Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us


Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.


Submit news and opinion for publication


Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.


Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin

News from the Caribbean:

Back To Today's News

Trinidad PM rallies party for next general election
Published on February 14, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar rallied her party colleagues on Wednesday to get prepared for the 2015 general election but made it clear that, unlike other parties, the United National Congress (UNC) is driven by “service, delivery and keeping our promises to make our country an even greater one.”

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
She said, “They cannot beat us on performance and delivery. They cannot beat us on commitment to our country. They cannot beat us in economic management.
And they certainly cannot beat us in running our country!”

She was speaking in her dual capacity of prime minister and leader of the UNC, at a meeting of the party’s parliamentary caucus.

“As we see the elections off in the distance, 15 months away, let the others know that as we have won before, based on commitment and performance, so shall we win again!” the prime minister said.

She spoke about her party’s performance under her leadership and noted that when people are united they can achieve great things because they are driven by a common purpose, a set of common objectives and a common vision. She added that by listening first and then leading, progress can be accelerated.

“A government that takes its responsibility seriously, and conducts the affairs of state wisely and, with the guidance of the people, can indeed compensate for a weak and incapable opposition,” she declared.

Persad-Bissessar stated that when her government took office it was prepared “to take our nation back from the hands of criminal control; to save and restore our plummeting economy; to end discrimination and ensure that all citizens felt there was an equal place for them, and to build a system that empowered each and every person to reach out and achieve their dreams.”

“We came to office on the strength of a robust coalition, united in our common goal to turn Trinidad and Tobago around back to a positive direction… today, the government of which your party stands as a loyal partner remains strong and has defied every prediction of demise,” she said. “We stand as a government that has demonstrated unprecedented performance… the signals of growth and development are evident throughout the length and breadth of the country. There is work ongoing in every community.”

“Businesses are expanding and new businesses are being formed. Our economy is steadily achieving diversification, even as we have restored the health of the very important oil and gas sectors. Tertiary, technical and vocational training is now more available, in more areas of study, than at any other time in the history of our nation.
More sustainable jobs are being created in more sectors, providing opportunities for our trained young men and women. And for the first time in almost 25 years, we were able to realign our revenue generation so as to ease the burden on families by removing VAT from over 7,000 food items,” she continued.

She was highly critical of the parliamentary opposition, which she said has been the biggest impediment to delivering services and opportunity to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

“Never before has there been such an uncoordinated, non-performing, unimaginative and bungling opposition in our history of parliamentary democracy,” she said.

She said the unprecedented anger of the opposition is what guides them to reject and oppose everything that the government has tried to do, noting that they are angry “because whatever progress we make, means less of a chance for them in a general election”, not because they are fighting for the national interest.

“The opposition has neither leadership, nor political compass, and are completely unaware of what is required to lead a government… They have no alternatives! They have no ideas!” she declared.

The UNC leader said the people’s business is her business but in trying to achieve her goals she has had to deal with obstructionism, which “failed to stop us… The dedication and commitment that underlines the politics of the UNC may have caused us a lot of scars, but taking the high road has always delivered us.

“It is that dedication and commitment that have kept us standing tall over the dirty politics and incoherent ramblings of an aimless opposition.

“And it is that dedication and commitment that gives us the confidence in our march towards re-election in 2015.”

Persad-Bissessar promised that her government would take on the challenges that come “as we always have – guided by loyalty to our country and people, and driven by a vision for progress for all.”

She called on her colleagues to take on the challenge of reaffirming “our commitment, through action, to serving the people.” She said the excuse of being busy is not a valid one.

The UNC leader asked them as well to reconnect “wherever we have lost touch” and correct the “untruths and outright misrepresentations from some who are opposed to us.”

Persad-Bissessar added, “We must be ready, willing and fully capable to fight against misinformation and ensure that the people have a reliable source of the correct information.”

She invited members of her caucus to ground themselves “with steadfast resilience and remain committed to achieving for our country” and told them to remain focused. “Respond only to ensure that they are corrected, but do not descend into the pits of political dirt with them. Our responsibility is bigger than theirs so our focus must be stronger than theirs.”

She said there is no better time than now “to reaffirm our commitment and re-dedicate ourselves to fighting the honourable fight, than at the 25-year anniversary mark. “Use this anniversary for introspection, not celebration. Use this anniversary for re-dedication, not squabbling. And use this anniversary as a show of force – a force for protection, progress and people, not as the others who intimidate, dominate and discriminate.

“We are the United National Congress! They cannot beat us on performance and delivery. They cannot beat us on commitment to our country. They cannot beat us in economic management. And they certainly cannot beat us in running our country!”
Reads: 3528

Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.


Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Enter Code

Please note that, if you are using an AT&T domain email address, e.g.,,, the verification email will likely not be delivered. This is outside of our control and the only remedy seems to be for readers to complain to AT&T

User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Caribbean Writer 2014

Other Headlines:

Regional Sports: