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AF­TER YES­TER­DAY’S AN­NOUNCE­MENT that a new Gover­nor Gen­eral had been named by Prime Min­is­ter Fre­un­del Stu­art, the DAILY NA­TION took to the streets of Bridgetown to get a re­ac­tion from Bar­ba­di­ans. They were asked: How do you feel about the ap­point­ment of San­dra Ma­son as Gover­nor Gen­eral?

Par­ties ap­prove of Ma­son’s new role

YES­TER­DAY’S AN­NOUNCE­MENT by Prime Min­is­ter Fre­un­del Stu­art of San­dra Ma­son to be the coun­try’s next Gover­nor Gen­eral was met with ap­proval by the is­land’s other po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Mia Mot­t­ley led the con­grat­u­la­tions.

“On be­half of the Bar­ba­dos Labour Party, I would like to warmly con­grat­u­late Jus­tice San­dra Ma­son on her ap­point­ment as Gover­nor Gen­eral. This is a crown­ing achieve­ment in a long and var­ied ca­reer in pub­lic ser­vice in Bar­ba­dos, the re­gion and in­ter­na­tion­ally,” she said in a state­ment.

“We are con­fi­dent that she will bring to her of­fice of Gover­nor Gen­eral the im­par­tial­ity which is the hall­mark of the other of­fice which she held as a ju­di­cial of­fi­cer in this coun­try.”

Mot­t­ley noted the Gover­nor Gen­eral-des­ig­nate, who will as­sume of­fice from Jan­uary 8, had many firsts, in­clu­sive be­ing the first fe­male judge to be ap­pointed to Bar­ba­dos’ Court of Ap­peal. “We look for­ward to her in­stal­la­tion cer­e­mony and to her


ten­ure as Gover­nor Gen­eral of this great coun­try of ours.”

The Op­po­si­tion Leader said the peo­ple of St Philip and Ma­son’s fam­ily should be jus­ti­fi­ably proud of her achieve­ments as a daugh­ter of the soil, as she was now the first per­son from that cor­ri­dor of the is­land to be ap­pointed to the high­est of­fice in the land.

Pres­i­dent of the United Pro­gres­sive Party (UPP), Lynette East­mond, said Jus­tice of Ap­peal Ma­son had served her coun­try well in the past, and should do so again in the fu­ture.

“We would like to con­grat­u­late her. She has a long and out­stand­ing record in Bar­ba­dos. She was reg­is­trar and also did a tour out­side Bar­ba­dos in a ju­di­cial ca­pac­ity, and came back to be el­e­vated and work in the Court of Ap­peal, so she has a very dis­tin­guished record in gov­er­nance.”

East­mond, an at­tor­ney at law, said the UPP be­lieved Ma­son would “do an ex­cel­lent job” in her new post.

Grenville Phillips II, Head of an­other new party, So­lu­tions Bar­ba­dos, in also


of­fer­ing con­grat­u­la­tions, said he had no doubt the new Gover­nor Gen­eral would take on her new post with dig­nity.


“I be­lieve she will make a good Gover­nor Gen­eral, and do her du­ties in ac­cor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion of Bar­ba­dos.”

Phillips, an en­gi­neer, said he was also sat­is­fied Gov­ern­ment had dealt with the mat­ter of nam­ing a new Gover­nor Gen­eral in good time, since Ma­son’s pre­de­ces­sor, Sir El­liott Bel­grave, had only re­tired at the end of June this year.

“We can­not be without a Gover­nor Gen­eral, and the Gov­ern­ment has done what they were sup­posed to do to make sure we were not without one for a long time. I want to thank both ad­min­is­tra­tions which make up our Gov­ern­ment for not al­low­ing this to be de­layed un­nec­es­sar­ily, and to have cho­sen the best per­son to rec­om­mend to the Queen as our next Gover­nor Gen­eral,” he added.

Phillips said his party would as­sume that Ma­son’s el­e­va­tion was not ob­jec­tion­able, and would have re­ceived the bless­ing of the Op­po­si­tion Bar­ba­dos Labour Party as well. (BA)

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