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Commissioner of Police, Lucius Thomas will be visiting Canada from January 20 to 24, to meet with Jamaicans living in that country.
Commissioner Thomas’ five-day visit is being facilitated by the Jamaican Diaspora-Canada Foundation (JD-CF).
Philip Mascoll, president of JD-CF and member of the Jamaican Diaspora board, explained that the Commissioner was invited to speak to the Jamaican community about crime and to hear proposals to alleviate the situation. “We have to come to grips with the various ways in which we can help Jamaica and we can only do that with unity and cooperation,” said Mr. Mascoll.
“Let us forget about what Jamaica can do for us and concentrate now on what we can do for Jamaica. Regardless of our political stripe or our membership in any organization, we must have one common goal – the betterment of Jamaica,” he continued.
The Commissioner’s speaking engagements begin on January 20 with an address at the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) on Arrow Road in Toronto’s west end starting at 7:00 p.m and on January 21, he will journey to the city of Hamilton, where he will speak at the Anglican Church of the Resurrection. On Sunday, January 22, he will address the congregation of the Revivaltime Tabernacle, one of the largest black churches in Toronto, which is led by Jamaican-born Rev. Dr. Audley James.
While in Canada, Commissioner Thomas is also expected to pay courtesy calls on Toronto’s Chief of Police, Bill Blair and Hamilton’s Chief of Police, Brian Mullan, before returning to Jamaica on Tuesday.Commissioner Thomas is the latest public official that the JD-CF has brought to Canada in recent times.
In November 2005, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Delano Franklyn, the minister with responsibility for the Diaspora, spent five days in Canada, meeting with the Jamaican community and various officials.