm Reply

    Give the man a chance. This traditional ‘100-day report card’ is silly and also rather childish. It proves nothing. Don’t forget, the country’s fiscal health has been chronically sick for several years – regardless the party in power, just like the economies of most countries globally.
    Real and honest change takes time: give him at least 6 to 9 more months; then, start thinking about calling for his resignation.

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