House of Representatives


Loss of Confidence in Mr. Wade Mark as Speaker of the House

House of Representatives - 5th Session - 10th Republican Parliament

WHEREAS on January 23rd, 2015, there was a Motion of Censure against the Minister of Finance on the Order Paper of the House of Representatives for debate;

AND WHEREAS before the debate the Speaker in an unprecedented move informed the House that he received "a notice from the High Court, dated January 16th, 2015," regarding "a matter involving Larry Howai and Azad Ali of the Sunshine Publishing Company Limited";

AND WHEREAS the statement by the Speaker was intended to and did impact upon the debate on the said motion;

AND WHEREAS on January 26th, 2015, the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago issued a Media Release stating that "no Notice, letter or any other communication on the matter was forwarded by the Court or any of its officers to the Speaker or any officers of the Parliament";

AND WHEREAS the Release by the Judiciary has brought into question the conduct of the Speaker;

AND WHEREAS in a further unprecedented move on January 23rd, 2015, the Speaker allowed the Member for Oropouche East to speak on the matter even though it had come to its "premature end";

AND WHEREAS by these actions the Speaker has demonstrated partiality and brought the Office of the Speaker into disrepute and public ridicule and the House of Representatives into public odium:

BE IT RESOLVED that this Honorable House declare its loss of confidence in Mr. Wade Mark as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(By the Member for Chaguanas West)

27 Feb 2015
House DebateHansard
7 speakersShow Speakers
1.Mr. Jack Warner [Chaguanas West] [Opposition Member]
2. Dr. Roodal Moonilal [Oropouche East] [Minister of Housing and Urban Development]
3.The Honourable Dr. Keith Rowley [Diego Martin West] [Leader of the Opposition]
4.The Honourable Dr. Rupert Griffith [Toco/Sangre Grande] [Minister of Science and Technology]
5.Mr. Fitzgerald Jeffrey [La Brea] [Opposition Member]
6.The Honourable Colm Imbert [Diego Martin North/East] [Opposition Member]
7. Dr. Fuad Khan [Barataria/San Juan] [Minister of Health]