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