Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on Friday declared that his administration has delivered while in office, asserting that ‘ours is a story of delivery.’
“We said we wanted to reduce the tax burden on our people by reducing VAT. We did so,” Chastanet told parliament.
He also said that the government created revenue streams to help fund large scale investment.
In addition, Chastanet recalled that his administration declared the need to stimulate growth and reduce unemployment.
And he told the house that prior to COVID, the government had done ‘just that.’
“We said that the key sectors of our economy had to be modernised and rebuilt and we continue to walk along that path,” the PM noted.
“Mr. Speaker, we have had a productive five years in office,” Chastanet stated.
As a result, he informed the house that his United Workers Party (UWP) has not wasted its time in office.
According the Chastanet, the UWP’s vision remains focussed on the vision of building a new Saint Lucia.
However, he indicated that the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is desperate to get into office.
“If anyone has wasted the last five years Mr. Speaker, it is clearly the opposition,” Chastanet said.
He accused the SLP of failing to conform to the norms of parliamentary decorum expected of ‘Her Majesty’s loyal opposition.’
“One has only to look at their performance in this honourable house since 2016,” Chastanet explained.
He said on every occasion, the opposition has chosen to disrespect the office of the Head of State by walking out during the delivery of the throne speech.
“Even when his excellency delivers his speeches via Zoom, Mr. Speaker, they still show their disrespect,” Chastanet stated.
“Have we seen anything so pathetic, immature and devoid of substance?” The PM asked.
“Is that a party that is ready to assume the leadership of Saint Lucia? Really?” He said.
Chastanet declared that on every occasion that the UWP has been in power, it has taken this country forward.
But he questioned whether the same can be said of the labour party whose ‘legacy of mismanagement’ has been recorded for posterity with some names like Rochamel, Grynberg, Juffali and NCA forever living in ‘infamy’ along with terms such as cost overruns and a lack of transparency.
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