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The proposed reintroduction of the prop-
erty tax to be announced in today s budget
is an indication of how "deceptive the Peo-
ple s Partnership Government can be.
Making the remark was Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley as he toured Lopinot yes-
"I think finally the population will under-
stand how deceptive this government can
be," he said.
"I want to make the point that the Gov-
ernment met a law in place and have taken
an oath of office to observe the law.
"It is not the first time this Government
has tried to bring back what that they have
Saying the "bottom line" was that the PP
Government ran a campaign against property
tax, Rowley added that Finance Minister
Larry Howai was "not fooling anyone."
"At the end of the tax, property owners
will make a contribution by paying taxes...It
used to be called Land and Building Taxes,"
"What you are going to end up with is
the Government trying to convince you that
it is not that but it is really that so let's wait
and see what the minister says."
In the meantime, however, the Opposition
Leader said, significant revenues have been
lost during 2010 to 2013 from those who
were "quite happy" to pay their land and
"Prakash Ramadhar and the COP con-
demned a tax which they are now seeking
to reproduce as something different...It's
the same thing," he said.
"To own property you're required to pay
a tax based on the valuation. The minister
is now saying it is not that it is different,
it is that the last government did not con-
sult," Rowley said.
He said the Government has now accepted
that it was wrong, unreasonable and now
looking for a way to bring back property
tax "without losing political face."
On budget expectations, Rowley said he
expected the Government to continue to be
"irresponsible" which it had been doing in
"I expect the Government to do what it
has been doing for the last three years which
is to act as irresponsible as possible," he
"They believe they could please everybody
by giving them what they want, even though
by giving what they want you will not, in
fact, improve their situation."
He added what the country had lost in
the last few years was the confidence to go
forward and confidence to initiate.
"And against that you had a government
that virtually stopped everything that was
going on in the country," Rowley said.
"The property tax was symptomatic of
everything else. It was not just the property
tax that they had gone against. They went
against industrialisation, the revenue author-
ity...everything that the previous government
was doing, this government condemned."
He also accused the Government of "play-
ing around for three years" and was now
trying to find "something to do to make
During yesterday's walk, Rowley also
introduced two of the PNM's candidates
who would be contesting October's local
Twenty-five year old Tova Lin
Bartholomew, who has a bachelor of science
degree in political science from the University
of the West Indies, St Augustine, described
herself as an "admirer of politics" and one
who enjoyed community work.
"Looking at the current political landscape
there is a deep desire for a new refreshment
to the politics in T&T...This is probably my
biggest challenge but I know I'm capable,"
Bartholomew would be contesting the
Five Rivers/Lopinot district.
Judy Garnar, who would be going up for
the La Fluorescent/Clever district, said the
community approached her to represent
If elected, she said, one area to be imme-
diately tackled was infrastructure.
Last Thursday s Cabinet reshuffle did
not address the issue of the "cabal" con-
trolling the decision-making in the Peo-
ple s Partnership, and Prime Minister
So said political leader of the Congress
of the People (COP) who is not satisfied
with the reshuffle.
Ramadhar was speaking yesterday at
a news conference held at the party's
Operations Centre, Charlieville, Chagua-
Asked to elaborate on why he thought
the reshuffle did not address the issue
of the "cabal" in the People's Partnership,
he said: "I'd rather not, these are matters
I have raised with the Prime Minister
and a decision has been taken on that.
We will not stop in our pursuit to change
and address a lot of these issues."
Ramadhar was responding to the alle-
gation that there was a "cabal" in the
People's Partnership Government. The
allegation was made by Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley and leader of
the Independent Liberal Party Jack Warn-
er.As a result of the reshuffle, Jamal
Mohammed, who had been communi-
cation minister was dropped. Former
Airports Authority chairman Gerald
Hadeed is now Communications Min-
Rodger Samuel, who in mid-July had
announced his intention at the COP's
National Council meeting to resign from
the COP, is now Minister of National
Diversity and Social Integration.
He is also former minister of state in
the Office of the Prime Minister.
At last Thursday's post-Cabinet media
briefing where the reshuffle was
announced, Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar said the COP's recommen-
dations for the reshuffle were merely
detractors who wanted someone else's
But Ramadhar said yesterday his party
wanted the duties of the ministers to be
streamlined in such a manner that it
would result in benefiting the population.
Ramadhar declared he did not want any-
Persad-Bissessar said last Thursday:
"There's always someone who wants
someone to go, you know why, because
that someone wants one of them to go
because they want their job."
But Ramadhar said the statement was
"unfortunate" and the COP was not
interested in anybody's job. He added
that the COP wanted the right person
for the right job.
On the issue of property tax, Ramadhar
said if a PNM structure for the tax is
proposed in the 2013/2014 budget the
COP is not going to support it.
(See Page A6)
Return of property tax
deceptive, says Rowley
Opposition Leader and PNM political leader Dr Keith Rowley, right, chats with a group of youths during a walkabout in Lopinot yesterday. Inset:
PNM candidate Judy Garnar. PHOTOS: BRIAN NG FATT
Tova Lin Bartholomew.
failed to address
'cabal' in Cabinet
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