Friday 7th March, 2008


Camille aims to strengthen ties with Canada

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T&T’s 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 PNM administration.

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 2002—2007.

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 government’s credit card for fertility treatments. (GA)

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