Tell us at CAISO what you’re concerned about in constitutional reform: both your hopes and your fears
Download the “Working Document on Constitutional Reform for Public
Consultation” (essentially a draft of a new constitution) [PDF-802KB]
also available in print form at all local government offices, including city/borough halls
“Canadians, Australians and Indians made constitutions which they believed would last.
The new generation of constitution makers in the 1950s and 1960s were not concerned with
creating a permanent instrument for government so much as a device for securing independence
which could be altered subsequently at will. Something akin to the British model might serve its
temporary purpose in allaying fears in Britain about transferring power. But it remains to be
proved that it is appropriate for the tasks of self-government anywhere else than in Britain.”
AF Madden, “‘Not for Export’ : the Westminster Model of Government and British
Colonial Practice”, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol. 8 (1) 1979.
Roundtable Chair Hamid Ghany’s “Changing Our Constitution” seeks to provide a background to the
T&T Constitution, constitutional “controversies”, and the elements of the “Working Document” [PDF-2.36MB]
Critical Perspectives on Constitutional Reform and the Proposals
There is no public website for the Constitutional Reform process beyond the Facebook page.
The Secretariat is housed in the Prime Minister’s Office and can be sent comments or correspondence at:
Draft Constitution Secretariat
Office of the Prime Minister
13-15 St. Clair Avenue, St. Clair
Port of Spain
Their e-mail address is: