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Kenny Anthony defends removal of sugar subsidy

Published:Saturday | May 17, 2014 | 6:17 PM

St Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony has defended his government’s decision to remove the subsidy on sugar, telling fellow lawmakers that he had to watch his mother die of diabetes.

When he announced the removal of the sugar subsidy at the start of the Budget debate this week, Anthony also imposed a 15 per cent value added tax on salt.

As a result of the new tax measure, the cost of sugar increased by $1 per pound.

But in closing the debate yesterday, Anthony said contrary to suggestions, the removal of the subsidy and the tax on salt were not designed to kill the poor.

Anthony says he believes that the new measures would lead to a change in the behaviour of citizens and ultimately improve the lives of the entire nation.


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