Former Minister mounts UNC platform …”JOSEPH TONEY FINDS HIS LEADER”

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Joseph Toney was addressing Parliament on July 27, 1990 when members of the Jamaat Al Muslimeen stormed the Red House in what turned out to be failed coup.

As the Muslimeen members entered the Chamber, Toney shouted  “who is your leader?”

That question stuck with Toney for years, long after the NAR Government, of which he was a Minister went out of office and diminished.

In the latter years, he joined the Congress of the People (COP) and served as chairman for years.
Well, on Monday night, Toney mounted a UNC platform in Tunapuna and said he found his leader in Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Leader of the Opposition.

He added, “My former party has lost its way and relevance and is unable to appeal anymore to the voters and the population. I have moved on but the politics is in my blood and I had to make a choice politically.”

Toney told the audience that he had to make a choice as to who he think would best lead the country today.

He said he asked himself who would do best for the country in the areas of job creation, health, the economy, traffic congestion and education among other things.

He added, “I asked about what the two leaders can say or have done for safety and security and ensuring at all times the Cabinet of the country remains a place where ministers are disciplined.” His conclusion, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

When Persad-Bissessar spoke, she appointed Toney the UNC coordinator for Toco/Sangre Grande.

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