The public needs to know if Princes Town MP Barry Padarath has misrepresented the Parliament's position and the Clark of the House by misleading the public into believing he can simply payback the $10,000.00 monthly salaries paid to his relative. He has breached the Parliamentary code and the Integrity in Public Life Act as a result by hiring his relative to work in his constituency office.
Mr Padarath is quoted as saying “I also contacted the Clerk of the House on the matter and informed the Parliament I’ll be returning the salary which was paid to the person each month, so the total I’m repaying is about $60,000,”
There is no law abiding society that allows offenders to independently determine their own judgement. Barry Padarath did not enquire of the Clerk but 'informed' the Parliament that he 'will' give them back the money and said 'I am repaying'.
MP Padarath has to come clean on this ridiculous offer to pay back the $60,000.00 as he claims and not mislead the population into thinking the Clerk of the House accepted the offer and his breach is resolved.
If this offer was accepted then the question would then be asked, was this option offered to others?
It must be noted that such codes establish the guidelines for matters of integrity in the public's interest.
MP Padarath seems to totally miss the principle involved and seeks to trivialize the issue.
MP Padarath's political leader has also refused to take a stand on his breach of the parliamentary code since Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar herself leads from in front. Mrs Persad-Bissessar is pleading ignorance and refuses to take action regarding her own breach of the code by having not one but two relatives employed at her constituency office.
MP Barry Padarath come forward, clear up your statement as it is misleading and involves the Clerk of the House and the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Peoples National Movement
Let me start by saying the guidelines that govern the staffing of offices for Members of Parliament apply to everyone. It is therefore wild and hypocritical for the Honorable Member of Parliament for Siparia Mrs Kamla Persad Bissesser to campaign for the removal of Marlene Mc Donald based on evidence in the public domain and then try to defend herself for breaching the very same code.
Prime Minister Dr the Honorable Keith Rowley acted based on an informed, measured, fair and reasonable standpoint with the removal of Marlene Mc Donald in light of her breach of the parliamentary code. It must also be noted that these actions are in keeping with his commitments on the campaign trail.
Mrs Persad Bissesser came out on Saturday admitting that her niece is currently employed at her constituency office and has been there for 20 years. In a weak attempt to mount a defence she has said that the act was amended in September 2015.
It must be noted that according to the Parliamentary code Members of Parliament have the sole responsibility for choosing the persons employed at their constituency office.
As an Attorney SC and Parliamentary Legislator, Mrs Persad Bissesser has a responsibility to uphold and practice the law. This is further amplified, especially with a parliamentary code that she has collective responsibility for enacting.
It is therefore clear that Mrs Persad Bissesser has consciously neglected the Parliamentary code and the Integrity in public life act by continuing to employ a close relative to date at her office.
At a time when citizens and in particular our youth population look to our society for role models we cannot have the perception that the rules only apply to some.
Mrs Kamla Persad Bissesser, do the honorable thing and resign!
Peoples National Movement
The Women’s league of the People’s National Movement celebrates all women on this International Women’s Day March 8, 2016 and commits to take action to accelerate gender parity through the theme ‘Pledge For Parity’. In commemorating International Women’s Day, we join with the rest of the world in remembrance of the global social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women over the past decades.
Under this government, women’s overall participation in national leadership and decision making has increased exponentially. Our administration remains committed to ensuring that the equal rights of men and women guaranteed under the 1976 Republican Constitution remain intact. According to our National Policy on Gender, the status of women in Trinidad and Tobago compares favourably to many developing nations. In fact, it is evident that women’s political participation within this government far exceeds that of other political parties and international benchmarks.
The Women’s League recognises that much has been done towards achieving gender parity, and we proudly congratulate the women of Trinidad and Tobago; women who have proven success is not dream but a destiny. Globally we have made an impact over the past 50 years. We have seen a steady increase in the number of women attaining tertiary education levels and we have seen women entering the realm of politics, business, science, technology and the arts.
