Justice Sandra Mason is Barbados’ New GG

Barbados will welcome this island’s second female Governor General in the New Year.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today announced that Madame Justice Sandra Mason will become the island’s eighth Governor General.

Justice Mason, an Appeals Court Judge, has more than 30 years experience in the legal profession.

She has served as Registrar of the Supreme Court and Chief Magistrate.

Justice Mason was also a former High Court Judge in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

She will be officially appointed at a formal ceremony on Monday January 8, 2018 in the Senate Chambers.

In keeping with tradition, Her Majesty The Queen has agreed to confer on Justice Mason, the honour and dignity of Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (GCMG).

On assumption of the office of Governor-General, Justice Mason will, under the Order of the Dame of Saint Andrew, become the Chancellor and Principal Dame of Saint Andrew.

127 Responses to Justice Sandra Mason is Barbados’ New GG

  1. Saga Boy December 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Congratulation to Dame Mason. Well deserved. A strong woman who understands and can relate to the issues within our society. May she have a long reign.

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  2. Denise Weekes
    Denise Weekes December 27, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Congrats

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  3. Cicely M. Wharton-White
    Cicely M. Wharton-White December 27, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Great! Congratulations are in order.

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  4. Carl King December 27, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Great choice that will portend continued excellent public service.

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  5. Yearwood Sherlan
    Yearwood Sherlan December 27, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I’m so happy Congrats

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  6. Saga Boy December 27, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    How will Mia Mottley respond to this appointment? After all she did say that ” if she were elected prime minister in the upcoming elections she would not be prepared to be bound by any decisions of this nature taken by the current Government.”

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    • Lookingon December 27, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      You took her statement out if context

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    • straight talk December 27, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      You are such an a$$hole

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      • Kevin December 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm

        @ straight talk, that is exactly what she said. So he aint none.

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  7. Steve Iso
    Steve Iso'lene Yarde December 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Congratulations !!

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  8. Ayanna Young Marshall
    Ayanna Young Marshall December 27, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Congratulations!

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  9. Eve Watts
    Eve Watts December 27, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Congratulations nice lady

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  10. Sandra Mayers
    Sandra Mayers December 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Congrats…

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  11. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 27, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Stupid useless position Barbados independent only in name.

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    • Anthony Blackman
      Anthony Blackman December 27, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      I guess you will say the same for Canada as well.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Anthony Blackman Hell yes,anywhere that still use this monarchy bulls- -t

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Anthony Blackman But difference between Canada and Barbados is dat de lil rock got no power nor sway on world stage.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 27, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Ginger O’Hara Listen I ain’t bitter about squat but this monarchy bulls- -t is phatetic like the royals really care about Barbados or it’s people.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Ginger O’Hara Like I said Barbados not no real democracy and it only independent in name.

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    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones December 27, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Anthony Blackman Barbados and Canada are not the same. The two just cannot be compared in anyway shape or form.

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    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed December 27, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      So becoming a republic Will do anything to uplift our citizens expect for being “the republic of Barbados?”

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      • hcalndre December 27, 2017 at 8:42 pm

        Ziggy Blessed; Republic, Democracy, Independence, Barbados will be same, same. Dress a pig in a 3 piece suit, it is still a pig.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Cecily Jones Agree with you.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      Ziggy Blessed No it probably won’t because they gine replace it with President who will do same exact thing as GG and get same pay plus free housing and security but just being rid of Queen and monarchy might not be so bad of a thing they don’t care about Barbados nor it’s people.

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  12. archy perch December 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Its about time. Congrats to the new GG and I hope she serves as the only female leading this country in 2018.

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  13. Heather Haynes
    Heather Haynes December 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Congratulations on her achievement

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  14. Tristan John
    Tristan John December 27, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Hmmm. This is going to be interesting. Mia Mottley already had her say on this….

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    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson December 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Maybe she can make us a republic then boom…no more GG

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  15. Alleyne Heath
    Alleyne Heath December 27, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Congratulations to you.

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  16. Alleyne Heath
    Alleyne Heath December 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    A lady again nice.

