- Mark Golding, MP
Leader of Opposition-Designate, Mrs. Golding, other family members
- Reverend Garnett Roper – President, Jamaica Theological College
- Members of Parliament
- Specially invited guests
- Ladies and Gentlemen
I extend a warm welcome to everyone who is here to support and to witness the formal presentation of the Instrument of Appointment to Mr. Mark Golding, Member of Parliament, appointing him Leader of the Opposition.
We are aware of the three branches of Government which are recognized in our Constitution, namely the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary which are fundamental to the separation of powers.
The role of the Leader of the Opposition is primarily exercised through the Legislative Branch. The Governor-General consults with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition on appointments which critically impact the governance of our Country.
In relation to the elected Members of Parliament whom he leads, the Leader of The Opposition also exercises significant influence and authority.
The Leader must remain conscious of the inescapable obligation to ensure that the laws and regulations which are introduced and passed by Parliament are in the best interests of our citizens.
In leading by example, the Opposition Leader has a unique opportunity to demonstrate that the national interest is represented not only through responsible, reasoned and defensible criticism in the course of debate, but also through statesmanlike conduct and tone in handling the nation’s business.
Mr. Golding is not only Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Southern, but also an accomplished lawyer and entrepreneur. His knowledge of law, business acumen and years of service has more than prepared him to chart this course of leadership.
The People’s National Party and the wider Jamaica can be expected to benefit from this vast knowledge and experience, as he takes on his new role.
I commend his family members and colleagues who are here this morning to support and witness this milestone. We must always be mindful that the work of public officials, especially those in Parliament, Government and the State, can be extremely demanding, and often take a toll on family life and relationships.
Let us, therefore, commit to support our leaders, and let us also be conscious of our responsibility to recognize our common humanity.
Jamaica will fulfill its true potential when as leaders, followers, families and individuals, we focus on our strengths, our resilience, and our capacity to care for each other.
In dealing with the challenges ahead, let us while demonstrate to the world that we are truly “Out of many, one people” under God.
Mr. Golding, it is my duty and pleasure in addition to offering my heartfelt congratulations, to present you with the Instrument appointing you as Leader of The Opposition in the Parliament of Jamaica.
Congratulations and best wishes in your undertaking.
Mr. Golding, I now invite you stand for the reading of the Instrument of Appointment.