Diego Martin Chairman: Imbert as Finance Minister is Madness

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CHAIRMAN of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Susan Hong says many people thought the appointment of Colm Imbert as Minister of Finance was madness.

While introducing Imbert to speak at a People’s National Movement (PNM) meeting in Diego Martin on Saturday night, Hong said, “My oth­er speak­er is a gen­tle­man who, when the PNM came back in pow­er, that many peo­ple said that Dr Row­ley had to be a mad man to put this as our Min­is­ter of Fi­nance.

She asked, “What this man knows about fi­nances and not on­ly that, what kind of bud­get that man could bring for Trinidad and To­ba­go?”

Hong added, “But time…you know the old-time peo­ple say time will tell and time has cer­tain­ly told, so this last bud­get was the best bud­get in Trinidad and To­ba­go ever.”


Imbert agreed with Hong.

He told the crowd, “When I came in­to Gov­ern­ment Dr Row­ley… Miss Hong, I too thought he was crazy. When Dr Row­ley of­fered me the post of Fi­nance I said ‘what?’

“But we are in this thing to do what we have to do so I em­braced the po­si­tion and I think I’ve done all right.”

Im­bert said the PNM was able to bring Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) in­to a po­si­tion of mak­ing a prof­it following the People’s Partnership Government when the national carrier had $3 bil­lion in loss­es.

He said CAL was able to make a prof­it be­fore tax of $121 mil­lion for the nine months of 2019.


Imbert said, “No longer do we have to prop up Caribbean Air­lines, no longer do we have to bail them out.”

He listed a number of challenges faced by the PNM in office including the Point Fortin High­way, Petrotrin and CLICO.

He called on sup­port­ers to give the PNM more than 75 percent of the votes in the Diego Mar­tin Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion and the Port-of-Spain City Cor­po­ra­tion in the December 2 Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tion.


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