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A PN government would reduce non-EU worker dependence – Bernard Grech

Isaac Saliba Sunday, 3 December 2023, 14:12 Last update: about 4 months ago

The Nationalist Party's vision will result in the country no longer needing to depend so heavily on non-EU workers, Leader of the Opposition Bernard Grech said during a General Council meeting on Sunday.

During the meeting, three motions were voted on and passed, one of which was called the PN's 'vision of excellence'.

Grech accused the government of prioritising economic growth over people's quality of life.

"Family businesses are realising that Malta is going in the wrong direction, the Chamber of Commerce has long been drawing attention to how the direction and the method are incorrect. The workers' unions have warned of bad conditions. Employers have talked about the lack of talent and needed skills. Judges and Magistrates have said that the courts are near collapse. Health services are trapped under the weight of the quantity of patients and the lack of investment. The use of our roads has turned into a continuous struggle, no matter when you go out."

He said that open spaces are being turned into apartment blocks and that it seems the country has become more allergic to trees rather than the theft of hundreds of millions and the handing out of made-up jobs.

The Opposition Leader said that Malta finds itself at a crossroads and that it needs the PN to lead the country, as the PL has run out of ideas and does not know what to do. He said that the PN's vision of excellence would result in the country no longer needing to depend so heavily on non-EU workers, and that a nationalist government would offer people a better quality of life.

During the General Council, PN MP Mark Anthony Sammut said that three motions would be discussed and voted on during the meeting which address the three main points that the party feels are the most crucial challenges being faced by Malta.

He said that the first motion is about a new economic vision of excellence and that a new economic model is necessary because the Labour Party's model has had serious consequences on the country.

"The government has based their economic growth on quantity and the importation of foreign workers," he said. He continued that whilst this has resulted in economic growth, the quality of life of the majority of people has been negatively impacted as a result and that it has produced a serious weight on the country's infrastructure. He referred to the issue of traffic, the power distribution system, the drainage system, as well as the environment.

One of the consequences of this increase, Sammut said, has been the rising cost of living, and that the second motion is regarding the rising cost of living in Malta. Among his points, he remarked that the YMCA said that the number of homeless people in Malta had tripled within two years.

"The primary cause for the rising cost of living has not been an international effect, but the decisions of the Labour government," he said.

Sammut said that the third motion is about good governance and integrity in politics.

"We cannot have a government which puts people first, addresses these challenges, and searches for the common good if we have a government that focuses on internal conflict and covering up the dirt of those closest to its heart."

All three of these motions passed unanimously during the general council.

Alex Perici Calascione, the Deputy Leader of the PN, spoke about the death of Jean Paul Sofia, who had died a year ago on the same day.

Perici Calascione said that people are "sick and disappointed" with the manner in which the government has broken every promise of transparency and meritocracy. He added that the motions which had just been passed at the general council were important and directly tied to the vision that the PN has for the country.

The government's economic model, he said, was based on the sale of citizenship and the mass importation of foreigners, and that no one in the government questioned beforehand how this big influx in such a small amount of time would impact the infrastructure and social life within Malta.

He said that absolutely no one could call the PL's model an economic model of excellence and that the PN has an obligation to aspire for excellence.

PN Secretary General Michael Piccinino also spoke, and said that whenever the party speaks about the increase in population, "our criticism is not towards those who came to Malta and made it their home, our criticism is towards those in government who have enacted a system of modern slavery."

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