Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 8th 2015 Contents ...it was extremely upsetting to me to read and
see the behaviour, simply because I have been in
public life for almost 25 years. I have always tried to
conduct my affairs in a transparent and open manner
without bringing any shame to myself, my family or
anyone. With regards to my qualifications, I have
never misrepresented my qualifications and there was
an attempt to convince the public that I was
guilty of that kind of unbecoming behaviour.
Yes, but I don t think the average citizen is that
interested in the professional careers of attorneys
in the office of the DPP?
Even though that may be so, if attorneys are in
a system where they can feel comfortable in the
career path they would stay in that system and by
doing so they would straighten the system. I dis-
cussed it with the DPP, and we both agreed that
it is needed in T&T.
Seeing I have only half hour with you, as you
have to attend Cabinet in a short while, there are
some other things that the PP campaigned on,
such as two terms for the Prime Minister, the
mechanism for holding of referendums. Can we
expect all those promises would be fulfilled before
the expiration of the current parliamentary term?
(Briefly touching the wedding band on his finger)
Well, the Constitutional Amendment Bill went
through both Houses of Parliament, it has gone
back to the Lower House to deal with the amend-
ments made in the Senate. I suspect that the leader
of government business in the Lower House would
soon bring it back to the House of Representatives.
I certainly endorsed provisions in the bill which
also provide for a two-term limit for the prime
What about the question of campaign finance
I have been appointed to the parliamentary sub-
committee and we will be meeting next week, so
I will be brought up to date on this and other
current legislative matters.
Senator Nicholas, you have faced a baptism of
fire, the only one to get that kind of treatment
among the recent bunch of Cabinet appointees,
immediately on assuming office. How did you feel
about the allegations levelled against you?
(Wringing his palms with a somewhat pained
expression) Well, I will tell you something; it was
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I have never misrepresented
extremely upsetting to me to read and see the
behaviour, simply because I have been in public
life for almost 25 years. I have always tried to
conduct my affairs in a transparent and open manner
without bringing any shame to myself, my family
or anyone. With regards to my qualifications, I
have never misrepresented my qualifications and
there was an attempt to convince the public that
I was guilty of that kind of unbecoming behaviour.
When I was appointed High Commissioner to the
Court of St James I used my advocacy and legal
skills to get a number of things through in the
How did this benefit T&T?
Well, for instance there was a move towards
removing developmental aid from the Common-
wealth and there was an increasing move towards
reducing the idea of development and increasing
the idea of democracy dealing mainly with political
and human rights issues.
By so doing, larger countries like Canada and
Australia gave aid to the developing countries bilat-
erally and therefore exert more political pressure
on developing states. Steps were made to ease the
restrictions on aid to these countries without exert-
ing that kind of pressure.
That was a case which I stood up for, and in so
doing T&T increased its influence in the Common-
The fact that you are the caretaker of the Diego
Martin North East constituency and on your return
from London you were for a short time caretaker
of the St Joseph constituency, do these moves
indicate that you have ambition to contest the
forthcoming general election and would that be
a conflict of interest in the context of you being
That is no secret and you are aware I contested
Diego Martin North East and that is the most mar-
ginal PNM constituency in the country. Therefore
it shows that constituency is not prepared to sit
back and say the seat belongs to any one party.
I have a real passion for that area, that is where
I grew up and want to see the people becoming
more developed and certainly I will throw my hat
into the ring, but it would be up to the screening
committee to decide whether I am a candidate or
You have had the opportunity to view at first
hand the differences between the coalition gov-
ernments in the UK and T&T. How do they com-
pare with each other?
Actually, interestingly enough we have done
slightly better. Our coalition came into being prior
the 2010 general election while the UK s version
was formed after their general election. Therefore
we were able to come to the table with a common
manifesto whereas in the UK they have two diverse
manifestoes, completely two different sides of the
political spectrums. And their coalition ran into
many more problems than ours (Smiles).
How do you view the major political event later
this year in T&T?
I think the Partnership has now settled down
and there is a very good team in place for moving
the country forward under the astute leadership of
the Prime Minister, which would go along in ensur-
ing that the Partnership coalition would be given
its second consecutive term.
This in spite of the propaganda being spread by
the Opposition, but the people are seeing the work
this Government has been putting down throughout
the country and I repeat, throughout the country.
Garvin Nicholas takes the oath
of office during a swearing in
ceremony at the Office of the
President in St Ann's in February.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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