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Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Leader and Leader of the Opposition Phillip J. Pierre said the government’s first 100 days in office was an abysmal failure that has already left a trail of broken promises.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday (Sept. 20), the former deputy prime minister said, the United Workers Party (UWP) has already proven to be a disappointment to the people of Saint Lucia.
Pierre said the government has not managed to introduce most of the promises, if any, made during the election campaign and said it goes back to what the SLP said, “they made too many unrealistic promises.”
“The prime minister’s account of the first 100 days in office of his UWP administration was bitterly disappointing. It lacked any substance, any commitment to keep promises made, offered no way forward to meet global challenges and continued the personal attacks on professionals,” Pierre said.
The opposition leader said the prime minister cannot continue to lament that these are difficult times.
“The people of Saint Lucia know that. It is time to deal with the business of government and stop stating the obvious.”
Pierre recalled that the Chastanet had promised an assessment of the economy to be undertaken by the Caribbean Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank on the state of the economy, but 100 days after taking up office, the government is yet to present that report.
“The SLP insists that this assessment be based on figures prepared and presented by the Ministry of Finance. The Saint Lucia Labour Party calls on the prime minister to immediately make the report or any other report prepared by the Ministry of Finance available.”
Drawing the media’s attention to the current government’s ‘Five to Stay Alive’ plan, Pierre said most of these promises were not delivered.
In relation to reducing vehicle licence fees, the opposition leader stated that there was a 50 percent reduction on the increase in fees and not 50 percent reduction in the overall fees.
He noted too that nothing has changed in the school feeding and school transportation subsidies.
“The UWP government in its first 100 days had shown that it is the most vindictive UWP administration ever with numerous firings of workers and professionals in the most undignified manner. The SLP believes that every Saint Lucian deserves the right to work and regardless of political orientation must be treated with dignity and respect. The attacks on the Attorney General and Ambassador to Washington both women were uncalled for and unnecessary,” he added.
The SLP said it will very shortly undertake a sectoral analysis of the performance of the UWP government after its first one hundred 100 days and will present a more comprehensive report later.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told media operatives during a live press conference aired on Monday evening on the National Communications Network, that the government is currently faced with many challenges.
He said his government is finding it difficult to implement several changes that they had in mind, because of what they inherited from the former Kenny Anthony-led administration.