​ It is not for the OIC to tell you in which direction a bright future lies. It would be an imposition on your intelligence to tell you which of the political parties can offer you the future which you want and the future which you deserve. When you make your vote. Make it conscious of the fact that not merely does your future depend on that decision but the future of your children, the future of generations yet unborn. All over the country wherever we go, from one end to the other it's the same story. People are coming out by the thousands. They are fed up with the political establishment.

OUR POLICIES

Below you can read the 129 policies of the O.I.C.

Crime
1.
Spare no expence in the fight against crime; employ the latest technologically advanced equipment with emphasis on CCTV functionality. Revamp the Police Academy curriculum and intensify the rigidity of the screening process for new recruits. Merge the Social Welfare goals with those of the Ministry of National Security. The OIC believes that crime and poverty are directly related. We intend to i,prove and reenergize Social Services support.
Education
1.
Immediately add an additional investment of $10 million towards school choice
2.
Give L.G the option to allow these funds to follow the student to the public or private school they attend
3.
Establish a national goal of providing specific and select school choice to every school aged children living in poverty
Environment
1.
Make Trinidad and Tobago less energy dependent, create new jobs geared towards green energy, and protect clean air and clean water.
Families.
1.
Rewrite the tax code to allow working parents to deduct from their income taxes child care expenses for up to four children and elderly dependents
2.
Allow parents to enroll in tax-free dependent care savings accounts for their children or elderly relatives
3.
Provide low-income households an Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit
4.
Create a new, dynamic market for family-based and community-based solutions.
5.
Incentivize employers to provide childcare at the workplace
6.
Provide 6 weeks of paid leave to new mothers before returning to work.
Foreign Policy.
1.
Enforce stronger protections against Chinese inferior and counterfeit goods
2.
Adopt a zero tolerance policy on intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer
3.
Increase cooperation with the United States and The United Kingdom
4.
Improve the effective patrol of the boarders and implement tools to stop the trade of drugs and guns with Trinidad as the trans shipment point
5.
Increase the Coast guard fleet:
6.
Invest in a serious defense system to deal with the illegal drug trade and meet growing threats
7.
Emphasize cyber warfare
8.
Pay for this necessary rebuilding of our national defense by conducting a full audit of the national security ministry.
9.
Advance our core national interests, promote regional stability, and produce an easing of tensions in the region
12.
Establish new screening procedures and enforce our immigration laws to keep potential threats out of the country while allowing ease of travel for visitors and nationals.
Government.
1.
Eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in government spending
2.
Mandate every Minister to identify and submit a lististing of wasteful and unnecessary regulation.
3.
Reform the entire regulatory code
4.
Identify and end regulations that cause job cuts or job loss
5.
Decrease the size of the cabinet and the amount of Ministers in the government after a thorough agency review.
Healthcare.
1.
Increase funding for job training and placement services and educational support.
2.
Transform old age pension and disability grants to meet the needs of 21st century
3.
End waste, fraud and abuse at the Regional Health Authorities.
4.
Empower the caregivers to ensure our most needy receive quality care quickly
5.
Hire more medical professionals to care for those in need
6.
Embed satellite medical facilities and clinics in rural and other underserved areas
7.
Use the powers of the government to remove and discipline the employees and managers who have violated the public's trust and failed to carry out the duties on behalf of our medical facilities
8.
Pass legislation that empowers the Ministry to discipline or terminate any employee who has jeopardized the health, safety or well-being of a patient
9.
Protect and promote honest employees at the RHA's who highlight wrongdoing. Introduce a whistleblower Protection Act.
Immigration.
1.
Improve security along the border with South America with special interest at the South West peninsula
2.
Increase the Immigration Department workforce:
3.
Implement a nationwide e-verify
4.
Deport all illegal immigrants
5.
Enhanced penalties for overstaying a visa
6.
Increase coopération with Police Gang Units.
7.
Require companies to hire citizens as workers first
8.
Increase standards for the admission of refugees and asylum-seekers to crack down on abuses.
Jobs & The Economy.
Remove and/or reduce VAT, Import Duties and all imported products.
2.
Impose a higher tax on cigarettes and alcohol
3.
Increase the gas subsidy bringing gas and diesel prices to under $1.00 per liter.
4.
Mandate a 25% tax for outsourcing jobs
5.
Introduce a deficit-neutral plan targeting substantial new infrastructure investments
6.
Pursue an "Trinbago’s Infrastructure First" policy
7.
Refocus government spending on Trinidad and Tobago infrastructure
8.
Revitalize and boots the construction and ,manufacturing sector.
ç.
Through prudent management, leverage new revenues and work with financing authorities, public-private partnerships, and other prudent funding opportunities
10.
Harness market forces to help attract new private infrastructure investments through a deficit-neutral system of infrastructure tax credits
11.
Implement a bold, visionary plan for a cost-effective system of roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, railroads, ports and waterways,
12.
Link increases in spending to reforms that streamline permitting and approvals, improve the project delivery system, and cut wasteful spending
13.
Employ incentive-based contracting to ensure projects are on time and on budget.
14.
Work with AATT to modernize our airport(s) and air traffic control systems, end long wait times, and reform the customs and immigration procedures
15.
Incorporate new technologies and innovations into our national transportation system
16.
Make clean water a high priority
17.
Instruct the Head of the Treasury and Governor of The central bank to investigate through the local banks businessmen and politicians who have accumulated unjustifiable wealth and seek solutions thereto.
18.
Offer incentives to companies who move away from conventional hydrocarbon vehicles to green vehicles and offer tax relief to individuals purchasing green type vehicles.
19.
Open onshore and offshore leasing on state lands, eliminate moratorium on hydrocarbon leading
20.
Encourage the use of natural gas and other local energy resources
23.
Create a dynamic booming economy that will create 250 thousand new jobs over the five years
24.
Reform policies with a pro-growth tax plan, a new modern regulatory framework, a Trinidad First trade policy, an unleashed Trinidad & Tobago energy plan, and the "reduced yearly spending plan"
25
Boost growth to 3.5 percent per year on average.
Science & Tech.
1.
Order an immediate review of all local cyber defenses and vulnerabilities
2.
Create a local fund to promote and encourage young minds to explore innovation and research through yearly grants to universities with concentration on the environment and alternative energies.
Taxes.
1.
Reduce or eliminate certain déductions, after review eliminating loopholes available to the very rich
2.
Eliminate the income tax for single individuals earning less than $25,000 or those married and jointly earn less than $50,000
3.
Create a 15% flat tax on businesses
3.
Eliminate the death ta and simplify the estate and will procedure for inheritance
4.
Introduce a one-time deemed repatriation of corporate cash held overseas at a significantly discounted 10% tax rate
5.
Introduce an amnesty on any funds held overseas which are repatriated within 6 months of this government taking office without explanation of the source of funds.
6.
Reduce or eliminate corporate loopholes that cater to special interests
7.
Simplify the tax code into four brackets from seven brackets - 0%, 10%, 25%, and 35%
8.
Immediately implement an effective and rapid tax collection system to collect income due to the state which otherwise remains uncollected.