Rubbish victory!

BLP claims win in fight for repeal of waste tax

The Municipal Solid Waste Tax is about to be repealed, and the Opposition Barbados Labour Party is claiming victory.

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler made the announcement but did not say exactly when the relevant bill would come before the House of Assembly for approval.

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler
Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler

Among Bills before the House, according to the website of Parliament, is “A Bill entitled An Act to amend the Municipal Solid Waste Tax Act (Act 2014-6) to provide for the extension of the time for the full payment of the solid waste tax; the remittance of the whole of the solid waste tax to certain pensioners; the rate of tax applicable to owners of land being used for agricultural purposes; exemptions under the Act; and other related matters”.

The “other related matters in this case” points to the final clause of amendment that states, “This Act shall expire on the 31st day of March, 2015”.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley hailed the past date expiration of the tax law as an indication that the march led by her party last July was successful.

Mottley recalled the walk of thousands, without union and private sector support, from Parliament Buildings to Government Headquarters on Bay Street where she delivered a letter of protest to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, but no response came from the country’s leader.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley (centre) and other BLP officials during last year’s                  anti-Municipal Solid Waste Tax march.
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley (centre) and other BLP officials during last year’s anti-Municipal Solid Waste Tax march.

“But what came this week was the announcement by the Minister of Finance that the tax will be repealed,” she told a party St James South branch meeting Sunday evening.

“Let us make no bones about it. Do you believe that tax would ever have been repealed if the people of Barbados did not speak out in their thousands . . . . If we did not stand up and say, ‘this is disproportionate, this is ill-conceived and excessive’?”

Mottley went on: “Across every class and group in this country people stood tall as one, people didn’t join me on that march because they were Labour Party, people joined me on that march because it was wrong, and the country spoke with one voice.”

She said the victory was instructive to people of the island.

“If there is a lesson for Barbadians to learn is that we can speak up, protest in peace, be courteous about how we do it, but we can be firm about what we feel. And when we do it as one, we can effect change, as change has been effected in other parts of the world.”

6 Responses to Rubbish victory!

  1. Deals On Wheels
    Deals On Wheels May 19, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Hon Mottly with all due respect hun. Before that tax even came into existence they said it wasn’t a permanent hold and thag it would be about a year tops. So the repeal wasn’t nothing to do with you lmao

  2. carson c cadogan May 20, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Mia is like a drowning man catching at a straw.

    It was always said that the Tax would only last for a short period of time.

    Sorry Mia, not all of us have short memories!!

  3. villager. May 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Mia Mottley is plain desperate,what victory what?

  4. Harry Turnover May 20, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    ……and the EIGHTEEN MONTH adjustment period was suppose to last for EIGHTEEN MONTHS…….and DEM said that there will be NO LAYOFFS in the Public Service during the build up to the last election….and the increase in VAT was supposed to be temporary.
    Sorry CCC,not all of us have short memories !

  5. David May 20, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Here she goes again, the BLP need leadership If they are to win the next election ,Did Owen come back to the hem soon in the last election ?

  6. Bajan boy May 21, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Most people who can’t spell helm would obviously support the DLP….Mia is absolutely correct had she not protested the temporary would have been until the year before elections…


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