CASTRIES, St Lucia, May 28, CMC – The main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) is reminding the ruling St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) of its campaign promises including an immediate injection of EC$100 million (US$37 million) into the local economy.
The UWP said that the government cannot now renege on its promises making reference to statements by Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony and the SLP’s general secretary Leo Clarke that the funds would now be injected in phases.
“The Prime Minister and his government along with their operatives must be reminded that the St. Lucian electorate cannot be fooled,” the UWP said noting that the government said the multi-million dollar injection into the economy was to create jobs and reconstruction activities.
“This promise is stated in clear and unambiguous language and can only be understood in one way. There is only one way to interpret the word “immediately,” the party said, adding that “this bold and glamorous promise,” was among a lst of 20 used by the SLP to gain the favour of the electorate.
“The St Lucian electorate is eager to know whether the Prime Minister is now seeking to use the long hand of Value Added Tax (VAT) coming on September 1, to intrude into the already shallow pockets of the citizens to raise the promised EC$100 million.
“St Lucians are also concerned about the ability of the Kenny Anthony’s government to deliver on their fat promises in the event that the country is required to pay settlements of US$500 million to oil magnate Jack Grynberg, who is taking government to court,” the UWP said, urging the government to “adjust to the reality of governance and deliver on their promise for “better days.”