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2nd Session of the 12th Republican Parliament

Unparliamentary conduct of Opposition Senators

WHEREAS all Senators have a duty to uphold the dignity, discipline and decorum of Parliament and defend it against disrespect;

AND WHEREAS failure to uphold the dignity of Parliament, by disregarding its rules, by using unparliamentary language, by disobeying and ignoring the authority of the Presiding Officer, diminishes and erodes public confidence in said institution;

AND WHEREAS conduct calculated to obstruct, intimidate or impede Members in the discharge of their duties is a breach of privilege;

AND WHEREAS all Opposition Senators who were present at the meeting of the Electoral College on October 21, 2021 made abusive and malicious assertions; imputed false and improper motives, and cast negative reflections on the character and impartiality of all Independent Senators during said proceedings of the Electoral College, and in the media;

BE IT RESOLVED that this Senate censure the unparliamentary conduct of said Opposition Senators who by threat or molestation have attempted to obstruct, impede, influence or interfere with said Independent Senators in the performance of their duties;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a Select Committee be established to consider and report on a code of ethical conduct and behavior for Senators.

(By Senator Anthony Vieira)

First Debated: 23-Nov-2021
Speakers in the:
23-Nov-2021 Senate Debate - Day 1 | Hansard PDF icon (872.6 kb)
Sen. Anthony Vieira [Independent Senator]
Hon. Stuart Young, MP [Port-of-Spain North/St. Ann's West] [Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. Anil Roberts [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
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