Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has downplayed the Opposition’s expectation of the “sweetener budget” saying that all budgets in T&T are sweethearts.
In a response to the Opposition’s expectation that the Government would bring out “budget goodies” in possibly the last year before the 2020 general elections, Rowley said that this year’s fiscal package will be no different to the others.
“The budgeting process in Trinidad & Tobago is an annual exercise and this one will be no different.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has questioned whether or not Finance Minister Colm Imbert personally benefitted from tax exemptions on a 55-million-dollar housing project resulting from a bill he passed.
At the United National Congress Monday Night Forum in St Helena, Persad-Bissessar said Minister Imbert and his wife Suzanne Williams Imbert became the directors of a company called Belgrave Properties Limited in 2012, which owned properties at 61, 63 and 65 Picton Street, Port-of-Spain.
An incongruous political situation led Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to reveal to the Parliament that Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar tipped off her political adversary, Marlene Mc Donald one month before her arrest.
People held with illegal firearms will now be in for severe penalties—including jail sentences for the rest of one’s life— and big fines after Government’s Firearms Bill was passed in Parliament on Monday night with Opposition support.
Using the Sedition laws to curtail free speech is a violation of the tenants of democracy.
So said former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj days after Minority Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly Watson Duke was charged for sedition.
Expect an ‘election’ Budget when Minister of Finance Colm Imbert delivers the 2020 Budget on Monday, October 7, so said the experts as well as the Opposition.
The projections came yesterday after Imbert announced the budget’s delivery date during a brief statement in Parliament yesterday.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has appealed to “all citizens who are able and willing,” to demonstrate Trinidad and Tobago’s “usual generosity and compassion to the people of the Bahamas.”
The prime minister made the call in a statement issued yesteday evening.
General Manager of the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) Bashir Mohammed said if bus drivers are willing to work on public holidays for the standard rate rather than triple time pay, the company might resume the service.
The PTSC recently announced that it would suspend the service because of the costs.
However, Mohammed said he is willing to meet with two unions representing 619 bus drivers to come up with a plan to resume the bus service on holidays.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is calling for the sedition law to be immediately repealed.
She made the call while speaking at a United National Congress Monday Night Forum at the Preysal High School.
Watson Duke has announced he will step down from his leadership position at the PSA from Nov. 30 as his Progressive Democratic Patriots prepare to launch a national election campaign.
He made the announcement during a press conference at the PSA headquarters this morning, as he spoke out for the first time about his sedition charges. Duke said he is facing "trumped up charges" because he fired back at Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for "down crying" public servants.