Kamla Persad-Bissessar

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Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “These people have been in charge for over 15 months and led us into this disaster of over 600 deaths. Continuing with them in charge is deadly and amounts to premedita­ted, State-sanctioned murder,” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, June 13, 2021 4:22:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : "It is also illogical and downright foolish to allocate 50 vaccines per health centre thereby vaccinating a mere 1800 elderly people a day when a proper plan can be implemented with the assistance of the Opposition and stakeholders to have mass vaccinations in a shorter time frame," External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, June 10, 2021 11:07:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “It is nothing short of a nightmare and alarming as our nation is already grappling with a high death and infection rate. This is similar to when the Prime Minister irresponsibly invited thousands to vacation in Tobago during the Easter holidays” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, June 9, 2021 7:19:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Having braved the perilous journey, our forefathers suffered great hardship upon their arrival to our shores. They persevered and held on to their religious beliefs, culture and traditions, which were passed on through generations. In spite of the harsh conditions and experience of indentureship, the majority of Indians who came to Trinidad and Tobago chose to make this country their home,” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, June 1, 2021 2:53:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Having braved the perilous journey, our forefathers suffered great hardship upon their arrival to our shores. They persevered and held on to their religious beliefs, culture and traditions, which were passed on through generations. In spite of the harsh conditions and experience of indentureship, the majority of Indians who came to Trinidad and Tobago chose to make this country their home,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 7:38:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “today we can draw inspiration from our East Indian forefathers and all others who made this nation their home as they looked out for each other, and worked together to build communities. Let us follow their example and work together to overcome this crisis that we are facing” “Indian Arrival Day serves as a reminder of the diverse beauty of our nation as individuals of different cultures all united to build our nation. The people of Trinidad and Tobago are resilient, and I am confident that together, we can rebuild and emerge stronger than before, and realise our vision for our nation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 7:38:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “Therefore, I raise the concern. Medical care, what is happening? Are you really categorising people in this way? Old and have the pre-conditions? Are you prioritising who will live and who will die? Is it that some people are seeing themselves as God? They determine who they will take care of?” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, May 19, 2021 5:03:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “How can you use that obscene language in the public domain?! You’re not a calypsonian. Is that what you teach your children?” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, May 19, 2021 5:03:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar argued : “Okay, Prime Mi­nister. Do you feel better? Can you now please take action and protect our citizens?” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, May 16, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Before the Prime Minister can accuse anyone of being shameless and disrespectful, he ought to take a very hard and long look in the mirror,” “He is a failed leader with no plan while our nation suffers. In the absence of proper leadership, I urge the popula­tion to please safeguard themselves, get vaccinated, avoid movement, follow the worldwide protocol of social distancing, mask wearing, and get tested if you experience any symptoms whatsoever” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, May 16, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “This is a time for humility and not a time for arrogance. The UNC and many stakeholders have been trying to assist since the beginning of this crisis, but the Government has pursued its own way,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, May 8, 2021 6:23:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “This is a time for humility and not a time for arrogance. The UNC and many stakeholders have been trying to assist since the beginning of this crisis, but the Government has pursued its own way,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, May 8, 2021 4:42:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "One must ask the serious question if Trinidad and Tobago is now a one party state, where opposing voices are being stifled in our Parliament. Opposition Members take their Parliamentary obligations very seriously, however, as we have seen reported in the media, thirty-five citizens have gone into quarantine as a result of being primary and secondary contacts of the Prime Minister" External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, April 14, 2021 9:55:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “What was even worse than Faris’s dancing was his leader’s reaction. His Attorney General broke his own law, but all Keith could say was that he was disappointed? So what now, does he put Faris in a naughty corner somewhere?” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, April 5, 2021 6:34:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “You cannot have the key lawmaker in your Government breaking the law...and nothing happens. What is the example set for the rest of the country?” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, April 5, 2021 6:34:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Faris Al Rawi ) : “Faris has been making laws for us citizens to wear masks in our vehicles with big fines if we fail to do so. But he has no difficulty, no issue, no problem attending a game show because, according to him, it was like ‘sitting at a restaurant’. No social distancing, no masks, but he wants to fine children for not wearing a mask,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, April 5, 2021 6:34:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “This is the unmasking of the Rowley Government. Government has no intention to reopen the country. They are living nice in lockdown. The lockdown laws are for you - not for Faris, Rowley and his team,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, April 5, 2021 6:34:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Who are these persons who benefited? I am happy for those who receive support, but it must be done fairly and equitably. They did this right before the General Elections of 2020,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, April 5, 2021 6:34:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “What was even worse than Faris’s dancing was his leader’s reaction. His Attorney General broke his own law, but all Keith could say was that he was disappointed? So what now, does he put Faris in a naughty corner somewhere?” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “You cannot have the key lawmaker in your Government breaking the law…and nothing happens. What is the example set for the rest of the country?” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Faris Al Rawi ) : “Faris has been making laws for us citizens to wear masks in our vehicles with big fines if we fail to do so. But he has no difficulty, no issue, no problem attending a game show because, according to him, it was like ‘sitting at a restaurant’. No social distancing, no masks, but he wants to fine children for not wearing a mask,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “This is the unmasking of the Rowley Government. Government has no intention to reopen the country. They are living nice in lockdown. The lockdown laws are for you – not for Faris, Rowley and his team,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I refuse to believe he didn’t know,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Honourable Prime Minister, it is my respectful view that it is only with your direct, timely intervention and generosity that we may be able to combat the pandemic’s challenges at present. In this regard, I respectfully appeal to your kind consideration to donate AstraZeneca vaccines to protect my fellow citizens” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “This is an entirely unforgivable situation that places citizens in further peril,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, March 25, 2021 6:45:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Today I am saying to you—talk with ANSA McAL, they are not my friends, they might be your friends but after this I don’t know if they will still be your friends but they are corporate citizens who want to engage in corporate social responsibility—let’s get the vaccines here!” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:39:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “He cannot find it in his heart to do what he calls ‘begging’ and he’s branded all Caricom prime ministers (whose countries got vaccines) as beggars,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:27:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “So the private sector didn’t run to them—Government requested, they asked ANSA McAL among business groups to find vaccines,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:27:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “As a woman Parliamentarian and leader of a political party, I pledge to continue working to improve the lives of my fellow Trinbagonians,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “We recently learned that despite public pressure to make non-lethal weapons available, and a promise by the Government to enact the necessary legislation, there is still no word on when this will be done,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “However, in addition to the challenges of loss of income and employment, women are at increased risk of domestic violence in the pandemic, as the economic strains and restrictions have increased stress and tension in the home,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “It may not kill but it might delay some attack – if you serious about helping women bring the pepper spray law,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 9, 2021 7:44:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “My response to both of these deadbeat ministers is that if you were only doing your job I wouldn’t have to do it for you,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:45:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Amery Browne ) : “As for Minister Browne, I would like to point out to him that according to the latest news reports, five more Caribbean countries are going to receive batches of COVID-19 vaccines as a gift from India. How is it that our Caricom partners have all managed to source vaccine donations from India, yet Trinidad and Tobago has not had a similar arrangement?” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:45:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Surely, these PNM muppets must know that I have a constitutional duty to ensure the safe welfare of our citizens, especially in times such as these when it is clear that our government has abdicated its urgent responsibility to protect our citizens,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:30:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “Is Minister Browne so bad at his job he can’t arrange to collect vac­­cines from a nation giving them away? Is Minister Browne the new Dennis Moses?” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:30:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I took this decision in the interest of all citizens of our nation,” “When the lives and livelihoods of citizens are at stake I will always act urgently in their interest, especially as the Government, in this case, has clearly failed to do” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar wrote : “Over the last two weeks, we have repeatedly asked the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to reach out to your government for assistance. Honourable Prime Minister, it is my respectful view that it is only with your direct, timely intervention and generosity that we may be able to combat the pandemic’s challenges at present. In this regard, I respectfully appeal your kind consideration to donate AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to protect my fellow citizens,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 2, 2021 3:58:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Barbados Prime ) : “Trinidad and Tobago is grateful to have already benefited from Barbados’s donation of 2,000 doses of vaccines that originated in India,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, March 1, 2021 4:05:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Barbados Prime ) : “Should my humble request find favour with your good self, I am confident the necessary arrangements to accommodate the same can be made. I look forward to hearing from you. Please accept, Honourable Prime Minister, the assurance of my highest consideration,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, March 1, 2021 4:05:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Mahatma Gandhi ) : “Our citizens have long benefited from professional and cultural exchanges and India’s investment in our country’s development, including the recently constructed Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Valsayn, Trinidad,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, March 1, 2021 4:05:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Amendment Bill ) : “I suggest that you amend this Bill by deleting all the clauses therein...if you really want a tie-breaker let’s legislate only for the tie-breaker, not for fresh elections, not for more seats,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, February 20, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “If after the holding of a ballot to elect a presiding officer there is an equality of votes the clerk is to determine by lot which candidate is to be eliminated. Here is your tie-breaker, it was good enough for the House, adopted by all 33 of us who were there in the Parliament in 2014 unanimously supported the tie-breaker and other amendments,” “Both sides will have an equal chance... and you know what? You will rest your faith in the hands of the Lord as to how the tie will be broken, who will be the winner of that tie-breaker,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, February 20, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : “If we are to believe the Minister of Health that he did not know the source of the vaccines his own Ministry administered to front line workers, he is clearly incompetent and unfit for his job. It perhaps also explains the shambolic manner in which the Keith Rowley regime has bungled the response to the Covid -19 pandemic,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, February 19, 2021 4:22:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “While the rest of the world is moving ahead with speedy vaccine programmes, T&T has yet to fully test the majority of our population for Covid-19. It is also unclear just how and when T&T can expect to be fully vaccinated. At the current rate, T&T will be the last country in the world to be fully vaccinated,” “It is also beyond puzzling why the Rowley regime has not approached the Government of India for a supply of vaccines as did the Government of Barbados,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, February 19, 2021 4:22:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Amendment Bill ) : “Even though we remain unconvinced that this Bill will do anything to solve the pressing issues facing our criminal justice system, we in the Opposition supported the Bill so the Government could end its excuses and blame game on their total inaction to protect the citizens of our nation,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, February 13, 2021 2:57:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "She is calling on each of us to be each other's keeper, to continue to hold hands in love, to hold hands in unity, to hold hands to heal a broken nation. Today I ask you humbly, respectfully, let us honour her by heeding her call to action," External link

