Mark Golding

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Mark Golding said : “There has not been a wage adjustment at the very bottom of the scale for over three years, and since then there has been significant price increases,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 4:38:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “So yes, I believe that there may be some employers who might not be able to employ somebody for a five-day week at that rate, but then if they can employ somebody for four or three days, then that person is free to do other things on those [other] two days; whether to earn additional income, or to do whatever they wish with their time. But, at least, I think for those employers who can afford to pay the minimum that I have suggested, they should do so, and I think it will actually, overall, improve the cohesion and address some of the issues of poverty in the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 4:38:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There has not been a wage adjustment at the very bottom of the scale for over three years, and since then there has been significant price increases,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “So yes, I believe that there may be some employers who might not be able to employ somebody for a five-day week at that rate, but then if they can employ somebody for four or three days, then that person is free to do other things on those [other] two days; whether to earn additional income, or to do whatever they wish with their time. But, at least, I think for those employers who can afford to pay the minimum that I have suggested, they should do so, and I think it will actually, overall, improve the cohesion and address some of the issues of poverty in the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We haven’t been notified of them. We haven’t been given any schedule of them and our participation has been excluded and I think that’s the wrong approach on an issue like this,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is remarkable that we have gone through six years in which there have been so many documented breaches of propriety and proper governance and we have not had anybody held accountable other than in the case of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “in every other case, we have not heard of any action being taken” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This kind of deferential treatment undermines social cohesion, it breeds cynicism and resentment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 12:20:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We must end the educational apartheid in this country once and for all,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 18, 2021 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This kind of differential treatment undermines social cohesion. It breeds cynicism and resentment in the land,” “Our mission is to eliminate the structures of inequality and unfairness that we have inherited from our colonial past” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 18, 2021 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I'm calling on this government to move the current minimum wage to $12,000 and repair that broken promise that was made to the Jamaican people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “The next PNP Administration commits to annual increases in the minimum wage to keep up with the cost of living. We will protect our workers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “Domestic violence is higher than ever. Violent crime is fed by a general lack of moral norms, discipline and behavioural standards which, as a nation we must address,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding observed : “has failed to achieve constant annual growth of even two per cent,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding declared : "Ultimately, the decision on whether or not to go that route must be theirs via a referendum. Let the people decide, don't leave it to the politicians," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asked : “But will this benefit the people of Portmore?” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Why does the Jamaica Labour Party want to make Portmore the only parish without those facilities?” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Our calls for an independent inquiry into the circumstances of that debacle have so far gone unheeded, and I repeat the call again today. We want to know, the people of Jamaica deserve to know why that happened,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 18, 2021 2:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The PM wrote to me on the 1st of September saying that he wanted me to be a part of a national vaccination effort and that his office would provide further details; however, those details have not been provided. The PM has effectively rolled out this campaign with a national road programme as a JLP campaign, and I and the other Opposition MPs [Members of Parliament] have been excluded from that process,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:40:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I have been calling for the Disaster Risk Management Council to be used as a vehicle for making the major decisions related to the country’s management of the COVID-19 crisis. I have been calling for the council to meet, but those calls have gone unanswered. The PM wrote to me on the 1st of September, saying that he wanted me to be a part of a national vaccination effort and that his office would provide further details; however, those details have not been provided,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:33:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "No call. No follow-up to bring greetings, and you didn't inform me of a launch date nor of any blitz dates since then," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 17, 2021 5:05:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding remarked ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The PM has effectively rolled out this campaign with a national road programme as a JLP [Jamaica Labour Party] campaign, and I and the other opposition MPs [Members of Parliament] have been excluded from that process,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 17, 2021 3:16:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "No call. No follow-up to bring greetings, and you didn't inform me of a launch date nor of any blitz dates since then," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 16, 2021 6:58:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “There is no indemnification offered by the Government or the manufacturers of the vaccine. How are you going to mandate somebody that they must take a vaccine if you're not prepared to stand behind them if they get sick or otherwise suffer an adverse reaction? I don't see that as possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I don’t see that as possible,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding declared : "Our position is that with over 70 per cent of the population polling against mandatory vaccination, we don't think that it is practical or right to try and implement mandatory vaccination," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:28:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "The country was led to believe that the Pfizer vaccines were no longer available because supplies have been fully utilised," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 12, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : "I don't know what the Government is doing to try to encourage people to come in and use them up before they expire, but this will be a real tragedy to lose 60,000 doses," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 1, 2021 1:02:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The vaccination programme in the country is being poorly handled in my opinion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We are reaping the effects of that negligence,” “There is no real programme to persuade people to get vaccinated, and we know that Jamaica has a lot of vaccine hesitancy, reluctance, fear, misunderstanding, and so on, include among vulnerable people in the society” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “I don’t know that people are going to come into a place with a very low level of vaccination, so that is something we have to continue to hammer at, and I think we need a proper public relations programme that gets behind, and ahead of, some of the social media hype and misinformation that is so prevalent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding suggested : “We are one of the least-vaccinated countries in the English-speaking Caribbean region right now, and that does not go all well for the recovery of the economy because, at the end of the day, we need to keep ahead of the curve in terms of