SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct. 25 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, has defended the “prudence” with which the draft Budget Law of the Autonomous Community for 2024 has been prepared, thus addressing the accusations of “electoral fraud” made by Nueva Canarias-Bloque Canarista (NC-BC) by not complying with the commitment to lower the IGIC by two points.
“Being reckless and being a fraud is enrolling children from 0 to 3 years old and not even having the classrooms made up,” said the Canary Islands president in response to the accusations of the spokesperson for the NC-BC Parliamentary Group, Luis Campos, who criticized the ” electoral fraud” of the Canarian Coalition by not complying with “the mother of all electoral measures” of lowering the IGIC from 7% to 5%. “The fog of the first 100 days has gone and the deception has dissipated. Massive electoral fraud. That is a characteristic of this budget,” said the spokesperson.
Luis Campos accused the members of the Government of sitting on the blue bench of Parliament today because “they deceived the citizens with a promise that they have not carried out.” “They committed electoral fraud. You are the Government of fraud,” insisted Luis Campos, who refused to accept that prudence is the justification for not lowering the IGIC, since these budgets increase “like never before in the history of the Canary Islands in terms absolutes.”
The deputy also accused the Government of CC and PP of trying to “put their hand in the pockets of the canaries” by foreseeing a 16.7% increase in the IGIC in the budgets compared to the previous Government. “You are going to enrich yourself using your own arguments and your own words. You are the Government of incoherence and fraud; you have practiced massive electoral fraud,” Campos reiterated.
Faced with these criticisms, Fernando Clavijo defended himself by saying that the fundamental lines of the Canary Islands budgets for 2024 are “certainty, prudence and the prioritization of public spending and fiscal relief”, and he wanted to make it clear to Luis Campos that the Executive that president has not prepared these accounts “to please” NC-BC.
“These are the budgets that we consider necessary, so I would be worried if you were delighted,” said the president ironically, who regretted that the opposition continues to criticize the decrease in the IGIC when in the end they opted for a sectoral and not a massive decrease. “Whatever we do, I don’t think he’s going to like us,” the president said.
Fernando Clavijo clarified to the NC-BC spokesperson that the increase in IGIC collection is due to issues such as tobacco or sugary drinks because he believes that this contributes to inhibiting consumption, and he specified that caution when preparing the budgets is due to the fact that the spending rules, the spending ceiling, the deficit objective and the State’s liquidations are still unknown.
For this reason, he advanced that throughout the next quarter, if there is a Government of Spain and when these unknowns have been cleared up, they will either bring to the Chamber an extraordinary credit law or the credit will be incorporated and spending will continue to be boosted.