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1st Session of the 8th Republican Parliament

Private Motion - Constitutional Reform

Final Motion approved:

WHEREAS the Report of the Constitution CommissionPDF Icon (‘the Hyatali Commission’) appointed in 1987, under the Commissions of Enquiry Act Chapter 19:01, made recommendations which have never been debated in Parliament or presented officially to the public for consideration and comment; and

WHEREAS there have been no adjustments to the Republican Constitution (1976) at any time in the last twenty-five years in response to changing social and cultural circumstances; and

WHEREAS there have been in the last ten years an increase in the electorate’s “dissatisfaction with the existing political establishment, and confusion and uncertainty about what options for meaningful change are open.” (Wooding Commission Report); and

WHEREAS the historic electoral tie in the General Election of 2001 has had the following effects among others: (a) focusing the public’s attention on the Republican Constitution’s strengths and weaknesses; (b) causing for the first time in the history of the country a significant number of individuals, institutions, and citizen groups acting independently to examine the Constitution and conclude unanimously that there is a crying need for constitution reform; and (c) impelling the political parties to declare during the 2002 General Election Campaign their urgent intention, if elected, to undertake Constitution Reform; and

WHEREAS the now governing People’s National Movement in its Election Manifesto 2002 commits the party to the “widest possible discussion and participation in the process leading up to the Reform of the Constitution for a modern Trinidad and Tobago” and to developing a Constitution “capable of ensuring the involvement of all its citizens in the running of the country” and permitting “equity in the distribution of the resources”;

BE IT RESOLVED Be it resolved that this Senate do support the call for constitutional reform and that the Government do articulate its position on how it intends to commence this process; how it intends to involve the population in the process and what steps it will take to ensure that the exercise is completed within the shortest possible time.

(Sen. Prof. Kenneth Ramchand)

Access our Constitutional Documents. The Resolution was amended before being approved. The original motion can be seen on this Order Paper.PDF Icon

First Debated: 26-Nov-2002
Approved on: 3-Jun-2003
Speakers in the:
Senate
26-Nov-2002 Senate Debate - Day 1 | Hansard PDF icon (173.8 kb)
Sen. Prof. Kenneth Ramchand [Independent Senator]
Sen. Robin Montano [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Dr. Lenny Saith [Minister of Public Administration and Information]
Sen. Dana Seetahal [Independent Senator]
Sen. Derek Outridge [Independent Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Garvin Nicholas [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
04-Feb-2003 Senate Debate - Day 2 | Hansard PDF icon (483.2 kb)
Sen. Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Prof. Ramesh Deosaran [Independent Senator]
Sen. Dr. Jennifer Kernahan [Opposition Senator]
25-Feb-2003 Senate Debate - Day 3 | Hansard PDF icon (152.5 kb)
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Martin Joseph [Minister of Housing]
Sen. Christopher Thomas [Independent Senator]
Sen. Pundit Maniedeo Persad [Government Senator]
Sen. Brother Noble Khan [Independent Senator]
25-Mar-2003 Senate Debate - Day 4 | Hansard PDF icon (217.6 kb)
Sen. the Hon. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid [Minister of Social Development]
Sen. Sadiq Baksh [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Eastlyn McKenzie [Independent Senator]
Sen. Satish Ramroop [Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development and Gender Affairs and in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism]
Sen. Parvatee Anmolsingh-Mahabir [Independent Senator]
29-Apr-2003 Senate Debate - Day 5 | Hansard PDF icon (169.6 kb)
Sen. Arnim Smith [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Knowlson Gift [Minister of Foreign Affairs]
Sen. the Hon. Danny Montano [Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education]
03-Jun-2003 Senate Debate - Day 6 (Final) | Hansard PDF icon (220.5 kb)
Sen. the Hon. Glenda Morean-Phillip [Attorney General]
Sen. Robin Montano [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dana Seetahal [Independent Senator]
Sen. Dr. Jennifer Kernahan [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Brother Noble Khan [Independent Senator]
Sen. Dr. Eastlyn McKenzie [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Glenda Morean-Phillip [Attorney General]
Sen. Robin Montano [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Christopher Thomas [Independent Senator]
Sen. Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Prof. Kenneth Ramchand [Independent Senator]