NO FREE HELP – Trinidad PM

Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Trinidad PM

No help for Caricom countries hit by Tropical Storm Tomas without benefits to Trinidad and Tobago.

This was made clear by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday.

She said Trinidad and Tobago stands ready to assist its Caricom neighbours but she stipulated that any aid would only come after discussions with her Cabinet colleagues as well as the Opposition Leader, and must in some measure benefit the country.

Speaking at a news conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s, Persad-Bissessar said she has received a call from the Prime Minister of St Vincent while Foreign Affairs Minister Suruj Rambachan had been in contact with his counterparts in Barbados and St Lucia, territories in the region which have been hit by Tomas.

She said she intended to speak to her Cabinet colleagues as well as the Leader of the Opposition to see what relief this country could give to the other Caribbean islands.

“We will have to look at ways in which we would be able to assist. But you would recall my comments earlier this year, when I said there must some way in which Trinidad and Tobago would also benefit. So if we are giving assistance with housing for example, and that is one of the areas that we (Prime Minister of St Vincent and myself ) spoke about, … then we may be able to use Trinidad and Tobago builders and companies, so that whatever money or assistance is given, redounds back in some measure to the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” she said.

She said this is why she intends to approach her Cabinet colleagues as well as the Leader of the Opposition with this proposal—to marry the benefit to Trinidad and Tobago while giving assistance to those islands that have been very badly hit.

The Manning government had been severely criticised by Trinidad and Tobago nationals for giving assistance to Caribbean countries especially in non-emergency situations.

Persad-Bissessar said it was St Vincent Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves who reported to her that that island was devastated. He revealed that over 600 homes were completely destroyed, infrastructure damaged and the agricultural sector ravaged, she said. “The Prime Minister indicated that not a plantain or banana tree was standing,” Persad-Bissessar added.

She said Barbados and St Lucia were doing a needs assessment and Gonsalves had indicated that he would do something in writing when that country conducts its needs assessment.

She said the Government had already mobilised through the Minister of Local Government, two containers of foodstuff, and it would make a decision where to send it but “certainly to St Vincent”.

Noting that the news suggested that the storm was heading to Haiti, she said it was tragic since Haiti was pounded in so many ways. She said if this is the case, Government would have to consider assistance to Haiti again. “But it would do nothing unless the Cabinet discusses it and the Leader of the Opposition is consulted,” she stressed.

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128 Comments

  1. trini2dmarrow
    January 5, 2011

    @proud lucian and others, you better stop your nonsence else believe me..we trinis will deport your dumb sssa out of T&T. we support our PM because it doesnt matter how much money we give you people, you all still will hate our guts. She is looking out for our country not the caribbean, YOU ALL BEHAVING AS THOUGH YOUR TRINIS BUT TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOUR PASSPORTS!!!

  2. trini2dmarrow
    January 1, 2011

    HMMM…I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU ALL, WASNT IT ALL OF U WHO CALLING FOR BOYCOTT YOUR GOVERNMENT WENT AND SIGN UP TO BUY OIL FROM CHAVEZ..WHY NOT CALL CHAVEZ FOR HELP AND CLL HIM ALL THOSE NAMES…U COWARDS..THE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS GET USE TO FREENESS…BUT FREENESS DONE HEHE…

  3. Oscar
    November 9, 2010

    Vote for me, vote for me, the woman say,

    We have the answers if you may. It is the beginning of a new day!

    So the people vote for she and she crown she self the queen ah we, now, she flying the air like ah busy queen bee, just like never see, com see, yet she saying we have no monee, and she have to get back something from dem for we?

    She cutting cost you see, and dem Prince and Princesses firing all who look like me, even some who look like she, if they feel they doh like she. Fazir boy come by me, I know that you doh like rum like me, but we go take one for Ramba-sham-man and she, an together we go see what go happen to he! Boy!..Andy now feeling like a real coboman you see, to serve the people, serve the people, serve the people, pushing the propaganda on duncy head we. But they can’t fool a cus like me! Not even meh little mutt name Glean who only spoiling d cameras with he ugly mug….not me! Better get ah vet for he. Boy, ah sorry for he, he go haveah lot to answer to mama lutme.
    .

  4. yankee trini
    November 9, 2010

    looking at all these comments has made me realise how stupid and backward thinking Caribbean ppl are,instead of wishing bad onT&T for their decision look to your governments for help,we are all independant states and Kamla is the PM of T&T not the Caribbean and we OWE you NOTHING,if you try BOYCOTTING us YOU will feel the full wrath ofT&T in the long run.We have helped you ungreatful bastards in the past,gave away millions of dollars to Caribbean states and never asked or recieve anything in return now that our leader has made a decision to look out for T&T first it’s a problem…well i have a message for you,the MONEY belongs to the CITIZENS (TAX PAYERS) of Trinidad &Tobago and we will dam well do what we want,when we want and how we want with it and DONT YOU EVER FORGET THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Julien Jean-Pierre
    November 7, 2010

    @Khastro: Listen all countries usually expect something in return when they send help, but no country is stupid enough to talk about it on National TV. Its something thats supposed to be worked out in the back ground and not used like some kinda bargaining chip for getting more for ones country. Especially in a situation like this where the other countries are in desperate need of any kinda help.

    Julien

  6. SHANA
    November 5, 2010

    That is some piece of garbage she talking about there. I honestly beleive this woman had too much rum to drink. But she better pray that no disaster befalls Trinidad and Tobago. Ca St. Lucia devant et ca Trinidad and Tobago derriere.

  7. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    November 5, 2010

    @interesting:

    I have visited T & T a few times because I have relatives who reside there. It is interesting that you mentioned the water in T & T. This reminded me that some time ago during a telephone conversation with one of my relatives who reside in T & T, I was informed (do not want to mention any names and area here) that they had a water resource constructed in their yard to collect rain water. In this way, when T & T does not have water or the resource water is low, they will always have water. You know water as electricity are of extreme importance.
    They have a lot of land space. I was told how much they paid to construct it. How many people in T & T have that privilege and money to do so? Only if they have the space and can afford it. They also need to obtain a permit, at a cost, to do so.
    Anyway, people are people wherever we reside. There are some nice T & T people. Residing in Canada, I have met and do know people from all countries, specifically from the West Indies.
    I do have some very good long time friends who are originally from Trinidad and most of them are Indians – Catholic as I am which I love to state. They are hospitable and generous people. I will inform you, these are none to compare with others. They comprise of my personal friends. I suppose, hopefully, in some cases, as we treat others, the good, kind and loving of heart they will treat us in return.
    Guess what? I have been fortunate in that I attribute it to the love of God and His protection that residing in Canada I have chosen to befriend and to keep those friends who are religious, loving and law-abiding ones. Such people do contribute to our well-being and enhance our lives.
    We get along very well. For all the years I have known them, not once have we argued. They speak their mind and they know that I am quite capable of speaking my mind, :) specifically on also religious matters of our faith, the latter as I distribute same to them and to others. I allow them their personal freedom to speak their mind. We converse and exchange ideas but never argue.
    This is truly to have something in common with those who are not from the same country as each one of us possess his/her individual characteristic traits. This is also genuine adult maturity – free to agree or disagree amicably.
    Since we cannot see and/or foresee the future, I also like to state: “So far so good.”
    All good things come from God and revert back to him. In all things we give Him due thanks and praise.
    At the same time, we must constructively criticize and oppose the statement of, as this T & T PM who needs to learn love and compassion toward their neighbors as in the case of St. Lucia.
    People are judged by their words and actions. Let us judge wisely and not wickedly.
    Our Lord said: “I judge by what I see.” We can also state: “By what we hear” as contained in their hearts and minds and generated through their mouths”.
    I pray for St. Lucia and its nationals that their loss will one day be their gain with faith, hope and trust in God. God bless them.

