Principles and Objectives

The Organization of Independent Candidates pledges to bring about the necessary changes required to guarantee fair and equal treatment of all Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, within a system of government which recognises and acts upon the need for Trinidad and Tobago to be truly integrated.

 

• The OIC will protect our sovereignty and democracy.

 

• The OIC will give every Citizen of Trinidad and Tobago a voice through Citizen-Initiated Referenda. This provides, among other things, a means to oppose policies and laws or force their implementation.

 

• Our children are the future leaders of our nation. The OIC will ensure that every child has access to appropriate, affordable education.

 

• The OIC will ensure that school and university enrolment of the children of Trinidad and Tobago is prioritised over international applicants.

 

• The OIC will actively pursue and promote treaties, investment and development as deemed appropriate and in the national interest and, repeal those that are not in our best interests.

 

• The OIC will honour and respect the men and women serving in our Protective Services who have suffered and lost their lives in the line of duty while in  defence and protection of our country, and ensure that their loved ones left behind , are cared for appropriately in time of need.

 

• The OIC will ensure those convicted of crimes endure appropriate penalties. To seek treaties with other countries, for those who are non Trinidad and Tobago citizens who have committed a criminal offense carrying a 2 years or longer prison sentence, be deported to their country, to do their jail term there.

 

• The OIC will ensure that law-abiding Trinidad and Tobago citizens, with legitimate purpose, will always have access to firearms, primarily for the defence of themselves and their families in their own homes.

 

• The OIC will ensure our society remains compassionate and caring in its approach to our fellow citizens in genuine need.

 

• The OIC will treat all Trinidad and Tobago citizens equally and justly and with government assistance based on need, not race.

 

• The OIC will support and advocate traditional family values and uphold the institution of the family in its fight against the many who aim to jeopardise the sanctity of the family unit.

 

• The OIC will revitalise and support our defence forces and personnel and ensure Trinidad & Tobago builds and, maintains an appropriate level of national security and defence.

 

• The OIC will restrict immigration at times when necessary due to high unemployment, overloading on our infrastructure such as roads, water, sewerage, hospitals, schools and housing, except that related to investment, and is in Trinidad & Tobago’s best interest.

 

• The OIC will stop foreign ownership of Trinidad and Tobago’s agricultural land and established housing.

 

• The OIC opposes the sale of public assets without the prior consent of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

• The OIC will repeal United Nations treaties that are detrimental or of no benefit to Trinidad and Tobago.

 

• Where appropriate, the OIC will restore import tariffs. This is one of many steps that will be taken to revitalise the Trinidad and Tobago manufacturing industry.

 

• The OIC will provide financial support for the small business sector, with particular focus on creating employment and, by extension, national wealth.

 

• The OIC will provide financial support for rural community development.

 

• The OIC will take positive action to reform taxation, education and healthcare in Trinidad and Tobago.

 

• The OIC will take positive action to reduce unemployment and crime.

 

• The OIC will re-establish a publicly owned people’s bank to create true competition, value and benefit to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

• The OIC pledges to identify and abolish any and all divisive and discriminatory policies.

 

• The OIC will establish and enforce policies for environmental protection of our air, land and aquatic systems, including biodiversity conservation.

 

• The OIC will implement a new Trinidad and Tobago Citizen Identity Card. This technologically advanced card will be directly used to access government and other services. It will be necessary to access healthcare, education, welfare and pension benefits, etc. The use of this card will greatly reduce losses through fraudulent claims. Banking and voting systems, among many others, will be more efficient and secure.

 

• The OIC will implement a food labelling system that includes the country of origin. Halal certification will be clear and verified.

 

• The OIC will continue to stop illegal immigration by way of sea and air and support temporary protection visas. The OIC supports a refugee programme, with appropriate and in-depth screening.

 

• The OIC opposes increasing the eligibility age for government pension benefits to 70.

 

• The OIC opposes the privatisation of essential services such as water and sewerage, electricity and telecommunications.

 

• The OIC is committed to revitalising and protecting the agricultural sector with emphasis on the institution of flood mitigation policies and infrastructural development

 

• The OIC will review any Act that exempts foreign investors from paying tax in Trinidad and Tobago.

 

• Same-sex marriage is a social issue. The OIC believes that every Trinidad and Tobago citizen has the right to vote in a referendum. However, if same sex marriage is to be determined by Parliament, OIC MPs will vote according to their personal values and beliefs.

 

• The OIC intends to grant same-sex couples the same property rights as heterosexual couples.

 

• Members who are committed to the policies and objectives of the OIC will receive full support in their pursuit of public office.