CARONI Central MP Dr Bhoendradat Tewarie piloted a motion in the House Friday calling on Government to work with the Opposition on covid19 recovery.
The private motion specifically called on Government to consider the Opposition Leader’s Economic Master Plan and a genuine bipartisan collaboration towards a national policy for recovery and growth in TT. Tewarie told the House the Opposition Leader had instructed him to file the motion following Government’s “bungling” management of the situation.
He pointed out that Robert Le Hunte was no longer minister of public utilities nor was he vice chair of the covid19 Roadmap to Recovery Team. He also said there are the issues of the controversial visit of Venezuelan vice president Delcy Rodriguez and the sale of fuel by Paria.
“(These events have) made Government weak at the knees.”
He added it was likely there would an imminent call for 2020 elections.
On the Roadmap to Recovery final report Tewarie said it has been severely undermined and any proposal would be suspect.
“This might have been avoided if the Prime Minister had heeded the call on March 16, 2020 for a bipartisan committee.”
He said Government was between a rock and hard place and now had a difficulty in establishing truthfulness. He added that five years under this Government have been “dread years” and there have been 18 consecutive quarters of decline, from a recession into a depression.
Tewarie said the United National Congress (UNC) has a plan for covid19. He recalled he had served on the Vision 2020 committee and worked with former prime minister Patrick Manning, former prime minister and president Arthur NR Robinson, former prime minister Basdeo Panday, he had a healthy relationship with late economist Lloyd Best, and now he served under the UNC and political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar. He said every road he has taken has been a road of national commitment and national service.
“TT is the only country I have.”
He added that he gives of his ideas freely.
He said that the last few weeks under the Keith Rowley-led People’s National Movement have been troubling and the country’s prospects were not good. He declared that if the Government does not have the bipartisan process then the UNC will wait until after the election date “to bring this country together.”