MR SPEAKER, I begin with commendations to you, Sir, on your leadership. It is my honour to address the House once again as Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

I thank the Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, for his continued confidence in my ability to lead these subjects. I assure him,
my Colleague Parliamentarians and the nation that my Ministry is making Bold, Ambitious, Beneficial, Strategic and Impactful actions to deliver prosperity to our people through the various portfolios, dubbed “Four the Hard Way”.

It is a team effort and I have received tremendous support from my colleagues in the Cabinet, the leadership of the Ministry and its Agencies, my constituency team including Councillors, special and administrative assistants, members of the sectors I represent, close protection officers and drivers. Mr Speaker, I wish to thank every person who is playing a part in advancing our prosperity agenda.

I also pay tribute to the former Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller.

We are on different sides of the aisle, but we have worked together on many initiatives for the betterment of our people over the years.

Mr. SPEAKER I ask for your kind indulgence in allowing me time to pay tribute to one of our leading cultural bearers, Colonel CLG Harris, an exemplary leader who has undertaken outstanding work on behalf of Maroons and citizen of Moore Town.

Colonel Harris served as Head of the Moore Town Maroons from 1964 to 1995. A teacher by profession, he served as Principal of the Moore Town Primary School from 1954 until his retirement in 1976.

He is the author of several books, including ‘Chronicle of the Windward Maroons’, ‘On My Honour’ and ‘Teacha’, Colonel Harris was also a member of the Senate from 1967 to 1972.

He was instrumental in getting the government to elevate Queen Nanny to the rank of National Heroine.

Mr. Speaker permit me also to pay tribute to Dr. the Hon. David Boxer, former Chief Curator of the National Gallery.

Dr. Boxer was a giant in the Caribbean art world, a pioneering scholar and curator of Jamaican art, an influential and innovative artist, and as a passionate private collector.

His contributions to visual art in this country are immeasurable and we are determined to continue building on his legacy.

Under David Boxer’s visionary leadership, the National Gallery of Jamaica became a world- class art museum and a model that has been emulated elsewhere in the Caribbean.

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