trinidadexpress Friday, February 12, 2021 9:54:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "Thank you also Trinidad and Tobago for holding hands in the past days in loving memory of Andrea and so many other victims of crime as well as your demands for justice," External link

trinidadexpress Friday, February 12, 2021 9:54:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Instead of pushing the reset button, the PNM has pushed the self-destruct button on our economy via their inept policies,” “It was clear that all the Minister of Finance was seeking to do at this press conference was utilise old figures and graphs to hide the fact that this government overestimated revenues in the budget in an attempt to have the country believe that the economy was stable,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:49:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “Minister Imbert said g Government resorted to loan financing and making further withdrawals from the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund to pay salaries and wages and pensions and to keep the health sector going. The Opposition contends that the country cannot continue to draw down on the HSF for recurrent expenditure without a plan for revenue generation. The government’s plan is unsustainable,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:49:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “His suggestions for ending the THA impasse are contrary to the existing law of Trinidad and Tobago and contrary to the democratic will of the people of Tobago,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, February 4, 2021 7:22:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “We do not support the suggestions made by him. The Prime Minister is totally wrong,” “There is no need for Parliamentary intervention to change the law. There is no need for EBC intervention to change boundaries. There is no need for fresh elections,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, February 4, 2021 7:22:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “We have no issue with persons getting exemptions, but our concern is for the thousands of nationals who remain exiled abroad” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar claimed : “A request that appears to have been made 11 days prior, on January 15,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, January 29, 2021 8:03:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “They are persons working in an embassy. But you know the Covid-19 virus doesn’t discriminate against (between) nationals and diplomats,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 28, 2021 6:51:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “He pushed the bar of people- centred service higher as he aimed to serve more – he was a son of the soil, a patriot and loved humanity,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, January 28, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “We go fortified and strengthened into the Parliament on Wednesday with our no confidence motion in the Minister of National Security” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:39:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked ( about Colm Imbert ) : “If Patriotic Energies had no set means of financing, on what basis did the Government award them the refinery in the first place?” “Why was Minister Imbert so confident in October of 2019 that the refinery would be reopened in 12 months? It is clear now that all these promises by the Government pre-election to place the refinery in the hands of the citizens were just baseless election gimmicks” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:32:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “Their incompetence and insolence have even worsened the state of the refinery, leaving it idle for so long. Given that the Petrotrin refinery has been shut for almost three years now, and with ever-increasing costs to restart it, who will now want to purchase this asset?” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:32:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “The ramifications of this are catastrophic,” “As the largest earner of foreign exchange, the collapse of our energy sector will affect every citizen. It means our current FOREX crisis will only get worse. Retailers have already warned that a food crisis is looming due to the inability of many to access FOREX,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:32:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : "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," External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:22:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked ( about Stuart Young ) : “Immigration access to computers have been locked out. Several senior people locked out. Who else is coming here that we don’t know about?” “Stuart, the truth will always come out,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:56:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “Where do you get the power? From under which law you have the power to stop a citizen to come home?” “Is it true that once you land here you must get in?” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:56:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar added : “These defects in the vessel range from a lack of proper certification and documents, to missing fire safety equipment, a lack of proper structural access points to vital areas of the ship. It was even discovered that the electronic charts that assist the navigation of the vessel was outdated and did not conform to current maritime codes,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, January 8, 2021 1:54:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar added : “These defects in the vessel range from a lack of proper certification and documents, to missing fire safety equipment, a lack of proper structural access points to vital areas of the ship. It was even discovered that the electronic charts that assist the navigation of the vessel was outdated and did not conform to current maritime codes,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, January 8, 2021 1:45:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "I'm now being told that the permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security was granted an exemption to leave the country on the 19th of December and an exemption to return on the 30th of December. What did he leave the country for? No Government business is being transacted outside," External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 6, 2021 7:24:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked ( about Keith Rowley ) : "How did Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley daughter get an exemption. Is it true did she also bring eight friends with her?" External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 6, 2021 7:24:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : “Earlier today, the Office of the Prime Minister released an unimaginably shameful statement on its Facebook page. Invoking the recent horrific murder of teenager Ashanti Riley, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley attempted to blame both Organisation of the American States (OAS) and the Opposition UNC for the tragic death of migrants while attempting to reach our shores,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, December 16, 2020 5:23:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "Today, as the world marks International Anti-Corruption Day, it is a macabre irony that on the eve of this important day, the PNM government butchered the long-awaited Procurement law paving the way for corruption. " External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "We echo the call by the UN and other organizations that we need to stand #UnitedAgainstCorruption. The Opposition United National Congress will continue to fight to hold this Rowley-led administration accountable to the people of Trinidad and Tobago," External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Its a very tragic thing, Not just for that family but for every family. The crime situation is really out of control and for the younger ones, it is really heart-wrenching. My condolences and prayers go out to that family,” External link

cnc3 Monday, December 7, 2020 7:59:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Vasant Bharath ) : "This letter is completely FAKE and appears to be created by persons attempting to cause confusion among the membership of the UNC who are heading out to the polls today," "I state firmly that there has been no accommodation between myself and Mr. Vasant Bharath and as such, it is the duty of the members to vote for the persons they believe are best qualified to fill the positions on the National Executive," External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, December 6, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar alleged : “Do you have a clone or robot signing exemptions? Does he read the exemptions or is he signing without reading? He ought to have known the engineers came as he’d have had to approve the exemptions – he must resign from the National Security post!” External link

cnc3 Friday, December 4, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : "this is the third attempt by this PNM Government to water-down the Procurement Legislation" External link

tv6tnt Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:29:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “we’ve come too far to turn black now” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, December 2, 2020 4:59:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “So police do your jobs and enforce the law as it stands, you don’t need this draconian law – it’s failed. Why should we support something that’s failed?!” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, November 24, 2020 5:43:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I wish to correct the public record on some of the misgivings I’ve heard from the PM and another gentleman purporting to represent workers, although he hasn’t yet seriously advocated on their behalf and stood by like a mannequin when Government threw thousands of workers out of the refinery,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, November 14, 2020 7:30:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “Has ­Patriotic been able to adequately demonstrate its ability to raise the necessary funds to make an upfront payment? Are these sources committed? Because the documents we have seen suggest otherwise” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, November 14, 2020 6:14:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Instead of shedding light on the issues, they both chose to attack the messenger in order to deflect from the fact that they are incapable of ­responding to the message” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, November 14, 2020 6:14:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar added : “We have seen how suddenly the very world we live in can change. The message of Divali centres on the true essence of life, light conquering darkness, good defeating evil. With all that is happening around us and around the world this year, we understand that it means letting hope for a better future conquer the reality facing us. It means letting our acts of charity prevail over the anguish of the vulnerable but most of all it means trusting in that light that is God to become better humans to defeat darkness,” External link

