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Kamla on state visit to Canada

PORT OF SPAIN — Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar flew off to Canada yesterday, saying she was leaving the country in the capable hands of Labour Minister Errol McLeod and members of her Cabinet.

The Prime Minister left for a four-day official visit to Canada in the aftermath of the resignation of Jack Warner.

Asked whether she should have left the country at this time or she should have stayed to ensure a smooth transition in the face of Warner’s departure, Persad-Bissessar responded: “I think Mr. McLeod and the rest of the Cabinet who are here are very capable of doing that.”

McLeod will act as Prime Minister until Persad-Bissessar returns on Saturday.

The Prime Minister is accompanied by Minister of Transport Chandresh Sharma, Justice Minister Christlyn Moore, Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine and Trade Minister Vasant Bharath.

Four-day trip

A release from the Office of the Prime Minister stated Persad-Bissessar will be spending four days in Canada, at the invitation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Prime Minister is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, and meet with Cana≠da’s Opposition Leader, Thomas J Mulcair.

Persad-Bissessar and Harper will also host a business reception at the Royal York tomorrow.

The release stated further that while in Canada, Persad-Bissessar and her ministers will actively explore opportunities for further engagement in identified areas such as energy, national security, trade, public sector modernisation, maritime services and develop≠ment planning systems.

Persad-Bissessar said she looked forward to advancing the 50-plus years of diplomatic relations which the countries share. (Express)

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