We can boast of our own Lady Vice Chairman who was the first female to ever be appointed Minister of Planning and Development; accomplishments in Science and Technology with the likes of Maxine Williams who is the Global Head of Diversity at Facebook; we can speak of Dr. Camille Alleyne, an Aerospace Engineer, who is currently a PhD Assistant Program Scientist for the International Space Station and works with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In entrepreneurship we have women like Astrida Saunders and Lesley-Ann Jurawan who are female pioneers in the cocoa industry and in the arts, we have been blessed with the talents of the late Pat Bishop and modern textile artist Lisa Faye Sarjeant-Gonzales.
The Women’s League encourages everyone in Trinidad and Tobago all women and men to pledge to take concrete steps towards ensuring that our women and girls continue to achieve their goals, that there is gender-balanced leadership, that we respect and value our cultural and racial differences, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures and root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity ensuring the advancement of our women and girls.
The People's National Movement (PNM) extends warm and heartfelt greetings to all Women on this International Women's Day (IWD) 2016.
IWD began in the early 1900's and was created out of a struggle for women's rights particularly with regards to equal status and equal pay. This saw 15,000 women march in the streets of New York in 1908 demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.
Trinidad and Tobago marks this IWD day by celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the world.
We recognize that our world is a better place because of the contributions of our women. Our Women add strength, beauty, courage, nurturing, leadership, passion, support, creativity, innovation and so much more to our daily lives.
In the PNM we lead by example, ensuring that in our organization opportunities are equally available to everyone. Our Women's league led by Mrs. Camille Robinson-Regis continues to be the brigade that represents the backbone of the PNM.
Our political leader and Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Keith Rowley drives this philosophy on a National level as we continue to recognize the limitless contributions made by the women in our society. In this regard The Gender Affairs and Child Development Division in the Office of the Prime Minister established by Dr. Rowley receive the government's full support.
The PNM takes this opportunity to reaffirm our 'Pledge of Parity' in keeping with the IWD 2016 theme. We know that there is still much work to be done both nationally and globally in advancing equality, this is a journey we will take together.
Happy International Women's Day 2016 from Peoples National Movement!
Public Relations Officer
Winston Steve Moore is best described as a true patriot having served the country in several capacities. So that his death on Sunday February 21st 2016 at age 76 definitely marked the end of an era of an outstanding citizen.
Mr. Moore was a public servant having worked in management of the formation of the National Insurance Board. Following his long and dedicated service at the NIB he entered public life when he was appointed as Alderman in the San Fernando City Council in 1981.
He was also a strong activist in the People's National Movement where he exhibited selfless service to his community in San Fernando. He was also known as an eloquent speaker which he displayed when he chaired many public meetings for his party in the national campaign for both local government and general elections.
Mr Moore was one of the six opposition Senators when the PNM lost their first general elections in 1976. He served in the Upper House along with the current Prime Minister and Political Leader of the PNM Dr. Keith Rowley, the late Kenneth Valley, Gus Ramrakersignh, Robin Montano and Donna Powell.
For his his hard work at all levels he was later appointed Ambassador to Brazil where he served for two sessions between the period 1992 to 1995 and 2002 to 2007.
Mr. Moore was undoubtedly a vibrant community leader and mentored many young people in his community. The party that he faithfully served recognize his contribution and honoured him 2014 in commemoration of the 58th anniversary.
An avid reader and teacher a friend to many Mr. Moore's service and contribution will be etched in the annuals of the country among the outstanding citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
His daughter Nicole in paying tribute to him said that he was a man who understood very clearly that being a patriot did not just mean singing the national anthem or waving the flag, but it meant looking at the country with a forensic eye, seeing its problems and talking about it. Simply put,he loved Trinidad and Tobago.
He was a father of four, grandfather of four and great grandfather of one.
On behalf of the People's National Movement I extend sincere condolences to the family.
People's National Movement