first_img Share 6 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Opposition Leader Mr. Hector JohnAt a public Meeting in Lagon, Roseau this Monday night at 8:00pm, the United Workers Party team is expected to respond to the National Budget, which was presented by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at Parliament on Wednesday.Parliamentary representative for the Roseau Central Constituency, Honourable Norris Prevost has said that on Monday night evidence will be given to show that the budget is sadly one with no hope for Economic recovery for Dominicans. According to the Roseau MP, the budget prescribes no medicine for the two main problems facing Dominica now, namely, the dead economy and corruption in government. ‘Dominicans you need to come out and save our country, otherwise it will be too late. We will be under the dictatorship of a communist one-party state. We will not be able to speak; they will push us deeper into poverty. Corruption is rampant from the top. We have seen the government undermining every democratic institution in this country,’ says Prevost. On the question of corruption Mr Prevost says the justice system is so porous and political interference so strong, that the corruption is either swept under the table, or is made to fall through the cracks in the justice system. Prevost says ‘unemployment is at its highest, now beyond 35% overall, whilst unemployment among youth 16 to 25 years is at an alarming 70%.  Another one thousand young people are graduating from secondary schools and college, and most of them will have to join the long unemployment line. Dominican’s trucks and heavy duty equipment are lying idle.’ The UWP claims that ‘for the first time in 20 years there will be no cruise ship visiting Dominica’s shores for six months, leaving the vendors, taxi drivers and tour guides with no source of income.  Farmers are being forced to abandon and sell their lands. The local furniture and handicraft industries are dead, whilst local restaurant owners and other small businesses are rapidly being displaced by foreign businessmen and foreign fast food franchises. Low Investor confidence in the Policies of the Skerrit-Administration is confirmed by a recent staggering 51% drop in foreign direct investment (FDI).’He noted that the budget does not deal with any of those very critical problems facing the people of Dominica today, and Monday’s meeting will demonstrate to Dominicans, the emptiness and the hopelessness of the Skerrit-Government budget. ‘The government is undermining the parliamentary opposition. For the last couple of years, since this parliament has begun, we have not been able to get not one question into the parliament. Every time we have submitted our question, the Speaker of the House on behalf of the government has blocked them. So the corruption that is going on…the information we need for the people – we cannot get it,’ Prevost told the media.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share LocalNews UWP to defend the National Budget on Monday night by: – July 2, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img

UWP to defend the National Budget on Monday night

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