PM: We never planned to buy 200 luxury cars

Ria Taitt Political Editor
Tuesday, October 21st 2008

PM Patrick ManningPrime Minister Patrick Manning on Saturday told the PNM General Council meeting that Government never had any intention of purchasing 200 luxury vehicles to transport VIPs during the two major international conferences to be held in Port of Spain next year.

Manning told the meeting that he did not know where this notion came from. He noted that this country had hosted conferences before, and the Government never purchased vehicles for this.

“We do not propose to buy any cars,” he told the General Council.
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Proposal had option to buy VIP cars, say dealers

Curtis Rampersad
Wednesday, October 22nd 2008

Car dealers are confused about Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s statement that Government never intended to buy 200 VIP transport vehicles for two international summits being held in Port of Spain next year.

Car dealers maintained yesterday that the Request for Proposal (RFP) inviting them to tender for the supply and delivery of the luxury vehicles for the Summit of the Americas and the Commonwealth Heads of Government conferences included an option for Government to purchase the cars.
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6 Responses to “PM: We never planned to buy 200 luxury cars”


  • Car confusion en route to summits
    Curiouser and curiouser. How else are we to view the issue of the supply and delivery of the luxury vehicles to be used during the Summit of the Americas and the Commonwealth Heads of Government conferences next year. Prime Minister Patrick Manning has been reported as having told last week’s PNM General Council meeting that he did not know where the idea of Government spending money to buy these cars came from since the plan always was to rent them.

  • If the PM can lie about this so openly just imagine the lies already told to the nation under the guise of truth!

  • For Patrick Manning to state that the government never had any intentions to purchase the vehicles makes one wonder exactly how the government is being run. How could one minister make such a statement without having it cleared by Patrick Manning? The 100 million dollars quoted by Paula Gopee-Scoon is a lot of money to be spending on cars particularly when police do not have enough vehicles. No wonder this country is in the condition that it is in.

  • DEAR MR MANNING I HOPE WHAT I READ IS TRUE BEACAUSE THAT WILL BE REAL MADNESS IF YOU PURCHASE THEASE CARS PLEASE DONT RENT THEM THANK’S FOR LISTENING HAVE A NICE DAY

  • Nothing this government does surprises me anymore. Apparently the goverment does not work for the people but rather against the people! But who can blame them! The other half of our representatives, the opposition. It does appear that We have a one party country! The Party in power and a party fighting for “their own power.” Panday and his affiliates are a disgrace to the people of Trinidad and Tobago. They are supposed to be the mouth piece of everything that’s going wrong, but how can they speak for us when they are killing each other in the party. These idiots are making Abu Bakr and his movement look good.

    I grieve for my fellow men who are left to fend for themselves and no one in government to act on their behalf. It’s time for a new era of politics in the twin island! A change of motive and tatics for bringing the country of it’s current demise.

  • in my opinion it is not necessary to buy lux cars Manning told the meeting that he did not know where this notion came from. He noted that this country had hosted conferences before, and the Government never purchased vehicles for this

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