Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

‘FINAL RITES’ FOR ECONOMY: Members of the Opposition at yesterday’s presentation of the 2020 budget in Parliament. From left are Pointe-a-Pierre MP David Lee, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Naparima MP Rodney Charles and Tabaquite MP Suruj Rambachan.

Breadcrumbs and bulbs.

This is what Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said Finance Minister Colm Imbert, whom she described as a “snake oil salesman”, has given to the population.

Speaking to the media following the 2020 budget presentation yesterday at the Parliament, Persad-Bissessar said she does not believe the population would be fooled by an “electioneering” budget that has placed band-aids on major issues such as a dead economy and massive job losses.

“All that glitters is not gold. So all these promises that are being made, repeated promises that are not being kept. No gold in there for the ordinary citizens. People want jobs, not bulbs....I mean that is the brightest idea in the budget, I mean really, are you for real?” said Persad-Bissessar.

The former prime minister said Imbert performed the “final rites” on the economy with his “boring” three hours and 21 minutes long presentation in which he demonstrated the cumulative failure of the Government over the past four years.


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