Pierre asks St Lucians to compare Govt stimulus with his plans
Leader of the Opposition Philip J Pierre has reacted to the stimulus package revealed by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet Wednesday night, April 8, 2020.
Speaking with Loop News, Pierre said: “Well the people of St Lucia now have an opportunity to compare two plans. I made my plans clear. I’ve actually stated the vital areas of the economy we think ought to be serviced.
We are living in extraordinary times and the solutions must be extraordinary solutions. We have to have a completely new approach. The positions that we held pre-COVID, the projects that we pushed pre-COVID, we have to re-examine them."
Pierre pointed out what his plans were centered on saying: "What is most important is that we must see about people. We have to understand that there can be no economy without people. So any plan now ought to see about people and at the same time, ensuring that there is some level of economic activity. That is what my plan is and people have the opportunity to examine both plans and will understand which plan will serve people better."
Pierre noted that the situation called for a new kind of approach: "There can be no long term planning… it’s got to be planning basically on a month-to-month basis or even on a day-to-day basis.
We cannot use the models that we used pre-COVID to deal with a post-COVID situation. The variables have changed drastically."
In summary, the SLP leader said: "We have to ensure people have food on the table. We have to find policies that will carry the country and keep the country ticking until things get back to normalcy."
Pierre also reacted to the National Emergency Organization (NEMO) revealing that 15,000 care packages had been delivered to those in need during the 24-hour curfew.
“There were major issues in my constituency and I get back to the point that right now we cannot look at the next election, we have to look at the next life, the next meal. In my constituency, the distribution of packages was riddled with political interference… it was contaminated by political hopefuls. I hope now that we have learned our lessons and that will be a thing of the past."