Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 24th 2015 Contents 5
FIVE YEARS OF PROGRESS
#40 Store Bay, Local Road,
Crown Point, Tobago.
Fax: 631- 5195
Main Road Balmain Village, Couva.
Phone: 636-7624, 636-RGHL
636-4747/7445, 679-3758 Fax: 636-5568
"From ground breaking to house opening"
FOR ALL YOUR BUILDING MATERIALS
SPECIALIZE IN TILES, CUPBOARD &
• Steel Roofing • Gypsum • Lumber •
Cement • Bricks • Paints etc.
Steel Roofing, Gypsum, Cupboards
and Plumbing Materials
#100 Main Road, Balmain, Couva.
Phone: 679-2028 Tel/Fax: 636-5709
#109 Main Road, Balmain
Congratulations to the People's Partnership
Keep delivering to the People of Trinidad & Tobago and make the
People very Happy!
These are the things that have in-
fluenced me the most. I believe
leadership that is effective must
never be based on who we emulate,
but rather on the things we learn
along the way that help us to do
things in the way that secures the
lives of people, and the future of our
Q. What has been your most
defining moment as Prime Minister
A. That would be the moment I
realised that I could now pursue
things that I advocated for years
based on the many conversations I
have had with the people of this
Being Prime Minister meant that
I could do what was needed to pro-
vide support to sick children whose
families could not afford healthcare
and medical support.
It meant being able to create a
system of education where every
child had an equal chance to attend
school, learn, build their dreams and
pursue their ambitions.
Of course there were other
change-making moments, but the
opportunities to do right by the chil-
dren of our nation, the things that I
spent years advocating for their
wellbeing...those were my defining
Q. Do you consider yourself to
advised on every matter?
A. Well it's not about being a risk
taker. When citizens give you their
trust by electing you to office, what
matters is not the risks you take; it's
the way you keep your promises
and deliver on the things people
My approach to leadership has al-
ways been to ensure that people
have the opportunity to share their
views, because no one person has
all the answers.
After all is said and done, how-
ever, one must be decisive, and have
the will to see decisions through to
its rightful conclusion.
Q. What would you like your
legacy to be for your first term as
A. Legacy is not something that I
have really given active considera-
tion to; from 2010 I knew there was
change the course of our nation to a
If what you're asking is what I
would like people to remember
from the 2010 to 2015 term, it is
this -- there is no barrier to progress
so great that it cannot be overcome
by a strong vision, clarity of purpose
and the will to get the job done. As I
have often said, the voice of the
people is the voice of God.
Q. What was one of the biggest
challenges you had to face as a
female prime minister?
A. Well I do not see challenges
through the eyes of gender bias, not
at all. Challenges are challenges
whether you're a man or a woman.
And defeating those challenges de-
pends on one thing -- not being a
man or a woman, but being resolute
in doing what is right for the people.
Q. What do you consider to be
your most significant strength?
A. I think it's the way I have
learned to manage demanding situ-
ations and maintaining a sharp
focus on the issue in hand, and the
Whether it is in the House of
Representatives or the platform or
in my daily duties as Prime Minister,
it is very easy to become distracted
by negative views.
But however negative issues be-
come, what defines a good decision
is your ability to stay focused, re-
main calm, and make decisions not
on the way you feel, but rather on
what is right.
Q. How do you balance your role
as prime minister and as wife and
A. This is a big part of the reason
why I chose not to use the official
residence as my home. I take my
job very seriously and at times the
long hours mean that you miss
family moments and events. But at
whatever time the day comes to an
end, there is no greater joy that re-
turning to a home that is your own,
and having time with my husband,
children and grandchildren.
Greg has been very supportive
and I think the last five years have
truly defined how strong our bond
is, not only as husband and wife,
but as best friends. His support,
and the energy of my grandchildren
are the things that help me to man-
age my role with my family life.
Q. Do you feel the respect af-
forded to you as the first female
prime minister was easy to
A. No it was not an easy process.
In fact, "breaking the glass ceiling"
took on an entirely different mean-
ing when I became Prime Minister.
All Governments before 2010
were led by men and the change
that took place that year began a
period of adjustment that took
At the same time, no one can de-
mand the respect of the people
around them; respect comes from
the work you do, the commitment
you keep and the dignity that de-
fines your leadership.
Q. What do you think are your
accomplishments so far?
A. Supporting each child with
technology after doing their SEA
examination: the laptop. This has
been a big accomplishment. Chil-
dren are digital natives. We are im-
This is the domain in which they
spend a lot of their time, through
school-related activities, doing their
research and in the preparation of
their projects and in sharing ideas
with classmates and improving
Q. What was the most difficult
situation you had to face as a
female prime minister?
A. I treat each situation as it de-
velops and I do not measure issues
by how easy or difficult they are,
but by how solutions impact the lives of people.
Q. How do you deal with public pressure?
A. Sir Vidia Naipaul wrote in one of his books, that
the world is the way it is. My upbringing and my spiri-
tual strength has provided me with the resolve in deal-
ing with public pressure. Uppermost in my mind is that
I must at all times put the national interest first. There
will always be public pressure, and leaders cannot be
overly sensitive to criticism, but must always focus on
the duty to the people.
Q. Your party has started nominations. How is
that process going and are we likely to see new
A. The process is moving along far better than we
anticipated and in fact has created a great deal of ex-
What is clear to me is that people have decided to
join with us and focus on our collective vision for the
future of Trinidad and Tobago. In the last few years my
Government has outperformed every previous Govern-
ment in terms of delivery and transformation pro-
grammes, and our performance has made clear that
we are well on our way to a much more secure and
• FROM PAGE 4
Links Archive May 23rd 2015 May 25th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page