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The Opposition United Workers Party is demanding an explanation from the Creative Industries Minister for what is being described as lavish spending on frivolity.

This comes following an organized tour to the United States by the Ministry for Creative Industries with an entourage consisting of Ministry officials and St Lucian artistes to the tune of EC$200,000. Officials has informed that the trip was intended to market St Lucia in the Diaspora and the rest of the world at Labour Day celebrations in New York.

But in a statement released today the UWP has questioned the significance of the venture particularly following a newspaper article that deemed the project a complete failure.   

The party statement adds that the effort put on by the Ministry is another example of wastage on the part of this Government. It further notes that Whilst elderly citizens struggle to pay VAT on medication and families suffer as they strive to take care of their children, the Government continues to display its uncaring ways by spending tax payers’ money without due care, to alleviate the plight of those people who are crippled by the implementation of their policies.

The Opposition has therefore called on the Minister of Finance and, in particular, the Minister for Creative Industries to account for the EC$200,000.00 and more that was spent on the New York Labour Day Promotion fiasco.

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