The United National Congress, led by the Chairman of the party, Pointe-a-Pierre MP, David Lee is questioning the government’s motive in its decision to hold back the Sir Anthony Coleman Commission of Enquiry Report into the collapse of the CL Financial Group of Companies.
In a statement issued on the matter, UNC leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar, notes that a letter requesting full disclosure on the Commission of Enquiry, has been submitted to the Prime Minister and the Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister informing them of Mr. Lee’s request under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
The letter notes that the cost of the commission of enquiry to taxpayers, as reported by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, is in excess of $78 million with the possibility of additional charges to be incurred, since all expenses of the Commission have not yet been totaled.
Mrs. Persad Bissessar, in her letter says taxpayers of this country also funded the costs of a number of the parties to the Commission, such as the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and The Ministry of Finance and in addition to the costs identified, taxpayers have also had to expend millions of dollars in litigation costs arising out of the collapse of the CL Financial group of companies.
Mrs. Persad Bissessar says Mr. Lee’s constituents have expressed concern over government’s failure to make the report public, querying whether the decision to hold back this information is politically motivated.