MEDIA RELEASE: March 31, 2017
It is unbelievable that the Prime Minister, while calling for a grand coalition of nations and the private sector to tackle Climate Change, cannot even co-operate with others in his own country.
The Prime Minister, while addressing Private Sector Climate Leaders in the United States this week (29th March), called for a “grand coalition” between people in other countries on climate change.
They say “charity begins at home.”
A coalition means you must be patient, listen to other viewpoints and be open to dialogue. You must talk to each other, not at each other. And despite finger-pointing and acrimonious debates in Parliament, the national interest must always prevail over anything else.
The NFP has repeatedly called on the Prime Minister to begin national dialogue on the sugar industry and education. But he rejected this describing our call as “politics”.
NFP has moved Parliamentary motions asking his Government to help people as diverse as dairy farmers and dialysis patients. His Government votes them all down.
People bring petitions to Parliament. But his Government changes the Parliamentary rules so that they cannot be debated.
The Prime Minister’s biggest challenge as COP23 Chairman will be that the climate change-denying US government will not listen to him.
Perhaps that will remind the Prime Minister, while he trots around the globe, how his fellow citizens feel at home.
Professor Biman Prasad