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Kamla calls for end to notes row in Tobago debate

By Elizabeth Williams Tobago Bureau

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on the Trinidad and Tobago Debates Commission to put the notes issue involving Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) Leader Ashworth Jack to rest. Persad-Bissessar was speaking at the TOP political meeting at Bon Accord, Sunday evening.

Persad- Bissessar said the only reason the notes issue was being blown out of proportion was because Jack won the debate fair and square. It was a question of sour grapes from the opposition People's National Movement (PNM) and the Platform of Truth, she said.

All three political parties are contesting the January 21 Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election and participated in the historic Tobago Debate organised by the Debates Commission of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce on January 10.

"Tonight, I call on the Debates Commission to clarify that issue, because at no time during the debate was any matter raised by the Commission or by the moderator or the other persons there," Persad-Bissessar said.

Speaking on the Constitution (Amendment) (Tobago) Bill 2013, to be debated in Parliament on Wednesday, Persad-Bissessar said the only reason the PNM was opposed to the issue was because it was afraid of losing next Monday's THA election. She said it is quite obvious PNM style, they continue to spread lies on the issue.

"They are afraid that they will not have 16 years to sit in the THA. They are afraid that they will not be able to squander the money of Tobago people in the manner that they have been doing it," she said.

She then noted the PNM of the past has assisted in stifling further development of Tobago. She said they starved their own PNM THA administration of funds.

"So for ten years who starved him of funds? His own party, and not a word he said then, and now he running all about crying crocodile tears," she said.

She later revealed the TOP's manifesto labelled, "Tobago Let's Get Going". She said Jack and his team gave the people of Tobago their blueprint and plan of governance for Tobago. See Page 7

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