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Todd: Govt going down right path

Government Senator Patrick Todd believes the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is now “running scared”.

The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office made the assertion during the just-concluded Estimates debate, which he said has given the public reason to believe in the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration.

Speaking in the Senate, Todd said Government had managed to deliver a stimulus package without “going on the local market and borrowing money at expensive interest rates”.

He also said they had shunned lending agencies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and had opted to instead utilize the services of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank.

Todd insisted that this strategy avoided the “draconian measures” that the IMF would require, such as massive layoffs and devaluation.

“This is very, very exciting and I am saying that the Opposition is running scared because they know that we are on the right trajectory and that we have stabilized the economy and we are now moving towards sustained economic growth.

“These capital work programmes that we have identified will generate jobs, so it means that people will realize that the DLP is the party of choice and therefore the BLP is running scared, because they know that once these projects are executed we stand a very good chance of being re-elected when the bell is rung,” Todd insisted.

“That is why they are running hot and sweaty, [because] they know that we are on to good things. They were calling for a stimulus package and now we are executing it, they are just opposing for opposing sake. But this DLP will not have time for them. We are focused to bringing success and development to the people of Barbados.”

Todd said the measures would provide thousands of jobs for Barbadians in the future and showed that the DLP was “serious” about the continued development of Barbados. (RB)

11 Responses to Todd: Govt going down right path

  1. harry turnover March 25, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Todd wha you telling yourself ? you tink people foolish or wha ? taxation every year since 2008…..every year wunna got to do this so that by next year things would have improved….we are getting there…..there is light at the end of the tunnel….we are nowhere near where we should be…and now this year AGAIN more tax…more lay offs…more strikes….less water…more garbage…less foreign exchange….more pretty talk…less action.

    • Donild Trimp March 25, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Harry Turnover, you cannot dispute what he said below because he is 100% correct. Barbados would have been a basket case if the Government had gone to the IMF for funding.

      “He also said they had shunned lending agencies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and had opted to instead utilize the services of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank.

      Todd insisted that this strategy avoided the “draconian measures” that the IMF would require, such as massive layoffs and devaluation”.

      • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 26, 2016 at 5:53 am

        Is that base on your analysis? You obviously seem to think that Barbados is better off without the IMF, yet most of what was implemented as a stimulus package where the suggestions of the IMF. If being able to hold the currency peg is an important indicator that the government is doing something right, what would you call the massive public and private sector layoffs and the widened and widening tax net initiatives that are all part of a set of measures that are no different to what the IMF suggested?

        Todd is not expected to say anything different to what all of the other DLP parliamentarians are scripted to say. The only difference with Todd is that he is no longer asking politicians to declare their sexual orientation. Other than that he is just another high paid senator with nothing to show why he is earning his salary.

    • Rasta Mike March 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Taxation was way before 2008 and will continue every year, taxation was in Jesus time remember Zacchaeus the chief tax collector. Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And you won’t have a problem or worry. An economy is run on taxes Government don’t have a money tree or wishing well, Trinidad has oil and the economy in trouble, countries much bigger than Barbados that have natural resources in trouble. Barbados has to be doing well, just open your eyes and read world news.

  2. Tony Webster March 25, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    The Hon. Senator…is clearly “whistling in the dark”. I am sure of this, because I recognise the tune, which several people seem to have been chorusing recently. The tune is variously called ” We have done well”; or “We are on the right path”; sometimes it is called-“Light at the end of the tunnel”

    I wonder why? Possibly…someone is gonna get hit by an approaching train?

  3. jrsmith March 25, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Only Democrats who is living in cloud cookoo land believes so, I am a democrat until the next general election ,as I said before if all government ministers , woke up one morning with a horn growing from they foreheads, alas all bajans , would shout something has happen … that might scare the BLP..

  4. Olutoye Walrond March 25, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    So once again: “on the right trajectory”; big projects about to come that will employ millions; light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a very, very long tunnel indeed.

  5. Rasta Mike March 27, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Trinidad has oil and foreign exchange scarce economy in trouble, Greece economy in crisis since 2009, Brazil and other countries that much larger than Barbados in trouble, so give the credit this Government doing a good at keeping the country afloat. Most people don’t understand taxes is what run the country Government don’t have a money tree, it is either taxes or borrow money, then you still have to tax to pay back, so get real.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 28, 2016 at 2:37 am

      There are taxes and then there is draconian taxation. If the islands financial affairs were managed better with greater transparency there would not be the type of draconian taxes responsible for plummeting a large percentage of the population into hardships. Tell them introduce integrity and transparency legislation with no more excuses for why they cannot put anticorruption legislation in place and then come back and defend them. The islands finances has been mismananged and abused for personal gains.

  6. Tony Webster March 27, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    @Rasta Mike: there is an ocean of difference, between borrowing , to tide you over a “hard month”…and even a long-term loan to build a new airport is acceptable. But borrowing from from every Tom, Dick, and Harry…EVERY month…for EVERYTHING just spells two things: incompetence, and trouble for all citizens in new and additional taxes…down the road.

    Would YOU run up five different credit cards…to the max?
    What then? If everyone (lenders) know that you are HIGH RISK…they will either RAISE the loan interest rate really high…or not lend you at all.

    Rasta Mike…ease up on dat stuff!

  7. Andrew Rudder March 28, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Here are a few words that can make masses happy ” It will! We shall! I shall! We will have! It’s going to be! Salary increase! Promotion! Tax deductible! Medical coverage!


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