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Wide support for PM’s firing Glenn

Tuesday, April 1 2014

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Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh ...
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THE POPULATION was largely in support of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s decision to sack Minister of the People Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, according to a synopsis of the reported findings of a poll conducted by an organisation called the North American Teachers Association (NACTA).

According to a press release issued by the organisation, NACTA found that people were “overwhelmingly” in support of the move.

“NACTA finds mixed reaction by voters over Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar’s firing of Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh as Minister of the People. In general, the poll finds people are overwhelmingly supportive of the tough action taken by Kamla against Ramadharsingh,” the press release said.

“Many feel (Persad-Bissessar) did the right thing saying sacking the minister sends a strong message that she will not tolerate arrogant behaviour of her ministers. Overall, people are of the view that the Prime Minister’s action demonstrates strong leadership and that she took the right action to preserve the integrity of her government.”

The findings of the poll were reportedly obtained from interviews with 310 respondents reflecting the demographics of the population.

The poll was coordinated by Vishnu Bisram.

Asked if they are supportive of the Prime Minister’s decision to fire Glenn Ramadharsingh as minister relating to a complaint about his behaviour, 73 percent reportedly said yes with 18 percent saying no and nine percent not offering a response.

The press release stated, “Virtually everyone acknowledged that what Ramadharsingh did was wrong and should be punished but they favoured a less severe form of punishment. Many voters felt Ramadharsingh should have been given a second chance saying he has been a very good Minister, especially helping the poor.”

But according to NACTA, some respondents felt “some other way” should have been used to punish the minister for his errant behaviour aboard a domestic CAL flight from Tobago two weeks ago.

“Some feel there should have been a more thorough investigation before action by the Prime Minister,” the press release stated.

“In general, the poorer class is supportive of Ramadharsingh saying the PM could have utilised a less severe form of discipline while the middle, professional and business classes feel he had to do to go to send a strong message of zero tolerance against ill behaviour by public officials. Some say that Kamla fired Ramadharsingh because of election related reasons.”

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