Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday that today is a normal working day for him when he will attend to numerous matters of the State with his usual diligence.
That was the only comment Ramlogan was prepared to make when he was asked whether he was a-ttending Parliament and speaking on his own behalf in the motion of censure against him.
The motion, filed by Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, asks the House of Representatives to express its loss of confidence in the Attorney General and calls on the Prime Minister to immediately relieve him of his portfolio.
Ramlogan, known to be a firebrand, is capable of mounting his own defence but he will have considerable support from his colleagues.
Former justice minister and St Joseph MP Herbert Volney "who was germane" to the whole issue of Section 34, said yesterday he did not think the motion was justified, though it was the "entitlement" of members to bring such matters.
"But then I have to listen to the arguments (of the Opposition). Maybe there may be certain revealing disclosures. One never knows until the debate. But there is nothing that I know of in the enactment or the proclamation of Section 34 that warrants the censure of the Attorney General," he said.
Asked whether he would take responsibility for the Section 34 debacle during his contribution, Volney, who lost his ministerial portfolio for allegedly misleading the Cabinet on the Section 34 matter, said he intended to come to Parliament like the famous boxer Muhammad Ali and "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee'. He said he would have his gloves on.
Supporters of the People's Partnership are expected to gather both inside and outside of the chamber as the debate, which starts at 1.30 p.m, gets underway.
Rowley, who was working on his hour-long presentation yesterday, said the People's National Movement (PNM) was not mobilising its supporters to come to the Parliament.
"The UNC (United National Congress) is desperate to bring out something to try and respond to the march that was held in September. And every opportunity they get, they would try to respond," he said. "Our issue tomorrow is inside the Parliament. ... Our parliamentarians are awaiting the Parliament (sitting)."
Party secretary Ashford Ford said the party was focussing its mobilisation of supporters and members on its annual convention which takes place on Sunday.
The Congress of the People also holds its elections on Sunday.
It means the debate, which is expected to go throughout the night, would conclude sometime tomorrow since the Opposition MPs and COP MPs would want to attend to their respective party assignments.
This is the second no-confidence motion that has been filed against members of this Government by the Opposition.
Last September, Rowley filed a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister, following the State of Emergency and the announcement of an assassination plot against the Prime Minister and a number of ministers. The motion failed and the same fate is expected to befall this motion.
However, the discussion on this motion comes one week before a rally planned by the Joint Trade Union Movement, the PNM, the Movement for Social Justice and at least eight civil society organisations, which is being held to demand the removal of Ramlogan and National Security Minister Jack Warner.