Thank you Mr. Speaker:
Mr. Speaker, it is for me a tremendous privilege, to be standing in this honourable house once more as Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Eastern and State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.
I thank the people of St. Andrew Eastern for their belief in me and their hard work to ensure our victory on February 25th 2016.
I thank the Honorable Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance and the Public Service for their confidence in me.
I am grateful to my entire family for continuing to stand with me, my husband and our two daughters especially, my management team, my councilor and caretaker councilor, our worker core, community and business stakeholders, for whose support I cannot over-emphasize appreciation and thanks.
I thank God for making all this possible.
May I hasten also to express full appreciation to the team at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service for their work.
Since coming to government, I have an even greater appreciation for the dedication and hard work of the staff.
I also want to join my colleagues MP’s as well in acknowledging the former Prime Minister of Jamaica and former Opposition Leader, the most Honorable Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller, and to say that your becoming Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister of Jamaica is a milestone for women, regardless of our political choice.
Mr. Speaker, my primary goal continues to be to work with my colleague MP’s and all other stakeholders to ensure that this economy moves from poverty to prosperity in our generation.
In my inner city communities, we are restoring community centers bringing in technology and programs to empower and engage our young people so they can find meaningful jobs.
We are building peace, especially in communities such as August Town.
I want to take this opportunity to salute the August Town peace builders, the churches, the police and the residents who have tirelessly worked for peace.