new High Commissioner to Canada, Camille Robinson-Regis
who picks up duties on Monday, will be promoting T&T
via an improved trade thrust, Regis indicated yesterday.
Robinson-Regis will travel with her family to Ottawa, including
her year-old-twins Zalia and Saria who will grow up in Canada,
while she serves her tour of duty.
An agreement was recently reached with the Canadian government
on the appointment.
Robinson-Regis received her instruments of appointment three
weeks ago and has since been the guest of honour at various
luncheons and functions held by her PNM colleagues to bid
her farewell. Among these events were functions held by
previous External Affairs minister Knowlson Gift and Robinson-Regis
predecessor in Canada, former High Commissioner Arnold Piggott.
Yesterday, Robinson Regis said while her job entails fostering
trade ties between the both countries, she has some special
areas in which she wants to focus in order to benefit T&T.
The new post involves a different arena for Robinson-Regis
who has been an MP for Arouca since 1991 under the previous
In PNM governments, she has served as Minister of Environment,
Consumer Affairs, Legal Affairs and acted as Attorney General.
Her most recent post was Planning and Development Minister
with the PNM administration of 20022007.
Robinson Regis was screened for the Arouca South (now Arouca/Maloney
seat) for the last election, but subsequently informed Prime
Minister Patrick Manning that she no longer wished to be
considered a candidate.
Shortly after, Robinson Regis underwent heart surgery in
New York and spent several months recuperating. Manning
later announced she would be getting a diplomatic posting.
A front bench minister, Robinson-Regis was the centre of
controversy last year. Robinson-Regis subsequently apologised
for the situation but denied she had used governments
credit card for fertility treatments. (GA)