vaccination so that people can feel that they are coming into a place which has this thing under control. And, I don't think people are going to be comfortable coming to a place with very low levels of vaccination,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 3:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “We need a proper PR programme that gets behind and ahead of some of the social media hype and misinformation that is so prevalent,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 3:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “Hundreds of millions of people around the world are vaccinated, and the incidence of side effects or worse, fatality, is very, very minimal. There are many things that each of us does every day which are much more risky than getting vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 3:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The other concern is the fact that for the most part the security forces tend to be stationed at the entrances to the lanes, but a lot of what happens in terms of the shootings and murders take place inside the lanes, towards the back, places where different lanes converge at the back and therefore easy access and easy departure for the nefarious wrongdoers. And so the whole question of how the police and soldiers operate and are stationed, and how they move around and so on, those operational issues are of some concern to the residents,” “So overall they are happy for the enhanced presence and that stands to reason because obviously these are volatile areas which are not really under any kind of control” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is contentious in many minds on our side…and the whole question as to whether somebody supports the prime minister and will vote with the Government side or not is a real issue for somebody who, up until now, was a strident supporter of the prime minister, and there is no reason for suspecting that he is no longer that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 16, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The circumstances in which a member from that side is now being asked to sit on that side is a matter that we take very seriously,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:02:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “Under our constitutional arrangements it does not matter whether you are JLP or PNP or any P, what matters is whether you support the government's principles and programmes and vote with the prime minister on matters – that's what makes you a government MP,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 5:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The work he is doing, by teaching those younger than him at a time of great need, is truly inspirational. It was a pleasure to meet him and his family, and I hope his story continues to provide fellow Jamaicans with hope for the future,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 7, 2021 9:39:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “In the case of Vaz, he said that he will still continue to support the interests of the party, but right now he has to focus on his personal situation. We spoke last Saturday, he is fully on board with helping the party, but right now I don't think he wants to be a candidate,” “Politics has impacted the personal financial situation of some candidates. They had put their personal business on the back burner and are now trying to sort themselves out” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 6, 2021 9:54:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding expressed : "Today is a historic day because it is the first project that the trust fund is sponsoring and doing work on. Here in Petersfield, we helped a worker of the party who has been trying for some time to get her house up to scratch and she hasn't been able to do so on her own. And so, we put some strength behind that and I am very happy that she will be getting her home," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “In his honour, I committed to establish a trust fund that would support party workers who are in need of help, and we have set it up with a governance structure, found trustees who are custodians of the resources, and then a grants board drawn from each of the regions and the women’s movement of the party, who then makes the recommendation for who should be assisted,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 31, 2021 9:39:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added ( about Peace ) : "Justice of the Peace has signed statements included in those allegations of that nature and they never reported it to the police. The accuser is also potentially liable for not doing that. That must be investigated. If the children (now adults) exist, the police must find them. But if those people ratified what was said and the police believe there is a basis for charge, so be it. But, until that time, as far as I am concerned, there is nothing in place now that would warrant taking action against an otherwise outstanding and fine individual," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 1:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : "Nothing has been brought so far that warrants an action on his part and it would be a disservice to the struggle of the women in this country if there could be a manipulation of somebody's life to his detriment on the basis of false accusations that have not been substantiated," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 1:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : "Dayton Campbell, from the day that Karen Cross went to social media to make these nasty allegations against him, he has denied it constantly. He has sued her over it. The police have investigated it and found nothing. “Contrast that to George Wright. A video went viral. He went to the police and made a report. The victim went to the police and made a report at a separate police station. He (Wright) has never denied that the video is not him. He has taken a leave of absence from the house. He is no longer in the JLP (ruling Jamaica Labour Party). The police said they can't charge because both him and her no longer want to proceed with the case. And, the video isn't specifically clear enough to enable them to charge just on the basis of the video. There is no comparison between the two," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 1:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "If those accusations have been proven to be true or even sufficient credible evidence is brought to warrant a change, then, that is a different thing. That is not the situation here and I am asking Jamaica to think about it, because today for me, tomorrow for you. The same knife that stick sheep, stick goat. Justice must be at the centre of what we do," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 1:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The People's National Party is not opposed to the Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 30, 2021 12:22:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I look at it as the bigger picture and this is symptomatic of a problem that Jamaica has, which is the unequal application of the rules and laws of the country across different sectors of the society,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “The entertainment industry has been going through terrible pains for over a year. People have lost their income, lost their businesses, some have had to migrate to try and make a living elsewhere, and they really had no help, or very little help from the Government, in terms of trying to survive as an industry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “The entertainment industry that provides a living has been shut down effectively because of over a year of curfews and so on. People have lost their livelihoods, people had to migrate, it has been very disruptive. Then you see that foreigners can come here and party to their hearts content in complete violation of any form of social distancing and so on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding explained : “Simple larceny is petty theft, ‘tiefing’ smaller items, not typically something which would ever result in long periods of incarceration if you were successfully prosecuted,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 28, 2021 10:58:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “Just to give CHEC the project without allowing other interests and qualified contractors to bid for the work provides no transparency, no assurance of Jamaicans getting value for taxpayers' money, and that is not being fair to the Jamaican people. Matter of fact, this is selling out of the Jamaican people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding declared : “What you are articulating there represents the tyranny of the majority,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “What you're articulating there represents