“We support Tobago’s right for self governance.”
That was the sentiment shared by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar, as she dismissed government’s narrative that the Opposition was flouting its responsibilities as it relates to debate on the Tobago Self Government and the Tobago Island Government Bill.
Staying away from the House of Representatives on Wednesday where debate continued, Persad-Bissessar instead hosted a media conference, where she announced that the Opposition intends to file a motion of No Confidence against House Speaker Brigid Annisette-George, accusing her of bias.
This after the Opposition took issue with the PM being allowed an extra hour of speaking time on Tuesday to wind up debate on the Tobago Self Governance Bill. This was allowed after mover of the Motion, Camille Robinson-Regis, ceded her speaking time to the PM.
Persad-Bissessar accused the government of trying to “bully” the Opposition into supporting the Bills, reiterating her party’s criticism of the proposed legislation, which she argues is grossly flawed and fails to honour the wants of the people of Tobago.
AG: “What are your amendments? At least tell us!”
If the Opposition has real issues with the Tobago Self Governance Bill, they ought to do the bare minimum and put their proposed amendments in writing, or turn up to debates. That was the sentiment shared in the Lower House this morning by Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi, as he emphasized the need to make headway in providing Tobago with the autonomy it desires.