The passion, interest and dialogue elicited by government’s proposals for constitutional reform have been unprecedented and clearly negate the view that citizens are lukewarm on matters of national governance, says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in her Independence Day message to the nation.
Persad-Bissessar said her Government “cannot allow fear and intimidation to impede the progress of our nation.” She added that as citizens of an independent, democratic nation we have the responsibility to ensure that in the practice of democracy, everyone held the right to determine how they were governed and by whom. Persad-Bissessar said our nation had risen above partisanship and self-interest in favour of national good.
“Change is coming. I believe that over the past few weeks many of those questions have been answered. Rather, what has been so strongly demonstrated is that we truly are the deserving inheritors of the courage, will and fierce determination that brought our ancestors out of bondage into the light of freedom.” In 1962, Persad-Bissessar said, T&T took the bold step to chart its own destiny.
“Fifty-two years later, we have again displayed the confidence in ourselves and the temerity to forge a new political path. We now have greater power to choose the representatives, best suited to serve and service the needs of community and country. We stand on the threshold of an exciting era in our political history. Independence allows an opportunity to embrace change.”
Persad-Bissessar said her Government understood expectations were high among citizens in all facets of national life and assured that they were working for the best interests of all.