  8. Domerican
    November 5, 2010

    But who fool she nuh. Madame as is so often said in T&T “God is a Trini,” but don’t be fooled, rain falls on everyone, so weigh your words before you speak.

  9. Eagles125
    November 5, 2010

    Oh my God! What an … Prayer my dear PM that no disaster happen in Trinidad. Trinidad’s day will come to receive a hurricane, with the global climate changing. When it hit it will hit hard. It may will be the countries and people you are belittling that will come to you aid.

  10. thanks for it
    November 4, 2010

    @sad state, another joke.

    we import bello:

  11. thanks for it
    November 4, 2010

    @Patat:

    i catching my tail here can i come and work under CSME in your country and my kids need school

  12. What boycott
    November 4, 2010

    Why Some of you calling for boycott of TnT products, when you have Domlec FLEECING the people of Dominica for years?
    Start at home! Boycott Domlec so they can feel it…fraid they cut power?, what’s a little darkness for a few months, we will bounce back as we have done before. This lady just had a little too much Montgay rum, that’s all.

  13. Racial overtones
    November 4, 2010

    This has racial overtones considering that she sent an aluminum smelter to Guyana, claiming that Guyana needs it more than TnT. What is she the PM or the minnister of Indian affairs?
    The Doctor must be turning in his grave at the intentions of this. Just look at the facial features, typical of a WOMIEL.

    Note: When you make your comments here please don’t bunch all TnT people in this.
    TnT has for years worked with us all as one. True dat. She sure won’t be reelected, she gives TnT Indians a bad name though she is the 2nd Indian elected to that office. Black, White, Indian, Chinese in TnT have lived togetherness for years.

  14. Khastro
    November 4, 2010

    @Cummess: Are we going to boycott China too? They have established that same model that Trinidad is following. Please do something more positive by encouraging the Parliamentary Representative to give the people of Wesley the representation they deserve.

  15. dominican
    November 4, 2010

    I can’t believe that a human being from a neighbouring island is speaking like that. Persad-Bissessar has revoked the statement of the former Prime Minister of T&T in his quest to join the Caricom because she thinks that the “little islands” will be to dependant on T&T. This woman needs to open her eyes and see how being a partner with us would benefit her country and stop thinking of the negative. helping your Caribbean sister in a time of need should not result in what u can gain from it. help with a willung heart bcuz tomorrow might as well be ur turn. If this woman continues with that stupid mentality her term will soon end as PM in T&T.

  16. Anonymous
    November 4, 2010

    @Cummess: Is there going to be a boycott against all things made in china? Trinidad is only following the new model that has been established by china. Oh and will you please tell your Parliamentary representative to start giving the people of Wesley the representation that they deserve?. The roads are in a mess.

  17. interesting
    November 4, 2010

    How many of us here blogging have visited TnT? How many of us in DOMINICA, St Lucia, Antigua, St Kitts etc live way better than people in Trinidad? So many of them don’t even have running water at home….you cannot drink the water….you got to live like a prisoner in your house for fear of being abducted, rape and or killed.

    Tell Madam Karmla today is St Lucia, tomorrow just might be Trinidad. No plumbing services, dilapidated homes, and the list goes on. People dying like flies in the dispicable hospitals. Tell me where in Dominica you see them things.

    Karmla Dominica will help St Lucia and St Vincent. Case in point, just July 2010 St Lucia made big statement and said they don’t want water from Dominica because they don’t trust it. November 2010, they wish they had the same water to drink and bathe and wash. All they using is Sanitizers……..what goes around comes around…you cannot take back the spoken word.

  18. Mahaut jammet living abroad
    November 4, 2010

    We always know trinidadians to be gimmie gimmie you know what your day is coming

  19. Anonymous
    November 4, 2010

    I can only hope for you that no disaster ever comes to T & T woman!

  20. Carla
    November 4, 2010

    There is an old Dominica saying that when you give someone something and you take it back nails come out through your eyes… In an time of disaster we should give willingly if we are able, without expectation of return

  21. Carla
    November 4, 2010

    @Pharm: This isn’t just regular aid. It is emergency assistance in a life and death situation. There is considerable suffering going on and her priority is what she can benefit from their suffering? Ah magway sa!

  22. Carla
    November 4, 2010

    @Pharm: The T&T opposition actually makes them selves available for discussion… ours… where are they? Oh ya.. they boycotting.

  23. Carla
    November 4, 2010

    @Poule Coutouni: I have driven several times past the people working on the roads and have seen with my own coocoo zyay Dominicans with helmets working along side the chinese… am I the only one?

  24. The Bovine
    November 4, 2010

    What the PM of T&T must understand and remember, is that the rest of the East Caribbean countries provide a market for their goods – a market without which many of their companies would not have survived today. So be carefull Madam PM!!! Your country cannot stand alone in this global village.

    This attitude exhibitted by the Lady PM of T&T should be a reminder to those of us old enough to remember the failure of the Federation. And that is why we of the OECS must stand behand our respective governments to work towards greater coopration between its members. This should be an eye opener for us all in the Organistion.

    Imagine a Head of State setting pre-conditions for assisting a sister caribbean country in the aftermath of a disaster. Sickening!!!!!!

    Citizen of the OECS.

  25. JL
    November 4, 2010

    @listening: LOL I agree…KUBULI ALL THE WAY!!! It tastes better anyway

  26. CARICOM is a waste of time
    November 4, 2010

    Trinidad is the only country that really benefited from it and now this….albeit the PM is an &ss for saying it in such an undiplomatic way

  27. Aloepie
    November 4, 2010

    @listening: Dont’ confuse this woman with Trinidadians, how short your memory is, I am Trinidadian and some of my relatives went over to Grenada and helped extensively with the efforts to rebuild the island after Ivan. What you are seeing is UNC mindset, they have never cared for people other than their constituents.

