Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Canadians to recommend new contractor for Penal hospital

Acting Prime Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal told reporters Tuesday the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) has officially told the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) that it will consider another company to build the Penal Hospital.

Moonilal spoke with the media at Piarco International Airport where he gone gone to bid farewell to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar who is now in Panama for important hemispheric meetings and the signing of a Partial Scope Agreement with Panama that gives preferred trading status to the two countries.

Last week Moonilal announced in Parliament that the government of Trinidad and Tobago had told the Canadians that SNC-Lavalin would not be acceptable to build the hospital.

SNC Lavalin is under scrutiny over corruption dealings and has been banned by the World Bank from receiving international contracts. In addition, more than 100 of its affiliated companies with head offices in Canada, have already been banned. 

CCC advised the Government that the company was on the mend and recommended that it be allowed to build the hospital. But the T&T government disagreed. SNC was selected by the Canadians to undertake the design for the hospital at a time when its record was clear.

The minister of housing said this new development means that there is a going to be a delay in the delivery of the hospital. 

Moonilal also commented on the controversy over statements made in parliament by Opposition MP Colm Imbert about Canadian High commissioner ton T&T Regard Latulippe and Latulippe's response.

“Mr Imbert did some observations which he is entitled to as a member of Parliament under the privilege of Parliament. I think the High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago may want to clarify the record perfectly with Mr Imbert on that matter...

"I would imagine it would be cleared up in a few days and Mr Imbert has a strong opinion on the matter...The High Commissioner has responded to clarify. I hope he can clarify the issues properly."

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Our family at home in Toronto 2008

Our family at home in Toronto 2008
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