The Senate unanimously approved a Motion, on April 5, seeking Government’s commissioning of a publication of the history of Jamaica’s Parliament, to include the names of Parliamentary Officers, Members, Clerks, Deputy Clerks and Marshals, as well as the titles of laws passed in the period since independence to the present.
The Motion was moved by Government Senator, Lambert Brown, and was amended to include the “period of independence to the present” as well as “an appropriate retrospective of the key events which led to the achievement of our independence”.
Following a lively debate, the motion found favour across the political divide, despite an observation by Opposition Senator, Arthur Williams, that a similar publication was co-authored by Professor Trevor Munroe and Historian and former parliamentarian, Arnold Bertram.
During his presentation, Senator Brown lamented the view that the contribution of the individuals who gave to the country’s parliamentary legacy was largely unknown or forgotten. He argued that the 50th anniversary of the country’s Independence was a fitting milestone to launch such a publication.
Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. A. J. Nicholson, in supporting the Motion, lauded the proposal and observed that the publication would serve as a “developmental tool and a guide to our onward and upward journey”.
Senator Nicholson argued that the Jamaican Diaspora “craves this kind of historical record” and urged the Government to “seize the moment in this the year of Jamaica”.
The Motion, having been passed by the Senate, will next be considered by the Lower House.
Meanwhile, congratulatory sentiments flowed across the Senate floor for newly appointed Mayor of Kingston, Her Worship, Senator Angela Brown Burke.
Mrs. Brown Burke was praised for her commitment to make the capital city “far less dirty” and for being a “consensus builder” during her many years as a Councillor in the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC).
By Allan Brooks, JIS Senior Reporter