Mr. Speaker, I begin by thanking Almighty God, from whom all blessings flow.
Great is thy faithfulness. Great is thy mercy and thy loving kindness.
It was exactly one year and two days ago that the people of St. Andrew Northwestern elected me to represent them as their Member of Parliament. I thank them for their support and again pledge to represent them faithfully in this House.
I thank my Councillors and the Executive of the North Western St Andrew constituency organisation, many of whom are here today, for their steadfast support, and I thank them for their work, energy and effort on behalf of the constituents of St Andrew North Western.
I thank my Parliamentary colleagues for assisting in the transition to public life, with words of advice and encouragement. I wish to recognise the staff of the House of Parliament who are always gracious and helpful in the performance of their duties.
I thank Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, for his confidence and support in appointing me to the office of Minister of Finance and the Public Service. Throughout his career, Prime Minister Holness has shown sincerity of purpose, humility, leadership and courage which have earned him the trust of the Jamaican people and it is an honour to serve in his Cabinet.Download Full Speech