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Govenor General Sir. Patrick Allen, presents the Throne Speech outlining the government’s plans and programmes for Legislative Year 2016-2017

Jamaican Chief of the Defence Staff and Company

Soldiers Stand to Attention


It was a morning of pomp and pageantry when the world and his wife turned out to witness the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament. Hats, tailored suits were in vogue. It was a spectacle to behold. For security reasons the barriers were widened so supporters from the various political parties were kept at bay. This was a most disappointing development but understandable. These supporters can be colourful, to say the least.

The weather was excellent as the military mounted an impressive parade. (See picture).

Throne Speech

Some of the highlights are: Renewed focus on the Diaspora and the establishment of a Tourism College, new sexual offences act,, bill to address Judicial Review of convictions, Full legalization of Marijuana, to replace the Queen with a non EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT.

TO REPLACE THE QUEEN was an unkept PM Portia Simpson Miller promise of some four years ago (2012).

In a quick reaction former PNP tourism Minister Dr. McNeill said I am impressed with Throne Speech and Pension Plan for Tourism workers. This plan was a long term dream of mine. It is a continuation of our plans” McNeill asserted. ” Linkages are important” he further said.


Booklet with Throne Speech showing picture of Governor General

Picture is of GG delivering Throne Speech in Parliament.

Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.

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