  28. NYTrini missing PNM
    November 4, 2010

    I have to say I’m a proud trini, but willing to provide list of local products to help with the boycott.
    The people ( not all ) of TNT are ignorant for electing this woman.

    My fellow Caribbean family, I’m sorry but she does not speak for all of us. If she gave pizza vouchers to flood victims in our own country what do you expect to get from her.

    I’m happy that the world will get to see the true side of this government I welcome ALL the bad press.

    I support the boycott of trinidadian products.

  29. Patat
    November 4, 2010

    Way papa!! Where is Hon. Lloyd Pascal when we in d Caribbean need him?

    That former Minister of Dominica would surly tell that PM lady where to go!!!!

    Mean while I not buying no steel, no PVC, no Insurance, no gas, from Trinidad anymore

    I will not encourage any parent to send their children to school in Trinidad and doh take no vacation in Trinidad.

    I calling on all radio stations to put a ban on all Trini Soca Music forthwith

    I calling on banks in Dominica to remove whatever money they have in TNT and if Royal Bank of Canada in Dominica associated with RBTT then we should send a clear signal and move to Scotia Bank first thing Friday morning.

    If our Government owes any money to Trinidad we should pay up all debts immediately and refinance those loans with another lending agency like yesterday.

  30. Giso
    November 4, 2010

    Dr. Eric Williams (deceased) must be turning in his grave. And we wonder why the Federation and other succeeding attempts at integration failed.

    God help us all.

  31. Homeboy
    November 4, 2010

    @Poule Coutouni: Hey moron!!! This is not the issue of loans or grants!!!this is the immediate aftermath of a disaster.. Help is immediately needed to avert secondary death and tragedies.

  32. listening
    November 4, 2010

    shocking this woman is sick…but am not surprise trini people are all for themselves…
    well to all you Carib beer lovers, u all love carib beer so much you prefer Carib beer over our own kubuli beer this one is for you. in your face.

  33. WAT A TING
    November 4, 2010

    @qstorm78 DID YOU CALL ME AN IDIOT WELL IT TAKE ONE TO KNOW ONE THE T&T PM SAID TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO STANDS READY TO ASSIST IT’S CARICOM NEIGHBOURS BUT STIPULATED THAT ANY AID MUST IN SOME MEASURE BENEFIT THE COUNTRY SHE DID NOT REFUSE TO HELP GO AND READ AND UNDERSTAND.

  34. swag
    November 4, 2010

    Lady PM! when you help from the “heart” it’s not free. It is more rewarding than anything money can buy. Your comments might cost you more than what you would have spent helping people in need. I hope that you will soon realize your stupidity and selfishness are of poor standard. I wish your country no ill fate, but you should keep in mind that no country is immune to disasters; and you know what, if your country should need help in a disaster, we as a loving people will stand ready to help your people. Your baseless comments should remain a revelation of your character but not reflection of your people.

  35. lolu
    November 4, 2010

    as a proud trinbingonian i am truly sorry for the pm statment since no man is an island. Please understand this is not the view of the general population since we are all totally disgusted by it but doh worry god is good we and the rest of u will rise!

  36. HAPPYCREOLEDAY
    November 4, 2010

    @Dominican and Proud:

    friend, we all understand your anger. But you cannot fight fire wif fire. Especially in the caribbean. tomoro another hurricane strike, u hav to go trinidad to find work. So Relax. Is not the end of the world just yet

  37. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    November 4, 2010

    @Concerned Citizen:

    You do have a point and it was well taken. However, the T & T PM has heard of the hurricane in St. Lucia which devastated it with loss of lives. Her assistance was requested. If she is unable to do so, she should have declined and as someone who commented stated: “Say nothing; keep quiet.” She went on to state that if she helps, T & T must benefit from it. This is a heartless statement to make under the circumstances. She has shown her true colors. For one who is in such a position, she lacks sensitivity and compassion.
    T & T is fortunate that it is spared hurricanes. Nevertheless, their day will come.
    T & T is a bigger country but I am not really impressed about it due to the number of abductions and murders of all which are shocking.
    In an affluent area where a few of my relatives reside, whenever it rains their telephone is inoperable and for days, even weeks. I am most surprised and have commented, for a place as Trinidad this should never occur especially in that area. There are times I have telephoned and am unable to reach them. Later I was informed about this situation.
    Let me further state that there are Trinidadians who reside in T & T who are not pleased with her. I have some long time good friends who are T & T Indians and who are also of the same faith as I, Catholic. They love their country and visit annually. I have not discussed this PM with them. The next time I speak to them I must remember to enquire about their views about her.
    There are some people who are not concerned about the PM as long as they are not affected by the policy, are able to survive, to visit and have an enjoyable time.
    This T & T PM will one day receive two-fold what she generates and through her mouth, as imbedded in her heart. If only she knew what is in store for her in the future, she would not be so high and mighty and uncaring. Some people allow positions to go to their head. They never realize that they would be thrust in such a position. It appears that this PM is one of them.
    St. Lucia should not bother to seek her help and should refuse any help. There are other countries which will assist it, without the help of the T & T PM.
    The government of St. Lucia heard what she stated. She should be informed and in no uncertain way to keep her help and what to do with it. You know what I mean. :)
    At the same time, God helped Dominica that it was spared the brunt of the hurricane.

  38. Embarrassing
    November 4, 2010

    Boycott all Trinidad goods! And those of you saying that the Chinese are doing it, I beg to differ as there is no Disaster in Dominica! Good! WHen there is a disaster is either you help or you don’t!

    Wait when you fly high you will surely fall from the sky!

  39. DANNO
    November 4, 2010

    this is pure wickedness….

  40. Mr Foxxx
    November 4, 2010

    @Lycan: I totally agree!! If you (or anyone else) have the info on how people can join up please share it here! This is why the OECS making CARICOM look like gatey wass!

  41. A George
    November 4, 2010

    @ Concerned Citizen…for the most part, well said. Most countries expect something in return when they give assistance, especially help in non-disaster situations. I understand Trinidad’s position to have it’s people benefit anytime they give help. China, US, Venezuela, and other countries do it.

    BUT, there is tact and decency about how it is said and done. I think the Trinidad PM should have been a little more sensitive, tactful and careful in articulating that there are strings attached to Trinidad’s assistance. Realizing that economies, esp of the Caribbean, are all inter-related, there is a danger of repercussions (boycotts, higher tariffs, bad blood, etc) from such statements. It is not good public policy for any country to explicitly say that they expect something back from their assistance, esp during a disaster. THere are some things that are better left in the fine print – and not blabbed across the headlines of electronic mass media.

