MP for Naparima - Rodney Charles

MP for Naparima - Rodney Charles Member of Parliament for the Naparima Constituency MP Rodney Charles. He served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations from 2010 to 2014.
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He acted as President of the General Assembly, arguably the second highest post in the UN, on many occasions. Mr. Charles was the Senior Policy Adviser at the College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago from 2009 to 2010. He was Chair of that institution’s English and Communications Department from 2003 to 2009, and a lecturer there between 2000 and 2003. Charles also worked as Marketing and Public Relations Consultant to the St Lucia Labour Party and that country’s United Workers Party from 2004 to 2007. He was a communications consultant with United States-based political consultant James Carville from 2000 to 2001 winning the 2000 general elections for the UNC; and Manager, Retail Marketing for National Petroleum between 1998 and 2000. He holds a master’s degree in journalism, as well as two bachelor’s degrees (first class honours) in journalism and in geography, all from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Born on 16 March 1949 in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, he is married to Arit Charles and has four children.

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United National congress - press Conference December 20th 2020. Live from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition of Trinidad and Tobago.

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UNC: No support until public procurement bill operationalised - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

UNC: No support until public procurement bill operationalised - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

UNC MP Rodney Charles said the Opposition will not be supporting any legislation, such as the Anti-Gang Bill, which requires a three-fifths majority, unless the PNM administration operationalises the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act 1 of 2015. Speaking at a media conference hel...

Kamla Persad Bissessar
29/10/2020

Kamla Persad Bissessar

FARIS-AL- RENTALS NOW FARIS AL RECUSAL – RECUSED HIMSELF 17 TIMES FROM THE CABINET BECAUSE HIS FAMILY HAS AN INTEREST IN A LEASE/ RENTAL OF PROPERTIES.

Earlier this year, a Freedom of Information Application was filed, and it was discovered when the Cabinet Secretariat responded that Faris-Al-Rawi as the Attorney General had to recuse himself 37 times from the Cabinet because of a conflict of interest.

What this means is that there is some benefit to the Attorney General personally or his family depending on the matter that was under consideration by the Cabinet so he will be required to leave the room.

When we looked at the reasons that were given for him recusing himself from the Cabinet it was revealed that he had to recuse himself 17 TIMES from the Cabinet because his family has an interest in a lease/ rental of some property.

What are these 17 rentals/ leases that you had to recuse yourself of? He likes to talk about everyone else, in fact he just likes to talk. So, I hope he tells the nation.

We know about two rentals– No.1 Alexandra Place and No. 3 Alexandra Place.

You will remember that in the Standing Finance Committee in Parliament, it was unveiled that the Government had to pay $20 Million to outfit No. 3 Alexandra Place! So, on top of the $23 Million rent, the State has to also pay $20 Million to outfit the space!

The building I am told has 4 floors; it means $5 Million for each floor! You could have bought an entire building for that price instead of renting!

So that is 17 times for rentals and lease of properties! On 4 occasions he recused himself because of the appointment of a family to a State Entity. On 4 occasions he recused himself because his family has an interest in a project that was under consideration of the Cabinet.

On 5 occasions he recused himself because his family is a shareholder in a Company that is involved in a transaction. On 7 occasions he recused himself because of a Ministry of the Attorney General matter, this we require more information on it.

A total of 37 times he recused himself from the Cabinet because of a conflict of interest.

I will tell you more about another Minister tomorrow whose family has been benefitting from billions of dollars in the same way while the rest of us must suffer.

Tell us again who is sharing the burden? Tell us again who must band their belly? We will never sit idly by and allow you to run roughshod over the people. We will fight them at every turn and corner.

Kamla Persad Bissessar
28/10/2020

Kamla Persad Bissessar

EVERYTHING CRASHED LONG BEFORE COVID

My friends, if you listen to any one of those PNM propaganda meetings disguised as a Ministry of Health Press Conference you will only hear how everything that’s going wrong today is because of COVID.

What they cannot escape from is the reality that this PNM regime crashed our entire nation long before COVID!

Their first budget in 2015 was one of hardship and suffering and this most recent one has only gotten worse. Their only plan, only plan since their inception over 50 years ago to generate any sort of revenue has always been to tax the people.

It's easy for them to destroy everything, pocket the rest and tax the people because the people as Imbert himself said “They Eh riot yet”

The facts clearly show that long before COVID-19 our economy was in trouble. COVID didn’t crash the Seabridge, COVID didn’t close down Petrotrin, COVID did not negotiate gas deals that collapsed the Pt Lisas Industrial Estate.

COVID is not the reason thousands of small and medium size businesses can’t get forex or get back their VAT refunds.

