18th Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 22 February, 2022
1:30 PM
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Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial and Sen. Amrita Deonarine, who are ill. Ms. Taylor De Souza and Dr. Margaret Burgess were appointed temporary Senators in their place.

Sen. Dr. Margaret Burgess [Independent Senator (Temporary)]
Three Papers

There are three Papers to be laid. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Two Urgent Questions

Two urgent questions were posed and answered. The urgent questions have been appended to the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three Questions

Three Questions qualified for oral answer. See the Order Paper.

Privilege Motions
Matter raised by Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat

Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat raised a matter of privilege, stating that Sen. Wade Mark made confounded, baseless and false statements on a matter raised on the adjournment of the Senate on the need for the Government to explain the decision to appoint Mr. Patrick Ferreira to serve as Chairman of NIBTT. The President of the Senate indicated that she would give her ruling at a later date.

Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Private Business: Motions
Unparliamentary conduct of Opposition Senators

Debate continued on a Private Motion by Senator Anthony Vieira which asks the Senate to censure the unparliamentary conduct of Opposition Senators who by threat or molestation have attempted to obstruct, impede, influence or interfere with Independent Senators in the performance of their duties. The Minister of Culture and the Arts was first to contribute, followed by Sen. Jearlean John, Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye and the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs. Nine Senators contributed to the debate before Sen. Vieira rose to wind up. The Motion was then voted on and approved.

Sen. the Hon. Randall Mitchell [Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts]
Sen. Jearlean John [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Sen. Taylor Jowelle De Souza, MP [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Donna Cox [Minister of Social Development and Family Services]
Sen. Damian Lyder [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Deoroop Teemal [Independent Senator]
Sen. Anthony Vieira SC [Independent Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter regarding the decision of the TSTT to pursue a zero copper drive and the resulting rise in copper cable vandalism and theft. The Minister of Public Utilities, Hon. Marvin Gonzales, MP, responded.

Sen. Mark raised a second matter regarding the need for the Prime Minister to explain the Government’s Human Resource COVID-19 policy and the Urban Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (UDECOTT). The Leader of Government Business, Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat, responded.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Marvin Gonzales, MP [Minister of Public Utilities]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday March 8, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

At the next Sitting, debate is expected on the Immigration (Caribbean Community Skilled Nationals)(Amendment) Bill, 2022. The Sitting concluded at 7:09 p.m.