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One of the People's National Movement (PNM) stalwart, Daniel Reid died on April 21st at Eric Williams Medical Science Complex at Mt Hope, two days after his birthday.

Mr. Reid served in the Senate during the period 1981 to 1986 as Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the then Prime Minister George Chambers.

He was well known in the political arena as a humble man who was extremely passionate about the welfare of his community and the country as a whole.

At the party level, Mr. Reid was chairman of the St Anns East Constituency for over a decade. It was under his leadership that the St Anns East constituency spearheaded the movement in 1973 towards Trinidad and Tobago gaining Republican status. 

The country eventually obtained Republican status in 1976.

Mr. Reid was also in the forefront of numerous community activities in the St Anns Constituency because he had an excellent working relationship with his Member of Parliament Mr. George Chambers who went on to become the country's second Prime Minister.

A dedicated and loyal party member, no assignment was difficult for him:

He was a Member of the Campaign team for ANR Robinson when he contested the Scarborough/ Roxborough area for the PNM in 1956. 

 He also served as President of the Seamen and Waterfront Workers Trade Union (SWWTU).

In the memorable 1981 general elections when the PNM won 26 seats including Caroni East (Manic Ramsaran), Princes Town (Amoy Mohammed) and Fyzabad (Dr. Winston Williams),  Mr Reid was the Campaign Manager for the party's Political Leader the late George Chambers.

He will be remembered as a disciplined individual who was always available to assist the young Parliamentarians and party members in several areas.

Following the 1986 general elections, Mr. Reid followed his very close friend Mr. Chambers and retired from active politics.

At the time of his death he was 88 years old and was also the father of six children, three boys and three girls.

May he rest in peace.

Franklin Khan

Chairman

People's National Movement

The Peoples National Movement (PNM) commends Finance Minister Colm Imbert for the intelligence, strength and composure with which the mid year Budget Review was delivered.

Lifestyle changes are never easy and having the responsibility to deliver the measures necessary to keep our economy alive with such scope and openness is indeed commendable.

No one likes paying more taxes or paying more for gas but we are all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and we have a responsibility to stand up together and do what is necessary to keep our economy alive.

A responsible government is able to make decisions in the best interest of its citizens and the their future. The decisions taken by the government are for the greater good of our citizens and not for any individual's personal or selfish gain.

This is where the words of our National Motto come to life ''together we aspire, together we achieve''.

 

Ronald Huggins

Public Relations Officer

Peoples National Movement

The Peoples National Movement (PNM) congratulates the Senior Men's West Indies Cricket Team and Women's West Indies Cricket Team for their inspiring victories today in the ICC T20 World Cricket Championships. We also congratulate the West Indies Under 19 Team for their World Cup victory in Sri Lanka earlier this year. 

Victory after Victory after Victory is the new trend of the West Indies (WI) Cricket Teams. The Glorious days of WI Cricket are back.

After facing some challenging years the WI has emerged from their struggles and returned to a place that inspires pride, confidence and unity among our West Indian citizens around the world.

The citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and the wider West Indian community embrace cricket as more than a game but rather a reflection of the ability of our people to be first class by world standards.

The Peoples National Movement continues to 'Rally around the West Indies'' as ''Everybody know West Indies a Champion''.

Ronald Huggins
Public Relations Officer
Peoples National Movement

The Peoples National Movement (PNM) would like to thank all Delegates and Observers who turned out to make our Special Convention a resounding success.

We had an energizing time in each others company.

Tobago will now have its elections using the 'One Man, One Vote' system and run off elections for the office of Political Leader.

On this day we mark the passing of a man who has truly achieved the dream of living a fulfilling life.

Dr. Eric Eustace Williams was born on 25 September 1911 and died on 29 March 1981 but his legacy will continue to live on as the Father of our Nation, Trinidad and Tobago. In the memory of Dr. Eric Williams there is hope, pride, discipline, humility, strength, power and purpose. To know this man, is to know that nothing in life is impossible to achieve.

Dr. Eric Williams was leader of the Nation from 1956 - 1981 and this earned him the title "Father of the Nation". He was our country's first Chief Minister, first Premier and first Prime Minister. Dr. Eric Williams was responsible for creating and leading a National Movement of People, credited with the development of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Williams presided over our country's movement from Colonialism to Independence and Republican status.

This movement is the Peoples National Movement (PNM) which proudly stands today as the genesis, the current and the future of politics in Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Eric Williams advocated and nurtured the PNM Constitution which continues to be copied by other political parties across the region. The creation of a Women's League and the grooming of young politicians in the Youth League are some of the components which distinguished the PNM as a model institution. The PNM celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year and continues to grow stronger and more relevant even as so many other political parties have come and gone.

This National Scholar and Caribbean Historian used his intellect to fight against racism and to educate everyone who was willing to listen. Dr. Williams took the opportunity as Prime Minister to emphasize the importance of Education, making it free and available to all citizens and coined the timeless phrase "the future of the Nation is in the children's school bags". His autobiography "Inward Hunger" describes his struggles through his academic pursuits, "I was severely handicapped in my research by my lack of money.... I was turned down everywhere I tried ... and could not ignore the racial factor involved".


Regardless of his struggles Dr. Eric Williams was able to return to Trinidad and Tobago and "put down his bucket" in the place of his birth. In his famous speech at Woodford Square, he renamed the park "The University of Woodford Square''. He used this venue to give public lectures on world history, particularly in the context of Slavery and the Caribbean. His book Capitalism and Slavery is recorded as a globally recognized contribution to Caribbean history and the economics of slavery as a unique perspective.

The achievements and legacy of Dr. Williams are too far and wide to summarize in any one article.

At a time when our country is experiencing some challenging circumstances, we look towards the legacy of Dr. Eric Williams and his achievements as an inspiration to guide our journey. The Peoples National Movement is not just a political party in the narrow sense of the word but it was created as a National Movement for all, cutting across race, ethnicity, colour, class and creed.

Dr. Eric Williams was succeeded by Mr. George Chambers, Mr. Patrick Manning and now Dr. Keith Rowley holds the reigns of Leadership and is taking the Peoples National Movement forward. Let us honour the contribution of the Father of our great Nation and "Let's do this together" Trinidad and Tobago!

"Whatever the challenge that faces you, from whatever quarter, place always first that national interest and the national cause. The strength of the Nation depends on the strength of its citizens." Dr. Eric Williams, Independence Day address on August 31st 1962 Rest In Peace Dr. Eric Eustace Williams, yours is a timeless memory which we will continue to honour!


Ronald Huggins

Public Relations Officer

Peoples National Movement

 

 

 

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