Minister of Government Ambrose George has said that the opposition needs to “come again” when it comes to the 2013-2014 national budget.
The budget was presented on Wednesday by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
George said after listening to opposition leader Hector John’s rebuttal of the budget, that it appears that John was unsure of what he was presenting.
“Really and truly after listening to the contents of the opposition leader’s presentation, one can summarize it by saying that he was not quite sure what it is that he was really presenting,” he told DNO shortly after John’s presentation.
George stated that John made some promises that the United Workers Party would present if it was in power. However he did not indicate how the programmes would be implemented neither did he indicate where the money would be coming from.
“One is left to wonder what is he really speaking about. It appeared that he had great difficulty presenting whatever was prepared for him and as a result there was no sequence, no trend, and one could not easily grasp what he was trying to present,” George stated.
The minister pointed out that John was only able to regain himself only when he began speaking about his constituency.
“You would have noticed that his tone of voice changed, his gesture and posture changed and he found comfort there,” Ambrose stated. “So one has to wonder really and truly what part did he play in the preparing of his presentation. Was it something that was prepared for him and given to him to read?”
He described John’s presentation as showing “no promise.” George went on further to state that the other two presentations made by the opposition were “off target.”
He was referring to the presentations of senators Isidore and Bazil.
“They were speaking of things which in my mind certainly didn’t make any sense. Therefore, I wonder whether in fact the United Workers Party is showing any sign of preparation or readiness to be the government of Dominica in the near future,” he said.
He compared the presentations made by the opposition on Friday morning to that of Kelvar Darroux another minister of Government and according to George, Darroux stuck to the budget, and spoke to things that were relevant, and things planned for his constituency.
George emphasized that the opposition is “far off” as it relates to the budget.