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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHY BUILD A NEW OFFICE FOR THE PRIME MINISTER?
CASTRIES, Saint Lucia – Tuesday, November 26, 2013 – The United Workers Party
understands that the Office of the Prime Minister will be relocated to the old Golden Hope site at
La Toc. Clean up commenced on Monday, November 25th, 2013, and construction is expected to
The Party questions the rationale of the Saint Lucia Labour Government to incur this level of
expenditure at this time for a project that is not going to bring relief to the poor and
underprivileged or make a meaningful contribution to the economy. What is equally disturbing is
the fact that the Prime Minister just recently spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to refurbish
his office and the office of other Ministers.
The Labour Party Administration continues to show its insensitivity to the plight of the citizens
and lack of vision to grow the economy. The citizens have and continue to suffer as a result of
Government’s decision to eliminate the subsidy on rice, flour and sugar; increase the price of
fuel and to apply VAT to medicine.
Despite the clear and overwhelming evidence that their policies are not working, this
Government continues to spend lavishly on foreign offices, employment of party executives, and
the issuing of suspect contracts.
Given the state of the economy and the fact that over 3000 jobs have been lost since this
Administration took office, we categorically condemn the decision to spend money on a new
office for the Prime Minster when the current one is more than adequate.
In tough times like these a leader ought to lead by example, whether he intends to or not.