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Canada standing behind High Commissioner Legault


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Canada is standing behind High Commissioner to Barbados Marie Legault who was strongly criticised this week by Minister of Education Ronald Jones.

In a statement through her spokesman, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland made it clear that Legault was “in no way endorsing any candidate in their upcoming election.”

She added:

“On the contrary, she was (speaking) to Canada’s well-established feminist foreign policy as the keynote speaker at an event highlighting gender issues in the Caribbean on International Women’s Day. Canada is proud to support the greater participation of women in all spheres, including politics and government, around the world.”

Speaking at a Democratic Labour Party meeting on Sunday, Jones suggested that Legault should be recalled to Canada. This was in response to comments she made last week in which she said she was “taken aback” at previous statements by call-in program host Maureen Holder questioning whether Barbados was ready for a female Prime Minister.

“How dare you?” said Jones of Legault, adding:

“You should be asked to leave or your government should tell you to come home because ‘you have interfered in the domestic political affairs of Barbados. Pack your georgie bundles and go.”

He suggested that “there is a wicked and deliberate attempt by one or two forces in Barbados who have the honour representing their country on sovereign soil in Barbados” to interfere in Barbados’ politics.

“I become seriously offended when somehow your garters pop, everything expose and in a demonstration of your proclivities and because you are functioning with some knowledge that I don’t have, you decide to make certain utterances….Get out! You can’t come and because you eat muskrats (species of rodent native to Canada and some parts of the US) you can come and tell us to eat rats.” 

Speaking at the W Portfolio event for International Women’s Day last week, Legault stated:

“Given the history, I have to say that I was taken aback when in January I saw political analyst Maureen Holder asking if Barbados was ready for a female Prime Minister and advocating for a national debate on it. I think every country is ready for a male or female prime minister. Gender does not have an impact.”

Holder’s comments came against the background of the pending general elections pending where Opposition Leader Mia Mottley will be leading the Barbados Labour Party.

“Has this nation given (a female prime minister) any serious thought, or is it a case that people are so fed up with the DLP that they feel they have no other choice but to accept the next best alternative?” Holder said in January, according to Nation News.


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