the tyranny of the majority,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 13, 2021 6:47:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding charged : “The order is bad on its face and should be withdrawn because it has not been approved by Parliament,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “Why has the Government skirted around ensuring a transparent procurement process since this project has been in the planning stage for a long time now? It seems far too convenient to come here for this request for a waiver of transparent procurement requirement at this eleventh hour,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “But just to give this foreign multinational the project at some negotiated price arrived at behind closed doors, without allowing other interested and qualified contractors to bid for the work, provides no transparency, no assurance of Jamaica getting value for taxpayers, and that is not being fair to the Jamaican people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “It is selling out the Jamaica people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I think it has been recognised that the party has a particular strength among the older Jamaican voters the demographic that remembers the heyday of the party in the era of social transformation of the 1970s in particular,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:16:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I look forward to the youth shadow Cabinet playing a role in demonstrating the vibrancy of the PNP with the youth-centred focus that we believe is so critical. Also, the importance of the voice of young people in helping us to develop policy positions and in monitoring what is going on in the society, where the Government is falling short, which is in many different areas of life,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:16:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding added : “In the meantime, for the younger cohort we need to strengthen our appeal to that grouping and of course it makes sense because youths are the present and the future. They are the persons who can think outside the box; they come with a higher level of energy and a fresher approach to seeing the reality around us and analysing it and charting solutions that can take the country forward,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:16:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “He served in this Parliament in both Houses, and from what I understand, he served with distinction,” External link

jis Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It was only tabled today (Wednesday). This is a massive project, and I would like to have the opportunity to discuss it amongst the Opposition to see what position we are going to take on it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:08:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “He was a wonderful broadcaster, veteran of the business. He was always a pleasure to be around – friendly, calm, cool, easy-going and the kind of person who I think embodied the best traditions of the journalistic profession. Whatever his personal view was on a matter, it wasn't obvious. He just wanted to hear from you. We have lost a son of the soil, great journalist, and I know he is somebody who is well-loved by the Jamaican public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding contended : “Persons do not have a right to be absent, they have to seek leave. You have granted around two months’ leave to the individual. We are all paid to represent our constituencies here and to attend meetings of this House,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “But, where the minister is now venturing is to say what he wants to see ventilated in these proceedings. Those proceedings are brought by the Government of the Netherlands in respect of their own investigation of that company and they have specific issues that they would like to hear from persons who may have that information,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:13:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding shouted : “That is the only reason why the issue was raised, today,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:13:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “This is the kind of inaction that we need to change. We need to be more prompt and proactive in responding to real issues when they are identified,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:41:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “This is the kind of inaction that we need to change. We need to be more prompt and proactive in responding to real issues when they are identified,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:41:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The events concerned took place in 2006, which is 15 years ago, and the delay in completing this mutual legal assistance process has dragged the matter out for far too long,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:52:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding urged : “The information requested by the Dutch authorities should now be provided without delay. Let the truth come out, and let the chips fall where they may,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:52:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The information requested by the Dutch authorities should now be provided without delay. Let the truth come out and let the chips fall where they may,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Dutch company which made the political donation is under investigation in the Netherlands for an alleged breach of Dutch law. No offence is alleged under Jamaican law, and no one in the PNP is under investigation,” “The information requested by the Dutch authorities should now be provided without delay. Let the truth come out, and let the chips fall where they may” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 19, 2021 10:11:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “At least that brings some form of almost closure in the sense that persons will be held accountable for this,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 19, 2021 11:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Dr Ford was a champion for social justice, who represented the People's National Party in NW St Andrew over three election cycles. He was also a community physician par excellence. His calling went beyond a distinguished medical field, and he achieved an uncommon convergence of professionalism, advocacy and public service,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “What remains unclear is tasers. I'll commit to doing some further research and advocating for them to be permitted for personal protection if they should be considered in the same category as pepper spray or mace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There is a lot of misinformation going around in social media. Please just pay attention to the official information provided by the Ministry of Health and by the World Health Organization… don't take chances with your life or your loved ones' lives. Get vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We do not typically, in our democracy, allow a minister, whether it is the prime minister or any minister, to create criminal offences without coming to Parliament to have them approved. That is the issue I have with it,” “I am uncomfortable with proceeding by giving the executive the power to create criminal offences without parliamentary approval,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 24, 2021 10:03:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There is a lot of misinformation being spread around, a lot of fear and anxiety. But, this COVID is a deadly disease and our people are dying daily from it, so please listen to the information from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, from the World Health Organization (WHO) and do what you need to do to protect yourselves and your families, by getting vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “They are today's heroes and heroines, who have been giving service beyond the call of duty, in the most adverse circumstances. We salute them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “With a negative growth of around 12 per cent, and with over 100,000 people losing their jobs, the hardship out there is real,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The response of the Jamaica people to that was to say, 'How is this Government so out of touch with the reality'. That cannot feed a family for two weeks and that is all that the poorest people have got from the Government over eight months and they are not looking to spend any more,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “So a one per cent increase in the debt-to-GDP ratio is not a huge risk,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “So my point is, prime minister, the people need help and