Mr. Speaker, as I rise to make this presentation in the 2020/21 Budget Debate, I give thanks to Almighty God for this beautiful gift of life, for health and strength, and for the opportunity to serve the people of Jamaica land we love.

There are also many people who play a critical role in my life and who I need to thank, as gratitude is a must.

I begin with my beautiful and loving wife Sandra, who is the wind beneath my wings, and whose calm strength is a rock on which I can always rely. I thank my three children, who always have my back, and have accepted the sacrifice that having a father in the public domain inevitably entails.

I thank our Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, for his continuing confidence in me, and for his tremendous guidance rooted in unmatched experience over a career of performance and achievement in public life.

I thank my South St. Andrew constituency executive, for their dedication to our political movement and their unwavering commitment, which ensure that we take nothing for granted and keep an effective organization on the ground.

And, most important of all, I want to thank in particular the people of the great constituency of South St. Andrew, for their love and support. You provide the inspiration for dedication to ongoing service. I thank you for putting me here, and for the honour of being your political representative in this Honourable House. Let us continue to work together to improve the standard of living in our communities.

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