    It makes no sense and only helps to undermine efforts that are being made to unify (CSME, etc) the Caribbean. Trinidad should realize, as a small developing island nation, that it depends on the Caribbean as much as we depend on them. They cannot forget that hurricanes can visit them… or even worst yet, a devastating earthquake. And I wonder who would rush to help? Whatsoever a man sows, that he shall reap…

    And I don’t think it productive to be calling the lady names (as is happening from some of the comments below), or otherwise inciting racial tensions. If we do so, are we not being as bad as we claim she is? Help in whatever way you can – but above all, pray for her and for the nation of Trinidad. We all have our crosses to bear, huh?

  42. PROUD LUCIAN
    November 4, 2010

    We must also be aware that TRINIDAD IS ONLY A SLAM, like any other THIRD WORLD NATION.
    Its quite comical, to see how one third world slam behaves like they are those rich industrialized nations. Yet still, they are nothing on any GLOBAL SCENE.

    TRINIDAD WITH ITS SO CALLED OIL is still not able to have a vibrant economy like other nations.
    Their economy is something of a DISMAL FAILURE.

    COME ON NOW!
    WHY MAKE SUCH AN ASININE COMMENT WHEN YOU VERY WELL KNOW YOU GOT NOTHING, IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    The saddest thing about it, is how SAINT LUCIA got caught up in this BEGGING ATTITUDE OF RALPH GONZALVES OF SAINT VINCENT.

    NEED TO REITERATE.
    SAINT LUCIA WOULD NEVER AND NEVER, STOOP SO LOW AND SEEK HELP FROM THE SLAMS, THAT TRINIDAD IS. NOT NOW , NOT EVER.

  43. PROUD LUCIAN
    November 4, 2010

    Just need to say… SAINT LUCIA HAS NEVER AND WOULD NEVER ASK TRINIDAD (A THIRD WORLD SLAMS) FOR HELP. TRINIDAD HAS NOTHING TO GIVE.
    This is the sole doing of the Vincentian Prime Minister.
    We in ST. LUCIA, DISTANCE OURSELVES WITH GREAT PRIDE OUT OF THIS SAGA.

    WE ARE A RESILIENT PEOPLE AND KEEP OUR PRIDE WHERE IT IS SUPPOSE TO BE.
    I PRAISE OUR PRIME MINISTER.. KING, FOR KEEPING OUR PRIDE AT BAY.

    WE CAN RECOVER BY OURSELVES. HAIL TO SAINT LUCIA.:)

    However, we will ensure that all Trinidadians living here illegally be shipped in whatever we can get out of St. Lucia, once the dust has settled.

  44. Garry
    November 4, 2010

    Please go easy on my PM. I am sure her words did not express her true feelings. Kamla is a very caring person. Sometimes, trying to me politically correct can get in the way. Also it could be at the wrong time.

    Let’s try to spread a little more love and unity in the Caribbean.

  45. William McLawrence
    November 4, 2010

    The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Honorable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, is right on target with her decision to first consult her Cabinet colleagues and the Leader of the Opposition. This is an example of good governance and transparent leadership. She never said she would not assist the islands affected by the passage of the tropical storm Tomas. She is simply said she first need to consult her Cabinet colleagues and the Leader of the Opposition. What is the big deal with her doing this.

    These are hard times for everyone and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is no exception. I agree that if the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has to offer help using their Tax Payers money then Trinidad and Tobago companies should be used to implement the projects that require to be done with the tax payers money. For example the same rule applied to the Chinese with the grant funding for our west coast road rehabilitation. We must recognize that emergency aid funding is drying up every where… it’s not business as usual for distribution of aid any more…nothing comes for free anymore. Why should I give assistance and not try to cecoup something out of it.

    I am sure tha affected countries, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Barbados, all independent states, understands that. Are we not aware that it is going to cost the people of Trinidad and Tobago money to assist these countries? Why should it be our issue to be even calling for boycott of Trinidad and Tobago products on our super market shelves.

    Rather than being critical of the conditions under which the Government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Todago to offer assistance, let’s see how we can assist our selves. I am therefore calling of all civic minded Dominicans to come together to organize a Dominica Regional Relief Fund to come to the aid of our regional brothers and sisters in times of disasters. Such a Fund could be spearheaded by the Office of Disaster Management and the local Red Cross. I am available to volunteer time and resources as required…are you???

  46. Two Wrong does not make it Right
    November 4, 2010

    People of the caribbean islands let us take this as an incentive to organize to become self sufficient; I mean we need to revolutionize our methods of creating new business opportunities that will increase jobs and increase revenue. Remember Trinidad has a more varied economy and petroleum is something that will sustain them despite a boycott. So let us roll up our sleeve and have entrepruneurship forerooms to discuss new investments between government and potential business person. We need to look at what can improve investment especially from the government side (port duties and tax breaks). This is where our mind should be and not on pouring gas on a politician statement intended to avoid mistakes from the previous administration. This is clearly the mindset of people who allow fear of open minded governance to overwhelm them, but under normal circumstance or after she think it over there may very well be an apology. If I might add too, many caribbean politicians lack the skills to rationalize issues that needs to be dealt with honestly even it mean losing the next election, because they make retaining power their priority; case in point, this statement by the Trini PM sounds like a person working towards winning the next general election despite just being elected.

  47. Poule Coutouni
    November 4, 2010

    WHY ARE SO MANY CALLING FOR A BOYCOTT OF T AND T PRODUCTS SO FAST, WHEN THE CHINESE DUMP SO MUCH HAZARDOUS GOODS ON US IN DOMINICA AND THE REGION, THEY OCCUPY ALL OUR BUSINESS PLACES WITH CHEAP TOXIC TRINKETS… AND NOBODY CALLING FOR BOYCOTT? KAMLA MAKES A STRATEGIC COMMENT AND ALL THE HYPOCRITES WANT TO BOYCOTT T AND T GOODS. WHY? ALL YOU ‘FRAID TO BOYCOTT THE CHINESE? WELL KAMLA RIGHT. SHE SORRY FOR THE ISLANDS BUT T AND T MUST. LIKE THE CHINESE, BENEFIT FROM THEIR “SUPPORT” TO OTHERS! ALL THE BIG COUNTRIES DO IT …ENGLAND, USA, CANADA, ESPECIALLY CHINA! I CALL FOR A BOYCOTT OF CHEAP TOXIC CHINESE GOODS -AT LEAST FIRST TEST THEM FOR LEAD AND OTHER CONTAMINANTS … WHAT ABOUT THAT? LEAVE KAMLA IN PEACE.

  48. WELL
    November 4, 2010

    when a carribean country hit with a hurricane..wat they can give? we must put the fallen trees and mud on a truck to send for them.

  49. Nathaniel Peltier
    November 4, 2010

    The optimist that I am.I really hope that I misunderstood her. This does not sound good at all.

  50. INTELLECTUAL GANSTA!!!
    November 4, 2010

    This is an ugly and horrible,horrible, statement for that P.M. to make. It serves as an act in promotion of self interest.
    If someone is in need,and ask for help,you either help them,or you don’t….There should be no stipulations added.
    Very unfortunate indeed……..