cnc3 Friday, November 13, 2020 7:38:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “I want to ask the Government and the Prime Minister, is it true that you already have a buyer lined up for the refinery and within three months, with the finances to purchase as well as restart finances?” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:04:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “That refinery issue was there before on the sale. When Petrotrin was shut down, the assets of the refinery were placed in Guaracara and the terminal assets were placed in Paria Trading. So what this means is this is now revealing that the proposal was not just to sell the refinery but also the terminal assets,” “So what does this consist of? It means the tank farms, the berths, the ducts, the pipelines and all machinery and equipment, buildings, roads and drains. The Government never said the terminal assets were up for sale” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:04:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Their victory is one for hope and unity over dishonesty and division. Millions of Americans of all backgrounds and ages came together to vote for a better, more optimistic future. This is also an important moment for the world” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, November 8, 2020 6:27:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “We are not a party for a few who rather determined movement for many and we will fight for all we will fight for everyone. I tell anybody I will always be at your side whether you support us whether you don’t sometimes but we will be there to defend your rights your liberties and freedom as a leader whether you like me or not,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “This is the man who could not afford to bring election observers, could not afford to open the borders to bring in election, open the borders, he didn’t have money. But this is the same man want to spend money now about DSS or something,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, October 21, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I tell anybody I lead, I will always be at your side whether you support us, whether you don’t sometimes. But we will be there to defend your rights, your liberties and freedom as a leader, whether you like me or not,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar wrote : “We will never stop fighting for our citizens. I wish to congratulate all our Opposition MPs on their brilliant contributions in the Budget debate, which displayed our commitment to development, dedication to bettering the lives of our citizens and a thorough demonstration that we will continue to fight for the people of our nation,” “I believe in the talent, skills and dynamic ability of every citizen and that is why I put this Government on notice – we will not allow you to burden our citizens, crippling their true potential” External link

cnc3 Friday, October 16, 2020 5:33:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Some people say the Budget wasn’t so bad but the devil is in the details – Government gave a false sense of feel-good to the people. This Budget appears designed to punish the vast majority of citizens,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, October 10, 2020 5:11:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Trinidad and Tobago is facing is ‘twindemic’—one is Covid-19, and the other ‘virus’ is far more dangerous and has been with us for five years now,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, October 10, 2020 4:12:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “At a time when home invasions and robberies have increased drastically, we see a very concerning cut in finances to the police service,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, October 10, 2020 4:11:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Are they going to come and put more than 500 permanent employees and their families on the breadline, as well as the thousands of citizens who are dependent on National Petroleum contractors?” External link

cnc3 Friday, October 9, 2020 9:05:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “Who will work together to price the gas and see how much is the margin you could get at the pumps?” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:25:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I am sad to learn that more of our women continue to face heinous acts of violence, many times at the hands of persons they once knew and trusted,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:34:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “So all the people who participate in Carnival—all the artistes, and all the really talented, creative people—can have a chance,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:30:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar argues : “We cannot allow some of our citizens to go hungry,” “We cannot allow children to be unable to enjoy the necessity of a warm meal” External link

cnc3 Monday, September 28, 2020 1:05:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I understand they’re looking for someone who wants to challenge me as none of them want to put their name next to mine. So don’t worry… that is the democracy is it not? Some people didn’t get a seat, whether in the Senate or Lower House and they vex…they want to mash up the whole castle, they want to mash up everything. But they will not succeed and they know they won’t succeed,” “So you know what happened? They’re not calling for the internal election. You know if you really truly wanted to play a part in a democratic party, you’d call for the election. No. They want me to resign. I am not resigning. I will call and the party will call for the internal election when it’s due” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “I am sure this figure has increased to well over 100,000 job lost under this Rowley regime. Furthermore, more job losses are likely. Once again they have let the people down. Their entire administration has been running the same way these grants are- with no plan or direction. The application form itself had to be altered several times in the initial stages” External link

cnc3 Monday, September 21, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “where did this $15 billion figure come from” External link

cnc3 Monday, September 21, 2020 2:31:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result each time. As the number of COVID-19 cases explodes with rising deaths, the Rowley regime is simply repeating the same tired propaganda lines over and over,” External link

cnc3 Monday, September 14, 2020 5:24:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “We suggested in our National Economic Transformation Plan the complete permanent removal of the online tax and with the new normal with Covid-19, I am sure the Government sees the applicability of this and the annoyance the online tax has been to the public,” “Despite the lack of planning in the beginning, if the Government accepts suggestions from the Opposition who represent the second-largest number of voters in the country, we will be in a much better situation just as many thousands are rejoicing with the removal of taxes on IT devices,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:07:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Such talks would assist in ensuring that there is a proper and workable national plan in place to deal with the harmful medical, economic and social fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic,” External link

cnc3 Monday, August 31, 2020 6:28:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “You as Speaker contributed to this virtual doomsday when you knew that on the 31st January, 2020 the President, Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes declared the novel coronavirus as an infectious disease. Yet on the same day you refused Dr Tim Gopeesingh’s (then Member for Caroni East) motion to discuss same ruling inter alia that it was not urgent and important,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, August 28, 2020 5:26:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “It is ironic that the proposed legislative agenda on the first day of this 12th Republican Parliament arises out of the Covid-19 pandemic. I say humbly and respectfully to you that you should not take the seat of Speaker to preside in matters which relate to a factual reality you yourself substantially contributed to,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, August 28, 2020 5:26:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “The Government has failed inter alia to provide enough facilities for those who are now being diagnosed as confirmed cases leaving such persons to stay at home to possibly die whilst spreading the infectious disease to surrounding family members. To put it extremely mildly, we have an untenable state of affairs,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, August 28, 2020 5:26:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : "With the appointment of patriots of such a high caliber to the Opposition Bench, I remain satisfied that the rights of the people will be assiduously defended," External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, August 27, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar responded : “Notice, they both did not get back a seat, so let’s move along” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, August 26, 2020 4:47:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I do not intend to foist anyone upon the party as leader or deputy leader” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, August 26, 2020 4:47:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar noted : “Covid-19 has the potential to grow exponentially in Trinidad and Tobago, rapidly overwhelming the healthcare system according to Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram,” “It is important to stay vigilant and adhere to the recommended health measures to protect yourselves and others” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 22, 2020 4:50:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Unfortunately, the country has drifted far away from those ideals of unity. I am not prepared to fan the flames of hate,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, August 19, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar added : “After careful thought, prayer and reflection, I have decided to commit myself to the leadership of the party in and outside of Parliament until the internal election,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, August 19, 2020 8:02:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “These divisions are being reflected in a lot of the bitter chatter on social media and across the country. This cannot be good for our country,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, August 19, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar wrote : “We remain deeply concerned, especially since the release of correspondence relating to Trinidad and Tobago’s request for independent election observers raise more questions than answers,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, August 19, 2020 5:02:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : "Then, PM Rowley called an election during this deadly pandemic, a decision ONLY HE could have made. Now, just one week later, we are in a clear, possibly uncontrollable health crisis and another lockdown. Indeed, heads must roll!," External link

trinidadexpress Monday, August 17, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “PM Rowley is intent on continuing his dangerous trend of seeking to undermine our country’s democratic ideals and cherished independent legal institutions, which exist to provide equality, fairness and justice for citizens. I am therefore serving notice on him that his dictatorial habit of attempting to bully and intimidate citizens will not be tolerated by the UNC in any form,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, August 14, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “Across the country, many citizens have expressed serious concerns over the fairness and transparency of the voting and overall election processes. These very valid concerns must not be taken lightly, especially since Prime Minister Rowley had blatantly refused to follow the long-established tradition of inviting foreign observers for the polls,” “The UNC is, therefore, fulfilling its constitutional duty and mandate to ensure that, as far as possible, we ensure that the democratic rights of citizens to free and fair elections were upheld” External link

