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Fri 4th Sep 2020

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Vote Green to make the super-rich white parasites of Mustique and Canouan pay tax

The Mustique Act No 48 of 2002 is financially foolish. The Act grants the white, super-rich foreigners of Mustique blanket tax and customs duty exemptions. This chokes of hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue in tax and customs duty from the SVG economy and treasury. This is totally unacceptable and bad for our economy.

The next election is a great opportunity to make the super-rich white parasites of Mustique and Canouan pay tax. Both the ULP and NDP regimes are happy to allow the super-rich white parasites of Mustique and Canouan not to pay hundreds of millions of dollars of tax. It is only SVG Green Party that is brave enough to make the super-rich white parasites of Mustique and Canouan pay tax.

At the next election, vote SVG Green Party to make the super-rich white parasites of Mustique and Canouan pay tax. This is very important for our economy and country.

The argument that Mustique is good for employment is false. It is conservatively estimated that for every $3 million in employment that is created, about $100 million of revenue is lost, because the super-rich of Mustique get blanket tax and customs duty exemptions. Let us not forget that some of the properties rented out on Mustique are priced at over EC$135,000 per week.

The Mustique Act means that the white, super-rich foreigners of Mustique can buy a plane or yacht and pay no tax. They can import anything they like and pay no tax, yet Vincentians must pay tax when they turn on the light and they must pay tax when they turn on tap for water. It is blatantly discriminatory and immoral and perpetuates poverty and unemployment.

It is unfair that the Mustique Act allows the white, super-rich foreigners of Mustique to get away with not paying hundreds of millions of dollars in tax and customs duty, while our children go hungry, while our children live in households without mains water and electricity and while our children fail to get an education, because their family cannot afford books, uniforms and fees.

The Mustique Act creates a modern-day apartheid system in SVG, favouring the white, super-rich foreigners of Mustique over the predominately black Vincentian people. This new colonialism is bad for our country and a Green government would abolish the Mustique Act No 48 of 2002.

The Mustique Act promotes segregation. The indigenous black workers are forced to live apart from the white super-rich. Segregation is not the way forward for our country. Apartheid was overcome in South Africa. It will not be tolerated in SVG.

A Green government would abolish the Mustique Act No 48 of 2002. This will bring the SVG Treasury hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. We will use this revenue to build factories, create thousands of new jobs, create a strong economy, set up a tuna fishing and canning industry, build a science and technology university, provide free, high-quality education from preschool to university, set up a renewable energy industry to reduce electricity prices and provide free wireless internet.

Vote Green Party to make the super-rich white parasites of Mustique and Canouan pay tax.

According to Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA, Leader of SVG Green Party, these super-rich white parasites should pay tax and customs duty or pack their bags and go back to where they come from.

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