    All the best…..and..
    Profound Peace!!.

  51. Cummess
    November 4, 2010

    “BUY NOTHING MADE IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO” campaign. This is a result of the TNT PM’s open statement to the media saying she will not give any assistance to Caricom countries affected by Hurricane Tomas unless it is to the benefit of Trinidad. I wonder if she is aware of the amount of products we purchase daily that is made in Trinidad. PLEASE JOIN AND PASS IT ON. “

  52. smart dominican
    November 4, 2010

    Fire burn kamala we do not want her trini money or aid she can keep all of it we in the “small islands” can do just fine without their aid. we really don’t need them as much as they need us. SO Kamala you must remember KARMA.

  53. What in it 4 *Karma I mean Kamla?
    November 3, 2010

    So wait a minute….lol

    Dem Trinis can upgrade their airport at a cost of $60 million to accommodate President Obama without nothing in it 4 dem, but they cannot assist their sister islands out of the so called One Caribbean – One People ting they keeping mumbling about…

    I still love my Trini people dem..Is not allu fault. Just make sure allu take out that PM allu have there when de time come…

    lol

    http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=mro&id=news/Trinid4099.xml

  54. B.Stoute
    November 3, 2010

    tell Kamla Persad-Bissessar “that all she has is just sea water and sand”

  55. Observing
    November 3, 2010

    The comments of the Prime Minister of T & T is very insensitive to say the least. At a time when people are suffering this statement is callous. Today it’s St.Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent; tomorrow it may very well be Trinidad. How would the PM feel hearing these words from other Caricom Leaders. Often we forget the golden rule “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It is a fact that women in leadership positions or even as bosses are more insensitive than men….this is just testament to that fact. I pray the PM of T&T listens to herself and make amends.

  56. hayrris
    November 3, 2010

    that woman is a fool and a dunce, that is not my prime minister.

  57. king man
    November 3, 2010

    madame your country keep dumping its goods on our shores, well our markets are no longer for free. i suggest 35% import duty on all goods from trinidad, lets see how your country will survive

  58. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    November 3, 2010

    Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Trinidad PM: If you wish to assist in times of disaster and as requested you help because of the loving kindness of your heart and that of your taxpaying nationals. You do not set conditions when you assist others. This is a selfish attitude. You will never receive God’s blessings.
    Let us face it, this woman is not a Christian who knows this and who may never have been taught about love for neighbor and assisting those who are in need of and specifically when a disaster occurs. She was elected under her pretext of assisting her nationals. Really? She cannot deceive everyone.
    She thinks that the four-year term will last forever including her life.
    This is the problem with such people as her who have been taught that they do not have a soul, that there is no eternity and that when they die they will be reincarnated and return to earth as any animal, this is the manner in which they act. Foolish people. Therefore they have no conscience and remorse about what they say and do.
    She is presently on a high roller coaster. It is only a matter of time and she will be deposed from her earthly throne.
    The majority of Trinidadians were not smart enough when they voted for her. They were deceived. Such politicians as herself are only out to pursue and promote their personal agenda and helping their own. There are those who are doing this right here in Canada.
    It appears to me that you act like the Chinese government, help but send your workers to assist and disregard the unemployed nationals who are in need of jobs and who will benefit from it.
    I have relatives who reside in Trinidad, some of whom are not Trinidadian-born and who are paying their fair share of taxes throughout the years. Please consider this when you make such statements.
    I always say that our patient God is observing and taking note.

  59. CrazyCoolieWoman
    November 3, 2010

    She 4get is the small islands in the caricom that paying trinidad BILLIONS! yearly from their exports.. So what more payment she want? lol that woman crazy.. start the TRINI EMBARGO!!! Just to show how much we all do together to help one another.. The majority of Trinis think they dont need us anyways.. Small Islands UNITE!!!! we can show them what it is

  60. CrazyCoolieWoman
    November 3, 2010

    How can you compare this to China and Dominica? An Island was bashed by the storm. this lady said if we help we need something form it.. I understand Trinidad get a lil hit but not compared to Lucia. They got that shit HARD!!! all that deforestation pay them back in full. If she didnt wanna helpo she could have said no n call it a day.. not saying ok yes but we need this for that.. BUCK that!! They need help they not asking for u to build a damn airport. I wonder if it was Guyana that needed the help if she would have said the same BUlll

  61. KINGSTING
    November 3, 2010

    My Caricom brothers and sisters, i was a proud Trini up until my new Prime Minister made the disgusting statement that could well spoil our otherwise peaceful and prosperous relationship. I feel now that i must comment on this now for fear of what will come. To all our neighbours affected by this horrible storm, i want you to know that no right thinking Trinidadian will tolerate this type of ignorance from a sitting Prime Minister, after all it is taxpayers money she intends to use, and i for one will not stand idly by as she degenerates my country into an abyss of hate and bottom feeders. We will not allow this to happen, however we do need our caricom brothers help, we need your voices to ring out and save us from the madness that has taken over our nation, we want the right of recall, we want our prime minister removed immediately, and for this we seek your help. So use your computers, your press, you tv time, help us save our nation from the hate this new government has begun to sew. We are all brothers and sisiters, and as we say here in Trini, we must be our brothers keeper. Thank you.

  62. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010

    i am for the first time in my life ashamed and embarassed to be a trini, i want to assure the ppl of the caribean that our PM statements do not reflect the way T&T feels. we are truly embarrassed by her statements.

  63. Dominican and Proud
    November 3, 2010

    I CALL FOR A BOYCOTT OF EVERYTHING TRINIDADIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE DO NOT NEED AN APOLOGY FROM THE PM…..FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKS….SHE MEANT EVERY WORD SHE SAID AND SHE CANNOT TAKE IT BACK.

    The woman is a RACIST with a Capital R. If you live among Indians they are the worst when it comes to discrimination! The black people in Trinidad should look around them, for this is the beginning of things to come.

    I call for the Trinidadian people to take action in their own hand to help a fellow West Indian. I am wondering if the PM was sending food along with providing housing would she demand that her people eat first and allow the sick people of St. Lucia die OF STARVATION?

    PM please do remember the story Jesus told of the “Good Samaritan.” You have proven without a shadow of a doubt what kind of neighbor you are! Shame on you Prime Minister!!!

  64. make out
    November 3, 2010

    don’t be surprised with that remark from the prime minister , that’s the way hindu indian thinks .what she did was to give us a peek into their hearts. a christian would give his last and don’t expect anything in return but hindu indian they would do anything for u but there must be something in it for them , that’s just their culture , they would give u their wives , children anything , once there is something in it for them , sad but true. ah make them out!!

