T&T Speaker responds to Mottley
Speaker of the House of Representatives in Trinidad and Tobago, Wade Mark, has responded to a suggestion made by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley that Barbados should move away from the adversarial politics of the Westminster model.
Mark, who was specially invited to yesterday’s 375th anniversary celebrations, said while it was always important to promote harmony and unity, “we live in a democracy which is adversarial in many respects”.
“That is the nature of the system that we have in Trinidad and Tobago and many Commonwealth countries. However, there is always room and space for improving relations between the government and the opposition,” he told reporters during a brief encounter in the lobby of Parliament Building, the City.
The Trinidad Speaker also said it was a personal honour for him to be part of yesterday’s anniversary event. In fact, he said he was “extremely delighted, and absolutely pleased, and honoured, and privileged, to be part of this historic achievement here in Barbados celebrating 375 years of unbroken parliamentary democracy and tradition inspite of the challenges”.
“We have come from historical periods in 1639 to independence in 1966 to the present time. So I think that it is a very outstanding achievement on the part of the people of Barbados. I think it should give inspiration to all Caribbean people and legislatures as it relates to continuity and stability as it concerns this very important institution of the people.
“We are all part of the Commonwealth family and I am very happy to know that Barbados is third oldest parliament within the Commonwealth. I am very proud and happy to be here. It inspires us even though Trinidad and Tobago happens to be a republic and you happen to be still under the monarchical system. We are proud to be part of this experience,” he said.
Mark continued: “It is a rare moment and opportunity to be here in Barbados because 375 years would not come around often and therefore when I got the invitation from the Honourable Speaker, Michael Carrington, to be here I said I would do everything in my power to be here. So even though I had to leave the Speaker’s Chair in Trinidad at around 3:45 a.m. on Thursday just to head home to pick up a few things before heading for the airport, I said I had to be here to be a part of this very historic occasion to share with the people of Barbados.”