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.