stabroeknews Friday, August 14, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Our Party ) : “We fought a good fight. However, tonight I am not giving a concessionary speech. I am not conceding. Our candidates in several marginals are filing for recounts and only then we can concede. Go brave, we fought a good fight and we will continue to go and fight,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:25:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “In some stations they are saying it is very slow,” “The feedback I am getting is that in some stations the turnout is very high but some people are turning back because of long lines. I just urge everyone: do your civic duty, cast your vote” External link

guardian-ng Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:51:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “In some stations they are saying it is very slow,” “The feedback I am getting is that in some stations the turnout is very high but some people are turning back because of long lines. I just urge everyone: Do your civic duty, cast your vote” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "In some stations they are saying it is very slow," "The feedback I am getting is that in some stations the turnout is very high but some people are turning back because of long lines. I just urge everyone: do your civic duty, cast your vote" External link

ibtimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "In some stations they are saying it is very slow," "The feedback I am getting is that in some stations the turnout is very high but some people are turning back because of long lines. I just urge everyone: do your civic duty, cast your vote" External link

digitaljournal Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I would say I am somewhat surprised but the fight is not over until the recounts are done” “I think our party did very well. We could have done better. As I said, we fought a good fight, we fought a clean fight. I think we did very well and as I say it’s not over till it’s over... it’s not over till the last vote is counted, there will be recounts in at least three of the marginals seats so God bless you all and thank you very much,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Let’s keep it peaceful, please,” “Get out very early to cast your votes. Put God in front and walk behind” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, August 10, 2020 4:12:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Come out on Monday and ensure that you vote. Do not let the Covid fear keep you home. Come out and vote on Monday for UNC, for less taxes, vote for your children and their future,” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, August 9, 2020 5:26:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “You know we have two more days to go. We are on the eve of the election again, I make the point that the Rowley party is very desperate. I think they are smelling it that they are going to lose the elections and therefore sing anything they can to take distractions ways from the real issue the bread and butter issues of helping people,” “They fail to provide any plan as to how they will help people, as to how they will govern the country over the next five years” External link

cnc3 Saturday, August 8, 2020 6:19:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “There are those who will wish to tear us apart, but I ask you in this trying time to stand firm in our beliefs, and to aim at achieving our highest aspirations rather than succumb to nativist fears,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 8, 2020 4:17:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar remarked : "the PNM had taken one of our own" External link

trinidadexpress Friday, August 7, 2020 8:49:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “When it was time to secure our borders they failed they allowed COVID to come in through the back door. Just when they closed the border Madam Delcy on a plane flying in with others on that plane. Others are coming through the back door all over down Cedros, Taharqa knows that. I am told there are even boats coming into Chaguaramas bringing in illegals” External link

cnc3 Friday, August 7, 2020 5:56:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I want to say the EBC cannot legally disenfranchise anyone for not having a mask. I am not saying don't wear masks, I'm saying it should be optional,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “The Rowley administration is committed to a campaign strategy based on lies and propaganda. After spending the last five years destroying the economy, they are now resorting to these desperate acts to attempt to fool the nation,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 1, 2020 3:23:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Everyone is welcome in the house of the rising sun” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : “He (Rowley) is on record saying that the opening of the borders has led to the increase in Covid cases. If he truly believes this, he must therefore now act responsibly and take every possible measure to protect our citizens’ lives,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, July 30, 2020 4:54:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : “I am therefore calling on PM Rowley to immediately cancel the planned CPL games scheduled for mid-August in T&T,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, July 30, 2020 4:54:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : "He (Rowley) is on record saying that the opening of the borders has led to the increase in Covid cases. If he truly believes this, he must therefore now act responsibly and take every possible measure to protect our citizens’ lives," External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : "I am therefore calling on PM Rowley to immediately cancel the planned CPL games scheduled for mid-August in T&T," External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “Rowley’s actions can now be viewed as an attempt to not only stall the process so that observer teams would not have enough time to enter the country and undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine, but a deliberate attempt to hoodwink the population mere days before the election and avoid scrutiny,” External link

cnc3 Monday, July 27, 2020 7:00:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar told : “You cannot abandon over 10,000 citizens of your country, you cannot do that. That is worse, I think, than slavery and indentureship,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar told : “What criteria did you use? How did you choose who should come in? If any Government should be voted out of office on August 10, it’s the Rowley Government that should go, they must go,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “It is up to each of us to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” “As we hope for the best, let us ensure that we are prepared for any eventuality. God bless Trinidad and Tobago” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:38:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “Instead of offering solutions to deal with the numerous socio-economic issues facing citizens that have emerged due to his poor leadership, Rowley is using the same tactic he employed in the 2015 General Election campaign with his Emailgate accusations, which were debunked and shown to be false,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
leader14.82%EN10/31/201731/10/2017
prime minister51.57%EN10/12/201712/10/2017
minister30.42%EN10/12/201712/10/2017
commissioner leader0.02%EN01/18/201718/01/2017
education minister0.02%EN07/31/201631/07/2016
prime minister of trinidad and tobago0.70%EN07/22/201622/07/2016
minister of trinidad and tobago0.05%EN07/22/201622/07/2016
prime minister of tt0.02%EN07/04/201604/07/2016
leader minister0.07%EN03/15/201515/03/2015
leader prime minister0.07%EN03/15/201515/03/2015
minister0.61%SA09/11/201411/09/2014
prime minister0.61%SA09/11/201411/09/2014
ministra de trinidad y tobago0.50%ES04/08/201408/04/2014
ministra0.18%ES04/03/201403/04/2014
chairman0.07%EN12/21/201321/12/2013
political leader0.16%EN09/25/201325/09/2013
líder0.02%ES05/24/201024/05/2010
candidate0.02%EN10/15/200715/10/2007
mp0.02%EN10/06/200706/10/2007
politician0.02%EN10/06/200706/10/2007
director0.02%EN01/20/200720/01/2007
Names Lang Count
Persad-BissessarEN29.82%
Kamla Persad-BissessarEN29.02%
Kamla Persad-BissessarES5.34%
Kamla Persad-BissessarFR5.30%
Kamla Persad-BissessarEU5.28%
Kamla Persad-BissessarDE5.28%
Persad-BissessarES4.63%
Persad-BissessarFR4.61%
Kamla Persad BissessarEN3.91%
Persad BissessarEN3.42%
Kamla Persad BissessarES1.28%
Persad BissessarES1.05%
Persad-BissessarSA0.23%
Kamla Persad-BissessarSA0.20%
Persad BissessarPT0.15%
Kamla Persad BissessarPT0.15%
PERSAD-BISSESSAREN0.04%
Persad -BissessarEN0.04%
Persad BissessarSA0.03%
Kamla Persad BissessarSA0.03%
Kamala Persad-BissessarFR0.03%
Kamala Persad-BissessarEN0.03%
Persad BissessarFR0.03%
Kamla Persad BissessarFR0.03%
Kamla Persad-BissessarSW0.01%
Persad-BissessarSW0.01%
Persad-BissessarPT0.01%
Kamla Persad-BissessarPT0.01%
Kamla Persad -BissessarEN0.01%
Kamala Persaad-BissessarEN0.00%


 
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Stuart Young said ( about Kamla Persad Bissessar ) : “attempted to mislead the population with respect to Chinese diplomats. And now she is again scraping the bottom of the barrel in desperation to be relevant by referring to the implementation of the Government’s policy of facilitating manufacturing in Trinidad and Tobago,” “I was hoping that after her dire and abysmal failure, in front of the country in the Parliament on Wednesday, Mrs Persad-Bissessar would take some time for her personal health and do some introspection. I am saddened to realise she has not done so. It truly saddens me to see a former prime minister so desperate for attention,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, January 30, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Al Rawi said ( about Kamla Persad Bissessar ) : “Mrs. Persad Bissessar is habitually absent from Parliament. She was not there on Friday for 95 per cent of the time. She spends the vast majority of her time both in and out of Parliament making derogatory and untruthful comments about me and my family. Had she been in parliament on Saturday morning and heard Saddam Hosein and others throwing insults across the floor she would have understood the context of what was said by them and what was said in cross-talk and in reply. Had she been in parliament she would have seen me give way to Saddam Hosein to allow him to clear the record as to what he in fact said,” External link

cnc3 Monday, December 7, 2020 7:59:00 AM EAT

Roodal Moonilal said ( about Kamla Persad Bissessar ) : “She can preside over the expansion of the party, and we give her our support. There is a lot of work to be done, but it is not just the work of Mrs Persad-Bissessar alone, it is the work of other persons as well,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, November 18, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

