Minister Stuart Young has issued a statement in response to what transpired during the sitting of the Standing Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday.
Young was put out of the Parliament Chamber for refusing to withdraw his accusation that UNC MPs were making “racist” remarks during deliberations.
In his defence, he stated the following:
“The UNC opposition has consistently and intentionally wrongly referred to the constituency of Port of Spain North/St Ann’s West and the two Laventille/ Morvant constituencies.
The UNC members do this intentionally, as at a bare minimum, the name plates of constituencies are placed clearly in front of members’ seats for correct reference.
In the recent general elections the UNC had posters for their candidate for Port of Spain North/ St Ann’s West circulating with the wrong constituency name showing their clear disdain and disrespect for the constituency.
As the elected member of parliament for Port of Spain North/ St Ann’s West I will not permit the UNC opposition to disrespect my constituents.
In the parliament, the UNC members continued with this disgusting behaviour and I called them out on it. I will continue, without fear, to call out the UNC and their disrespectful treatment of the constituents of Port of Spain, Laventille and Morvant.”