The Opposition United National Congress is attempting to set the record straight on information surrounding the walkout of the Parliament which occurred last Friday.
A statement issued by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar indicated that contrary to an editorial in the Sunday Express newspapers, members on the opposing bench did not walkout during the debate on issues affecting citizens following the passage of Tropical Storm Bret.
Persad-Bissessar stated that the Hansard recording as well as the audiovisual will show that only after the debate on the matter was completed did the Opposition leave the Parliamentary chamber.
The Opposition Leader was quoted as saying, “I filed a motion on “the failure of the government to provide adequate resources and relief in a timely, effective and efficient manner to alleviate the hardship, suffering, anguish and distress of the population in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Bret” as a definite matter of urgent public importance.
Notably, the Government had not brought the flooding issue to the country’s elected representatives despite the widespread national disaster.”
She went on the give an account, in chronological order, of the proceedings which, under the relevant Standing Orders, commenced at 6pm with stipulated one hour duration.
Persad-Bissessar restated that Opposition did not disregard the importance of the debate, adding that it was because of the Opposition that a debate took place.