Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Castries East, Philip J. Pierre, has urged voters not to be fooled by Allen Chastanet’s promise to remove the Value Added Tax (VAT) and vote for him.
Addressing a massive crowd in Micoud North on Sunday to launch Herbert Roserie, Pierre said Saint Lucians cannot afford to “gamble” with someone who claims he will ultimately remove VAT.
“You can’t gamble with a man who is saying that he can stop the country from earning $346 million in revenue, when you need over $400 million to pay civil servants, teachers, nurses and police officers,” he asserted.
The Deputy PM urged civil servants to take note, while explaining that the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) recently said that Saint Lucia is poised for economic growth in the year 2016.
Pierre boasted that under the SLP government several fire stations were built, police stations improved, officers were sent for training and the police were given more resources.
He also lashed out at Chastanet, who will be contesting the Micoud South seat and said he should be defeated.
“You can’t find one person to run in Micoud, you must look for Allen Chastanet? You can’t find one suitable young man or woman to run in Micoud but must look for Allen?”
Pierre called on party supporters to send a message to the UWP by turning out in their large numbers on election day to vote for the SLP, so that the work they have started can continue.