  65. GODLY BIRD
    November 3, 2010

    The Trinidad Prime Minister is a very selfish ungodly woman in my opinion all caricom should boycut the importation of goods from Trinidad i realy love T&T my mum and brothers and sisters are TrinBagoyans but since that evil woman came to power with her COMMESS OF THE PEOPLE gang of crooks she start to cause the whole of caricom to hate Trinidad her attitude stinks like her father the devil get rid of her fast please trini’s bring back the PNM the best for you or Dominicans will boycut your products fire the filthy woman before its to late.

  66. well
    November 3, 2010

    i wish i could voice my disapproval instead of writing it because i want to say what HI LEVEL OF GREEDDDDDDDD AND INSENSITIVITY IN A TIME OF NEED.!!!!! OH MY. A FORSE TRINDAD FINK THEY IS IT..I WISH I COULD POST SOME REAL BAD WORDS RIGHT NOW!

  67. REALIST
    November 3, 2010

    What a bitch!

  68. warma
    November 3, 2010

    BOYCOTT ALL TRINIDAD PRODUCTS!!

    I am putting this on Facebook NOW!

  69. Concerned Citizen
    November 3, 2010

    I do not want to be a pessimist but the reality is CSME will never work. Based on my experience with Trinis and Bajans. Bajans don’t consider themselves Caribbean and Jamaicans refer to us as small islanders. The lady honestly did not say that she is not going to help, she said their own people will be involved so that TnT would benefit. Folks if we study basic economics we will learn that nothing is for FREE. China gave us assistance yet their own contractors are employed, eventually we have to take loans from China its all part of the deal. Every country is looking for means and ways how to capitalize and grow their Economy. Look at the foreign policy of USA, why is their so much hatred by the Arabs at USA? In Haiti the aid that is provided is run by the nationals of the countries who give it. In every country there is unemployment, TnT no exception and they will have to figure out how they are going to assist and also benefit their citizens. Most countries use foreign direct investments, that is what TnT is doing now, instead of foreign portfolio investments. In the end folks its the UGLY face of capitalism, Its all about the BENJAMINS….

  70. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010

    People I am a trini and to defend my position what i can input in this debate is that not all citizen in Trinidad and Tobago agree with her statements and in extension her decision..it was callous, disrespectful and selfish. We reject her statement,,I repeat not allll trinis agree with her and her cabinet on this decision and definitely also the Opposition leader Dr Rowley. Thank you..P.S …..Hope yall don’t boycott trini products

  71. THOMAS DAVID
    November 3, 2010

    My dear brothers, I am a Trinidadian who is very embarrassed by this statement from our PM.Rest assured I am not the only one and many of us are very displeased. This is one of the negatives of democracy that those of us who do not support this kind of foolishness have to exist with.
    On behalf of my people and the good people of this country I do apologize and I am very sorry.

  72. Joe
    November 3, 2010

    Trini’s are bunch of greedy .. any way.am not supprise

  73. Ras B
    November 3, 2010

    The definition of caribbean Unity! Federation mentality revisited! Insularity, the cancer of west Indies Cricket manifested! Everything that is not good about us and our region is embodied in that statement. This seems to be the modus by which she operates – One remembers her ATM insult to the other caribbean countries, The suggestion by TNT to break away from the WICB, The daylight unilateral destruction of West Indies cricket by De Ram, I think the time has come for us to say collectively NO MORE Madame and boycott all TNT goods, place a regional embargo on all things TNT and let them learn that We all in this bloody same boat we all sinking just the same! RAS OUT!

  74. yes i
    November 3, 2010

    @Prophet2: i saw those comment being posted by those trinis, but wat the hell! those trini believe dat st lucia begging them, boy u dnt knw wat going to happen to u, it seems like t&t forget that they are in a hurricane zone as well!! thise trini acting like the rest of the caribbean depend from them & we cannot live without his majesty t&t!!!!!!!! wat the hell!!! now they calling for Manning back where is they themselves dat put dat rasclatt indian there!!!!!! i quote from a trini comment: ” we already send 2 containers of food for allu, after say we didnt give allu, i saw st lucia have the queen as head of state so wat they doing with t&t””’ it is written clear! the table turn!

  75. manyways
    November 3, 2010

    Please someone start a blog and let the world know about this woman statements, should i have said primeminister, we in the caribbean spend well over millions of dollars on products made in trinidad and now this pm has the gull to marry aid in a time of a death and distruction, lets ban purchaseing their products and watc their economy crumble, they cant live on oil alone.

  76. t.j.
    November 3, 2010

    Today, I am ashamed to call myself a Trinidadian.
    This woman does NOT speak for all of us.
    She is a source of continued embarrassment to us.
    Jack Warner just makes it worse.

    I am so sorry.

  77. In a bind
    November 3, 2010

    My mother has two older sisters who migrated to T&T some 65 yrs as kids now each have 5 & 6 T&T born. They too have like an average of 4 kids.This puts me in a bind I have T&T cousins and and my cousins kids.

  78. Each for self not all for each
    November 3, 2010

    That should read taught us.My apologies.I do not know what i was thinking sorry folks who condem bad spelling it was just a quick thought process errot. I am no fool. Like FET Doods who can’t spell nor tries to. he just types.

  79. Oh My!
    November 3, 2010

    That is the most selfish statement I have ever heard in the time of a disaster from your neighbor. I think she believes that she is saying something good with the intention of making Trinidadians like her, but that is a very selfish way to respond. Selfish selfish selfish. We have to help our neighbors in the time of need.

  80. DaQueen
    November 3, 2010

    Its a shame for a West Indian leader to even think that way. To whom much is given, much is required. God bless St.Lucia.

  81. X.
    November 3, 2010

    what a … this ting is they must benifit… well i for one will not use a thing manufactured in T&T!

  82. Grand Bayrian
    November 3, 2010

    Kamla need some rum; she curry gone.My suggestion to the OECS leaders; the next Caricom heads of Government meeting, each leader should bring a bottle of rum for Kamla.

  83. FED UP DOMINICAN
    November 3, 2010

    A boycott of all TnT goods would be the only and right solution.

    Is it a well known fact that once a black/person of colour gets to the top, they forget who put them there, and they forget where they came from.

    They say that we as a race never forgets what others have done or said to us, so god forbids that TnT should ever need assistance from their fellow caribbeans.

    No name calling or racist comments is needed. Just stop purchasing goods from TnT.

  84. Slack man
    November 3, 2010

    @jane: Maybe she’s a virgin.Remember the song ?Tight like a …………………

  85. Khastro
    November 3, 2010

    @wat a ting: You are so right!

