On behalf of my wife and I, our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire country as we prepare for Hurricane Irma. We are extraordinarily grateful for the men and women who continue to serve to protect our lives and communities during the complexities of mother nature.
As a country, we will all pull through this together and join our brothers and sisters who will be dealing with a very difficult situation over the next several weeks. Please look out for your family, friends, and neighbors. God Bless The Bahamas.
Last weekend I had an opportunity to say thank you to men and women who served as diplomats during my tenure as Prime Minister. They've made a positive impact on The Bahamas foreign policy. I will not forget their extraordinary leadership in promoting our values and interest around the world.
I cannot fully say how grateful I am for your proud service to the country you love.
Last night I attended the Progressive Liberal Party's Memorial Service for the late Hon. Dr. Bernard J. Nottage. In the words of Edward Kennedy "As you know so well, the passage of time never really heals the tragic memory of such a great loss, but we carry on, because we have to, because our loved one would want us to, and because there is still light to guide us in the world from the love they gave us".
On my own behalf, and that of my wife, Bernadette, and our family, I extend warm greetings and best wishes to my fellow citizens, the wonderful people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of our independence.
It was with profound sadness that I received the news that my political colleague and very dear friend of more than 60 years, Dr. Bernard J. Nottage, passed away this evening.
Dr. Nottage was a man of great accomplishment in the spheres of politics, medicine, and athletics. He served as a Cabinet minister in three separate PLP
governments: first, under Sir Lynden Pindling, as Minister of Consumer Affairs & Utilities, and later as Minister of Education; then in my first Cabine...t as Minister of Health, and in my second Cabinet, as Minister of National Security and Government Leader in the House of Assembly. For most of this parliamentary career, Dr. Nottage was the Member of Parliament for the Bain Town area of New
In each of his ministerial assignments, Dr. Nottage won high praise for his competence, unswerving dedication to public duty and for his absolute incorruptibility. It is particularly noteworthy in this latter regard that throughout his lengthy years in politics, there was never so much as a whisper of ethical impropriety uttered against him. He was a public servant extraordinaire and a patriot of the highest order who, to the end of his days, gave the very best of himself to the service of the Bahamian people.
Dr. Nottage entered frontline politics after a distinguished and successful career as a medical practitioner, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He was widely sought after for his expert skills as a surgeon and for his uncompromising dedication to his patients. A perfectionist in the practice of his profession, he was held in great esteem as one of the leading role models and mentors for doctors in our country. Of particular note, he served at various times as both President of the Bahamas Medical Association and President of the Doctors’ Union.
Dr. Nottage was also a gifted athlete and sportsman. He was an outstanding sprinter in his youth and represented The Bahamas in a number of important international sports competitions, including the 1962 Central and Pan American
Games and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He was also for many years the President of the Bahamas Amateur Athletic Association and a tireless proponent of regional and international athletic competition for our young athletes.
Speaking personally, BJ and I were friends from a very early age. While attending university in the UK, we developed our political interests in tandem with each other. Indeed in 1966 while studying abroad, we co-founded UNICOLL, a political action group and think-tank which was the first organization to mount a sustained campaign calling for Bahamian decolonization and Independence.
I extend my deepest condolences to BJ’s wife, Portia, his son, Brian, and their entire family, including Dr. Nottage’s siblings, Kendal, Sandra and Philip. This is a great loss for them and for our entire nation.May the soul of this great Bahamian rest in peace.