House Speaker Wade Mark on Friday extended best wishes on behalf of the House of Representatives to Government leader Dr Roodal Moonilal on the birth of his son.
Speaking at the start of the sitting, Mark, to much desk-thumping, said he wanted to wish Moonilal, his wife, Natasha and his son (Nishal) the best.
As the House celebrated this birth, it took note of the death of the late Dr Carl Singh, former Tabaquite MP (1991-95).
With both Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley overseas, the house engaged in some picong arising out of these absences. Persad-Bissessar is in Brazil.
When Mark announced Fyzabad MP Chandresh Sharma had sought leave of absence, Laventille East MP Donna Cox, quipped, “Gone Brazil, too.” Mark asked: “Did you say something?” To which Cox replied: “No.”
When Mark said Rowley had asked to be excused from Friday’s sitting, Sport Minister Anil Roberts shouted: “Abandoned his post.”
Similarly, when Mark said Chief Whip Marlene McDonald has asked to be excused from Friday’s sitting, Roberts asked: “Gone Brazil?”
McDonald is accompanying Rowley on a trip to the United States. Last Friday, Nileung Hypolite first sat in the Chief Whip’s chair, drawing shouts of “Ay, ay” from the Government. But shortly after Diego Martin North East MP Colm Imbert arrived and Hypolite moved to give him the seat accorded to the Chief Whip.
“Oooohhh!” Government members chorused. Roberts taunted: “They give Hypolite a cobeaux sweat.”