Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore has said the restoration of fiscal integrity to the governance of Dominica is one of the most important achievements of the Roosevelt Skerrit-led administration.
Speaking on Kairi FM’s Heng Programme on Thursday morning, Blackmoore said he recalled a time when Dominica was “just over a cliff, waiting for a little breeze to throw it down”.
He said, “Government’s debt ratio was 131 percent which means we had no money to do anything. We had no money to pay salaries…we could not build roads so we were selling passports like hot bread and doing other things and creating a false impression. There was an illusion that there was money in the country. In fact Dominica was just over a cliff for a little breeze to throw it down”.
He said were it not for the ability of the Dominica Labour Party government to stabilize the country, the country would have sunk.
Blackmoore added that when the United Workers Party was in government (from 1995-2000), they were unable to source funds to pay salaries and resorted to commercial loans, which further plunged the country into deeper debt. He said the then Edison James-led government were not paying social security for civil servants at one time and that under James’ watch, the country could not afford to build an international airport.
Blackmoore added that there has been constant attacks on Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit because his detractors believe that if Skerrit falls, the whole party will crumble, which is not the case.
The minister added that it is time that everyone put their differences aside and unite for the development of the country. He said the electorate voted 18-3 in favour of this government and not 18-3 in favour of the main Opposition party.
Blackmoore also noted that Dominica is doing much better than most Caribbean countries during the recession.