In response to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s statement last night, the activist group Fixin’ T&T called for fresh elections. Describing the PM’s response to the Section 34 “fiasco” as ”disappointing and unfortunate,” the group nevertheless welcomed the dismissal of Justice Minister Herbert Volney. However, the group said the situation demanded much stronger action. “The damage done even in spite of the repeal is irreparable,” it said, “as the State will now have to defend, at exorbitant expense to taxpayers, legal challenges from the privileged few who made applications to the High Court during the brief life of the legislation.”
The group said the PM had a chance to restore public trust in her administration by also removing the Attorney General and the Minister of National Security. That, it felt, would have remedied “the consistent erosion, if not full breach of the contract into which she entered with the people of Trinidad and Tobago on May 24, 2010; one in which we were given an unprecedented commitment to good, honest, transparent and accountable governance.”
As it is, the group said, “From Reshmi Ramnarine, Jack Warner, the SoE and much more to this latest spectacle, her government in our view, while constitutionally installed to govern for five years, has lost all moral authority to continue.” Fixin’ T&T therefore called on Persad-Bissessar to seek a fresh mandate from the people “because of the current crisis in confidence created.” “The future of our Sweet, Sweet T&T is at stake,” it said.