The Former Minister of Public Utilities, Fitzgerald Ethelbert Hinds

Minister’s Profile:

Fitzgerald Ethelbert Hinds was first elected to the House of Representatives under the banner of the People’s National Movement in 1995, and served for 12 years as the Member of Parliament for the Constituency of Laventille East/Morvant.

Born in 1956, a young Fitzgerald Hinds answered his first call to serve in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service in 1976. By 1981, he was appointed a training instructor, schooling recruits in the art of weapons and the martial arts. He took his fascination with the law and the dispensation of justice to the Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London in 1988 where he earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree. In 1992, he obtained a Master of Laws Degree, specializing in Government and Constitution, and the Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School in 1995.

Mr. Hinds served in Opposition between 1995 and 2001. From 2001 -2002, he served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Administration and Information and subsequently served as a Government member until 2004. During the 8th Republican Parliament, he was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and also in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

When the PNM went into opposition in 2010, Mr. Hinds was appointed an Opposition Senator in the 10th Parliament, and up until 2013, was a strong and eloquent champion of the people’s interests in the Senate. He has debated over 35 bills making significant contributions to the outcome of legislation important to the administration of justice in Trinidad and Tobago, such as the Kidnapping Bill, the Firearms Bill, The Police Service Bill, The Police Complaints Authority, the Evidence Bill, and more recently the SSA Amendment Bill.

A deep caring for the disadvantaged drew from him sterling contributions to the Constitution Amendment Bill, the Equal Opportunities Bill, the Immigration Amendment Bill and the Homes for Older Persons Bill.

Following the PNM’s victory in the September 2015 elections, Mr. Hinds was appointed to the position of Minister of Works and Transport. In November of 2016, he assumed the role of Minister of Public Utilities.

In June of 2017, Minister Hinds was appointed Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs., where he was responsible for advancing the Government’s aggressive legislative agenda.

In addition to this portfolio, in May 2020, he once again assumed the responsibility as the Minister of Public Utilities until August 2020 when the country held it’s elections.