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  17. Melva Roach
    Melva Roach December 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Congrats

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  18. Nahla Bless
    Nahla Bless December 27, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Congrats she’s such a beautiful lady words cannot express

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  19. Audrey Worrell
    Audrey Worrell December 27, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Congrats

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  20. Shara G.
    Shara G. December 27, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Will she be proclaiming the Integrity Legislation?

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  21. Harrell G. Jackie Gaskin
    Harrell G. Jackie Gaskin December 27, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Congratulations

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  22. Pat BB
    Pat BB December 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Congratulations Sandra Mason

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  23. Shayne Guzman
    Shayne Guzman December 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    What does a Governor General do again…? Enlighten me….

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    • Craig Greenidge
      Craig Greenidge December 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Representative of the queen

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    • Shayne Guzman
      Shayne Guzman December 27, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Does Barbados still have a Queen? Why does she need a rep and what value does her position and duties add to the Barbadian public?

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Nothing but vist folks turning 100 for photo-ops and draws a nice salary plus free housing and security all on backs of taxpayers.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 27, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Shayne Guzman Nothing diddly squat just photo-ops.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Craig Greenidge Curious why does a independent country needs Queen as it head, guess when ya independent in name only like Barbados then ya need Queen as head.

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    • Shayne Guzman
      Shayne Guzman December 27, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      OK…was a nice tradition then but from me to you all..I don’t care about her being appointed…she may be a great lady in person but is she driving culture..improving lives of our citizens..putting policy in place to correct the ills our citizens face….if not.she might as well dress up in a costume with some big red shoes and a polka dot jumpsuit…that old shtick is corny as hell…old people and their titles..smh

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    • John Herbert
      John Herbert December 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      The GG is responsible for appointing the PM, the Leader of the Opposition and their stamp is required before a law comes into effect. Ministers of Govt are also appointed by the GG acting on the advice of the PM. The GG also appoints seven Senators along with the ones on the Govt and opposition.

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    • Ronald R Thompson
      Ronald R Thompson December 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Nothing but get free living and money

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    • Cyan Jada
      Cyan Jada December 27, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      John Herbert don’t forget dissolving parliament before elections are called … more of this needs to be taught in schools it seems

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    • Ricardo Roberts
      Ricardo Roberts December 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      the GG also signs bills into law. Not only Barbados has the issue with the job spec of the Head of State. In T&T many are wondering the same about their President. Many feel the GG/President’s job is to lie down in their bed all day. And those who calling for the GG/President’s job to be removed should know it requires a change of the constitution and making the Prime Minister, an executive President which gives him or her absolute power. Do we think we are ready for that in the Caribbean? I think not

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    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe December 27, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      John Herbert after that what else He does besides visits to old people homes.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 27, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Cyan Jada Still not impress.

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    • Shayne Guzman
      Shayne Guzman December 27, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you John Herbert and Ricardo…so in other words the Queen and her delegates still have plenty of influence in Barbados..I think this is very disappointing and sad…do you guys really believe such a person to govern the country…I don’t think so…Ricardo Roberts…is anyone ever truly ready for any journey…not entirely..but you have to take the journey and learn along the way and improve for the future…of course we can do it

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    • hcalndre December 27, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Shayne Guzman; visit people who have reached the age of 100 years and congratulate them.

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  24. Gerry Lewis
    Gerry Lewis December 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Congratulations

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  25. Carson C. Cadogan December 27, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Lets see MIA AMOR MOTTLEY change that.

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  26. luther thorne December 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    It is clear why the new GG gets the support of certain names here.
    DEMS looking out for DEMS.. I have no Objections

    WHAT did Ms. Mottley say ? Wunna does read and interpret to suit wunna selves and wunna own biased perspective.
    I have no objection to the person appointed whether She is a Bee, Dee or UPP. I do not look at that. She is a Barbadian who I expect to do a professional job. I expect people at that level not to be petty. As human beings they will have their preferences. Should we discriminate against them ? I say NO but sadly those DEMS who come here tend to politicize everything and you see it relentlessly.I am not BEE or DEE. I might be UPP for all yuh know.

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  27. Carson C. Cadogan December 27, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    A couple more important appointments are coming.

    Cheltenham will have to wait his turn.

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  28. Carson C. Cadogan December 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    MIA AMOR MOTTLEY

    must be having heartburn all like now.

