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Sunday, September 13, 2015
CDr. KEITH ROWLEY
and his PNM Party
For Winning the
2015 General Election
Your Victory was based on Integrity
and a Vision to move this country forward.
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And if we commit to that nobody in this
country will go hungry, while others go
overweight. We are all in this together. And
having said that and speaking from the
platform of the party that won the election,
I want to say to the members and sup-
porters of the UNC tonight your party has
We of the PNM can tell you the taste
of that brew. But I want to say to you
that when this country has passed respon-
sibility to the PNM it is not 'we vs them',
we are all in this together.
And while we form the Government, you
of the UNC will form the Opposition but
we all expect you to act as a part of the
Government because your responsibility is
And if we accept that we are all in this
together, T&T, all of us, would come out
of our difficulties together. We need to
respect each other, we need to empathise
with each other. And tonight it is our night
to celebrate but it is not the country's night
to feel that there is depression around.
All of us must claim the value of having
participated in a national election, behave
properly. I have heard of no major incidents,
I have heard of no violence, I have heard
of nothing that will make us ashamed and
I think we all should be proud, every person,
every candidate, every political party, we
all should be proud that once again T&T
has risen to the occasion as expected by
our founding fathers.
So PNM we will see us taking respon-
sibility, we will see us believing in our nation-
al anthem, in this country every creed and
race find an equal place.
And in this country I will not invent any-
thing for you. We have boundless faith in
our destiny. Regardless of where we are
within these shores, if we believe in that
boundless faith in our destiny you might
be a water carrier today but your son or
your brother might be carrying the cure
for cancer which we can discover in T&T.
Somewhere within this crowd and within
these shores is an Olympic gold medallist
either in primary school or in secondary school.
Somewhere within our borders is probably the
best accountant or the best auditor in the world.
Not all of us might believe in the same way to
the same extent but let all of us believe in the
dream. Some of us are cynical, some of us are just
naive but all of us a citizens of T&T.
Under my stewardship, I will make every effort
to rekindle the feeling of nationalism in T&T. We
have to understand that we are a nation and all of
us should be proud that we are citizens of T&T. I
can say to you, whenever I travel abroad it always
impresses me whether I go to New York, London,
wherever I go and there are T&T citizens, I get the
impression that they are more nationalistic than
those of us who are at home.
We've got to change that. We will make a delib-
erate effort to change that and we will start with
the school curriculum. We are going to interfere with
the school curriculum in T&T to ensure that our chil-
dren understands what this country means to us.
Once we do that and instill into them, starting
in the primary school by the time they get into the
secondary school and they get into their 20's and
30's I wouldn't have to be talking like this because
I wouldn't be here, but the foundation would have
A lot of people would have contributed to this
victory tonight. And if I start to thank (people) I am
sure I am going to leave out some very important
persons. So I make one generic thank you to the
people in the PNM who came to the fore, many
of whom didn't see eye to eye in the beginning, and
that was important because we don't all have the
But it fell to me to convince them to follow me.
And tonight I am happy that most did. Because I
am not the leader of my friends in the PNM, I was
a leader of every member of the PNM. And as prime
minister of T&T, while I will come from the PNM,
I am not the prime minister of the PNM. I will be
the prime minister of T&T.
And finally, I want to admit to you tonight it hasn't
always been easy. But I always knew that no matter
how rough it was outside when I got home I had
the loving arms of my wife, Sharon, and my two
daughters and behind me the Rowley clan.
I don't take a vote at home because you know
who is going to lose it. So I usually humble myself
and allow good sense to prevail. So tonight I want
to thank my wife, my daughters and all my family
for standing with me because when it looked as if
the hurdles were too high to cross they helped me
over by ensuring that there is a place of peace quiet
and love and I have shared that.
And I have to say that this is not a simple situation,
today is a historic day. When we change government
as easily as we do, we must allow ourselves to
focus on the seriousness of the situation. But tonight
at Balisier House and across T&T, tonight is a night
for celebration, let us celebrate.
Permit me one more time to say great is the
PNM but let us say louder great is T&T, great is
T&T, great is T&T and may almighty God continue
to bless us. Thank you very much.
From Page 10
Jubilant PNM supporters during the party's victory
celebrations at Balisier House on Monday night.
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