Robinson-Regis calls on Guyana to reject Opposition Leader

PNM Lady Vice-Chairman Camille Robinson-Regis is calling on the people of Guyana to completely reject the advice given to them by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Robinson-Regis says Persad-Bissessar's message of nation-building is hypocritical, given that her party was at the same time, refusing to support the Income Tax Amendment Bill.

The following is a statement from Balisier House.

"It is Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s most blatant act of regional hypocrisy yet, and the citizens of Guyana should completely reject the advice of someone who has failed, at every turn, to practice in Trinidad and Tobago, what she is now advocating in Guyana. This is the view of Camille Robinson-Regis, Chairperson of the Women’s League of the People’s National Movement, in response to the Opposition Leader’s recent address to Guyana Manufacturers.

According to Mrs. Robinson-Regis, the Opposition Leader has rejected every invitation by the Government to collaborate in the interest of the greater good. She noted that while Mrs. Persad-Bissessar was advocating greater collaboration for nation building in Guyana, her colleagues were in the Parliament refusing to support the Income Tax (amendment) Bill 2018, which is aimed at ensuring that the country becomes compliant with the International Standard on Exchange of Information.

The Opposition’s Leader’s advice to the people of Guyana to urge bipartisan support from opposition and government in the formulation of a National Development Plan therefore rings extremely hollow, especially when she rejected the same opportunity in Trinidad and Tobago.

The PNM wishes to remind the national community that the Draft National Development Plan also known as Vision 2030 was laid in the Parliament and sent to a Joint Select Committee usually consisting of Government, Opposition and Independent MPs and Senators for deliberation and ultimate debate in the House.

The Kamla-Persad-Bissessar led UNC has refused to nominate any of its members to this Joint Select Committee, using the puerile argument that Vision 2030 is a PNM document with which they will have no part. Indeed, not only did they refuse to participate in this bipartisan process on a document that had already received input from several sectors of the society, they further rubbished the process by declaring the JSC a waste of time.

Mrs. Robinson-Regis noted that despite numerous efforts by the Government to reach out and collaborate in a bipartisan effort on issues of national interest, the UNC opposition has remained stubbornly defiant. According to her, there are myriad examples of this obstructionist politics, including the UNC’s failure to initially support the FACTA Legislation, the Anti-Gang Act, the Gambling (Gaming and Betting) Control Bill, the Property Tax Act, and even the appointment of the current Commissioner of Police who had previously served as National Security Adviser and Minister during her tenure.

The League therefore completely rejects the attempt by one newspaper editorial to lump the PNM with the opposition and its politics of opportunism, and reminds the media that it was Dr. Rowley who, in his capacity as Opposition Leader, led the party’s support for the controversial “spy Bill”, as well as for the 2011 National Budget, a move hitherto unseen in the history of the parliament."

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