The imbroglio surrounding the sea bridge between Trinidad and Tobago is having increasingly serious consequences for the residents, business people and visitors to Tobago. Despite its abundance of natural beauty, vast tracts of life-enhancing forest and tremendous potential for income generation, the island is suffering.
Tobago is dependent on Trinidad in terms of inter-island transport of persons, building materials, food, pharmaceutical and other related supplies and its reliance on governmental funding to run the affairs of the Tobago House of Assembly. An acknowledgement this falls far short of what is desirable and sustainable for Tobago has led to action at the national level.
According to the website, ttparliament.org, a new Bill before the Parliament, “The Constitution (Amendment) (Tobago Self Government) Bill, 2018 seeks to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to accord self-government to Tobago and to repeal the Tobago House of Assembly Act. It needs the support of a special majority of three-fourths of all the Members of the House of Representatives and two-thirds of all the members of the Senate.”