Kamla promises a brighter future for T&T

In what ap­peared to be more of a gen­er­al elec­tion cam­paign rather than a lo­cal gov­ern­ment ral­ly, Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress po­lit­i­cal leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar dished out a list of promis­es if her par­ty re­turns to pow­er.

The Op­po­si­tion Leader un­veiled the UNC’s plans for the coun­try be­fore a large crowd of yel­low-jer­sey wear­ing sup­port­ers who flood­ed the Cou­va South Mul­ti-Pur­pose Car Park on Sun­day for the launch of the par­ty’s 139 can­di­dates for the De­cem­ber 2 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions. Some of the plans in­clud­ed re­peal­ing the Prop­er­ty Tax Act, de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of mar­i­jua­na, restart the lap­top pro­gram and restart­ing the Petrotrin re­fin­ery.

Tak­ing time out to send greet­ings to her op­po­nents at the PNM’s Con­ven­tion and Ral­ly, she shout­ed, “Hel­lo, Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah. We send you love and greet­ings from Cou­va Car Park.” Urg­ing sup­port­ers to come out in their num­bers and cast their votes, Per­sad-Bisses­sar said, “De­cem­ber 2 will be no or­di­nary elec­tions. We are not in or­di­nary times. Nev­er be­fore in the his­to­ry of T&T has so much been at stake at lo­cal elec­tions,” she urged.

Ac­cus­ing the Gov­ern­ment of spend­ing $250 bil­lion in four years on noth­ing that has stim­u­lat­ed the econ­o­my or im­proved the qual­i­ty of life for the cit­i­zen­ry, she un­veiled the par­ty’s Na­tion­al Eco­nom­ic Trans­for­ma­tion Mas­ter Plan for T&T via a video pre­sen­ta­tion.

Per­sad-Bisses­sar said the plan is on the par­ty’s web­site and open for dis­cus­sions and con­sul­ta­tions. In the first 90 days of as­sum­ing of­fice, she promised that a UNC gov­ern­ment will hit the ground run­ning as she list­ed plans in every sec­tor, in­clud­ing crime, health, ed­u­ca­tion, and en­er­gy. Per­sad-Bisses­sar promised that the po­lice ser­vice will get the prop­er re­sources to bring down the crime and keep the cit­i­zen­ry safe.

While the PNM Gov­ern­ment failed to pro­claim pro­cure­ment leg­is­la­tion, she said her gov­ern­ment will pro­claim the long-await­ed leg­is­la­tion and re­source the of­fice of the pro­cure­ment reg­u­la­tor. “For four years they play lip ser­vice with the pro­cure­ment leg­is­la­tion, they will not pro­claim it. So things like the sale of the Petrotrin re­fin­ery would have been brought un­der the pro­cure­ment reg­u­la­tor and not un­der Row­ley and his cab­i­net. When they went to buy boats in Aus­tralia that would have been done un­der a pro­cure­ment reg­u­la­tor and not by Min­is­ter Young and Row­ley. When they went to buy air­craft for Caribbean Air­lines all of that would have been done with trans­paren­cy un­der a pro­cure­ment reg­u­la­tor but they have failed to pro­claim it.”

Per­sad-Bisses­sar said her gov­ern­ment will al­so open the Cou­va Hos­pi­tal, adding that if her gov­ern­ment were in of­fice the Point Fortin and Ari­ma Hos­pi­tals would have al­ready been opened.

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