Rowley you are the reason why people are losing their jobs by the thousands. Not COVID.

Rowley you are the reason why businesses are closing down by the thousands! Not COVID.

Rowley, you again are the only reason why crime and insecurity run rampant through our streets! Not COVID!

As I said before -T&T is in the midst of a Twindemic - one is COVID-19, the other one is the PNM!

We will do all that we can to ensure that this incompetent and oppressive government is held to account and the people of Trinidad and Tobago remain the only priority.

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Kamla Persad Bissessar
23/10/2020

Kamla Persad Bissessar

OPPOSITION ABSTAINS FROM VOTING FOR AN OPPRESSIVE BUDGET

Following two weeks of rigorous debate and questioning, it is clear that this Rowley-led administration remains intent on making life difficult for citizens of this country.

Therefore, as a matter of principle, we cannot in good conscience vote for a budget that will inflict pain on the most vulnerable in our society.

Also, the government has refused to account to the people over the billions of dollars spent in the last fiscal year. This is in complete contradiction to the responsibility of the government to be transparent in how public funds are used.

They have centred this budget around additional hardships for the ordinary citizens while making life easier for their three F’s - Friends, Families, and Financiers.

From property tax to motor vehicle taxes, to measures that would lead to more job losses and loss of income for people, the opposition could never support such oppressive backward policies.

While people are being told to tighten their belts, curb their tastes, and do more with less, the government’s wanton and wasteful spending continues. Just yesterday we learned of millions being spent to outfit a building owned by the family of the Attorney General. This, while funding was cut for critical services such as flood prevention and mitigation.

We agree that the nation must run but the priorities of this Rowley regime remain distorted and will do nothing to grow the economy or improve the quality of people’s lives.

We remain committed to the people of Trinidad and Tobago and will continue to hold the government to account at every step of the way.

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23/10/2020

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OPPOSITION ABSTAINS FROM VOTING FOR AN OPPRESSIVE BUDGET

MEDIA RELEASE

To: All Editors
From: The Leader of the Opposition
Date: 22nd October 2020


Following two weeks of rigorous debate and questioning, it is clear that this Rowley-led administration remains intent on making life difficult for citizens of this country.

Therefore, as a matter of principle, we cannot in good conscience vote for a budget that will inflict pain on the most vulnerable in our society.

Also, the government has refused to account to the people over the billions of dollars spent in the last fiscal year. This is in complete contradiction to the responsibility of the government to be transparent in how public funds are used.

They have centred this budget around additional hardships for the ordinary citizens while making life easier for their three F’s - Friends, Families, and Financiers.

From property tax to motor vehicle taxes, to measures that would lead to more job losses and loss of income for people, the opposition could never support such oppressive backward policies.

While people are being told to tighten their belts, curb their tastes, and do more with less, the government’s wanton and wasteful spending continues. Just yesterday we learned of millions being spent to outfit a building owned by the family of the Attorney General. This, while funding was cut for critical services such as flood prevention and mitigation.

We agree that the nation must run but the priorities of this Rowley regime remain distorted and will do nothing to grow the economy or improve the quality of people’s lives.

We remain committed to the people of Trinidad and Tobago and will continue to hold the government to account at every step of the way.

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02/10/2020
Kamla Persad Bissessar

Kamla Persad Bissessar

ROWLEY, YOU OPPOSED PROPERTY TAX IN 2009 - WHAT CHANGED?

As the Rowley led Government moves to squeeze more out of the people of Trinidad and Tobago with yet another tax, this time property tax, it is important to remember that in 2009, when he was in Opposition, Keith Rowley was vehemently against Property Tax.

He argued that people were simply not in a position to afford another tax. Today, following five years of PNM mismanagement, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, the people are at a much worse position than they were in 2009.

As Rowley said, "Stop taking your own advice that no one is annoyed with the tax"

The Government has been irresponsible with the nation's finances for the past five years and now expect the people to bail them out once again.

Now is the time for innovative approaches to generate revenue and create jobs.

Remember your words Prime Minister, and remember that people are struggling. Have a heart and hold on implementing the property tax on an already battered population!

https://archives.newsday.co.tt/2009/12/20/rowley-hits-property-tax/

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OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and a former minister have called on the Government to introduce electronic monitoring bracelets for domestic violence offenders, following the beheading on Tuesday of a Penal

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Kamla Persad Bissessar
30/09/2020

Kamla Persad Bissessar

Violence and Murders of our Trinbagonian Sisters – Government need to Implement their promise to protect Our Women



I am sad to learn that more of our women continue to face heinous acts of violence, many times at the hands of persons they once knew and trusted. We are also seeing where our Venezuelan sisters are not spared from these practices and I ask, what is being done in combating such heinous acts?

