Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Opposition Leader: Cabinet changes appear to be payback favours

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the changes made to the Cabinet will do nothing to improve the lives of citizens.

The Opposition Leader says it appears that the appointments were a form of payback to those favoured by the prime minister.

The following is the Opposition Leader's response to the Cabinet changes.

Persad-Bissessar: Hal Greaves, Shirley "Beulah" King reflected the spirit of the nation

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the passings of Hal Greaves and Shirley "Beulah" King, have left this country poorer artistically.

Persad-Bissessar issued this statement with regard to the passing of the outstanding citizens.

"I join the rest of Trinidad and Tobago in mourning the passing of talented performing artistes Hal Greaves and Shirley “Beulah” King.

The deaths of Mr. Greaves and Ms. King have robbed our country of two of its finest artistic practitioners, who also lent their considerable ingenuity to important social causes.

PM tells Opposition Leader she has no duty to defend "President under siege"

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Wednesday told Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar that it is not her duty to be the defender of President Anthony Carmona, whom he described as "under siege".

Dr Rowley was speaking during the Budget debate in the House of Representatives.


He told the House he was astounded when, as he said, the Opposition Leader accused the Government of harassing the President.

Persad-Bissessar: Pray for Haiti, help how ever you can

I am deeply distressed by the human tragedy unfolding in Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which devastated entire communities and left more than 900 dead. Many more have suffered severe injuries and tens of thousands are homeless.

While much media attention has been focused on the storm as it passed through communities in the United States, reporters have paid less attention to the human suffering in Haiti, which is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Persad-Bissessar calls on PM to address confidentiality concerns raised by President Carmona

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is calling on the Prime Minister to respond to claims of a breach of confidentiality after President Anthony Carmona raised questions about a letter he wrote to the Prime Minister, ended up in the hands of journalists.

The following is Persad-Bissessar's statement:

"Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley must tell the nation what he knows about a breach of confidentiality in communication between his office and that of the President of the Republic.

Persad-Bissessar: Opposition anxious for resumption of FATCA debate

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has responded to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's address today on the issues related to FATCA.

She says the Opposition is awaiting the resumption of the debate and says the Prime Minister's statement today was ill-conceived and regrettable.

The following is the Opposition Leader's statement:

"The hour-long ramble on FATCA by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley today was both ill-conceived and regrettable.

Persad-Bissessar: Set up FATCA JSC on Friday and we'll meet throughout the weekend

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says that if the Government sets up a Joint Select Committee of Parliament to review the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) at Parliament's sitting on Friday, they are willing to meet throughout the weekend to ensure the bill is passed before the end of the month.

Persad-Bissessar has issued a statement saying it is the Government that is playing politics with the critical piece of legislation.

The following is Persad-Bissessar's statement:

“The Prime Minister is playing games with FATCA legislation.

Persad-Bissessar: Why no JSC on FATCA as promised?

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the Government has acted in bad faith by adjourning Parliament without following through with the stated intent of establishing a Joint Select Committee to address the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

Persad-Bissessar has issued a statement on her position on the issues related to FATCA.

"The Government on Wednesday left Trinidad and Tobago bewildered and acted in bad faith on the Tax Information Exchange Agreement Bill 2016 as it closed the session of Parliament without honouring a public commitment.

Opposition Leader drafts Cabinet Note on compensation for families of slain law enforcers

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has drafted a Cabinet Note to give effect to a promise of compensation to the families of law enforcers who are killed in the line of duty.

Persad-Bissessar accompanied the note with a letter reminding the Government that it had vowed to keep this promise, given by the former regime.

The following is Persad-Bissessar's letter and Cabinet Note.

"Honourable Prime Minister,