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Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “These people have been in charge for over 15 months and led us into this disaster of over 600 deaths. Continuing with them in charge is deadly and amounts to premedita­ted, State-sanctioned murder,” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, June 13, 2021 4:22:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : "It is also illogical and downright foolish to allocate 50 vaccines per health centre thereby vaccinating a mere 1800 elderly people a day when a proper plan can be implemented with the assistance of the Opposition and stakeholders to have mass vaccinations in a shorter time frame," External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, June 10, 2021 11:07:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “It is nothing short of a nightmare and alarming as our nation is already grappling with a high death and infection rate. This is similar to when the Prime Minister irresponsibly invited thousands to vacation in Tobago during the Easter holidays” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, June 9, 2021 7:19:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Having braved the perilous journey, our forefathers suffered great hardship upon their arrival to our shores. They persevered and held on to their religious beliefs, culture and traditions, which were passed on through generations. In spite of the harsh conditions and experience of indentureship, the majority of Indians who came to Trinidad and Tobago chose to make this country their home,” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, June 1, 2021 2:53:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Having braved the perilous journey, our forefathers suffered great hardship upon their arrival to our shores. They persevered and held on to their religious beliefs, culture and traditions, which were passed on through generations. In spite of the harsh conditions and experience of indentureship, the majority of Indians who came to Trinidad and Tobago chose to make this country their home,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 7:38:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “today we can draw inspiration from our East Indian forefathers and all others who made this nation their home as they looked out for each other, and worked together to build communities. Let us follow their example and work together to overcome this crisis that we are facing” “Indian Arrival Day serves as a reminder of the diverse beauty of our nation as individuals of different cultures all united to build our nation. The people of Trinidad and Tobago are resilient, and I am confident that together, we can rebuild and emerge stronger than before, and realise our vision for our nation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 7:38:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “Therefore, I raise the concern. Medical care, what is happening? Are you really categorising people in this way? Old and have the pre-conditions? Are you prioritising who will live and who will die? Is it that some people are seeing themselves as God? They determine who they will take care of?” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, May 19, 2021 5:03:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “How can you use that obscene language in the public domain?! You’re not a calypsonian. Is that what you teach your children?” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, May 19, 2021 5:03:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar argued : “Okay, Prime Mi­nister. Do you feel better? Can you now please take action and protect our citizens?” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, May 16, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Before the Prime Minister can accuse anyone of being shameless and disrespectful, he ought to take a very hard and long look in the mirror,” “He is a failed leader with no plan while our nation suffers. In the absence of proper leadership, I urge the popula­tion to please safeguard themselves, get vaccinated, avoid movement, follow the worldwide protocol of social distancing, mask wearing, and get tested if you experience any symptoms whatsoever” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, May 16, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “This is a time for humility and not a time for arrogance. The UNC and many stakeholders have been trying to assist since the beginning of this crisis, but the Government has pursued its own way,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, May 8, 2021 6:23:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “This is a time for humility and not a time for arrogance. The UNC and many stakeholders have been trying to assist since the beginning of this crisis, but the Government has pursued its own way,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, May 8, 2021 4:42:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "One must ask the serious question if Trinidad and Tobago is now a one party state, where opposing voices are being stifled in our Parliament. Opposition Members take their Parliamentary obligations very seriously, however, as we have seen reported in the media, thirty-five citizens have gone into quarantine as a result of being primary and secondary contacts of the Prime Minister" External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, April 14, 2021 9:55:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “What was even worse than Faris’s dancing was his leader’s reaction. His Attorney General broke his own law, but all Keith could say was that he was disappointed? So what now, does he put Faris in a naughty corner somewhere?” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, April 5, 2021 6:34:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “You cannot have the key lawmaker in your Government breaking the law...and nothing happens. What is the example set for the rest of the country?” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, April 5, 2021 6:34:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Faris Al Rawi ) : “Faris has been making laws for us citizens to wear masks in our vehicles with big fines if we fail to do so. But he has no difficulty, no issue, no problem attending a game show because, according to him, it was like ‘sitting at a restaurant’. No social distancing, no masks, but he wants to fine children for not wearing a mask,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, April 5, 2021 6:34:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “This is the unmasking of the Rowley Government. Government has no intention to reopen the country. They are living nice in lockdown. The lockdown laws are for you - not for Faris, Rowley and his team,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, April 5, 2021 6:34:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Who are these persons who benefited? I am happy for those who receive support, but it must be done fairly and equitably. They did this right before the General Elections of 2020,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, April 5, 2021 6:34:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “What was even worse than Faris’s dancing was his leader’s reaction. His Attorney General broke his own law, but all Keith could say was that he was disappointed? So what now, does he put Faris in a naughty corner somewhere?” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “You cannot have the key lawmaker in your Government breaking the law…and nothing happens. What is the example set for the rest of the country?” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Faris Al Rawi ) : “Faris has been making laws for us citizens to wear masks in our vehicles with big fines if we fail to do so. But he has no difficulty, no issue, no problem attending a game show because, according to him, it was like ‘sitting at a restaurant’. No social distancing, no masks, but he wants to fine children for not wearing a mask,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “This is the unmasking of the Rowley Government. Government has no intention to reopen the country. They are living nice in lockdown. The lockdown laws are for you – not for Faris, Rowley and his team,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I refuse to believe he didn’t know,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Honourable Prime Minister, it is my respectful view that it is only with your direct, timely intervention and generosity that we may be able to combat the pandemic’s challenges at present. In this regard, I respectfully appeal to your kind consideration to donate AstraZeneca vaccines to protect my fellow citizens” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “This is an entirely unforgivable situation that places citizens in further peril,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, March 25, 2021 6:45:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Today I am saying to you—talk with ANSA McAL, they are not my friends, they might be your friends but after this I don’t know if they will still be your friends but they are corporate citizens who want to engage in corporate social responsibility—let’s get the vaccines here!” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:39:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “He cannot find it in his heart to do what he calls ‘begging’ and he’s branded all Caricom prime ministers (whose countries got vaccines) as beggars,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:27:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “So the private sector didn’t run to them—Government requested, they asked ANSA McAL among business groups to find vaccines,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:27:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “As a woman Parliamentarian and leader of a political party, I pledge to continue working to improve the lives of my fellow Trinbagonians,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “We recently learned that despite public pressure to make non-lethal weapons available, and a promise by the Government to enact the necessary legislation, there is still no word on when this will be done,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “However, in addition to the challenges of loss of income and employment, women are at increased risk of domestic violence in the pandemic, as the economic strains and restrictions have increased stress and tension in the home,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “It may not kill but it might delay some attack – if you serious about helping women bring the pepper spray law,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 9, 2021 7:44:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “My response to both of these deadbeat ministers is that if you were only doing your job I wouldn’t have to do it for you,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:45:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Amery Browne ) : “As for Minister Browne, I would like to point out to him that according to the latest news reports, five more Caribbean countries are going to receive batches of COVID-19 vaccines as a gift from India. How is it that our Caricom partners have all managed to source vaccine donations from India, yet Trinidad and Tobago has not had a similar arrangement?” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:45:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Surely, these PNM muppets must know that I have a constitutional duty to ensure the safe welfare of our citizens, especially in times such as these when it is clear that our government has abdicated its urgent responsibility to protect our citizens,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:30:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “Is Minister Browne so bad at his job he can’t arrange to collect vac­­cines from a nation giving them away? Is Minister Browne the new Dennis Moses?” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:30:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I took this decision in the interest of all citizens of our nation,” “When the lives and livelihoods of citizens are at stake I will always act urgently in their interest, especially as the Government, in this case, has clearly failed to do” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar wrote : “Over the last two weeks, we have repeatedly asked the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to reach out to your government for assistance. Honourable Prime Minister, it is my respectful view that it is only with your direct, timely intervention and generosity that we may be able to combat the pandemic’s challenges at present. In this regard, I respectfully appeal your kind consideration to donate AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to protect my fellow citizens,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 2, 2021 3:58:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Barbados Prime ) : “Trinidad and Tobago is grateful to have already benefited from Barbados’s donation of 2,000 doses of vaccines that originated in India,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, March 1, 2021 4:05:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Barbados Prime ) : “Should my humble request find favour with your good self, I am confident the necessary arrangements to accommodate the same can be made. I look forward to hearing from you. Please accept, Honourable Prime Minister, the assurance of my highest consideration,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, March 1, 2021 4:05:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Mahatma Gandhi ) : “Our citizens have long benefited from professional and cultural exchanges and India’s investment in our country’s development, including the recently constructed Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Valsayn, Trinidad,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, March 1, 2021 4:05:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Amendment Bill ) : “I suggest that you amend this Bill by deleting all the clauses therein...if you really want a tie-breaker let’s legislate only for the tie-breaker, not for fresh elections, not for more seats,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, February 20, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “If after the holding of a ballot to elect a presiding officer there is an equality of votes the clerk is to determine by lot which candidate is to be eliminated. Here is your tie-breaker, it was good enough for the House, adopted by all 33 of us who were there in the Parliament in 2014 unanimously supported the tie-breaker and other amendments,” “Both sides will have an equal chance... and you know what? You will rest your faith in the hands of the Lord as to how the tie will be broken, who will be the winner of that tie-breaker,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, February 20, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : “If we are to believe the Minister of Health that he did not know the source of the vaccines his own Ministry administered to front line workers, he is clearly incompetent and unfit for his job. It perhaps also explains the shambolic manner in which the Keith Rowley regime has bungled the response to the Covid -19 pandemic,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, February 19, 2021 4:22:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “While the rest of the world is moving ahead with speedy vaccine programmes, T&T has yet to fully test the majority of our population for Covid-19. It is also unclear just how and when T&T can expect to be fully vaccinated. At the current rate, T&T will be the last country in the world to be fully vaccinated,” “It is also beyond puzzling why the Rowley regime has not approached the Government of India for a supply of vaccines as did the Government of Barbados,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, February 19, 2021 4:22:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Amendment Bill ) : “Even though we remain unconvinced that this Bill will do anything to solve the pressing issues facing our criminal justice system, we in the Opposition supported the Bill so the Government could end its excuses and blame game on their total inaction to protect the citizens of our nation,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, February 13, 2021 2:57:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "She is calling on each of us to be each other's keeper, to continue to hold hands in love, to hold hands in unity, to hold hands to heal a broken nation. Today I ask you humbly, respectfully, let us honour her by heeding her call to action," External link

