Former Health Minister, Alvina Reynolds, at the SLP Market Steps meeting, declared it a shame that after 38 years of Independence, St Lucia’s budget is now being prepared by foreigners. The government has since clarified and defended the move to use the services of Ernst and Young (Caribbean). The government says this year’s budget, will be one with a difference, adding that Ernst and Young already had a working relationship with the government in the area of tax reform, it was only fitting that they continue to assist in the budgetary process. But opposition members say it is an insult to the qualified people within the Ministry of Finance. For his part the Prime Minister touts the global experience of Ernst and Young.