  86. Poule Coutouni
    November 3, 2010

    IF THE CHINESE CAN GIVE LOAN AND DO THE WORK THEMSELVES KAMLA CAN DO THE SAME IF T AND T GIVE THEIR MONEY. SKERRIT HAS NO MARAL AUTHORITY TO COMMENT ON THAT ONE. 100MILLION DOLLAR ROAD -CHINESE WORKERS ONLY; 27 MILLION LOAN STATE HOUSE -CHINESE WORKERS ONLY, 35 MILLION LOAN STATE COLLEGE -CHINESE WORKERS ONLY ( OH SORRY! JUST A TOKEN 20 BLACK[mooooore] FACE). KAMLA LEARNING SOMET’ING AT LAS’.

  87. Homeboy
    November 3, 2010

    I tell you, so much for “Caricom” and Caribbean integration. What she thinking? With their floating dollar! Where is the notion of help your neighbor? Gwan Trini.. Hope there will alway be oil…

  88. carib to the bone
    November 3, 2010

    if these places had indians you would hear a different song from her.

  89. OH MY
    November 3, 2010

    vERY INSENSITIVE STATEMENT,,One thing struck me though is “you have to contact the leader of the opposition”.

  90. mouth of the south
    November 3, 2010

    mr skerrit is the leader of caricom states,,,,am i right or wrong,,,,well mr p.m now is the time to grab the spotlight n show other c/bean nations what caribbean unity means,,,,i not a labour supporter but right now would be a moment to secure ur next election victory,,,,rise to the occasion mr p.m,,,,,,that trini p.m really heartless and unsympathetic to the plight of our brother n sisters,,,,haiti n jamaica next in line n she saying that non-sense,,,,there are trini’s against her statement but there are many more trini’s for the statement and its just sad,,,,,,that is why we in d.a must have our own manufacturing plant to do our juices,,,chips,,,etc,,,,lets be real we doh need trinidad,,,,, i will say it again,,,dominica doh need trinidad,,,,,we jus have to put things in place to facilitate ourselves,,,,watever medical help we need,,,martinique,,guada,,and barbados are right there,,,,,lol n based on d.a relations we don’t need loans from trini banks either so the p.m can get lost on that statement,,,,,,,

  91. nitara
    November 3, 2010

    i am so sad at her callous statement in this time of need. Especially St Lucia, and now Haiti might be facing a similar plight. Lives were lost, homes destroyed and a fellow caricom island is looking for self gain over humanitarian aide. It is disheartening to see how we support purchasing TnT products, and this unsympathetic disregard and slap in the face is our payback. This is not true caribbean spirit, and love for our fellow brothers. I personally have taken this to all my social networks and asking for a boycott of TnT products until an apology is given. Hit them where it hurts. Let’s see if TnT truly does not need its caribbean brothers and sisters. Walk the talk pple. Boycott

  92. Tsk Tsk Tsk
    November 3, 2010

    C.S.M.E My Black …

  93. 365 RIVERS
    November 3, 2010

    FIRST OF ALL TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO HAS A HUGE RACIAL PROBLEM. THE INDIANS THERE SEE THEMSELVES AS INDIANS FROM INDIA FIRST AND WEST INDIANS SECOND.

    THIS LADY IS A SPECIAL CASE. AFTER WINNING THE ELECTIONS SHE WAS THE FIRST TO SAY IT IS INDIAN TIME AND SHE WILL PUT MOSTLY INDIAN PEOPLE IN OFFICE, WE CAN ALREADY SEE THAT IS HAPPENING.

    SHE IS AN AROGANT RACIST WHO HAS NO CLASS BECAUSE SHE IS A RECOVERING A…. IT JUSTTAKES A SMALL CHANGE IN DIRECTION OF THE WIND AND IT CAN BE TRININDA’S TURN. SHAME ON YOU KAMLA, WE DO NOT NEED THE LIKES OF YOU IN CARICOM.

    CARICOM LEADERS SHOULD COME TOGETHER AND REBUKE THIS SENSELESS STATEMENT. I HOPE WE THE PEOPLE OF THE WEST INDIES WILL RAISE TO THE OCCASSION TO ASSIST BARBADOS, ST.LUCIA AND ST.VINCENT.

  94. wow
    November 3, 2010

    madaMe PM..SA NOUS DOUVAN..SAI DEYAIRE..EXCUSE MY CREOLE..SPELLING..

    THIS WOMAN SOUND SO HEARTLESS..IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS, THESE COMMENTS MADE BY THE PM ARE SO INAPROPRIATE!!

  95. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010

    I hate to be dis-respectful of a Prime Minister, especially a woman (she reminds me of Sarah Palin in Alaska) but she is plain stupid, I hope for the sake of T & T and the region she is soon removed from office.

  96. warma
    November 3, 2010

    @sad state, another joke.: AMEN!!!!!!!!!!! I could not agree with you more

  97. Piper
    November 3, 2010

    People, there is one simple way to the Trinidad PM stand and listen. THREATEN TO BOYCOTT THEIR PRODUCTS. if all Caribbean people did that, they would take note. It is quite very simple. No point crying and whining.

    She is looking out for her country’s interest, you have to look out for yours. Stop the whining and fight fire with fire.

  98. Dominican in the Leeward Islands
    November 3, 2010

    I say boycott T&T products!!

    The rest of the Caribbean has been contributing to the Trinidad economy everytime we buy products made in Trinidad and she has the audacity to make such a statement in the face of a natural disaster?!

    Shame on her, shame, shame, shame on the Tribnidad PM!!!

    Trinidad is not superior to any other island in the Caribbean. She must remember that Trinidad and Tobago is in the Atlantic Hurricane belt as wll so she may be the one asking for help next time around though I dont wish that devastation on any island.

  99. Open Mind in Possie
    November 3, 2010

    carib gonna stay on shelf now ! KUBULI all the way …

    if i suggest that u try some make up … i am not saying that you are ugly … however it adds up to the same thing …

    this woman is just not diplomatic enough …

  100. Mikes
    November 3, 2010

    I am saddened by those comments from the T&T PM but not surprised. History has shown us that we should expect nothing more from them. Remeber Federation? Trinidad’s position after Jamaica dropped out was, “one from ten leaves naught”. That in effect spelled the end of the West Indies Federation. The Govts of the other CSME countries should demand an apology from Trinidad’s PM. This is a very bad precedent to demand something in return as a condition for helping a neighbour in an emergency. Let’s nip this trend in the budd.

  101. jane
    November 3, 2010

    Dam, girl. No need to be so tight!

  102. Piper
    November 3, 2010

    @Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity:
    It looks like you have no issues with teh comment made by that person toward the Trinidad PM. Some of you people are unbelievable.

  103. Wadadlineko
    November 3, 2010

    I am an Antiguan studying in Barbados and looking around the place you can see the devastation everywhere. People have lost their homes and their livelihood. When I heard the statements that where made by the PM of TnT I was shocked. People are dying and all you can think of is how much you can squeeze out of these islands!!! Come on man where is your humanity. Look around in every supermarket throughout the OECS and beyond and what you see? A whole bunch of products made in Trinidad and Tobago. I personally love their Fruta juices, Crix crackers and biscuits but after hearing what she said I will not buy another product that is made in Trinidad and Tobago until she apologizes. We may be small islands compared to TnT but we still have our pride. Maybe when there manufacturing industry feels the squeeze maybe just maybe Trinidad and Tobago will realize the worth of our small island states.

