September 9, 2005
Resolution extends life of CRC until December 31

The life of the Constitutional Review Commission has been extended to December 31. A resolution passed at the House of Assembly last Wednesday gave the extension.

The Committee will have its same terms and conditions and similar terms of reference as in October 2002. The Committee headed by former attorney general Parnel Campbell had been mandated to come up with new laws of governance for this country.{{more}}

Campbell along with deputy chairman Noel Jackson and other members of the CRC were in Parliament to ensure the extension.

Both sides of the House agreed with the prolonged setting. Reasons cited for the extension were that parliament failed to meet with the Commission as had been outlined.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves praised Campbell for his zest in ensuring that the work of the Commission proceeded.

“Without his drive, I doubt we would have reached thus far,” Dr. Gonsalves indicated.

The extension in the life of the Commission granted by the Parliament caters for money for the CRC staff as well as stipend to the CRC members.

The resolution passed in the House was part of last Wednesday’s sitting.

Matters for that day included 13 questions by the opposition for oral answers.

Prime Minister Dr. Gonsalves made a statement to the House highlighting his government’s efforts at Disaster management, and about his recent visits to Jamaica and Venezuela where he finalised the Petro-Caribe agreement.