trinidadexpress Friday, February 12, 2021 9:54:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "Thank you also Trinidad and Tobago for holding hands in the past days in loving memory of Andrea and so many other victims of crime as well as your demands for justice," External link

trinidadexpress Friday, February 12, 2021 9:54:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Instead of pushing the reset button, the PNM has pushed the self-destruct button on our economy via their inept policies,” “It was clear that all the Minister of Finance was seeking to do at this press conference was utilise old figures and graphs to hide the fact that this government overestimated revenues in the budget in an attempt to have the country believe that the economy was stable,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:49:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “Minister Imbert said g Government resorted to loan financing and making further withdrawals from the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund to pay salaries and wages and pensions and to keep the health sector going. The Opposition contends that the country cannot continue to draw down on the HSF for recurrent expenditure without a plan for revenue generation. The government’s plan is unsustainable,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:49:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “His suggestions for ending the THA impasse are contrary to the existing law of Trinidad and Tobago and contrary to the democratic will of the people of Tobago,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, February 4, 2021 7:22:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “We do not support the suggestions made by him. The Prime Minister is totally wrong,” “There is no need for Parliamentary intervention to change the law. There is no need for EBC intervention to change boundaries. There is no need for fresh elections,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, February 4, 2021 7:22:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “We have no issue with persons getting exemptions, but our concern is for the thousands of nationals who remain exiled abroad” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar claimed : “A request that appears to have been made 11 days prior, on January 15,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, January 29, 2021 8:03:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “They are persons working in an embassy. But you know the Covid-19 virus doesn’t discriminate against (between) nationals and diplomats,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 28, 2021 6:51:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “He pushed the bar of people- centred service higher as he aimed to serve more – he was a son of the soil, a patriot and loved humanity,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, January 28, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “We go fortified and strengthened into the Parliament on Wednesday with our no confidence motion in the Minister of National Security” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:39:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked ( about Colm Imbert ) : “If Patriotic Energies had no set means of financing, on what basis did the Government award them the refinery in the first place?” “Why was Minister Imbert so confident in October of 2019 that the refinery would be reopened in 12 months? It is clear now that all these promises by the Government pre-election to place the refinery in the hands of the citizens were just baseless election gimmicks” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:32:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “Their incompetence and insolence have even worsened the state of the refinery, leaving it idle for so long. Given that the Petrotrin refinery has been shut for almost three years now, and with ever-increasing costs to restart it, who will now want to purchase this asset?” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:32:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “The ramifications of this are catastrophic,” “As the largest earner of foreign exchange, the collapse of our energy sector will affect every citizen. It means our current FOREX crisis will only get worse. Retailers have already warned that a food crisis is looming due to the inability of many to access FOREX,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:32:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : "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," External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:22:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked ( about Stuart Young ) : “Immigration access to computers have been locked out. Several senior people locked out. Who else is coming here that we don’t know about?” “Stuart, the truth will always come out,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:56:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “Where do you get the power? From under which law you have the power to stop a citizen to come home?” “Is it true that once you land here you must get in?” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:56:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar added : “These defects in the vessel range from a lack of proper certification and documents, to missing fire safety equipment, a lack of proper structural access points to vital areas of the ship. It was even discovered that the electronic charts that assist the navigation of the vessel was outdated and did not conform to current maritime codes,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, January 8, 2021 1:54:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar added : “These defects in the vessel range from a lack of proper certification and documents, to missing fire safety equipment, a lack of proper structural access points to vital areas of the ship. It was even discovered that the electronic charts that assist the navigation of the vessel was outdated and did not conform to current maritime codes,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, January 8, 2021 1:45:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "I'm now being told that the permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security was granted an exemption to leave the country on the 19th of December and an exemption to return on the 30th of December. What did he leave the country for? No Government business is being transacted outside," External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 6, 2021 7:24:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked ( about Keith Rowley ) : "How did Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley daughter get an exemption. Is it true did she also bring eight friends with her?" External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 6, 2021 7:24:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : “Earlier today, the Office of the Prime Minister released an unimaginably shameful statement on its Facebook page. Invoking the recent horrific murder of teenager Ashanti Riley, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley attempted to blame both Organisation of the American States (OAS) and the Opposition UNC for the tragic death of migrants while attempting to reach our shores,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, December 16, 2020 5:23:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "Today, as the world marks International Anti-Corruption Day, it is a macabre irony that on the eve of this important day, the PNM government butchered the long-awaited Procurement law paving the way for corruption. " External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "We echo the call by the UN and other organizations that we need to stand #UnitedAgainstCorruption. The Opposition United National Congress will continue to fight to hold this Rowley-led administration accountable to the people of Trinidad and Tobago," External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Its a very tragic thing, Not just for that family but for every family. The crime situation is really out of control and for the younger ones, it is really heart-wrenching. My condolences and prayers go out to that family,” External link

cnc3 Monday, December 7, 2020 7:59:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Vasant Bharath ) : "This letter is completely FAKE and appears to be created by persons attempting to cause confusion among the membership of the UNC who are heading out to the polls today," "I state firmly that there has been no accommodation between myself and Mr. Vasant Bharath and as such, it is the duty of the members to vote for the persons they believe are best qualified to fill the positions on the National Executive," External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, December 6, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar alleged : “Do you have a clone or robot signing exemptions? Does he read the exemptions or is he signing without reading? He ought to have known the engineers came as he’d have had to approve the exemptions – he must resign from the National Security post!” External link

cnc3 Friday, December 4, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : "this is the third attempt by this PNM Government to water-down the Procurement Legislation" External link

tv6tnt Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:29:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “we’ve come too far to turn black now” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, December 2, 2020 4:59:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “So police do your jobs and enforce the law as it stands, you don’t need this draconian law – it’s failed. Why should we support something that’s failed?!” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, November 24, 2020 5:43:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I wish to correct the public record on some of the misgivings I’ve heard from the PM and another gentleman purporting to represent workers, although he hasn’t yet seriously advocated on their behalf and stood by like a mannequin when Government threw thousands of workers out of the refinery,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, November 14, 2020 7:30:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “Has ­Patriotic been able to adequately demonstrate its ability to raise the necessary funds to make an upfront payment? Are these sources committed? Because the documents we have seen suggest otherwise” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, November 14, 2020 6:14:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Instead of shedding light on the issues, they both chose to attack the messenger in order to deflect from the fact that they are incapable of ­responding to the message” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, November 14, 2020 6:14:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar added : “We have seen how suddenly the very world we live in can change. The message of Divali centres on the true essence of life, light conquering darkness, good defeating evil. With all that is happening around us and around the world this year, we understand that it means letting hope for a better future conquer the reality facing us. It means letting our acts of charity prevail over the anguish of the vulnerable but most of all it means trusting in that light that is God to become better humans to defeat darkness,” External link

