Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton, has said the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has been making Dominicans poorer over the past 18 years it has been in power.
He was responding to the National Budget in parliament on Thursday.
“For 18 long years, through budget after budget, this administration has spent more and more of the people’s money on making people poorer, destroying their quality of life and rendering them more and more incapable of making their own money, being their own people, taking care of their families and living lives of dignity,” he said. “Indeed, the most disgraceful performance record of this administration is the more money it receives to develop the country and help the people, the worse off the people become.”
He stated that over the years, his United Workers Party (UWP) has been calling out what he described as “the enduring obsession with the same old failed policies of exclusion, secrecy and petty political partisanship that have made a complete mockery of the parliamentary oversight responsibility for preparation of the national budget and the management of public finances.”
“We have asked for the involvement of the parliamentary opposition at stages in the budget preparation cycle where it can meaningfully contribute to the annual revenue and expenditure planning exercise,” Linton stated. “In 2015, in 2016, in 2017 the budget response of the parliamentary opposition went to great lengths to demonstrate why the budgets of those years and the budgets of the 15 previous years lacked credibility.”