Declaring that the opposition is there to oppose, spread propaganda and twist the truth, Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment,Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute has defended the budget presentation of Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.
“I believe it is a statement of hope,” Montoute said of Tuesday’s budget address by Chastanet who is also Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service.
Montoute said although Chastanet gave a true economic picture that exists in Saint Lucia today, he was heartened to know that despite the tight fiscal position the budget for the social services have actually increased.
He told reporters on Wednesday that there is a lot in store for unemployed young people by way of training and employment opportunities in the near future.
“That in itself gives much hope,” the MP for Gros Islet stated.
“We are also going to be looking at the social safety net programmes under the social services where we are going to be more targetted and as a result, be able to provide perhaps a lot more for the people who really need the assistance,” Montoute explained.