cnc3 Friday, November 13, 2020 7:38:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “I want to ask the Government and the Prime Minister, is it true that you already have a buyer lined up for the refinery and within three months, with the finances to purchase as well as restart finances?” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:04:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “That refinery issue was there before on the sale. When Petrotrin was shut down, the assets of the refinery were placed in Guaracara and the terminal assets were placed in Paria Trading. So what this means is this is now revealing that the proposal was not just to sell the refinery but also the terminal assets,” “So what does this consist of? It means the tank farms, the berths, the ducts, the pipelines and all machinery and equipment, buildings, roads and drains. The Government never said the terminal assets were up for sale” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:04:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Their victory is one for hope and unity over dishonesty and division. Millions of Americans of all backgrounds and ages came together to vote for a better, more optimistic future. This is also an important moment for the world” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, November 8, 2020 6:27:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “We are not a party for a few who rather determined movement for many and we will fight for all we will fight for everyone. I tell anybody I will always be at your side whether you support us whether you don’t sometimes but we will be there to defend your rights your liberties and freedom as a leader whether you like me or not,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “This is the man who could not afford to bring election observers, could not afford to open the borders to bring in election, open the borders, he didn’t have money. But this is the same man want to spend money now about DSS or something,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, October 21, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I tell anybody I lead, I will always be at your side whether you support us, whether you don’t sometimes. But we will be there to defend your rights, your liberties and freedom as a leader, whether you like me or not,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar wrote : “We will never stop fighting for our citizens. I wish to congratulate all our Opposition MPs on their brilliant contributions in the Budget debate, which displayed our commitment to development, dedication to bettering the lives of our citizens and a thorough demonstration that we will continue to fight for the people of our nation,” “I believe in the talent, skills and dynamic ability of every citizen and that is why I put this Government on notice – we will not allow you to burden our citizens, crippling their true potential” External link

cnc3 Friday, October 16, 2020 5:33:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Some people say the Budget wasn’t so bad but the devil is in the details – Government gave a false sense of feel-good to the people. This Budget appears designed to punish the vast majority of citizens,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, October 10, 2020 5:11:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Trinidad and Tobago is facing is ‘twindemic’—one is Covid-19, and the other ‘virus’ is far more dangerous and has been with us for five years now,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, October 10, 2020 4:12:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “At a time when home invasions and robberies have increased drastically, we see a very concerning cut in finances to the police service,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, October 10, 2020 4:11:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Are they going to come and put more than 500 permanent employees and their families on the breadline, as well as the thousands of citizens who are dependent on National Petroleum contractors?” External link

cnc3 Friday, October 9, 2020 9:05:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “Who will work together to price the gas and see how much is the margin you could get at the pumps?” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:25:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I am sad to learn that more of our women continue to face heinous acts of violence, many times at the hands of persons they once knew and trusted,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:34:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “So all the people who participate in Carnival—all the artistes, and all the really talented, creative people—can have a chance,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:30:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar argues : “We cannot allow some of our citizens to go hungry,” “We cannot allow children to be unable to enjoy the necessity of a warm meal” External link

cnc3 Monday, September 28, 2020 1:05:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I understand they’re looking for someone who wants to challenge me as none of them want to put their name next to mine. So don’t worry… that is the democracy is it not? Some people didn’t get a seat, whether in the Senate or Lower House and they vex…they want to mash up the whole castle, they want to mash up everything. But they will not succeed and they know they won’t succeed,” “So you know what happened? They’re not calling for the internal election. You know if you really truly wanted to play a part in a democratic party, you’d call for the election. No. They want me to resign. I am not resigning. I will call and the party will call for the internal election when it’s due” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “I am sure this figure has increased to well over 100,000 job lost under this Rowley regime. Furthermore, more job losses are likely. Once again they have let the people down. Their entire administration has been running the same way these grants are- with no plan or direction. The application form itself had to be altered several times in the initial stages” External link

cnc3 Monday, September 21, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar asked : “where did this $15 billion figure come from” External link

cnc3 Monday, September 21, 2020 2:31:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result each time. As the number of COVID-19 cases explodes with rising deaths, the Rowley regime is simply repeating the same tired propaganda lines over and over,” External link

cnc3 Monday, September 14, 2020 5:24:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “We suggested in our National Economic Transformation Plan the complete permanent removal of the online tax and with the new normal with Covid-19, I am sure the Government sees the applicability of this and the annoyance the online tax has been to the public,” “Despite the lack of planning in the beginning, if the Government accepts suggestions from the Opposition who represent the second-largest number of voters in the country, we will be in a much better situation just as many thousands are rejoicing with the removal of taxes on IT devices,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:07:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Such talks would assist in ensuring that there is a proper and workable national plan in place to deal with the harmful medical, economic and social fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic,” External link

cnc3 Monday, August 31, 2020 6:28:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “You as Speaker contributed to this virtual doomsday when you knew that on the 31st January, 2020 the President, Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes declared the novel coronavirus as an infectious disease. Yet on the same day you refused Dr Tim Gopeesingh’s (then Member for Caroni East) motion to discuss same ruling inter alia that it was not urgent and important,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, August 28, 2020 5:26:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “It is ironic that the proposed legislative agenda on the first day of this 12th Republican Parliament arises out of the Covid-19 pandemic. I say humbly and respectfully to you that you should not take the seat of Speaker to preside in matters which relate to a factual reality you yourself substantially contributed to,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, August 28, 2020 5:26:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : “The Government has failed inter alia to provide enough facilities for those who are now being diagnosed as confirmed cases leaving such persons to stay at home to possibly die whilst spreading the infectious disease to surrounding family members. To put it extremely mildly, we have an untenable state of affairs,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, August 28, 2020 5:26:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated : "With the appointment of patriots of such a high caliber to the Opposition Bench, I remain satisfied that the rights of the people will be assiduously defended," External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, August 27, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar responded : “Notice, they both did not get back a seat, so let’s move along” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, August 26, 2020 4:47:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I do not intend to foist anyone upon the party as leader or deputy leader” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, August 26, 2020 4:47:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar noted : “Covid-19 has the potential to grow exponentially in Trinidad and Tobago, rapidly overwhelming the healthcare system according to Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram,” “It is important to stay vigilant and adhere to the recommended health measures to protect yourselves and others” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 22, 2020 4:50:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Unfortunately, the country has drifted far away from those ideals of unity. I am not prepared to fan the flames of hate,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, August 19, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar added : “After careful thought, prayer and reflection, I have decided to commit myself to the leadership of the party in and outside of Parliament until the internal election,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, August 19, 2020 8:02:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “These divisions are being reflected in a lot of the bitter chatter on social media and across the country. This cannot be good for our country,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, August 19, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar wrote : “We remain deeply concerned, especially since the release of correspondence relating to Trinidad and Tobago’s request for independent election observers raise more questions than answers,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, August 19, 2020 5:02:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : "Then, PM Rowley called an election during this deadly pandemic, a decision ONLY HE could have made. Now, just one week later, we are in a clear, possibly uncontrollable health crisis and another lockdown. Indeed, heads must roll!," External link

trinidadexpress Monday, August 17, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “PM Rowley is intent on continuing his dangerous trend of seeking to undermine our country’s democratic ideals and cherished independent legal institutions, which exist to provide equality, fairness and justice for citizens. I am therefore serving notice on him that his dictatorial habit of attempting to bully and intimidate citizens will not be tolerated by the UNC in any form,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, August 14, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “Across the country, many citizens have expressed serious concerns over the fairness and transparency of the voting and overall election processes. These very valid concerns must not be taken lightly, especially since Prime Minister Rowley had blatantly refused to follow the long-established tradition of inviting foreign observers for the polls,” “The UNC is, therefore, fulfilling its constitutional duty and mandate to ensure that, as far as possible, we ensure that the democratic rights of citizens to free and fair elections were upheld” External link

stabroeknews Friday, August 14, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Our Party ) : “We fought a good fight. However, tonight I am not giving a concessionary speech. I am not conceding. Our candidates in several marginals are filing for recounts and only then we can concede. Go brave, we fought a good fight and we will continue to go and fight,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:25:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “In some stations they are saying it is very slow,” “The feedback I am getting is that in some stations the turnout is very high but some people are turning back because of long lines. I just urge everyone: do your civic duty, cast your vote” External link

