Trinidadian Prime Minister fires a cabinet Minister for misconduct aboard a Caribbean Airlines flight

Following is the full text of the release from the Office of the Prime Minister, announcing her decision to fire Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, former Minister of the People.
While I was overseas attending a funeral of a family friend  I received reports of an incident concerning the Honourable Minister of the People, Dr.Glenn Ramadharsingh.

All my considerations are character driven. I hold no brief for any man or woman save the greater public interest. I am always aware of the higher expectation upon which this government was elected and the immense responsibility each of us has to uphold public trust in all we do every single day of our lives. It is not a responsibility we can choose to have one day and lose the next.


I am reminded of Gandhi’s identification of one of seven social sins as being “politics without principle.” I have insisted from the moment we took office that everyone of us must display a sound character of public integrity, fairness, humility, compassion and human dignity. No man, nor woman for that matter, has been allowed nor will be permitted to deviate from the very principles upon which we were elected by the people into office.


I know there will be arguments put forward by some as to what was condoned in the past administration to allow for continuity but I disagree. There must be no compromise on integrity, no allowance for arrogance, no room for violation of mutual respect; there will be no sacrifice of our values on the altar of political expediency. Regardless of whether the decisions I take hurt me politically or not, I have the strength and courage and independence of mind to measure every tough decision on the basis of what is right and just.


As I have always said, regardless of the consequences, I remain resolved to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. My decisions in the past demonstrate this consistency regardless of whether you are in my Cabinet or not. No one is exempt from the measure of value based leadership.


In the circumstances,I have advised the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency, Justice Anthony Carmona, to revoke the appointment of the Honourable Minister of the People, Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh of the Prime Minister.
I have added the bold for emphasis as I wanted to make the point that this is what accountability is all about, its about doing what is right when those elected to public office screw up
This would NEVER happen under a PNP government, where its members are rewarded instead.
What can Jamaicans learn about governance from Trinidad and Tobago ?

4 Responses

  1. The PM was away when this incident happened.
    The PM on her return asked for a report, reviewed the report and ACTED !

    No push from the entire country, no long drawn out calls for him to resign, no waiting for him to resign, instead he was FIRED !

    That is leadership !

    This is what is sadly lacking in Jamaica, then we ask why is Trinidad doing so much better than Jamaica ?

    Well this is part of the reason, better leadership , transparency and accountability

  2. I really hope someone reads this article for the PM. Or I should say, I hope Minister Azan reads this to the PM.

  3. Jay, that is the difference between a ‘self respecting’ country and government and us. We are shameless and the government do not respect us!

  4. Note this article which was written a year ago. A minister was FIRED by the TT Prime Minister not for something he did as part of being a minister, but “mere” misconduct on a Caribbean Airlines flight.

    Our PM would say he did no wrong so there is no reason to fire him

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