Trinidad says boycott talk originates from Jamaica


We don’t care what Trade Minister Stephen Cadiz wants to say. Tere is no other way to look at the statement of their Pm than plain out of order and highhanded.

The trade minister went on air in Trinidad and has blamed "persons with other agendas" in Jamaica for leading the effort to boycott products from Trinidad and Tobago following recent comments by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar suggesting that Port-of-Spain must benefit from any humanitarian aid to Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Tomas.

The comments, which Persad-Bissessar said had been taken out of context, have generated heated discussion across the region, including several Internet campaigns calling for the boycott of goods from Trinidad and Tobago.

"Now, Jamaica was not even affected by the storm, which will tell me that's a situation that is ongoing, this is not only about that statement (by the prime minister), it is not only about the issue of aid and storm and what have you, the statements coming out of Jamaica... these are issues that have been there for some time and I think certain persons, for whatever reasons, would have taken advantage of the statements that were made by our prime minister and to use it for their own benefit.

"So to say that they are going to boycott Trinidad goods, I really think that is a wrong reaction to the statement that was made. I don't support it of course," he added.

Come on now other countries have said the same thing, and he picks on Jamaica. It’s true though, Trinidad gives little but takes a lot. It’s time to balance the scale.

Can you imagine our PM didn’t say a word, he said he never heard the statement so he couldn’t give an opinion, my word, what utter cowardice!!