guardian-ng Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:51:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “In some stations they are saying it is very slow,” “The feedback I am getting is that in some stations the turnout is very high but some people are turning back because of long lines. I just urge everyone: Do your civic duty, cast your vote” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "In some stations they are saying it is very slow," "The feedback I am getting is that in some stations the turnout is very high but some people are turning back because of long lines. I just urge everyone: do your civic duty, cast your vote" External link

ibtimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : "In some stations they are saying it is very slow," "The feedback I am getting is that in some stations the turnout is very high but some people are turning back because of long lines. I just urge everyone: do your civic duty, cast your vote" External link

digitaljournal Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I would say I am somewhat surprised but the fight is not over until the recounts are done” “I think our party did very well. We could have done better. As I said, we fought a good fight, we fought a clean fight. I think we did very well and as I say it’s not over till it’s over... it’s not over till the last vote is counted, there will be recounts in at least three of the marginals seats so God bless you all and thank you very much,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Let’s keep it peaceful, please,” “Get out very early to cast your votes. Put God in front and walk behind” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, August 10, 2020 4:12:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Come out on Monday and ensure that you vote. Do not let the Covid fear keep you home. Come out and vote on Monday for UNC, for less taxes, vote for your children and their future,” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, August 9, 2020 5:26:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “You know we have two more days to go. We are on the eve of the election again, I make the point that the Rowley party is very desperate. I think they are smelling it that they are going to lose the elections and therefore sing anything they can to take distractions ways from the real issue the bread and butter issues of helping people,” “They fail to provide any plan as to how they will help people, as to how they will govern the country over the next five years” External link

cnc3 Saturday, August 8, 2020 6:19:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “There are those who will wish to tear us apart, but I ask you in this trying time to stand firm in our beliefs, and to aim at achieving our highest aspirations rather than succumb to nativist fears,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 8, 2020 4:17:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar remarked : "the PNM had taken one of our own" External link

trinidadexpress Friday, August 7, 2020 8:49:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “When it was time to secure our borders they failed they allowed COVID to come in through the back door. Just when they closed the border Madam Delcy on a plane flying in with others on that plane. Others are coming through the back door all over down Cedros, Taharqa knows that. I am told there are even boats coming into Chaguaramas bringing in illegals” External link

cnc3 Friday, August 7, 2020 5:56:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “I want to say the EBC cannot legally disenfranchise anyone for not having a mask. I am not saying don't wear masks, I'm saying it should be optional,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “The Rowley administration is committed to a campaign strategy based on lies and propaganda. After spending the last five years destroying the economy, they are now resorting to these desperate acts to attempt to fool the nation,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 1, 2020 3:23:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “Everyone is welcome in the house of the rising sun” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : “He (Rowley) is on record saying that the opening of the borders has led to the increase in Covid cases. If he truly believes this, he must therefore now act responsibly and take every possible measure to protect our citizens’ lives,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, July 30, 2020 4:54:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : “I am therefore calling on PM Rowley to immediately cancel the planned CPL games scheduled for mid-August in T&T,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, July 30, 2020 4:54:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : "He (Rowley) is on record saying that the opening of the borders has led to the increase in Covid cases. If he truly believes this, he must therefore now act responsibly and take every possible measure to protect our citizens’ lives," External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar stated ( about Keith Rowley ) : "I am therefore calling on PM Rowley to immediately cancel the planned CPL games scheduled for mid-August in T&T," External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “Rowley’s actions can now be viewed as an attempt to not only stall the process so that observer teams would not have enough time to enter the country and undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine, but a deliberate attempt to hoodwink the population mere days before the election and avoid scrutiny,” External link

cnc3 Monday, July 27, 2020 7:00:00 AM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar told : “You cannot abandon over 10,000 citizens of your country, you cannot do that. That is worse, I think, than slavery and indentureship,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar told : “What criteria did you use? How did you choose who should come in? If any Government should be voted out of office on August 10, it’s the Rowley Government that should go, they must go,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said : “It is up to each of us to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” “As we hope for the best, let us ensure that we are prepared for any eventuality. God bless Trinidad and Tobago” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:38:00 PM EAT

Kamla Persad Bissessar said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “Instead of offering solutions to deal with the numerous socio-economic issues facing citizens that have emerged due to his poor leadership, Rowley is using the same tactic he employed in the 2015 General Election campaign with his Emailgate accusations, which were debunked and shown to be false,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
leader14.82%EN10/31/201731/10/2017
prime minister51.57%EN10/12/201712/10/2017
minister30.42%EN10/12/201712/10/2017
commissioner leader0.02%EN01/18/201718/01/2017
education minister0.02%EN07/31/201631/07/2016
prime minister of trinidad and tobago0.70%EN07/22/201622/07/2016
minister of trinidad and tobago0.05%EN07/22/201622/07/2016
prime minister of tt0.02%EN07/04/201604/07/2016
leader minister0.07%EN03/15/201515/03/2015
leader prime minister0.07%EN03/15/201515/03/2015
minister0.61%SA09/11/201411/09/2014
prime minister0.61%SA09/11/201411/09/2014
ministra de trinidad y tobago0.50%ES04/08/201408/04/2014
ministra0.18%ES04/03/201403/04/2014
chairman0.07%EN12/21/201321/12/2013
political leader0.16%EN09/25/201325/09/2013
líder0.02%ES05/24/201024/05/2010
candidate0.02%EN10/15/200715/10/2007
mp0.02%EN10/06/200706/10/2007
politician0.02%EN10/06/200706/10/2007
director0.02%EN01/20/200720/01/2007
Names Lang Count
Persad-BissessarEN29.82%
Kamla Persad-BissessarEN29.02%
Kamla Persad-BissessarES5.34%
Kamla Persad-BissessarFR5.30%
Kamla Persad-BissessarEU5.28%
Kamla Persad-BissessarDE5.28%
Persad-BissessarES4.63%
Persad-BissessarFR4.61%
Kamla Persad BissessarEN3.91%
Persad BissessarEN3.42%
Kamla Persad BissessarES1.28%
Persad BissessarES1.05%
Persad-BissessarSA0.23%
Kamla Persad-BissessarSA0.20%
Persad BissessarPT0.15%
Kamla Persad BissessarPT0.15%
PERSAD-BISSESSAREN0.04%
Persad -BissessarEN0.04%
Persad BissessarSA0.03%
Kamla Persad BissessarSA0.03%
Kamala Persad-BissessarFR0.03%
Kamala Persad-BissessarEN0.03%
Persad BissessarFR0.03%
Kamla Persad BissessarFR0.03%
Kamla Persad-BissessarSW0.01%
Persad-BissessarSW0.01%
Persad-BissessarPT0.01%
Kamla Persad-BissessarPT0.01%
Kamla Persad -BissessarEN0.01%
Kamala Persaad-BissessarEN0.00%


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Stuart Young said ( about Kamla Persad Bissessar ) : “attempted to mislead the population with respect to Chinese diplomats. And now she is again scraping the bottom of the barrel in desperation to be relevant by referring to the implementation of the Government’s policy of facilitating manufacturing in Trinidad and Tobago,” “I was hoping that after her dire and abysmal failure, in front of the country in the Parliament on Wednesday, Mrs Persad-Bissessar would take some time for her personal health and do some introspection. I am saddened to realise she has not done so. It truly saddens me to see a former prime minister so desperate for attention,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, January 30, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Al Rawi said ( about Kamla Persad Bissessar ) : “Mrs. Persad Bissessar is habitually absent from Parliament. She was not there on Friday for 95 per cent of the time. She spends the vast majority of her time both in and out of Parliament making derogatory and untruthful comments about me and my family. Had she been in parliament on Saturday morning and heard Saddam Hosein and others throwing insults across the floor she would have understood the context of what was said by them and what was said in cross-talk and in reply. Had she been in parliament she would have seen me give way to Saddam Hosein to allow him to clear the record as to what he in fact said,” External link

cnc3 Monday, December 7, 2020 7:59:00 AM EAT

Roodal Moonilal said ( about Kamla Persad Bissessar ) : “She can preside over the expansion of the party, and we give her our support. There is a lot of work to be done, but it is not just the work of Mrs Persad-Bissessar alone, it is the work of other persons as well,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, November 18, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT