In a pointed address at today’s National Thanksgiving Service, Prime Minister Gaston Browne drew attention to the absence of senior opposition leaders, emphasizing the non-political nature of the event.
The Prime Minister stressed that the service is a national occasion for gratitude, expressing concern over the opposition’s decision not to participate.
“I cannot help but notice that the senior leadership of the opposition is missing from the service and not seeking to descend into politics,” Prime Minister Browne remarked. His statement underscored a desire for a united front during the important National Thanksgiving Service, emphasizing that the occasion transcends political divisions.
While acknowledging the significance of the event, Prime Minister Browne called on all members of parliament, irrespective of political affiliation, to actively partake in the celebration.
“I believe that all senior public servants, as well as members of parliament on both sides of the aisle, have a responsibility to be here to celebrate this most important event in which we all gather to give thanks,” he asserted.
In an effort to encourage opposition participation in the future, Prime Minister Browne proposed a collaborative approach to the organization of the National Thanksgiving Service.“From next year, this service should be under the auspices of the cabinet and the leader of the opposition. It must be inclusive; we cannot divide over such an important national event in which we give thanks to God,” he declared.