The Government promised implementation of the Electronic Monitoring bracelets to help prevent repeated breaches of protection orders but we are yet to see this come to fruition.

To the women who have experienced any form of violence I say to you, I understand your pain, I understand your suffering. I also want to say that you are stronger than you can ever imagine.

Let us protect our women. I challenge everyone, be your sisters’ keeper - if you hear or see violence, Say Something! Do Something! Report abuse to the police - call 999 in case of an emergency or report directly to the TTPS app.”

I again call on the Government to pay serious attention to this out of control attack on our women.

I will continue fighting for proper legislative protection and more social support for the women and children who are living in violent households and those who have escaped it.

Stay safe All (Photo Pre-Covid)

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Charles alarmed at alleged human rights violations in Venezuela - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

NAPARIMA MP Rodney Charles on Friday expressed his alarm at a recent UN report alleging crimes against humanity in Venezuela, but Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Amery Browne said he could not yet comment as he has not seen the report. The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council said its mission to....

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These questions have been approved for Oral answer in Parliament.
We await the Government's response on these pertinent issues in October.

Kamla Persad Bissessar
17/09/2020

Kamla Persad Bissessar

The 2021 Budget must do more to reduce inequality in our nation.

In the past weeks, it has been truly disheartening to witness the anguish and desperation of so many parents whose children do not have the necessary technological tools, proper internet access, or even the learning materials to take part in the new school term given its new online format.

What is worse, is that the alternative system of paper-based learning via the "drop off box system" which the Ministry of Education had devised to facilitate the 60,000 plus students without access to the needed electronic devices is not being implemented, as many schools do not have basic equipment such as functional copiers, printers, paper or ink needed to undertake this task.

This is a terrible situation as thousands of children, through no fault of their own, would be hindered in obtaining a proper education which is a human right.

Recently an IDB report titled "The Inequality Crisis: Latin America and the Caribbean at the Crossroads" noted that Latin America and the Caribbean were especially vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19 because inequality is both deep and spread over mulitpe dimensions such as unequal access to education, health and other services.

While education may be free to all in our nation, today, because of the significant effects of COVID-19 we are seeing that the massive inequality, neglect and poverty which have increased in the five years under the Rowley administration, has turned it from a necessity into a luxury.

Today because the Government failed to ensure schools are fully equipped, our children, especially those without the needed technology, are at risk of not being able to realise their true potential. The UNC's policy has always been that no child should be left behind, and the Government I led sought to ensure always that our children were provided for, and had access to educational opportunities.

As we approach the 2021 national budget, on behalf of the thousands of vulnerable citizens now facing grim uncertainty , especially our nation's children, I call on this Government to put measures in place to reduce the inequality which threatens our ability to develop as a people.

Kamla Persad Bissessar
18/08/2020

Kamla Persad Bissessar

DID PRIME MINISTER ROWLEY DELIBERATELY SABOTAGE INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS FROM COMING TO WITNESS THE AUGUST 10, 2020 GENERAL ELECTIONS? IF YES, THEN WHY?

Good morning, everyone.

By now you may have seen a series of letters from both the Commonwealth and Caricom Secretaries-General to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Foreign Affairs Minister, Dennis Moses.

They deal with the issue of Election Observers for last week’s General Elections in T&T. Last month, I had asked PM Rowley to formally invite these observer teams to ensure we had free and fair elections.

He later claimed that both organizations were unable to afford the cost of the mandatory State 14-day Covid-19 quarantine. He had also bluntly refused to provide evidence to prove his claim.

Now, these letters show that both organizations had in fact indicated otherwise. They note that Minister Moses had kept delaying giving an answer on the ‘focal point’ when repeatedly asked to so do to by the respective Caricom and Commonwealth authorities.

What all of this essentially suggests is that the Rowley Government deliberately frustrated and sabotaged these crucial Observer teams via questionable delays and stalling tactics, to prevent them from coming to T&T.

It worked, and the elections proceeded with a host of serious irregularities and discrepancies that were, up to yesterday, under official review. Notably, PM Rowley knew fully well that this election year in T&T would be conducted during the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic.

He therefore should have made all necessary arrangements to accommodate these delegations very early on in the year. He refused to do so, using Covid-19 as a convenient excuse, and then went as far as to blatantly deceive the population.

PM Rowley must now say—WHY? He MUST explain his role in this apparent sinister move by his Government to undermine and consequently seriously compromise our democratic election process, which is now tainted and cannot be truly deemed as to have been free and fair. Citizens deserve no less than truth from him for once!

Stay safe and God bless.

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