they need help that is adequate and sufficient and it can be done. It will not set back the country in any major way if you do it. To the contrary, it will protect the country, strengthen the country and allow us to bounce back faster,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “This is when the Government should alter its direction if experience and data show that their approach is failing to meet the needs of the people. At this time of crisis, people must be the priority. People must be at the centre of policy. However, in the face of the deep economic and social crisis, the response of the Government, in my view, has been to continue its tight embrace of fiscal conservatism,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “If we had to borrow to fund an additional one per cent of GDP and spent it in the way that we have identified, investing it in the people, helping businesses and also building out the tech infrastructure so that we can modernise the economy in the post-pandemic world, it will generate more rapid recovery, more revenue to the Government and the ability to service the borrowings better,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding charged ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Jamaica is not in anyone’s backyard. We are no puppet or stooge to any foreign power. We are not for sale,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asserted : “This devaluation dis-proportionately hurts low-income people. In using the $17.9 billion of foreign exchange gains from the Bank of Jamaica to fund its Budget, the Government is essentially treating the devaluation as a form of tax,” “It is a regressive indirect form of taxation paid in particular by less-well-off Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding charged : “My point is that the profits of the Bank of Jamaica that were derived from the depreciation in the value of the Jamaican dollar [have] hurt the people. So, to stay that it is good policy and to be extolling as some kind of virtue, I think that was inappropriate,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “This Budget does not do right for the Jamaican people, especially the poor, those earning low wages, the unemployed and the elders struggling to survive on a meagre pension that has not increased since 2018,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding declared : “This industry can assist in the economic recovery of Jamaica, providing much-needed foreign exchange and creating employment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding urged : “It is now time to go further,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding proposed : “We will take the law relating to the lawful cannabis industry out of the Dangerous Drugs Act altogether. We will enact a cannabis industry development act to support the inclusive development and growth of this industry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We would empower householders to monetise this benefit by allowing them to sell their ganja to licensed processors and retailers, creating an important new economic opportunity to supplement the income of Jamaican households,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This is when the Government should alter its direction if experience and data show that their approach is failing to meet the needs of the people. At this time of crisis, people must be the priority. People must be at the centre of policy. However, in the face of the deep economic and social crisis, the response of the Government, in my view, has been to continue its tight embrace of fiscal conservatism,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 8:42:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Irrespective of what the minister of health and wellness says, the reality is that our number of daily confirmed cases has been hitting unprecedented levels, week after week. The health system is now reeling under the pressure. Hospitals are bursting at the seams and many patients have not been able to find beds,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 8:42:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Our belief is that adequate resources through social investment for crime prevention are central to any efforts for sustained violence reduction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 8:42:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Government and Opposition have not had even a single meeting since I became the leader of the Opposition. We should restart the Vale Royal Talks. The nation needs us to work together to tackle the current crisis. Mr Prime Minister, I urge you to do the right thing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 8:42:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There is a lot of misinformation being spread around, a lot of fear and anxiety. But, this COVID is a deadly disease and our people are dying daily from it, so please listen to the information from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, from the World Health Organization and do what you need to do to protect yourselves and your families, by getting vaccinated,” External link

jis Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “They are today’s heroes and heroines, who have been giving service beyond the call of duty, in the most adverse circumstances. We salute them,” External link

jis Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The human toll of violent crime in Jamaica is also severe. Apart from the tragic impact on the victims, their families and friends, it depresses national morale and undermines our hopes and aspirations for the future,” “Jamaica has been burdened with an exceptionally high violent crime rate for decades. The causes are complex, and include the impact of transnational organised crime, local criminal gangs, poor social conditions in many communities, and dysfunctional aspects of our culture which are sometimes legitimized in the popular culture,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding told : “We will take the law relating to the lawful cannabis industry out of the Dangerous Drugs Act altogether, and enact a Cannabis Industry Development Act to support the inclusive development and growth of this industry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We will ensure inclusion of small farmers, who are now effectively excluded from the lawful industry. We will reduce the barriers to entry, and support them by encouraging cooperatives that are linked to well capitalised processors, supplying small farmers with the best inputs and technology to grow and sell back high quality and safe medical ganja at fair prices,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We will also promulgate new regulations to enable the Rastafari community to reap economic benefits from the cultivation and use of their sacramental herb. The law already allows the Minister of Justice to make these regulations, but this still has not happened,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Hundreds of thousands of students have received very little education since schools closed in March last year” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Many children are now on the streets romping during school hours. Some have joined the workforce in an effort to help to feed their families. They may never come back into formal schooling, without a targeted intervention. The consequences will be severe for them and for the entire society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The annual budget is the Government's opportunity to change priorities and adjust policies. This is when the Government should alter its direction, if experience and data show that their approach is failing to meet the needs of the people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding told : “This is half of the amount provided in the fiscal year now ending, which itself proved to be far too little. This budget does not do right by the Jamaican people, especially the poor, those earning low wages, the unemployed, and elders struggling to survive on the meagre NIS (National Insurance Scheme) pension that has not been increased since 2018,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “So, in essence, the Bank of Jamaica has profited from the volatility and devaluation of the Jamaican currency over the three years. This is the same devaluation which has made life harder for the Jamaican people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asserted : “This devaluation disproportionately hurts low-income people. In using the $17.9 billion of foreign exchange gains from the Bank of Jamaica to fund its Budget, the Government is essentially treating the devaluation as a form of tax,” “It is a regressive indirect form of taxation paid in particular by less-well-off Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding contended : “We know that many potential student loan applicants from low-income homes cannot find a suitable guarantor. The requirement of finding a guarantor works against children from low-income families,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding declared : “The financing of tertiary education needs to be transformed, especially for young people who just don’t have it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “With the advent of a new and more progressive administration in Washington, the Government’s unfortunate dance with the Trump administration has been laid bare,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asserted : “Jamaica is not in anyone’s backyard. We are no puppet or stooge to any foreign power. We are not for sale!" Golding charged. "As Michael Manley once courageously said, 'we walk the world stage on our feet, not on our knees',” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is with deep sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Neville O'Riley Livingston, OM, known to the world as Bunny Wailer,” “Bunny grew up in Trench Town, South St Andrew, the constituency I represent, so his passing truly hits home,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Thomas ) : “Comrade Thomas had been a loyal and faithful member of the PNP for more than four decades and the news of his passing has come as a shock to us. We offer our sincere condolence to his family and business associates,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 1, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Thomas ) : “Peter Thomas was an outstanding Jamaican. May his soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon him,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 1, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding told : “This is where things can go off track. The quality of the drafting instructions is very important, and varies widely within the public service. The more detailed and well developed the drafting instructions, the easier it is for the draftsman to convert that into legislation in the form of a draft bill,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “The problem is really not with the CPC’s office, although they do need additional drafters. ... Far too often, important policy issues have not been adequately thought through when the drafting instructions are sent to CPC. As a result, the drafter is not just putting into legislative language the policy that has been developed by the policymakers, but often has to try to fill in the policy gaps, which is not the role of the drafter,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “They must be able to identify muddled thinking and gaps in the policy that has been developed by the ministry, so that these are thought through and resolved before drafting instructions are prepared and sent to the CPC’s office,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “I am saddened by what I am seeing here; people who have been living on these lands for generations suddenly have their lives disrupted. It is an indictment on Jamaica that we would be treating people like this,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 26, 2021 9:00:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "It remains the prime minister's job to use all his powers, influence and network to procure an adequate supply of vaccines for the country. There is no task that is more important to Jamaica's recovery, survival and future, than this right now. Jamaica should be leveraging all international relationships and friends to get this done. We are late out the blocks, but we must get organised and do whatever we can to protect our people," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:14:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : "It turns out they were doing nothing to try and source vaccines for the country. Instead, government put all its eggs in one basket, the Covax facility, only to tell us in January that their target for vaccination was a paltry 16 per cent of the population for all of 2021, beginning mid-February. That has not happened. I and others pointed out that this was entirely unsatisfactory, as Jamaica needs herd immunity to have any chance of economic recovery and a return to normal life without COVID. It is only very recently that government has started to scramble to source additional vaccines. Other countries have secured orders of supply and have started to roll out their vaccination programme. Jamaica is very late and money is not the problem. The budget just tabled has $6 billion to pay for sufficient vaccines to achieve herd immunity," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:14:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We would like to see the contract made public and tabled in Parliament. We want to know what guarantees and indemnities are in that contract and what compensation is there for the person operating the app,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Maybe the three-day development process we were told about was free, but are they being remunerated for operating the app or not? Who owns the data on that app that was put up on the portal? These are important issues that the public has a strong interest in knowing. It is very unfortunate that this has happened,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding charged : “Other countries have solicited gifts of vaccine and started to roll out their vaccination programmes to their populations. Jamaica is very late. The Government is guilty of gross negligence in this critical matter,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding contended : “As leader of the country, it was, and remains, the prime minister’s job to use all his power and influence and network to procure an adequate supply of vaccines for the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “The Government has been seriously negligent in sourcing vaccines and has thereby failed to protect the Jamaican people” “It was known to governments from inception that the COVAX facility would only provide a relatively small portion of each country’s needs. Despite that, nothing was done towards securing required quantities from other sources,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "Beckford contributed greatly to a very creative period in the development of Jamaican music, and we pay tribute to him for his courage and innovation," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 19, 2021 12:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Through his Stur Gav sound system, this legendary Jamaican mentored and exposed aspiring talents including Josey Wales, Charlie Chaplin, Frankie Paul, Tenor Saw and Early B,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 18, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding added : “We offer our prayers and support to his family and close associates in this time of grief and sadness. May his soul rest in peace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 18, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Denham Town and Mount Salem orders have been in effect since 2017 and every 60 days they come here to be renewed. The Greenwich Town and August Town are more receent but this is not the first time they are being renewed. We recognise that ZOSO represents an attempt to grapple with the phenomenon of high levels of violent crimes, gang-related and otherwise. The use of the zone of special operations legislation has been so limited over the three plus years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 11, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “And when it comes to things like supermarkets, gas stations, etc. where people have to come off the road, and be home by 8pm, there is more pressure to get things done. That could be counterproductive,” External link

