Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar continues to express concern about the Highway Re-Route Movement’s (HRM) “its unwillingness to abide with the rulings of the court” on the group’s objections to matters related to construction of the Debe to Mon Desir section of the Point Fortin Highway.
Declaring that her People’s Partnership administration has engaged in an “unprecedented” level of consultation and consensus-building, which has led to citizens feeling “more comfortable” in stating their positions, “even though these may be overly critical of the Government,” the PM said it was equally important that citizens who seek redress in the courts when they disagree with Government must “also be prepared to respect the decisions of the courts of law.”
Persad-Bissessar cited the HRM as an example of this, saying “its unwillingness to abide with the rulings of the court is a cause for concern.”
She also criticised the 29 civil society groups who have lent their support to HRM via an open letter which they sent to the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair, on October 2.
“What is even more disturbing is that fact that so many civil society groups are latching on to this matter because of their own differences of opinion with the Government. What about the rights of those who in whose interest the courts have ruled favourably? If we are to progress as a nation we can only do so on the basis of mutual respect and respect for the law.”…READ MORE
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