Budget 2017: Sinckler appeals to Barbadians to make major sacrifices

 

Finance Minister Chris Sinckler made an early appeal for Barbadians to make “major sacrifices” to rescue the ailing economy as he began the presentation of the 2017 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals in Parliament just after 4 p.m.

 

Warning that the Government could not continue to provide all services “ that we have grown accustomed to and in the magnitude that we desire”, he stressed that urgent action was needed.

“Are we prepared to stand together as one in a concerted effort to stabilize our economy and protect and defend the strength of our currency, the standard and quality or our lives and even our sovereignty as a nation? Or are we prepared to surrender to any narrow agendas whether political, social or economic?” he asked.

Sinckler stressed that the time had come for the country to engage in a national discourse to build consensus on a sustainable national economic and social reform programme to resuscitate the economy,  revitalize the island’s social systems and “liberate us from the deleterious impacts of deficits, debt, downgrades and possible devaluation”.

“Are we prepared to put Barbados first?”  he stressed.

The Finance Minister declared that Barbadians have no desire to see their country collapse and would be “more than prepared to support all reasonable efforts by this or any government to protect our economy, maintain our social systems and protect the vulnerable among us. They are prepared to do this even if it means that we will have to sacrifice and be inconvenienced a little more,” he told Parliament.

64 Responses to Budget 2017: Sinckler appeals to Barbadians to make major sacrifices

  1. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray May 30, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Mr. We were doing that for far to long now

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    • Dean Hajas June 1, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Barbados Government broke audit Laws several times in the fiscal year. $289 million owed in Corporate taxes is the culprit with a non-existent ability for enforcement of collections. Legalize Mary Jane Barbados, make textiles from the stocks of the plant, sell to the tourists that we all know want a draw. Get your bald heads out of the sand and listen to the people. You will have the poor turning on the wealthy soon enough….and Barbados won’t recover if tourists think they won’t be safe during a visit. Think outside your British Queen’s disloyalties…and do what’s right for BIM.

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  2. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke May 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Hasn’t that been his cry every budget ?? What improvement do we have to show for all the previous sacrifices ?? Why will this be any different ?? Stupes !!!

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  3. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray May 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Time to go, not for you ásk for more belt pulling

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  4. Lanceford Skeete
    Lanceford Skeete May 30, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Let’s sacrifice dem. Anymore sacrifice Bajans will surely die. Guess more taxes to come.

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  5. Astral Macalesher
    Astral Macalesher May 30, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    General election? Anyone?

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  6. Andrea Young
    Andrea Young May 30, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    How much more must we sacrifice. ..what we don’t have?

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  7. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles May 30, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    If only his mother could’ve made the ultimate sacrifice and abort him

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    • Fry Head
      Fry Head May 30, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Lol I love it

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    • Caroline Boxill
      Caroline Boxill May 30, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    • Debbie A.Leon
      Debbie A.Leon May 30, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Ca dear don’t blame the mother

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    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles May 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      somewhere early in the pregnancy she had to have had a dream or some sorta vision that she was about to spawn a cunthole

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    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne May 30, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Be careful what you’re saying, Nico. I don’t want you to end up like me by rubbing shoulders of the ruling government the wrong way in their intention to sue.

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    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles May 30, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      you right, they a bunch of children over there in George Street

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    • Alisa Cox-West
      Alisa Cox-West May 30, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Wth, you read my mind! First thing that came out of my mouth was I wish his mother took that advice!

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    • Colette Felix
      Colette Felix May 30, 2017 at 8:53 pm
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    • Joe-ann Inniss
      Joe-ann Inniss May 30, 2017 at 10:02 pm
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    • Natasha Belgrave
      Natasha Belgrave May 30, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Omg

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    • Tima May 31, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      ….if only

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  8. Oneil Shalom Mitzvah Hall
    Oneil Shalom Mitzvah Hall May 30, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Call the election plz!

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  9. Everick May 30, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    When will it end? You sound like a broken record.

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  10. Gloria May 30, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Mouth 2 sweet stop letting them pussy foot you all vote Dem out

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  11. Carie Apple
    Carie Apple May 30, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Looka man wunna fah real. Bet he ain’t tighening nothing but the grip around the country’s money. They need to disclose all their finances since getting in office cause the place need an infrastructure upgrade. How did they better the country….roads bad….bus service worst. ..QEH from bad to worst….vat that…vat this….

