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Fri 15th Jun 2018

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Deep discrimination in taxation in SVG

According to Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal BSc (hons) MSc, MBA, Leader of SVG Green Party, there is deep discrimination in tax in SVG. How can it be that if you consume EC$6.05 worth of water, you have to pay an additional EC$25 in tax?

In SVG, White Migrants can become millionaires almost overnight, because White Migrants – such as in Mustique and Canouan - do not pay tax and customs duty. Meanwhile, the indigenous people of SVG are plagued by tax and are literally being taxed to destitution and death.

This is clear evidence of gross discrimination in SVG’s virtually dead economy. A Green government would rejuvenate the SVG virtually dead economy and make the wholesale changes desperately needed to bring prosperity.

Water is life, and so under a Green government, there would be zero tax on piped water. This could financially easily be done by making all White Migrants in Mustique and Canouan pay tax. Those White Migrants who refuse to pay tax and customs duty would have to pack their bags and go back to where they come from.

How can it be that if you are connected to the SVG state-owned Central Water and Sewage Authority (CWSA) and get a small water consumption bill of EC$6.05, you are then forced to pay a Basic Water Charge of EC$14.00 and an Environmental Fee of EC$11.00.

This is outrageous, especially when you consider that Taiwan and the super-rich White Migrants of Mustique and Canouan can get away with tax avoidance of about EC$3.6 billion annually. Is this not a gross abuse of power and gross discrimination by the ULP regime?

Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal, who has over 31 years of international military service and was awarded the British Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal for Distinguished Military Service and the Most Blessed Order of Brunei by His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei for Distinguished Military Service in Brunei’s Armed Forces, strongly believes that extremely poor quality leadership at the top is the core problem in SVG.

Ivan O’Neal’s extensive military service and experiences of providing leadership in various military forces units around the world have taught him that success is built upon the foundation of strong leadership. Weak leadership by the ULP regime is stoking poverty, destitution and squalor in SVG and has killed the SVG economy.

A Green Government would provide strong leadership to SVG, and with that, success. We would break the chain of dependency under the ULP regime’s policy of begging and borrowing and tax avoidance for Taiwan and the White Migrants of Mustique and Canouan.

A Green government would provide the leadership needed for small business development, employment creation and skills training for our young people. A Green Government would provide a new living environment compatible to protecting and preserving the long-term interests of our people and our country.

Deep discrimination in taxation, whereby when you consume EC$6.05 worth of water and are forced to pay over four times as much as your consumption bill - EC$25 - in additional taxes, would be a thing of the past.

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