Friday, December 28, 2007

Speaker lawfirms gets huge government contracts

Hobsons’ offices are located in San Fernando, Port-of-Spain, Chaguanas and Point Fortin and some of its clients include Caroni (1975) Limited, Petrotrin, National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (Namdevco), The Home Mortgage Bank, Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL), the San Fernando City Corporation and other regional corporations.

The annual earnings of this form of legal representation by Hobsons are said to be in the millions of dollars. But Sinanan said he saw no conflict in his being a senior partner in the law firm getting work from the State and his role as Speaker of the House, which office calls for transparent, impartiality.

Sinanan was re-elected House Speaker for a consecutive term.

“I do not personally handle government work at Hobsons,” he said.

He said he never used his public position and didn’t have the title of “MP” or “Speaker” behind his name on the firm’s letterhead. ---Newsday

Sinanan's hand is firmly placed in the cookie jar. This explains his partiality towards the government.

The speaker must be impartial.

Sinanan should not be speaker in the house.

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