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  12. Jennifer May 30, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Just like the good ole days lambs to the slaughter for sacrifice. Oh dear, hear comes that tight fitting shoe.

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  13. new one May 30, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    i don’t if them go or not but who will we put in de blp stewpz not better there

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  14. Arlington Andrews Farley
    Arlington Andrews Farley May 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    What about Government ministers taking the lead in making major sacrifices, like a pay cut and all the trimmings that we have to pay for while they live the lavish lifestyle.

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  15. Cheryl Downes
    Cheryl Downes May 30, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Cost of living gone from bad to worse.

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  16. KIM May 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Arent we currently putting Barbados First!! we get up and show up every day to be whacked with senseless comments like these from ppl who just care about power and money. Was the ministers putting Barbados first when they asked the already Ailing society to increase their salaries… too long too long we are sitting by and allowing This clan to make a mokery of the countrymen whilst the rich and famous gaff at the poor and lowly. Caring only for their own. Its time fr Barbadians to unite. Take a leaf from the Bahamian elections give no one party absolute power. Maybe we would see some traction

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  17. Paul Clements
    Paul Clements May 30, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Yes we will sacrifice you !

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  18. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith May 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    This is what government ministers should sacrifice,they should sacrifice the large amount of travel allowance they receive,they should also sacrifice those trips overseas that they go on traveling first class that nothing comes out of,they should also stop giving big companies that come into Barbados so much incentives,because most of them give nothing back,what about sacrificing those big lunches and dinners they take so call clients on and charge them to the tax payers of Barbados,sacrifice some of the pay you are getting for doing nothing.They have made a stinking mess of Barbados and in the process have destroyed the lifestyle bajans are accustomed to,poor people just need to be buried now.
    Oh and while we are in the process of sacrificing,why not sacrifice your seats in the coming elections,bunch of incompetent morons.

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  19. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke May 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I wonder if ppl really understand how massive the price changes in Barbados will be . First the additional 8% on imports and locally manufactured goods will drive up prices , the additional cost of fuel for delivering the said goods to the supermarkets etc will not likely be absorbed but also passed on . That’s 2 raises already . Add that to the additional 2% on foreign transactions which would include payment for foreign goods shipped here will be stage 3 of the increase . No one will absorb so much . I expect at minimum a 20 % to 25% increase on 75% of our usual purchases . Go Chris go . When anyone find out who the vulnerable are he protecting let me know cause last time I checked the poor , disabled , pensioners , low income earners all buy groceries . Fools that vote these back in give yourself a round of applause .

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  20. Diana Cummins
    Diana Cummins May 30, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Is the minister asking for all those living in Barbados to commit suicide, except for his family and his government, they isn’t anything left to sacrifice, Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac,when God provide a lamb instead, Mr Sinclair,will it be wrong of me to asked you to sacrifice your job..

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  21. Ren Alain Sealy
    Ren Alain Sealy May 30, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    You first. #LeadersBeAnExample

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  22. Santini More
    Santini More May 30, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I am fed up of having to bare the consequences and hardships bought about by DLP piss-poor economic management of the Barbados economy. It was not me that put the brakes on consumer spending by adding tax after tax which subsequently shrank the Government taxes & VAT income. It was not me that failed to respond to the urgent needs of the International Business sector to keep companies here in Barbados. It was not me who gave millions of dollars in duty free concessions to Sandals which now means that every new large hotel expects the same sweet deal. It was not me that ignores the Auditor General’s report on the mismanagement of Government monies in departments and agencies. I have not screwed the people of Barbados yet I am expected to make sacrifices…CALL THE DAMN ELECTION!

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  23. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne May 30, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Minister Sinckler, how on God’s green earth can we John Public make major sacrifices when the majority of us don’t have much to offer in this land we call home? You fail to understand that money makes the region and the world at large go round and when an island like Barbados doesn’t have any money, then there’s nothing to contribute. I’m just saying.

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  24. Errol Bradshaw
    Errol Bradshaw May 30, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I could have written this very bad movie script,what is he sacrificing shut up.