  104. SUPERMAN
    November 3, 2010

    LETS LEAVE DE NP GAS AND THE CARIB BEER ALONE

  105. qstorm78
    November 3, 2010

    @Troubling: Agreed..She’s a fool

  106. qstorm78
    November 3, 2010

    @Pharm: Hopefully one day and and the rest of the dried brain monkeys will look past politics

  107. qstorm78
    November 3, 2010

    @wat a ting: You’re an idiot. U can’t compare China to Trinidad first of all. Secondly this is a Caribbean nation like every other, making such decision is really silly if u ask me. that’s really selfish on her part.

  108. 123
    November 3, 2010

    Madam PM, while I understand that you don’t want to see your nation’s resources wasted, is this really the time to be making such a statement when persons in affected areas have lost their homes, loved ones have been killed etc. You can think those sentiments privately but by brodcasting them makes you seem inhuman. The same can be said to you by these same CARICAOM counterparts if T&T fails into a similar predicament. Watch your words Madam, they may come back to haunt you.

  109. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010

    You go Girl!!

  110. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    November 3, 2010

    @Piper:

    Calling this person “racist pig”. Are you human? Probably not. Guard your words. Why was your blog allowed on this Website? It should have been rejected.

  111. warma
    November 3, 2010

    OH WOW – whatever happened to “we’re all in this together”, or “we’re all brothers and sisters”, or “we all help each other in a time of need”?

    You know, the TnT PM has every right to say that, and that OK – but she must be mindful of 2 things;

    (1) we all know that Trinidad is out of the tropical hurricane zone, and we know they do not get hit by these disasters, and we know they’re a rich country in comparison to the small islands of the OECS, which leads to the second thing she should be aware of;

    (2) “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”; the OECS group is a major consumer market for Trinidad goods, you know, the low-to-medium quality but very expensive goods they ship and we buy because we consider them brothers and sisters; the same goods we protect thru various tariffs. We have just begun to explore trade with Brazil, producers of quality goods that generally cost the same or less – maybe, just maybe one day we may decide that Brazil’s products are of superior quality, that Brazil helps us in our time of need, and that we will reciprocate by purchasing Brazil products instead of Trinidad’s – am just saying, that may happen, she should be careful.

  112. Lycan
    November 3, 2010

    St Lucia is in need of water, i’m calling on the someone to start a charity support for St Vincent and St Lucia from Dominica, show them that we care enough to assist them. If Trinidad don’t want do it, then we should help in what way we can. They need us more than ever before and in that assistance , we could foster closer relations with the peoples of these islands.

  113. Lycan
    November 3, 2010

    @Pharm: How can the Opposition be consulted if they don’t attend Parliament?

  114. walle
    November 3, 2010

    I hope when their turn come they remember these ignorant comments made by there pm before they go asking for help. Every dog have their day.

  115. sad state, another joke.
    November 3, 2010

    To the folks who are quick to name call over the comment on racism.
    The average Dominician knows nothing about the racial division which exists in TnT.
    The extent and the ugly truth. It exists and is a fact.
    But that is not the point with regard this story.
    Did someone say CSME? ?
    The trade practices within the islands is for the most part a one way street. Visit any supermarket in the islands and do product origin survey, Made in Trinidad, Made in Trinidad. We import their goods, services, expertise. What does Trinidad import from Dominica?
    Ms TnT’s PM’s statements are out of line and insultive. Worst still, these are not her first such statements. She had already said that TnT is not an ATM for the islands.
    If the islands were to boycott TnT products, we would be hearing another slant.

  116. Prophet2
    November 3, 2010

    This is even worse, read those comments, they made me sick in my stomach.

    http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/NO_FREE_HELP-106494413.html

  117. Oh oh
    November 3, 2010

    People live the politics out.

  118. Marvin
    November 3, 2010

    From St. Lucia: A Shame! I purchased 30 cases of Trinidad water yesterday – that was the last 30 cases I would buy.

  119. physicse
    November 3, 2010

    OUR HONORABLE PM,,,,, WE LOVE YOU… GO TO CHINA, VENEZUELA,CUBA ETC FOR HELP FOR DOMINICA…… FORGET ABOUT THESE ISLAND LEADERS… LETS GET OUR HELP IN THE NON CONVENTIAL WAY…

    DID YOU READ THIS STATEMENT FROM THE PM FROM TRINIDAD??????? SO NOT CARIBBEAN

    WE WILL GET OUR HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS IN VENEZUELA ….
    HOLD YOUR HOUSES TRINIDAD

  120. Piper
    November 3, 2010

    @Troubling:

    And you have the audacity to call the woman racist? You had better take a better look in the mirror – you racist pig.

  121. Emil Ti Kwen
    November 3, 2010

    What a sad thing for the PM of T & T to say. What has happened to the humanitarian aspect of help? I noticed she used the example of housing assistance. If she were to use,say, the example of, assistance in the form of food and water, would she have said, that any food and water given, should be used only by the “builders and companies” handling housing assistance?

  122. Bawi boy
    November 3, 2010

    That is not the caribbean spirit. What happen to we are one people.

  123. not right
    November 3, 2010

    HEARTLESS… God is not pleased. We dont help with one hand and stretch the other hand to expect someting in return .. especially when lives are at stake

  124. bunny
    November 3, 2010

    dont forget madame pm, that we are just small rocks in a big ocean ok. lets hope that the same does not happen to you.

  125. Pharm
    November 3, 2010

    Mr Dominica Pm , please take a leaf from the Trinidadian Pm- The Cabinet has to have a discussion on the matter and the OPPOSITION HAS TO BE CONSULTED ! !
    Its not a ONE MAN SHOW Mr Dominica PM ! !

  126. wat a ting
    November 3, 2010

    WELL IF THE CHINESS CAN GIVE AID TO DOMINICA N MAKE SURE THAT THEIR PEOPLE BENEFIT WHY TRINIDAD CANNOT DO THE SAME?

  127. candle in the wind
    November 3, 2010

    why this woman don’t go wash her rass n drink de water……. When they finish they want to talk about CSME……God Not a policeman….tell them wait good

  128. Troubling
    November 3, 2010

    What this Indian, coolie woman think nuh. That is how these racists Indiands behave when placed in a position of power. Pure arogance and contempt for the rest of us “black” Caribbean folks. That’s is why I am still angry with Manning for calling an election so early and allowing this jezebel into power. I say we should boycott ALL TNT products NOW to put this woman in her place!!!

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