Monday, January 14, 2013

PM Kamla says PNM hypocritical on refusal to support Tobago bill

PM Kamla during a walkabout in Tobago Sunday
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told reporters in Tobago on Sunday the opposition People's National Movement (PNM) is being hypocritical when it says it will not support the Constitutional (Amendment) (Tobago) Bill 2012.

Opposition leader Keith Rowley has said his party won't support the present legislation and has suggested several changes.

"The Opposition is being very disingenuous to say that you will not support it because you want X, Y, P, Q. That's the very purpose of sending it to the Joint Select Committee," Persad- Bissessar said.

The debate will begin on Wednesday as planned, she said. And she added that everyone will be consulted on the Bill. She explained that the debate is just the beginning of the process of constitutional reform for Tobago and promised that no one will be left out of further consultations on the Bill.

"The tripartisan committee will consult with all stakeholders which will include, Tobago, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago, and all such persons who wish to be consulted, that process is not going to be terminated and finalised on Wednesday," Persad-Bissessar told the Express newspaper.

She also commented on the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election that's scheduled for next Monday. She said the chances of her coalition partner, the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) are good.

"I think the TOP are on top of it," she said. "They are well poised to win. At the end of the day the people of Tobago will decide. I have been here and I see a very good, positive movement towards the TOP," Persad- Bissessar said.

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