With the dominance of one political party and one prime minister for the first 30 years of self-government and Independence, it is understandable if some citizens were led to believe modern Trinidad and Tobago started with the arrival of the People’s National Movement and its towering leader Dr Eric Williams in 1956. That of course is a deficient understanding of our history since it ignores the almost 50 years of struggle conducted principally by the labour movement that paved the way for sovereignty.

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Therefore, on this labour day 2016, I repeat a call I made two years ago, that having accepted Dr Williams as father of the nation, we must designate as founding grandfathers, Andrew Arthur Cipriani, Tubal Uriah “Buzz” Butler, Adrian Cola Reinzi, formerly Krishna Deonarine, and Albert Maria Gomes, heroes who struggled for this country’s freedom during the first half of the 20th century, taking us to the threshold of Independence, giving meaning to “forged from the love of liberty”.

 

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