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SALUTATIONS

Mr. Speaker, thank you.

Firstly, let me give thanks to the Almighty, as it is through the sacrifice of his Son that we received the Comforter, who sustains us.

Mr. Speaker, let me place on record my gratitude to the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Alwin Hales, the directors and staff at the Ministry of Transport and Mining and its related agencies, departments and bodies, for the tremendous support I have received.

To my personal staff and security detail, both in Kingston and St. Mary, I wish to acknowledge their contribution.

To Miss Curtis, the Clerk of the House and the parliamentary staff, thank you. I must acknowledge the work and worth of a good St. Mary woman, Mrs. Heather Cooke.

To my Management Team, Executive, my five (5) Councillors, delegates, workers and people of the great constituency of Western St. Mary, I thank you. I am still humbled by your support but mostly, by your love.

Mr. Speaker, they expressed that love in 2016, when 11,710 persons voted for me and today, much more than that are prepared to do the same. Words cannot express my emotions. But I simply say thank you.

Mr. Speaker may I also thank you for your wisdom and management of this House. Sometimes you are tested, but you are focused and remind us of our duty to the Jamaican people.

I must acknowledge the life and contribution of the Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga, the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica. He was a visionary, leader, a builder of institutions unmatched throughout our history. He has surely left a significant imprint upon our beloved nation and for that I salute him and offer sincere condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

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