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  29. Ann Trotman December 27, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Congratulations Justice Sandra Mason very proud of you hard work always pays off

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  30. Sherene Drakes-Seales
    Sherene Drakes-Seales December 27, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Let me join the tens of thousands of fellow Barbadians and congratulate our Prime minister on finally making a decent decision.. even if it comes on the eve of his vacating office.

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  31. Vanda Clarke-Moore
    Vanda Clarke-Moore December 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    It’s in order congratulations

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  32. Edward Millington
    Edward Millington December 27, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Congrats GG Mason.

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  33. Lydia Sunrise
    Lydia Sunrise December 27, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Congratulations Sandra Mason

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  34. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson December 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Congratulations to her

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  35. Carla Brewster
    Carla Brewster December 27, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Congratulations

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  36. Cheryl Pollard
    Cheryl Pollard December 27, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Congratulations!

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  37. Clyde Edey
    Clyde Edey December 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Congratulations Justice Madame Sandra Mason on being Barbados next Governor General.

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  38. Patricia Brome
    Patricia Brome December 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Congrats Miss Mason, I am so happy for you. I did not know when were hugging and chatting a few months ago, that I was hugging a future GG. May God go with you on this journey.

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  39. Sam Clarke December 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    It is time for Barbados to become a Republic. Enough of this colonial garbage. Why is there a need for these slave master titles, dripping with the blood of our ancestors? These rapist and murderers, that so call leaders of a so call independent state???
    OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!

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    • jennifer December 27, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Bagged. fugitives

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  40. Shotta Boss
    Shotta Boss December 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Great step for women congratulations to you

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  41. trevor daniel December 27, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Dame Billie crying cause she didn’t get it. HaHaHa

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  42. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms December 27, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Old men are usually pick for this position but what does a Governor General do .All I ever see them do is visit centorians and turn up at the independence parade.

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  43. Laeticia Prescod-Birkett
    Laeticia Prescod-Birkett December 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Talk what ya like….I am so happy for her…..

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  44. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe December 27, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    It means nothing at all to me…poor people in Barbados will continue to be taken advantage of while them and their friends get richer and richer

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    • Cheryl Barrow
      Cheryl Barrow December 27, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      true

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    • Steve Iso
      Steve Iso'lene Yarde December 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Rubbish stop being so negative , we all contribute to whether we make it or not .

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    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe December 27, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Rubbish? …as people talk the truth y’all all ways talking about negative….thats why Barbados is the way it is today.

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    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe December 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      The truth really hurts

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  45. Sean Obadiah Kneel
    Sean Obadiah Kneel December 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Congratulations! I know she’s going to make a difference some way.

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  46. Helen Charles Knighton
    Helen Charles Knighton December 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Waaait I thought we were going to become a Republic says Froon?

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    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones December 27, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Don’t ask stupid questions Helen Charles Knighton. That was 2016. This is nearly 2018.

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    • Helen Charles Knighton
      Helen Charles Knighton December 27, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Cecily Jones what is stupid about that?

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    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones December 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Helen Charles Knighton I was being ironic Helen. Froon and his people have a knack of making promises and forgetting them almost before their mouths shut. Barbados was never going to become a republic by Nov 2016. And you notice how Froon barely mentioned anything about that after his initial statement made in March or April 2016?

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  47. Kim Connell
    Kim Connell December 27, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Congratulations miss mason wish you all the best

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  48. F.A.Rudder December 27, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    My most sincere well wishes to you Madame Justice Mason! (Sandra as you were affectionately called by your fellow College and University collegues such as the Margerets, Muriel, Freida and others; too many to mention from your six form days and campus times!

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  49. Carson C. Cadogan December 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    In keeping with her criticizing everything under the Sun in Barbados, I await with bated breath MIA AMOR MOTTLEY’S criticism of this appointment.

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  50. Angela Eunice Knight
    Angela Eunice Knight December 27, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Traece Codrington

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  51. Angela Phillips December 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Congrats to Justice Mason!
    I would have preferred her as The Chief Justice instead but congrats are in order anyway.

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  52. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett December 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Finally a younger gg

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  53. Yvette Alleyne
    Yvette Alleyne December 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Congratulations to Dame Sandra Mason. She have done some extraordinary work in the courts on behalf of women and children.

