Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 16th 2015 Contents SHALIZA HASSANALI
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Row-
ley yesterday promised sweeping
changes if the People s National
Movement (PNM) is voted into
office on September 7.
Among the initiatives Rowley said
the party would introduce if elected
were a new curriculum for the pri-
mary school system, a code of ethics
for parliamentarians, cabinet reform,
a new Integrity Commission (IC),
1,400 police officers to be deployed
at the 14 municipal corporations,
industrial expansion, open discus-
sions with the trade union move-
ment, establishment of a road net-
work from Valencia to Toco, local
government reform, and internal
self-governance for Tobago.
These changes will form part of
the PNM s manifesto which will be
launched at the Radisson Hotel,
Port-of-Spain, on August 20.
Rowley said the PNM would also
"cut out waste and corruption"
which, he said, had become the hall-
mark of the United National Con-
gress (UNC) since 2010.
Addressing hundreds of supporters
at Woodford Square, Port-of-Spain,
where the party announced its 41
candidates for the general election,
Rowley first touched on the educa-
tion system saying that while the
UNC had been focusing on building
new schools across the country, the
PNM would focus on what went on
inside the classrooms.
"Notwithstanding all they are
doing now in the primary, secondary
and tertiary levels, we will refocus
our resources and attention on the
primary school systems and make
some significant changes to our cur-
riculum and teachings at the primary
Rowley said he would ensure that
MPs who violated Parliament s code
of ethics faced consequences.
He said the duty of an MP was
to work for the people.
"If you are dissatisfied with that
person you have to beg to get rid of
them. What you have to do is put
in place in Parliament a code of
ethics, where if such an MP is found
to violate that code, the Parliament
will evict that person."
Under the PNM, Rowley said, a
code of conduct would be introduced
for all MPs to uphold integrity and
morality in public life.
He said the IC refused to inves-
tigate the Beetham wastewater con-
tract where "$400 million of your
money went into the wrong pock-
et."A few days ago, Rowley said, he
received a letter from the IC saying
"that in the face of all of that I have
not provided them with enough
information for them to start an
investigation (on the Beetham proj-
ect). Now if that is what the Integrity
Commission is, then we don t need
an Integrity Commission."
Rowley promised reform to the
IC "to deal with those who steal
from the public purse" because, he
said, the IC was not working "but
driving people away from public
Dissatisfied with the performance
of the Community Comfort Patrol,
an initiative of the National Security
Ministry, Rowley pledged to recruit
1,400 police officers to work in the
municipal corporations to restore
confidence in the Police Service.
"The police service will get back
its eyes and ears again."
August 16, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
RENUKA SINGH AND
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Former New York governor
David Paterson yesterday bashed
the People s Partnership Govern-
ment while addressing thousands
of supporters at the People s
National Movement (PNM) rally at
Woodford Square in Port-of-Spain.
Paterson criticised the Govern-
ment for failing to implement PNM
leader Dr Keith Rowley s housing
Paterson said the Government was
dishonest with citizens and "shut
down" all the agencies that measured
statistics on progress.
"The Moody s
agency...downgraded the credit for
Trinidad, and just a few days ago,
the largest commercial bank has now
reduced the amount of revenues of
US dollars. But the people of
Trinidad, they don t need a bank or
a rating agency to know how bad
the quality of life has been in the
last few years."
Paterson said hundreds of busi-
nesses were going out of business,
that the national budget was "wildly"
out of balance, and many more were
without food or shelter than "any-
time in the last 20 years."
During his short speech, he said
since the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-
led Government had failed to follow
Rowley s plan on public housing, it
was time to vote her out of her public
Paterson justified his presence on
the PNM stage, saying that New
York held the largest group of
Trinidadians outside of T&T and
that his family was originally from
Paterson was elected by the Dem-
ocratic caucus of the Senate as
minority leader on November 20,
2002, becoming both the first non-
white state legislative leader and the
highest-ranking black elected official
in the history of New York state. He
became known for his consensus-
building style coupled with sharp
Although he spoke of voting out
the People s Partnership, he was
never elected to the NY governor s
office but became governor by
default when his predecessor, then
NY governor Eliot Spitzer, resigned
amid sex scandal allegations.
In 2010, Paterson suspended his
own run for office after his admin-
istration became embroiled in a
domestic violence case involving one
of his personal aides. In 2008, Pater-
son and his wife admitted they had
intimate relationships with other
people during a rocky period in their
marriage several years ago.
Paterson is the first African Amer-
ican governor of New York and the
second legally blind governor of any
Towns brings greetings to PNM
The second US guest at the PNM
rally was former congressman Ed
Towns who served in the US House
of Representatives from 1983 to 2013.
Towns spoke for about two min-
utes bringing greetings to the crowd.
"I am just so excited about what
I ve seen and what I ve heard and
I am certain that when Dr Rowley
becomes prime minister of Trinidad
and Tobago, eyes have not seen and
ears have not heard about the good
things that he s gonna do on behalf
of Trinidad and Tobago."
Towns ended by saying the only
place that success comes before work
was in the dictionary.
Towns worked on behalf of under-
served Brooklyn communities and
won recognition from several organ-
isations for his efforts.
In November 2000, Towns was
severely criticised by India for
requesting that the White House
"declare India a terrorist state"
because of "the pattern of Indian
terrorism against its minorities."
Towns published a "list of attacks
on Christians" to bolster his views.
The White House dismissed the alle-
gation, saying there was "no credible
evidence" of any government
involvement in the massacre."
In 1992, Towns was named in the
House banking scandal, having writ-
ten 408 cheques on an overdrawn
bank account. On April 16, 2012, he
announced his retirement.
Former US governor bashes PP
The Sunday Guardian understands that because of the US
separation of state and federal government, governors are not
aligned to the State and are therefore allowed to speak out on any
issue and on any platform.
GOVERNORS CAN SPEAK OUT
Former New York Governor David Paterson, left and former Congressman
Edolphus Towns who were guest speakers at the PNM's rally in Woodford
Square, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Rowley promises sweeping changes
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
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