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Thursday 22 March 2018

Budget date next week

ACTING Prime Minister Colm Imbert says the Government takes note of opinion polls and indeed reads everything published in local newspapers.

Imbert said this when asked about two recent polls giving Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley a fairly low approval rating.

“We don’t ignore these things but don’t overreact to them as well,” Imbert said. “We have taken note of everything published. We read everything in the papers everyday. We internalise it, digest it.” Imbert made the statements at a media briefing at Tower D, Port-of-Spain.

Asked for a date for the National Budget speech, he said he would provide this date in a statement “some time next week.” Imbert said the statement would include the Government’s policy, performance and plans. Imbert said the budget debates must, by law, be completed in both Houses of Parliament by October 30.

Regarding online reports that the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) recommended criminal and disciplinary action against certain police officers for the “Day of Total Policing” that locked down the country’s roads in 2015, Imbert said the PCA must be careful what it puts out, so as to not make pronouncements but just recommendations.


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