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Pierre Says Government Unprepared For Post COVID-19 Era

Opposition leader Philip J. Pierre says the Saint Lucia government has been caught with its pants down and completely unprepared for the challenges of a post Covid-19 era.

“To this day we have not established adequate protocols for the reopening of our borders and continue to be under an unnecessary state of Emergency,” he told the House of Assembly while responding to this week’s budget presentation by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.

The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader asserted that the State of Emergency  is destroying the businesses of restaurants which rely on late evening footfall traffic.

“And as if this was not enough punishment on hard working Saint Lucians, they are about to impose punitive taxes on the self-employed like mechanics and charcoal makers attempting to make a living in the most challenging times,” Pierre lamented.

“Saint Lucia, like many other Caribbean countries have been spared the worst of the health crisis, with no deaths and a relatively low level of infection rate. In that regard, we have been fortunate in the region,” Pierre told the house.

He again expressed thanks and appreciation to all health workers and first responders who are working diligently during these difficult times.

At the same time, the SLP leader explained that a government of his party would have ensured that the required resources are available, particularly personal protective equipment, especially as the country begins  reopening its borders to countries which have had higher levels of infection rates.

He stated that the budget should have dealt with the realities of  Saint Lucia’s position post COVID-19 and should have been designed to ease the hardship on the single mothers, the unemployed, the small business owners, the vendors, the taxi drivers and minibus drivers.

Pierre observed that the IMF made available to the government of Saint Lucia $76M for income support, health related initiatives and improving livelihoods.

He explained that a labour administration would not have re-purposed funds from the Climate Adaptation fund but instead take advantage of the IMF interest fee loan to provide $15M worth of assistance to Small and Medium Size Enterprises.

“An SLP government would make available $5M of assistance to vendors and other micro business so that they would be able to feed their families during this time of low economic activity.  These vendors could be identified by their payments of vending fees to town and village councils,” Pierre stated.

“An SLP government would understand the contribution made by health care workers, nurses, doctors, first responders with a bonus of $1.2M as an expression of gratitude for their services,” the opposition leader told the house.

He also asserted that an SLP government would support our creative industry and media workers who are unemployed because of the closure of hotel and other places of entertainment by giving a grant of $3M.

He  said that an SLP government would prepare the country for the proposed re-opening of the borders by obtaining temperature testing equipment and Rapid COVID testing apparatus, and proposed an initial amount of $5M.

Pierre also said that the small hotel and ancillary hotel sector should receive a grant of $10M, while the minibus sector would be assisted with fuel vouchers valued at $3M, with fishers being issued with fuel vouchers valued at $3M.

In addition, the SLP leader gave details of relief assistance to the most vulnerable, disabled and needy, as well as those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

27 COMMENTS

  1. The slp government has once again proved that they are a handout government because pip has stated the the mid money should be donated as contributions to people who needs it most who don’t need money every one needs money but comes free you would have to repay the imf loan .why not create jobs so people can get an income and through taxes the loan would be repaid what a set of lazy handouts opposition party

    • Vision, it is the lack of vision of both parties that have this country not reaching it potential. Pierre Says Government Unprepared For Post COVID-19 Era and he is right. Chastanet says Pierre is weak and not ready to govern this country and he is write.

  2. American.England .Germany .Italy .France .and Many more Countries Cannot Handle that Epedemic .What Nonsense That man Talking about .I am Slp but that’s Shit Hes talking about .Be a.Leader Stop talking Foolishness

  3. Pierre, if you were smart you would shut the hell up. The loser in you continue to express itself through you. You need to check yourself into the Marian home . You are a loser .

  4. Pierre..lots of millions…I want to debt with anyone that the SLP #1 excuse after the general election is we don’t have money….

  5. After 25 years representing a community you are complaining about a toilet and can’t get two boards to fix a basket ball court.
    How can you handle governmental complex problems.

