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Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 13:45

Defining Ourselves

Mr. Speaker, Members of this Honourable House, I consider myself privileged to make this contribution to the Sectoral Debate and to outline the activities of the departments, divisions and agencies which fall within the portfolio of the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth & Sports with responsibility for entertainment, community development and women’s and gender affairs.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 13:30


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Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 12:30

June 2008


Mr. Speaker, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President (1913-1921) of the USA, once said (1910):

“The future is not for parties ‘playing politics’, but for measures conceived in the largest spirit, pushed by parties whose leaders are statesmen, not demagogues, who love, not their offices, but their duty and the opportunity for service”

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Monday, June 2, 2008 - 15:45


Mr. Speaker:
I rise to make my maiden presentation as Minister of Health and Environment at a time of great challenge and change in the global and local arenas.

But Mr. Speaker, we in this Honourable House are the beneficiaries of a legacy that has been passed on by some of the most outstanding men and women who have served in these hallowed halls.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 15:00

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda

May 2008


Mr. Speaker, this marks my 28th consecutive budget presentation in this Honourable House.

I started on this side in November 1980. Needless to say, my political activities have taken many twists and turns since then.

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Monday, May 19, 2008 - 14:45

Labour Day has always been a day of great significance for most Jamaicans. It is a day when a spirit of patriotism and "oneness" prevails. It is a day when our people gather in their various groups, whether it is their churches, communities or organizations to 'labour' in building their community and country.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 16:15

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett

May 2008


Mr. Speaker, permit me to begin my presentation this afternoon by first expressing my congratulations to you on being appointed Speaker. We benefit from your skill, leadership and astute understanding of our process, our personalities and our objectives.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 15:15

Fellow Jamaicans… Good evening…

Let me first of all wish all the mothers across Jamaica, Happy Mother’s Day and hope that you were able to enjoy the good company and blessings of your families in recognition of your many years of caring, nurturing and support. It is significant that I am speaking to you on this special day when we honour the important role of our mothers in the building of our nation.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 15:15

This year's commemoration of Teachers' Day, takes on even greater significance, as the teaching fraternity and the wider education sector are confronted by graver challenges than those experienced in previous years. Despite these obstacles, our teachers have remained resilient and committed to their task of educating our nation's youths; and for this, they deserve our highest commendations.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 15:00

Much of this year’s Budget Debate has been spent discussing the unprecedented economic challenges facing the global economy. To be sure, we find ourselves at a difficult and critical juncture. Nevertheless, this year’s Budget Debate has given Jamaicans and all stakeholders ample reasons to be proud, particularly in light of the challenges we face.