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    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe December 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      So what has henry Forde done for women? You remember?

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  54. petra December 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    woman GG. we await the woman PM soon. look out Carson. Don’t cry

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    • Carson C. Cadogan December 27, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      No Gender confused person will be PM of Barbados.

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  55. Barbara Morris
    Barbara Morris December 27, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    The queen!!!!. Thought Barbados was an independant country

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 27, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Independent in name only.

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      • jennifer December 27, 2017 at 5:21 pm

        good for Rawle Spooner and all of the other conscious, open eyed folks of Barbados. Well said to you all.

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  56. Lord-Ridley Greene
    Lord-Ridley Greene December 27, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Congratulations

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  57. Amelia Gittens
    Amelia Gittens December 27, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Sounds good another honored woman and I think she will fit good I like her

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  58. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles December 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Finally another women in the Governor General seat. Congrats to her

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  59. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 27, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Little England.

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    • jennifer December 27, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      lol

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  60. Judy Browne December 27, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Congratulations to Dame Sandra Mason and all the best!!!!!

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  61. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron December 27, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Hope she dissolve government first week on job
    Congrats GG Mason

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  62. Joan Williams
    Joan Williams December 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Congratulations to you Madam.

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  63. showneil December 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Deserved. Congrats to the lady. I am sure that Mia supports her appointment.
    Another Dame Nita I hope.

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  64. Dario Phillippe Mayers - Belle
    Dario Phillippe Mayers - Belle December 27, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Well deserved congratulations .

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  65. Deborah Lashley
    Deborah Lashley December 27, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Congratulations on your post

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  66. harry turnover December 27, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Carson C. Cadogan ..you think the new G G gine stop Mia Mottley from becoming the next PRIME MINISTER of BARBADOS ? someone should tell wunna that Mia gine got the NEW BALL then and she could always do a Sandy and done everything G G post and all.

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    • Carson C. Cadogan December 27, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Mia Amor Mottley reminds me of Hilary, she too thinks that she is entitled.

      And by the way I am using the word “”she”” loosely. Get my drift???????

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  67. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond December 27, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Time long past when the country should have reviewed this unnecessary office and the rubber-stamp Senate. These two institutions contribute little to our society, but account for a significant dent in our national resources. In its near four decades of existence the Senate has taken an opposing position on a matter from the House,only ONCE.

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    • Carson C. Cadogan December 27, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Olutoye

      Go and take your meds.

      No one takes you seriously.

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  68. Caroline Trotman
    Caroline Trotman December 27, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Congrats to you Sandra mason

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  69. fedup December 27, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Carson you see somebody doing something? Better watch yuh damn mout.

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  70. Harry December 27, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Carson is a living advertisement for birth control.

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  71. MARIA Holder December 27, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Personally, I think she is too bombastic. Women in certain positions seem to think that they have to be caustic, loud and arrogant. But, I will give her the benefit of the doubt and let time tell.

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    • Ernesta Catlyn December 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Well said plus just another DLP appointment with strings

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    • Carson C. Cadogan December 27, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      I expect nothing different from you Ms. BLP LACKEY!!!!!!

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    • Kevin December 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      You talking about MAM? You remember those televised political debates in the 90’s too? Yup, caustic, loud, arrogant and bombastic.

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  72. Kevin December 27, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    In 2005, Bees said lets have a Republic, DEMS said no. The DEMS twice after said lets have a Republic, the Bees say no. The DEMS appointing new GG in 2018, the Bees say lets have a Republic. LOL

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  73. Ronald Standford. December 27, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Congratulations to Justice Sandra P.Mason on her appointment, it is a fitting appointment.

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  74. Julia Griffin-Pilgrim December 27, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Congratulations Cuz, well done for the family.

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  75. Marva Morris
    Marva Morris December 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    So happy for her congrats

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  76. winston December 27, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Congratulations to Madame Mason but I believe she would have made a bigger and more impactful contribution to the justice system than just being a’ figure head’- Head of State. She should have been appointed then the Chief Justice.

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  77. Cavil Best December 27, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Great News and well done! This Government has done great in making this appointment possible. Its wonderful to have a woman in the house again. Congratulations to you Dame Sandra Mason! Prime Minister Stuart you have made an excellent choice!

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