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  25. Amelia Gittens
    Amelia Gittens May 30, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    well I saw taxes all over place this was expected what hell they going do bills gotta get pay before hole get any deeper , please minister just dont tax air I breathe next

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  26. Alisa Cox-West
    Alisa Cox-West May 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Make sacrifices? Wish your parents had taken that advice cuz now we stuck with you and your foolishness!

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  27. Andrea King Patrick
    Andrea King Patrick May 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    It is just mind boggling. Amazing how he and his friends couldn’t sacrifice their 10% of their salaries, but they asking people to sacrifice a % of hardly anything. Steupse.

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  28. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch May 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    More ground provisions and back yard chickens for me ,my fruit dunks, tamarinds,what ever in season and lil swank when my knees knocking because I cannot buy a sweet drink.

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  29. ego May 30, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    We talk n talk and when we go to the polls, we do the same over and over.

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  30. Valerie Hoyte
    Valerie Hoyte May 30, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    They have sacrificed everything, what else is left?

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  31. Bobolee Popo May 30, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Derick alleyne said it is time for Bajans tuh suck salt…
    how prophetic.

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  32. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn May 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Why did you all take back the ten percent. This government really think that ALL Bajan foolish

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  33. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn May 30, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Why you all ain’t cut your salaries in half. And make a sacrifice

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  34. Anthony Michael Hinds
    Anthony Michael Hinds May 30, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    government to make sacrifices first…..

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  35. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry May 30, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    What sacrifice is he willing to make. People already struggling.

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  36. Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan May 30, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    bajans should sacrifice being stupid and go stand in front Parliament Or government house til we get an early election called this ye and not next

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  37. AniRo Burke
    AniRo Burke May 30, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Why them don’t sacrifice to and stop stealing the country’s money. All Politicians ain’t frighten at all at all at all, smh

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  38. Alex May 30, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Niko and Alisa why do you not make sensible comments instead of your insulting and stupid remarks about abortion?

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  39. Phil May 30, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    The people of barbados need to protest an get that government out

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  40. Vonetta Freeman
    Vonetta Freeman May 30, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    How much more sacrifice will we make. What about you all make sacrifice

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  41. Shaun Yarde
    Shaun Yarde May 30, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Opposition is too soft

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  42. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata May 30, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    D only sacrifice I meking is election day Mek sure my x don’t touch d line duh d blp candidate

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  43. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 30, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Sinckler appeals to Barbadians to make major sacrifices. So that De Layabout Party can continue with their lavished lifestyle. Then the pothole got a nerve to ask are we prepared to put Barbados first? Pray tell thee, which we, who WE? Because he cannot be referring to the Citizens. DEMs NEVER had any interest or do what’s best for Barbados and Citizens. All they’re interested in collecting their monthly salaries including benefits for doing SOD ALL and swept all pressing issues under Mount Carpet, which is now the same height as Mount Hillary. For the love of God, call an Election.

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  44. Frank White May 30, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    While the Black community be tightening their belts, the so called white community loosening theirs, all off of you know what? You guessed it, your tax dollars. Slavery all over again… Black people just can’t see pass religion and that’s why these races always trick our community …

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  45. Miss K May 31, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    What else would you like us to sacrifice? perhaps a few body parts?? what is needed is to tax the Government officers HEAVILY on their ‘poor wages’. Bajans barely ‘surviving’ as it is!

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  46. Miss K May 31, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Frank White…….the Government is ALL Black people not White, Green, yellow or Blue. Your comment makes no sense. What does modern religion and how Bajans Worship regardless of Creed or color have to do with Slavery? (or the curent matter of new taxes @ hand?) Just Curious

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  47. Dean Hajas June 1, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Barbados Government broke audit Laws several times in the fiscal year. $289 million owed in Corporate taxes is the culprit with a non-existent ability for enforcement of collections. Legalize Mary Jane Barbados, make textiles from the stocks of the plant, sell to the tourists that we all know want a draw. Get your bald heads out of the sand and listen to the people. You will have the poor turning on the wealthy soon enough….and Barbados won’t recover if tourists think they won’t be safe during a visit. Think outside your British Queen’s disloyalties…and do what’s right for BIM.

    Reply
  48. Jea Alleyne June 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Lead by Example, Mr Sinckler as the one in command !! And if YOU cant do that, then what can you expect !!!

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