Leaders fire final shots in last debate
The PN and PL Leaders stuck to their parties principals and fired the final shots during the final debate organised by the Broadcasting Authority which took place tonight.
The Prime Minister spoke of the PN's results this past legislature, stating that although not popular, the country has done well. The PL Leader spoke about a Government which should lead by example.
The PN Leader detailed the PN's objectives for the coming five years. He played particular attention to job creation and mentioned the new MCAST campus. He spoke about the elderly, addressing the introduction of a supplementary allowance for people aged 75 or over, also discussing tax breaks for working pensioners.
Dr Gonzi compared the Maltese economy to those of France, Spain and Greece, mentioning Malta being one of few countries to have the deficit below 3%. He reiterated his pledge to bring EU funds, mentioning the €1,128 million he had brought a few weeks ago.
PL Leader Joseph Muscat spoke about the PN broken promises, mentioning Smart City, which was supposed to have been completed.
Dr Muscat spoke about financial services, agreeing that the sector has bloomed however mentioned other lacking sectors, particularly regarding to precarious work as well as high energy tariffs and the problems they brought.
The PL Leader alleged that the population was becoming ever poorer when compared to other EU countries, with the average wage in the country being €13 a week less than the average in the EU. With regards to the amount of EU funds Dr Gonzi brought from the EU, Dr Muscat reiterated that that is roughly the same amount Malta pays to oil in three years.
Dr Gonzi concluded by warning about the encircling economic storm, whilst Dr Muscat said that the PL would embrace accountability and treat everyone fairly.