TOWARDS A DECADE OF GROWTH TO ANCHOR OUR PEACE, PROSPERITY AND RESILIENCE
Mr. Speaker, you have been dragged to the chair you now occupy to keep the peace in this oftentimes contentious house. You are no stranger to the cut and thrust of politics. You are an experienced and even hand at this business. However, I suspect, notwithstanding the Leader of the Opposition’s protest, you will be the last Speaker to wear the ceremonial wig, as you are the first Speaker, certainly in Jamaica, to welcome your son as a Member of the House over which you preside.
Honourable Members, Senators and Former Members and on the note of family in politics I have the distinct honour of having my wife in Parliament, the Most Honourable Juliet Holness MP the Member for East Rural St. Andrew. I know I can always count on your vote.
This fiscal year ending has been very challenging, but we have also had great successes. I want to specially acknowledge the support and good advice of the members of my Cabinet, the broader Parliamentary team, and the political family of the Great Jamaica Labour Party.
Twenty-three years ago, I asked the people of West Central St. Andrew to invest in me and their investment has been paying off ever since. Later this year they will have the benefit of a state-of-the-art police station with community facilities. This adds to a state-of-the-art Jamaica China Goodwill Infant school which I opened in 2018. Plans are being finalized to upgrade the Olympic Gardens Clinic, build a boxing gym, and a golden age home.
I want to acknowledge Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders and Permanent Secretary, Audrey Sewell and the hard working staff at both the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office. Ambassador Saunders and PS Sewell are civil servants of great distinction, dignity and efficiency.Download Full Speech