caycompass Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding added : “And when it comes to things like supermarkets, gas stations, etc. where people have to come off the road, and be home by 8 p.m., there is more pressure to get things done. That could be counterproductive,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “I hear you talk about more gang [members] before the courts, but the truth of the matter of is that the record of prosecuting gang offences is woeful. We have had cases that have collapsed, cases where people have had to be let go, we have had one trial, that I am aware of, which secured a conviction for gang activities and it was only a partial success because many of the persons before the court were set free. So don't say the Government is achieving great things in prosecuting serious crimes, it is not true,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There is a feeling that the Government needs to speak to the nation as to how it will tackle those issues, especially at this time when the states of emergency (SOE) option is not on the table, the courts having. ruled that it is not constitutional but we are concerned that we are not really hearing any new strategies being outlined. The spike in the murder rate is some what similar to the spike in the COVID rate and the whole nation is anxious to see how this is going to be addressed. The whole level of insecurity is growing and it must be responded to,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “You can count on us to be supportive of any legitimate, authentic and lawful act to make this country safe, inside Parliament and outside Parliament, but we are not happy with how things are looking now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The submerged pump has traditionally been run on electricity and because the community had chronic water problems, Boys' Town had to ensure that the pump provided water for the community and it ran up the light bill to an unsustainable level,” “It is good that today we can be celebrating something positive, something uplifting, and something transformational in Trench Town. What this event shows is the importance of partnerships, strategic collaboration and determination not to give in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:00:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There is a feeling that the government needs to speak to the nation as to how it will tackle those issues especially at this time when the States of Emergency option is not on the table, the Courts having ruled that it is not constitutional but we are concerned that we are not really hearing any new strategies being outlined. The spike in the murder rate is somewhat similar to the spike in the covid rate and the whole nation is anxious to see how this is going to be addressed. The whole level of insecurity is growing and it must be responded to with an effective response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:56:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This is not just about sport, for many of these people, this is about their livelihood and their family’s livelihood, and, of course, all around it, there is an economy – it is similar to entertainment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Gleaner ) : “This morning’s (Monday’s) incidents are further evidence of the severity of the crisis of violence in our nation, where Jamaica has become a place in which our most vulnerable and defenceless can be so heartlessly attacked and murdered in our capital,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, January 26, 2021 4:04:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This morning’s (Monday’s) incidents are further evidence of the severity of the crisis of violence in our nation, where Jamaica has become a place in which our most vulnerable and defenceless can be so heartlessly attacked and murdered in our capital,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This morning's incidents are further evidence of the severity of the crisis of violence in our nation, where Jamaica has become a place in which our most vulnerable and defenceless can be so heartlessly attacked and murdered in our capital” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Kamala Harris ) : “We in this Caribbean region anticipate with great optimism that Kamala Harris will facilitate an even stronger relationship between the United States Government and the governments and peoples of the Caribbean,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “Achieving herd immunity in the population is critical to not only our public health but also to our economic recovery, and to hear that the Government's ambition is to achieve 16 per cent of the population being immunised in a year and then it's not till the following year that we may have another 16 per cent, when to achieve herd immunity the general consensus is that it must be around 60 per cent of the population that must be immunised, I think that is unsatisfactory; we must aim significantly higher than that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:44:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Father Lee was a member of a generation of patriots who helped define who we are as Jamaicans. He represented excellence, and his work will inspire generations to come. As a broadcaster, his affable personality captivated audiences and made him a favourite to Jamaicans at home and abroad,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “May Easton Lee's soul rest in peace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Almighty God ) : “As your president today, I recommit to leading with courage and conviction on the shoulders of all who have served before and through the guidance and direction of Almighty God. I have assumed this leadership position with humility, with optimism and a deep sense of responsibility. As your leader, I recommit myself to our movement, as I ask you to join me in doing so,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I believe this fund is symbolic of our party's journey of recommitment. We all stand on the shoulders of those unheralded stalwarts who do the political work on the ground for the People's National Party,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We recommit ourselves to what is really an existential task. It requires both an act of will and of faith. It is a matter of deliberate choice: choosing the path of reconnection with the people of Jamaica; choosing the path of the development of a solid, progressive policy platform which tackles the deep structural challenges facing our country; choosing the path of rebuilding our organisation from the base to the centre; choosing the path of commitment to integrity and honesty in the conduct of our affairs and the nation's business; and ultimately choosing the path of a bright future for our party and our nation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We are moving beyond and away from the millstones of factionalism, internal discord, and the elevation of personal, selfish ambitions above the collective interest of our great party,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 18, 2021 9:26:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “So, we recommit ourselves to what is really an existential task. It requires both an act of will and of faith. It is a matter of deliberate choice ... choosing the path of reconnection with the people of Jamaica, choosing a path of development of a solid, progressive policy platform which tackles the deep structural challenges,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 18, 2021 9:26:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “On behalf of the People's National Party, I would like to express best wishes to Jamaicans at home and abroad for 2021,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “We all hope that in 2021 Jamaica will make substantial progress in overcoming the tremendous challenges experienced in 2020, a year in which the vulnerabilities of many sections of the society have been exposed, with resulting increases in unemployment and poverty, and worsening inequality,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Here in Jamaica we must continue to help and support one another in these difficult times, showing the true Jamaican spirit of caring and sharing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The structure of the trust instrument [constitutes] a grants board which will receive applications for assistance under the fund and make recommendations to the trustee. The grants board will be representative of the different regions into which Jamaica is divided, in terms of the structure of the party and the women's movement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 15, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I just want to say how pleased I am that this is moving forward, and I believe it is important that our party workers feel loved and cared for. This is something I think will contribute to that, and it is really an honour to name it after the conceptualiser and founder of our party, Mr O T Fairclough,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 15, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is a commitment that I gave in my campaign for the presidency of the party and, therefore, it was something that I wanted to work on as soon as the election was over and we have been working on this,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The PNP is commencing a period of renewal and rebuilding which involves attracting fresh talent at all levels of the party. It is important that we develop an efficient team to modernise the approach to political management, and Ms Anderson’s recruitment from the private sector indicates the priority we place on managing the PNP’s financial affairs at this critical juncture,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 9:27:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding told : “There is, of course, some unfinished work to be done ... . There remains some constitutional reforms which we would like to see pushed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 8, 2020 10:05:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “That would mean 13 years of extraction of resources from the NHT of $11.4 billion a year. I don't see how it can be possibly said that taking that level of resources out of the trust doesn't weaken the trust's ability to address the supply side issue. It doesn't make sense to me to say that, taking $57 billion out of the NHT, over the next five fiscal years, is not going to impact the trust's ability to partner with the private sector to deliver affordable housing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 2, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding noted : “What I don't like about the idea of extending for a one-year period is that it creates significant uncertainty as to when it will actually be held during that one-year period,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Comrades, we all know that the party has been suffering from these little internal negative feelings — some of it going back some time, some of it more recent — but I think everybody in the party recognises that for us to regain the strength and power of the People's National Party we have to change that culture. That culture is destructive; that's a culture that is weakening the party in the eyes of the Jamaican people and in reality,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:42:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding added : “All of us have to think wisely and say what it is that we need to do to make the party strong again. It must be about focusing on what the party needs. The party definitely doesn't need for one Comrade to be tearing down another Comrade, especially in a public space,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:42:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We all know that the party has been suffering from these little internal negative feelings – some of it going back some time, some of it more recent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “It will be a collaborative effort and I hope everybody will buy in to it. Nuh care how long it takes, we will do it, and the party will be stronger … ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “He's a hard worker. He's very bright, savvy and good with numbers. He's a good organiser. He entered the politics quite young and some of the brashness of youth may have manifested at times, but since he and I have been working closely, I've been mentoring him and I've seen significant maturity emerging... So I'm hoping that the NEC will respect that choice and elect him as the general secretary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 19, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “I am grateful to all those who had the trust and confidence in me to provide this opportunity to serve my country Jamaica in this new role,” External link

ghanaweb Friday, November 13, 2020 6:40:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There’s no need to relocate the residents. They don’t want to be relocated. Just clean the gully and maintain the gully edge; that’s all that needs to happen,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 13, 2020 11:20:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Nevertheless, we need not oppose for oppose sake, but always with the objective of strengthening good governance and accountability in the affairs of the nation” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “So, I don't see the point of trying to infer, or any innuendos to say that this is some form of one-sided political issue. It's a socio-economic issue, and having a partisan approach to it is really not helpful and it's not truthful either,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Now, more than ever, our nation needs a strong and responsive Opposition. Though our numbers in Parliament are relatively small, wi likkle, but wi tallawah,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “We want to really go through a process of bringing everyone together. After a campaign, that is always important. We are going to go about it in a deliberate way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “Our canvass was very good, and I wasn’t really surprised,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I don’t personally think that there is any political affiliation in that – that is a socio-economic problem,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Despite the intensification of the public-health crisis since the election, that committee has not been reconstituted. As a result, the Opposition no longer has an inclusive voice in strategising with the Government in response to the pandemic crisis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I urge the Government to find a suitable way of honouring her in keeping with the immense national pride and joy that her electoral success has brought to our people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This party will be a big tent for all of us. I am ready to sit down with you and your team to share our vision for the People’s National Party,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 9, 2020 4:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I respect the foundation on which we stand, built by our founding fathers and mothers and by the great leaders who came after them. I value the creative energies and fresh ideas of our youth. I believe in a combination of old and new and in-between, and that is what we need for a stronger future,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I want our teams to meet and have a good heart-to-heart, authentic communication about how we are going to build our party and make it strong,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “coordinating the administration of the workers at the centres” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The delegates have made their mark for a new leader who has a proven track record of delivering results and a leader who is not divisive and who is inclusive,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 8, 2020 4:15:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Indeed, the world is different from what we knew it to be 24 hours ago,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 8, 2020 4:15:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We have done our work, we have run a respectful campaign, we’ve been stressing the need for unity and I am pleased with how people have been behaving for the most part,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 7, 2020 10:46:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “And the way we have been dealing with that is to reach out to them when it's brought to our attention that they have gone too far with what they have said and to try to ask them to take it down or retract it,” “Generally speaking, going forward we have to build a culture of respect for each other in how we discuss issues and also a need for discipline in how we present ourselves to the wider public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:21:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I am very satisfied with the way the campaign is going, the way the team has been performing, the response we have had on the ground and nationally, as well to the campaign,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 5, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “And the way we have been dealing with that is to reach out to them when it's brought to our attention that they have gone too far with what they have said and to try to ask them to take it down or retract it,” “Generally speaking, going forward we have to build a culture of respect for each other in how we discuss issues and also a need for discipline in how we present ourselves to the wider public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 5, 2020 8:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asserted : “The effect of Clause Six, in tandem with the definition of an attack, is that an owner of a dog can face criminal liability, including imprisonment, if the dog frightens somebody but doesn’t actually injure them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding commented : “There is nothing in the Act that deals with that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 29, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Omar Davies ) : “I’m humbled by the endorsement from one of my greatest mentors. I continue to learn from Dr Davies as an exemplary member of parliament for 23 years. His confidence in my bid for presidency has injected additional energy to our campaign ahead of the polls,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:04:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The infrastructure issues, of course, need to be tackled by the State. There is a limited amount that an MP can do in terms of infrastructure which requires substantial investment. But we have seen some amount of improvement in certain sections, in sewage, in the water lines, and