Minister of National Security, Stuart Young MP. (Image courtesy Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago)

The Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC MP, has filed a motion of no confidence in National Security Minister, Stuart Young MP.

According to a release issued by the United National Congress (UNC), the motion has the support of all 19 Opposition Members of Parliament.

The motion argues that Minister Young has failed “to faithfully discharge his duties to the people of this nation”, citing poor border security, the exemption process and closed borders stranding nationals abroad during the COVID-19 crisis, and unchecked illegal immigration by Venezuelans, among other issues.

The full text of the UNC statement follows…

OPPOSITION LEADER FILES MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN MINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY, STUART YOUNG

Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC MP. (Image courtesy Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago)

Leader of the Opposition, the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP, has filed a motion of no confidence in the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young. 

Mr. Young’s failure to faithfully discharge his duties to the people of this nation as their Minister of National Security, has compelled the Opposition to take action.

Since his appointment as Minister of National Security, Minister Young has been responsible for one disaster after another. These include the chaotic and poorly conceived migrant registration policy, the rapid deterioration of security of our national borders, and the secret award of private security contracts. 

The confused and muddled manner in which Minister Young continues to preside over  the Government’s exemption process represents a new low for himself.  The necessity of this motion is underscored by the draconian and authoritarian decision to keep our borders closed to citizens, leaving tens of thousands of nationals stranded abroad and making Trinidad and Tobago the only nation in the entire world where nationals require an exemption directly from a Government Minister to return home. This Ministerial authoritarianism is unacceptable and unconstitutional.

The manner in which the exemption process has also been conducted is evidently riddled with discrimination, inequality and unfairness. As we have observed over the past few months, many citizens have been inexplicably delayed and given the runaround by the Minister, while close family members of the PNM administration seem to experience no problem with securing exemptions.

Additionally, the influx of Venezuelan migrants has been allowed to persist with no immediate attention placed on border management, even as Venezuelan pirates have been advertising their trips to and from Trinidad openly on social media. We charge that Stuart Young has sabotaged our nation’s border security by preventing the use of multiple air and naval assets because they were purchased under a UNC-led Government.

The lack of proper border security has allowed a growing human- and weapons-trafficking network to flourish with the effects further crippling our nation.

Mr. Stuart Young has proven himself to be the most incompetent, ineffective – even bordering on dangerous – Minister of National Security to ever hold office. Every day he remains in office is a further threat to our safety and security as citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

A full case will be presented in the Parliament outlining every detail and every instance where he has placed the security and reputation of our nation at risk.

All 19 Opposition Members Parliament stand firmly in support of this motion given the turmoil and grave danger our constituents and, by extension, all citizens face on a daily basis. 

For the sake of our national well-being, we pray that our colleagues on the Government side will see Mr Young for what he truly is – a clear and present danger to the national security of Trinidad and Tobago.