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He noted Latulippe s statement that he
was "deeply offended" by Imbert s "personal
attack" and also noted Latulippe had said
Imbert s speech was irresponsible and had
tarnished him personally, as well as his rep-
utation as a representative of the Canadian
Hadeed stressed: "The Canadian High
Commissioner said he had invited Mr Imbert
to a meeting to discuss the SNC-Lavalin
situation and Mr Imbert refused. Mr Imbert
had the opportunity to ask for the truth
and get Mr Latulippe s side of the story
instead of relying on Google."
Hadeed added: "I agree with the High
Commissioner that freedom of expression,
even under parliamentary immunity, bears
responsibility and respect for human rights.
"What is worse, is many of our people living
in Canada have been calling to say Mr Imbert s
irresponsibility could cost T&T the support
of the Canadian Government and other gov-
ernments who, seeing what has happened to
the Canadian representative, may feel that the
same or worse could happen to them."
Hadeed said: "This kind of irresponsibility
has always caused us problems. Look at
what is happening now with the opportunity
with the Venezuelan Government to profit
from the Loran-Manatee project.
"It s the same kind of wanton disregard
for the truth as part of a strategy based on
making this Government look bad and keep-
ing us from delivering. What Mr Imbert
and his colleagues don t seem to realise is
that in trying to discredit us they are doing
immeasurable damage to T&T, its allies and
our international reputation."
Imbert, however, defended his statements
yesterday. He said: "I have no intention of
getting into any war with a representative
of a foreign government and I certainly
would not wish to engage in any exchange
with His Excellency.
"I, however, note two points: That as far
as I am aware, after that 1987 incident, the
gentleman contested a seat in the 2000
Canadian elections and was unsuccessful
and was also appointed as deputy minister
in the Quebec provincial government.
"So I am assuming he must have been
misquoted by the Express when he said
after the 1987 incident he decided to get
out of politics, as the records showed he,
ten years later, contested a seat and was
part of the provincial government."
Imbert produced to the T&T Guardian
Latulippe s biography, taken from a release
from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cana-
da, which he said confirmed Latulippe was
the Deputy Minister of the Quebec Ministry
of International Relations from 1997 onwards.
He added: "Secondly, what really bothered
me about the request for a meeting with the
High Commissioner, which I got via e-mail
at 8 am on the Thursday before my motion
last Friday, is that in addition to meeting with
him and a representative of the Canadian
Commercial Corporation, he also asked me
to meet with a representative of SNC-Lavalin."
Showing the e-mail to the T&T Guardian,
Imbert added: "It was the day before my
motion in Parliament and it was public
knowledge that I was going to ask Govern-
ment to terminate the contractual relation-
ship with SNC-Lavalin and I found it very
strange he would want me to meet him and
an SNC-Lavalin representative."
Canadian High Commissioner Gerard
Latulippe said yesterday he had nothing
else to say on the SNC-Lavalin issue.
Contacted for comment on Imbert s state-
ments, Latulippe said: "I have said what I
had to say and I have no further comment."
On Imbert s claims about his political
career, Latulippe said after the 1987 issue,
he was in the Liberal Party and stayed until
the end of that parliamentary session. He
said he had never been elected to the Cana-
dian Parliament after 1989 and was never
an MP after that.
Other officials told the T&T Guardian
the Canadian Parliament was separate and
different from that country s provincial bod-
ies and each had their own divisions. They
said it was thus "easy to mix them up."
Imbert defends his stand
for the local
Although he denied being asked to contest the
St Joseph seat by the People s Partnership Gov-
ernment, Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne last night
mounted the party s Harris Promenade, San Fer-
nando platform and stole the show from the 136
local government candidates being introduced
to the public for the first time.
There was an air of excitement as the crowd
came alive after Alleyne took the podium to much
fanfare, as the crowd anticipated that he would
announce he was indeed the candidate for St Joseph.
Instead, he teased the yellow and white shirted
army of supporters, telling them that he was merely
taking the opportunity to mount the platform to
settle a score.
Alleyne, who had hours earlier indicated his
intention to appear on the PP platform during his
CNC3 programme, denied having any conversation
with Attorney General Anand Ramlogan or Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on the issue of
contesting the St Joseph seat or being offered the
Ministry of National Security, as had been suggested
by interim Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader
Jack Warner during a political meeting last week.
He said he was not for sale and "no politician
could buy him."
However, Alleyne told the audience that while
in the past he had refused to work with any gov-
ernment, it was now time to put country first in
the fight against crime.
He said while the current Government had the
equipment to fight crime, he had the information,
and called on the PM and National Security Minister
Gary Griffith to come and "let us clean up the
Speaking afterwards, Persad-Bissessar pleaded
with the audience not to split the votes with the
She said everything was at stake in this local
government elections and everything they had
fought to achieve could be lost if they allowed
Warner to split the PP votes.
Local Government Minister Marlene Coudray
had earlier urged the audience to not be confused
when they go out to vote and put their X by either
the symbols of NJAC, UNC or COP, as "we are
show at PP
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