The alderman had earlier ran afoul of the TPRC -by obstructing the good conduct of council meetings and business over an extended period. She is one of the two aldermen appointed on August 5th 2010 by the elected members of the Council, in keeping with the Regional Corporation Act.
The elected TPRC members are:
Khadijah Ameen (Chairman), Rosanna Sookdeo (Vice-Chairman), Andrew Mooteram, Brian Joseph, Colin Rodney, Erwin Hope, Esmond Forde, Graham Butcher, Dianne "Smally" Bishop-Bajnath, J-Lynn Roopnarine, Khublal Paltoo, Ria Boodoo, Sookdeo Bharath, Steven Sam and Winston Ramsaroop. The other alderman is Jamieson Bahadur.
In the normal run of things, the TPRC's action would not have raised an eyebrow, however, as the vote was taken, Council members, TPRC staffers and visitors in the public gallery were stunned when two People's Partnership Councillors -Erwin Hope and Ria Boodoo- thumbed their noses at their own colleagues by siding with the two Peoples National Movement (PNM) members present -Steven Sam and Colin Rodney- to oppose the suspension.
Maybe they did not understand it, but, by doing their own thing, the Hope-Boodoo connection signalled their support for wajang behaviour in the conduct of the public business, as, in essence, that is why the motion to suspend was brought. Even the two PNMites ought to have supported the motion, as, since March 2011, during the runup to the PNM's internal elections, their own leader had made it clear under his watch wajang behaviour would not be tolerated. (Never mind he himself is allegedly a wajang).
It's left to be seen what censure will be visited upon the mavericky pair by the People's Partnership, since, in matters of this sort, some clear directive is usually given to Council members by their parties prior to the vote.
But, then again, maybe the cement which binds the two mavericks is so well-applied, no threat of censure would faze them in the least?
ADDENDUM (2011, July 30th 0723hrs):