    Save your self and us from disaster

  6. He’s the Cheapest Individual I have Ever Encountered .As far as I can see Nothing have Been Done for Marshand For the past 20years .Crime Capital Marshand.if you walk through the Marshand Boulvard it’s a Disgrace to the Human Race

  7. As bad a some people may say Chastenat is, it appears that Pip will be worse if given the opportunity to be PM. Pip says anything with the hope that it will land somewhere. He said the Gov’t preparations for COVID-19 was the worst. That was disproved by his own party colleague. Now he is saying something about post COVID-19. The pere nonsense from home didn’t work so he trying post. Pup relax and just keep the [email protected]^#^#^##^#^

  8. PM Pierre I know what was you said so I am just looking at the usual “water down version” to please the masses they just got paid it’s Friday night so they are happy and at it. The Johncrows were no prepared Pre Covid far less Post Covid. Remember even when Rome was burning right up to independence Dear Allen was forming the ass with the horses that is what he was consumed with his show off independence horse race that flop, it’s after we had our first case of Corona they went and buy test kits The Absolute Shame Of It. They never expect Corona would have such an effect on St Lucia in such a manner and they are still in denial until things start getting tight and they find themselves with their backs against the wall what did they do Cut civil servants pay run to the LOAN SHARKS IMF and Caribbean Development Bank (they use to him there) and bury us in a financial sink hole with the shovel and axe ALL BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT PREPARED for a rainy day. Remember he took EC $43 million and give it to a developer for golf course that’s why people can’t get their monies now. I am at aww that some St Lucians thinks it’s a bed of roses right now; like really ?? Just wait in the coming months they believe by opening the borders everything is going to be just OK all of this is just going to disappear JACKASSES I can hardly wait to laugh at them. Go read the warning The IMF said today about Caribbean countries reopening their economies in Jamaica Observer dismal to say the least

    • You have not actually addressed this article. The current and future leader of the opposition is suggesting giving ppl money to pay short term bills from loans. We need solutions, purchasing lands with said money for agriculture and create employment and income for those ppl are the type of things Pierre cannot envision. Complaining about a golf course that brings foreign investors to our shores over giving away money. Wow. Pierre is not a leader, and you are just spewing nonsense as usual…..carry on

    • High Grade, the message from the Gov’t repeatedly have been that we have to manage and start living with COVID-19 for a longtime. As a result, no one is certain that things will be okay. But the Jackass that you are, not being able to decipher nonsense from the truth, you will keep smoking them banana leaves and thinking that it is high grade. For once, stop sounding like sound that comes out of Pierre’s *** and when he farts.

    • High Grade! High Grade! high Grade! Poor old chap! sounds like you’re going broke from the hand out you received from your paymasters and can’t wait for them to return. Are you one of those C***–tractors who had our hard earned taxpayers and Taiwanese cash dumped in your hands for the purpose of creating jobs? Is this how Our Island is going to be developed? No wonder, Joachim Henry is happy with our “International” airport. He said It is marked as “Hewanorra International” so it is already International. Is this the type of person you want to be in charge of your Island? Pathetic! Perhaps you should consider taking up Limbo Dancing; your standard, your bar is so low.

  9. I’m really getting frightened for my country cause I have my issues with Chastnet not the members of his cabinet. I think my Rep surely deserves another term because by a country mile he has been our best Rep since Dada, but I know Soufriere will not vote him again. What if UWP loses the election can we as St Lucians truly believe that PJP can ever last 90 days as PM? The man is being manipulated by Kenny and Juwfali to make an ass of himself every day so they can waltz themselves into the leadership of the party and hopefully the next government. This spells disaster for my beloved country. Btw Juwfali has not responded to Michael Holding’s claim that millions of West Indies cricket money went into his account and nothing tangible is there to show for it. Over to you Mr PM wannabe Helaire.

  10. The guy is right. Tourism is this governments out and that’s not going to happen soon. So tell me what the hell are we going to do, or what are we going to turn to… the gardair, I suppose. The Angkor civilization failed because they overlooked the availability of water and did not prepare for the day when the rain stopped. We are not in the same boat, but very close. Our dependence on tourism has exposed the weaknesses of a heavy reliance on one industry, with lots of instability.
    The IMFs latest report on St. Lucia indicated that there will be a decline in economic performance in the upcoming years due to the increase in public debt which continue to rise and the risk associated with it’s repayment. This was before Corvid. Just remember our debt has increased a whole lot with this group since this last report. Our development goals are shortsighted and makes no sense. We now have a house race track that’s not being use. Who pays for the upkeep? People keep saying they see development but there is nothing inside to indicate that the public is benefitting from what we see. …We all know that you cannot judge a book by it’s cover.
    I do not see tourism coming back in full force for a long time. Unfortunately we all know who will get preference in this regard. A hint, it will not be the ones that needs it the most.

  11. I am a vendor, I am starving, as is my family. We have no one to help us despite all efforts to get other work etc I am feeling very down about it, I just wish the current administration stopped thinking about the rich man and thought about the poor.

    • Dear John, you should have saved for a rainy day..
      Stop depending on other people to mention your family..

  12. A new PAHO report just stated that the world will have to leave with Covid 19 for at least the next two years. If so be the case whole chew noi pa bon. Like KDA said after he lost the 2006 election and the world started going through the financial meltdown, that’s a good election to lose. I’m wondering if that’s not the reason why PIP is continuously making a fool of himself to lose the election because he knows that his party would have created a disaster with our current situation.

  13. Bro this elections are the best elections for both of them to lose trust me on that. But with that said I really want S.L.P to win cause I want to see what they are made of and what plans they have to take us out of this mess. Right now I don’t want no 5 to stay alive, 4 lane highway from Castries to V-fort or $400 million immediately to be dumped in the economy. The people and the country needs strong polices and planning to take us pass Covid19 and to prepare our Butts for the years to come when there’s another pandemic or event as bad as this one or worse. Oh but P.J.P how de a.. you going to take monies that are meant to be used for specific reasons such as capital projects to be given as handouts. All over the Caribbean where these I.M.F loans were give they have used them for capital projects to stimulate the economies and here you talking shate so. Your politics are only to fool stupid people who don’t read, think, understand or even watch news. Man get out of here and stop taking people for a joke.

  14. Bro this elections are the best elections for both of them to lose trust me on that. But with that said I really want S.L.P to win cause I want to see what they are made of and what plans they have to take us out of this mess. Right now I don’t want no 5 to stay alive, 4 lane highway from Castries to V-fort or $400 million immediately to be dumped in the economy. The people and the country needs strong polices and planning to take us pass Covid19 and to prepare our Butts for the years to come when there’s another pandemic or event as bad as this one or worse. Oh but P.J.P how de a.. you going to take monies that are meant to be used for specific reasons such as capital projects to be given as handouts. All over the Caribbean where these I.M.F loans were give they have used them for capital projects to stimulate the economies and here you talking shate so. Your politics are only to fool stupid people who don’t read, think, understand or even watch news. Man get out of here and stop taking people for a joke.

  15. I would like to know how PJP will run the country…the economy is bad new government not good for the country for now… watch out lucians don’t think about red and yellow.. don’t let politicians brainwashed you all.. think before you vote…pjp you are tasteless and a turnoff.God help lucian

  16. In March PJP said St.Lucian was the worst prepared for the pandemic. Shawn Edward said the preparations for Covid was world class. Shawn was right see how we have managed. PJP realized that he had made. foolish statement in March he is coming out again and make even a more silly and foolish statement. Shawn I am waiting to hear you counteract PJP ‘s stupid statement.
    Poor jab Pip Kenny and Hilaire must be having a good laugh at you making a fool of yourself.

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