SLP says UWP press release irrelevant and insultive

By SLP

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Labour Party is not surprised at the position of the United Workers Party government of putting foreign investors first to the detriment of local businessmen and ordinary Saint Lucians.

Every businessman and every working Saint Lucian is expected to pay all applicable taxes as mandated by the Inland Revenue Department. If there is a dispute then there is a process to resolve the disagreement.

Why then should only Sandals enjoy UWP government’s intervention on its behalf? It is clear that the SLP government is not against foreign investors and definitely not against Sandals as evidenced by the generous incentives package granted to them in 2013. By its own admission the UWP, in its press release of September 7th 2017, acknowledges the SLP’s willingness to grant concessions to investors and Sandals.

This issue is not about incentives but rather about the UWP government’s blatant and unapologetic disregard for due process. The Inland Revenue Department assessed Sandals and determined that the government and people of Saint Lucia were owed 24 million dollars. The SLP maintains that if the process was followed, the matter would have been resolved either by the Tax Appeal Commission or the court as provided by law.

By intervening and granting the 100% waiver to Sandals, the UWP has removed any chance of collecting that money.

While other governments are willing to stand up for its people, the UWP government seems hell bent on giving away everything to the detriment of Saint Lucia and Saint Lucians

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4 comments

  1. The following comments are made in a non-partisan manner.

    With respect to the SLP's "press release",in particular:

    (1) It is very interesting that their "press releases" never include a contact name or contact telephone number nor contact e-mail address, unlike the press releases of most every other party that issues press releases in the Western Hemisphere. The cred goes out the window with the impression that there is no one answerable;e to any of us that have questions or are simply seeking further information.

    (2) The "press release" states, "United Workers Party government of putting foreign investors first to the detriment of local businessmen and ordinary Saint Lucians.

    The prior government had their chance to make a difference in the future and helping our youth realize their potential. They had literally years.

    What did they accomplish in that regard? Next to nothing. That's why the SLP\s "press releases don't usually mention anything they achieved in government. Because they didn't in most cases and arguably squandered away the futures of the working class.

    Whether or not the current government can help facilitate our island recover its squandered legacy and boldly lead us into an dynamic future remains to be sen.

    The previous government roundly demonstrated that they were simply just up for, nor interested in the job.

    God Bless.
    Every businessman and every working Saint Lucian is expected to pay all applicable taxes as mandated by the Inland Revenue Department"
    Evasion of paying taxes by local SME's (small and medium size enterprises) here has been an open secret for years that most everyone practices to one degree or another, otherwise known as the cash, or underground economy.

    The SLP might want to be mindful about accusations since arguably business people of all political stripes would be surprised if a serious tax audit was done.

    (3) Crunch the numbers, request the information from the Inland Revenue Department --- local businesses, generally, are not providing the jobs nor are they providing the bursaries and sponsorships for -developmental and post-secondary educational opportunities for those that are the future of this island to Looshans. Locally based business has fallen disappointingly short in this area.

    It's sad. It really is.

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  2. Jobs what jobs? Every job that's a job at Sandals is filled by a foreigner and there is a reason for this..........control! This whole saga make realize why Butch was in support of UWP and not SLP and any one applying their minds to the situation it is not difficult to work out the Butch thought his bread was more thoroughly buttered under UWP. You see whats good for business is not necessarily good for the country and vise versa. So from this point of view i am inclined to believe SLP over UWP.

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  3. Investments at an enormous cost to locals, with minimal returns.

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    • jobs are no return. you are an idiot just like the slp. they will not admit the truth about anything and that is one reason they are irrelevant to the people of st lucia

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