Opposition leader Philip J. Pierre dismissing this week’s budget as consisting of bluffs, fluffs and flashing mirrors, told parliament Wednesday that the fiscal measure is a naked admission of a desperate government on the verge of electoral defeat.
Opposition MPs pounded on the table in approval.
According to Pierre, over the last four years the Allen Chastanet administration has wasted the opportunity the people of Saint Lucia gave it.
The Castries East MP accused the government of squandering the resources of this country in a shameless, unrepentant show of preference for their infamous friends, family and foreigners group.
He told the house of assembly that the vast majority of Saint Lucians have been allowed to suffer, in many cases, intentionally.
“It is no wonder with the next general elections around the corner, the Prime Minister is now asking for prayerful forgiveness,” the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Leader observed.
He asserted that the government’s fundamental problem that has characterized its term in office is that it cannot be trusted.
“The things they say are hardly in sync with what they do or what is true,” Pierre told the house.
“When you think they are locked into an agreement that they have signed, they renege,” he noted.
Pierre referenced the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT).
The SLNT has been up in arms over the demolition of the Royal Gaol, declaring that the action went against a ‘legally binding’ agreement with the government.
The opposition leader expressed the view that what the budget contains represents nothing more than promises in the hope of ‘seducing voter support’ at the next general elections.