Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, accusing the government of failing to deliver on its promises, yesterday gave the Allen Chastanet administration a ten percent grade out of one hundred.
“That is a fail mark and they will continue to fail because their promises were based on untrue premises. In fact, they misled the people of Saint Lucia and they continue to do so,” the opposition leader said.
Pierre was addressing yesterday’s 2016 Open Session of the Annual Conference of Delegates of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
The event was held at the Bellevue Combined School in the Constituency of Vieux Fort North.
Pierre recalled the promises made by the United Workers Party (UWP) while in opposition in its “Five to Stay Alive” pledge.
He said the UWP had promised the immediate reduction and ultimate removal of the “dreaded” Value Added Tax (VAT).
However the SLP leader asserted that nothing has happened.
He said instead of reducing vehicle license fees by fifty percent as promised there was a 50% reduction of the increase.
According to Pierre, nothing has happened since the UWP’s promise to double the school feeding and the school transportation subsidies and guarantee all children at least one nutritional meal a day to take the financial strain off parents to ensure children go to school.
The SLP leader reminded his audience that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet had also made a failed promise of a targeted amnesty on hospital fees owed to Victoria and St Jude Hospitals and had pledged to remove personal property tax for a period of three years – a promise that has not been fulfilled.
“They promised jobs, they promised money in your pockets – ‘Ching Ching’ — but they have utterly failed to deliver on their 100 day promise in their ‘five to stay alive’ promises,” the SLP leader noted.
On the other hand Pierre declared that the SLP has nothing to be ashamed of.
“ We gave Saint Lucia good government, we managed the economy well,” he said.
He asserted that the SLP in government took tough decisions to rescue the economy and this country from the “mess” inherited from the UWP in 2011.
According to Pierre, the SLP administration saved Saint Lucia from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), repaired the Island from the ravages of Hurricane Tomas and the Christmas Eve Trough and built twenty-three bridges, all of which stood up after recent weather events.
He outline a number of other achievements of the SLP when it was in government.
“We were a government of all the people – we did not victimize anyone.”