Kamla: This 'pie-in-the-sky' Budget will only work on Fantasy Island

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has described the 2019 Budget as a "Pie-in-the-sky Budget" that she says can only work on 'Fantasy Island'.

"My first point is that he engaged in statistical conmanship," the Opposition Leader said as she gave a response in a new conference immediately after minister Colm Imbert presented the 2019 Budget.

"It is as though he is living on Fantasy Island. Some would say he is delusional in his comments," she added.

She said the only thing Minister Imbert forgot to say was "hastag Trinidad and Tobago is not a real place".

She continued: "No one in this country feels any growth. No one in this country feels any recovery. No one in this country feels any turnaround in their pockets or their lifestyles."

She says the minister announced no plans to grow the economy and that although the Budget theme included the word "turnaround", he only used that word at the very end.

"I don't think that even he knows how to turnaround," she said.

She said she disagrees that the majority of the country uses diesel but rather, the majority uses super gasoline, saying that impact will be felt across the country.

She also disagreed with the unemployment figures, arguing that about 30,000 people lost their jobs from 2015 to now.

"The minister did not tell the truth in my respectful view," she said.

She described the Budget as the reading of the funeral rights of the Petrotrin workers.

 

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