PORT-OF-SPAIN: Leader of the opposition People’s National Movement (PNM), Dr. Keith Rowley, has urged the government to announce a date for a general election.
In an address to mark the 59th anniversary of the party, Rowley accused the Kamla Persad-Bissessar administration of “piggy backing” on existing PNM policies, programs and projects.
“The list is incalculable,” he said. “But I know that now is not the time to go into any further detail. We will deal with them on the campaign trail, I serve fair warning to those on the other side – come clean and come straight and above all come soon…call elections now. The PNM is ready.”
Rowley addressed the work done by the PNM in developing a master policy framework geared towards advancing the future growth and development of the country.
“They have done nothing of the kind,” he said. “They have no original ideas: plenty brawn, plenty questionable money but no brain. They have nothing significant and useful to offer: They are only about themselves and to hell with the country.”
Rowley said the first draft and batch of policy documents is available for public comment and can be found on the party’s website.
“Following this, we will prepare a revised version for further consultation with the special interest groups: the business sector, the professional bodies, the church, the not for profit organizations, the women’s groups , the youth groups, the Trade Union Movement and so on,” he said. “All sectors will be invited to comment and have an input into that policy framework. When all is said and done it will be a policy framework by the people, of the people and for the people.”
Concerning the economy, the opposition leader warned of perilous times and promised that the PNM will level with citizens.
“The economic scenario worldwide brought about by the drastic decline in oil and gas prices tells the story,” he said. “This is no time for fooling around and not leveling with our citizenry. PNM will come clean, come clear, come honest and come straight. They are the only principles we know.”