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Jamaicans are being betrayed, says JLP’s Montague on new taxes

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 10:58 AM
Robert Montague

The opposition spokesman on energy Robert Montague says the Government must roll back the tax on gas and electricity or face the fury of angry Jamaicans.

The $7 per litre Special Consumption Tax on petrol and diesel and reintroduction of the tax on electricity for some Jamaica Public Service Company were among a raft of tax measures announced by the Government on Thursday.

However, Montague says it is a betrayal of the Jamaican People’s trust.

He noted that the government campaigned on the promise to ease the pain and suffering of the Jamaican poor, to increase investments, to lower light bills and to create jobs.

However, he says the Government has failed to fulfill these promises.

He says at a time when many countries, including some in the Caribbean, are allowing lower world oil prices to result in lower domestic energy costs, the Jamaican government is doing the opposite.