I take this opportunity on behalf of the United National Congress and indeed on my own behalf to extend sincerest congratulations to you and the Barbados Labour Party on your historic victory at the polls on May 24, 2018.
The significance of your landslide victory cannot be understated, CARICOM and indeed the world looked on in awe, not only as you became Barbados’ first woman Prime Minister but also leading your Party to capturing all 30 seats. You have built a formidable record in the political arena, and your determination to succeed, your acumen and strength of spirit are admirable.
I extend personal congratulations to you on your historic victory in capturing your own seat of St. Michael North East with more than 4 000 votes.
Caribbean society and the electorates of regional nation states are characterised by an unprecedented level of awareness. Globalization, coupled with advances in social media and information technology have produced, on a foundation of sound education, informed and discerning populations, cognizant of their rights and eager to accomplish their deserved self-determination.
It is within this context, that the victory of your party in the recent polls is so remarkable, and has already touched so many lives, and serves as an inspiration to women and girls, to witness the shattering of yet another glass ceiling. Our region has much to be proud of as you stand as a trailblazer in women’s political participation and indeed leadership.
It is a source of great pleasure for me to congratulate you as I am sure you aware, we now share a common place in our hearts for May 24.
It is my hope and prayer that you will be blessed with good health and continuing good judgement that will allow you to discharge your duties effectively and to the benefit of your countrymen. I noted with great joy in your victory speech that you declared your win as a victory for the people of Barbados and, indeed I know you will serve them well.
Kamla Persad Bissessar, S.C., M.P.
Leader of the Opposition,
Political Leader of the United National Congress