The Prime Minister's appointment of attorney Christlyn Moore as Minister of Justice is a good day for the women of Trinidad and Tobago, Ashworth Jack, leader of the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) said last night.
Jack was speaking to the media at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's following the announcement by the Prime Minister of the firing of Justice Minister Herbert Volney.
Moore, a Tobagonian, will be appointed a Government Senator and will replace Volney.
"Christlyn Moore is a very bright attorney, in asking for her to come into the Government, I think she would have made a lot of financial and other sacrifices. I think that when we looked around you had to take into consideration what we had to build and I think that Ms Moore will in this case fit that very well," said Jack.
Moore, is one of the attorneys who had a large number of state briefs from the Attorney General's Office,
Questioned on this and whether there was favouritism, Jack said "I think that the Attorney General had to be represented by someone and I don't know that the issue that someone takes a job means that it debars them from being able to serve at another level,".
"I think what needs to be done is to judge her by her performance as Minister of Justice, I think we must not rush to judgment in this matter, I think we should give the young lady an opportunity. I think it's a good day for all the women, we have more women coming into Government to serve," said Jack.
The Prime Minister, he said, has set a very good example for others to follow and has emphasised the point that the main focus must be on serving the people and ensuring public trust.
"Regardless of what position you ascend, you are a servant of the people and therefore the people's interest must come first, it is sad that we had to lose a colleague in this way but I think it is necessary to do what we have to do," said Jack.