Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she has never seen so much suffering among ordinary people during her lifetime in politics.
Addressing a virtual by-election campaign meeting on Monday, Persad-Bissessar said “Crime is increasing, unemployment is rising, businesses are shutting down. Many people wake up in the morning wondering at the end of the day if they will still have a job.”
She said government measures to impose more taxes go into effect this month and she singled out the additional taxes being imposed on the used car dealers’ industry and how this will marginalise ordinary people who cannot afford a new car.
She said the January 25 by-elections must send a message to government that people have had enough of increasing crime, stranded nationals abroad, high unemployment, bad roads, and the forex shortage
The UNC has selected in the borough of Point Fortin (Hollywood) Daniel John; Princes Town (St Mary’s/Hindustan) Tylon Farrell; borough of Chaguanas (Cunupia) Richard Sukdeo; borough of Arima (Arima Central) Sheldon Garcia; and Diego Martin (Morne Coco/Alyce Glen) John Laquis.
The seats were made vacant by former councillors who stood for Parliament and won in the August 10 general election.