Tuesday 25 September, 2018

New GG wants a united Barbados

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (left), Dame Sandra Mason (center) and Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson (right) on the steps of Parliament during yesterday's Installation Ceremony. 
(PHOTO: Richard Grimes )

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (left), Dame Sandra Mason (center) and Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson (right) on the steps of Parliament during yesterday's Installation Ceremony. (PHOTO: Richard Grimes )

Barbados' second female and newest Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason has a vision where people and parties can come together to help the country weather its challenges. 

She shared this during her speech at the Installation Ceremony held at Parliament on Monday. Dame Mason was sworn in among an audience of relatives, friends, members of Parliament and members of the judiciary. 

Dame Sandra said it is no secret that Barbados is facing a difficult period both in its local affairs and globally. She said now was the time to "devise and implement major legislative and operational reforms", noting the only way forward was to "draw on our collective strengths. 

"Even as we continue to engage in vigorous discussions, debate key issues, share new ideas and find solutions to address those matters which concern us all, let us ensure that Barbados does not become a house divided against itself."

Dame Sandra also expressed concerns about what she referred to as "attitudes of selfishness and lack of sympathy" among Barbadians. She also said this attitude of indifference is also evident in the way Barbadians have been treating their surroundings. She said:

"These attitudes must be rooted out without hesitation. It is important, nay mandatory, to understand that each of us has a responsibility to ensure that our every action contributes to the betterment of our society.The time has come for us to re-double our efforts to create that truly sustainable future; one that can only be achieved when we balance our economic development with environmental responsibility."

Dame Sandra is Barbados' eight Governor General and has taken over from Sir Elliot Belgrave.