Friday, January 11, 2013

No PNM support for Tobago self government bill

The leader of the People's National Movement has told supporters in Tobago his party won't support the Government on the Constitutional (Amendment) (Tobago) Bill 2012 when debate begins on the legislation on January 16 in Parliament.

Keith Rowley made the statement at a PNM political meeting in Mason Hall. "Well, I am putting all of you on notice. I am putting the country on notice; there will be no co-operation with the Government on this matter, none whatsoever," Rowley said.

Rowley stated that the PNM wants the government to set up a committee to study the bill and report within six months following which the matter should be debated in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) before going to  Parliament.

"And the make-up of the committee will be such that there will be proper representation by the Government, Opposition, Independent senators and by the THA majority, minority, if they so exist in the House," he said.

Rowley said the legislation as presented to the Parliament now is flawed.
"There is a clause in the bill that says Tobago will now be given the power to pass laws, but if you pass any law that is different to any existing law of the national Parliament, the law that you pass is void. So what do the people of Tobago get?" he asked.

He claimed that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is trying to fool the Opposition into signing onto a process, the details of which he was not aware.

He also spoke about the racist statement by the PNM candidate for Roxborough/Delaford, Hilton Sandy and stated again that it was unacceptable.

He added, "There are those who so glad for that, that they believe that will be the election in Tobago, but I want to tell Ashworth Jack tonight, pumpkin or no pumpkin, Sandy or no Sandy, you have questions to answer in Tobago."

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