Tourism minister and minister of legal affairs, Ian Douglas, has said the supplementary estimates of expenditure presented for the financial year ending June 30, 2014, is clear evidence that the government is working.
Parliament met on Thursday and prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, sought approval for the estimates in the amount of $45,056,927.22.
“What we have here before us is absolute evidence of a government that is working in the interest of its people,” Douglas said in his address to parliament. “That is clear and let us establish that every single supplementary appropriation listed here gives clear evidence of a country in development.”
Douglas explained that supplementary estimates are estimates that have not been budgeted for, and the extra budgetary spending, “is evidence of the tremendous infrastructural development works happening around Dominica at this point.”
However, United Workers Party (UWP) senator, Ron Green, disagreed saying the government is requesting supplementary estimates because of its failure to manage the country.
He noted that, based on his own observation, 16 items in the estimates are what he considered “unexpected or unforeseen.”
“I see this supplementary as very clear evidence of poor government planning, misplaced priorities and plain mismanagement,” he said. “I am quite aware after many years of the role of a supplementary and the supplementary as a flexibility tool in planning. We must have flexibility but I did a deliberate count and there are 32 items on the supplementary and in my estimation when you can do the count yourself, 16 of them could be considered unexpected or unforeseen.”
Parliament was adjourned to Monday September 22, 2014 from 10:00 am.