in street lights,” “We still have some more work to do” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “The PNP as a movement is committed to the principle of social justice and equality of opportunity and access to opportunity in the society. I have embraced that, and that’s why I am part of the party. That is what I believe in,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I think that we need to modernise that (Maternity Leave Law) and make it consistent with what’s regarded as best practice internationally now. To the extent that our laws have become a little outdated, we should adjust them,” “I believe in consultation, and would need to consult broadly, including our women’s movements, the workers. The National Workers Union is a very important affiliate of our party and we would certainly want to hear what the workers feel about it, and indeed the business community because it would impact them” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “In principle, I think that Jamaica should be on the cutting edge when it comes to the rights of women,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Yes, it will go on whether or not I win. I am committed to establishing this fund as a legacy to the party and to the party workers, who are really the backbone of the party and have carried us forward over the years. We need to do something meaningful and something tangible to assist those of them who have served long and may have found themselves on hard times and living conditions maybe not up to a certain level, and so on,” “So, yes, it's absolutely something I'm committed to. I'm going to endow it, as I've said, with $15 million, and I hope that will be the yeast that will attract others to join me in building a very strong fund that can really help to show the communities in which our workers live, and the families of our workers, that the party cares for our own and we do so in a meaningful, tangible way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 24, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding told ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “My first order of business is to pull all of us together as one family. Once the 7th is over, whatever the result, we are going to come together and go through a process of healing, re-establishment of one united party so we can start the hard work of moving forward towards resuming our noble mission on behalf of the people of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “We have to really focus on rebuilding the organisation of the party, and especially the base. The west is traditionally a strong area for us, but I think that we have not focused sufficiently on ensuring that our party workers are fully motivated, well-trained, and educated around the political matters,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “In particular constituencies, there may be a need for change of leadership there or further support from the party or other matters. There may be some divisions that need to be healed, [and] on a case-by-case basis, specific actions may need to be taken,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “On the other hand, I think the constitution needs some reform, and I have already said publicly that one of the things I would like to see is that we move away from a system which is like an electoral college, where groups appoint a member to vote at a conference, and we give the franchise, the voting rights, full delegate status to all members of the party,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “A move towards such an amendment would be better for the party because you would have a much bigger body of persons who are making the decision,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “I think that I bring to the table the range of skills and attributes and approach that the party needs at this time. So it is really out of a sense of duty to Jamaica, because I regard the PNP as a very important institution in Jamaica, and I have a sense of duty to my party that I am putting myself up,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 23, 2020 8:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Rise Campaign is over. The One PNP Campaign is over. And, indeed, we have to put these things behind us on consignment to history, because the fact is that this challenge that we have is the lingering effect of many years of internal contests which have affected the cohesiveness of the party and the unity of the party,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 23, 2020 8:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “So I have really made a brave effort to indicate that I am doing this as Mark Golding, with a sense of duty and a sense of purposefulness and passion for the party that I believe in, and the Jamaica that I love — that is why I am doing this,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 23, 2020 8:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We must move beyond that, and I am running a campaign of unity, of rebuilding, and of coming together under one big tent, as the PNP family,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 23, 2020 8:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I don't foresee a need to make any major changes, but this is a dynamic situation and we will assess it as time goes by. But I'm quite pleased that the team that we have there [can] acquit themselves well and so I have no present intention to make any major changes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:03:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “I think the broader point that Dayton was trying to make was that the party needs resources to function effectively as a political organisation, and that part of the role of the leader must be to try and attract those resources. I think that was the broader point that he was trying to make,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Our Party ) : “When mi see some a our party workers and mi see how them live it nuh look right to mi. It's an embarrassment really. Our party shouldn't be in a situation where somebody who a serve the party fi years and years and years and when you check them house pop dung and it nuh look good and people inna yuh neighbourhood say, 'She, a long time she a work fi PNP and look how fi har thing stay. Them nuh ready yet,'” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 16, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “So nuff a wi have blame fi carry but mi apologise fi any role that I played inna that because mi shoulda did put down mi foot more them time deh but me never did really realise how it woulda play out and how long them wounds deh woulda go on for and linger and fester and thing,” “So, mi definitely don't want see that again and me a try mi best fi avoid it... So, Comrades, mi feel seh mi can help pull the party together. Mi feel seh I will rebuild the organisation, working with the people who are strong in that area. Wi waah bring the youth them more inna the party because wi weak wid the youth them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 16, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “Based on response that I have been getting from the delegates I have been meeting with, I am pretty confident actually that we are going to do very well. I think we are ahead and I think that the outcome will be in my favour on the seventh of November,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “In the meetings I have been having with delegates, I have emphasised what I bring to the table. I haven't really focused on the other candidate. I leave that assessment to others,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I think we need to focus on the big issues as we see them and articulate credible policies around those issues. I think that the Jamaican people will resonate with that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I look forward to a clean campaign. I ask all my supporters to stay high and don't go low,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “She is younger than me and I think that her time to shine is in the future. There must be a prominent place for her in the party and certainly when I win, I will want to work with her and others who do not support me,” “I just happen to think that at this point in time, the mix that I bring to the table is what the party needs. It’s really an appreciation of the history of our party and where we are now and feeling like I can bring a lot to the table, and I am ready for the job” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 4, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It’s quite difficult to find adequate committee clerks who play a very vital role in the functioning of a committee. They are the ones who produce the minutes, for example, and they coordinate all of the public-sector agencies to come to the meetings when they are supposed to come,” “You have situations where there are not sufficient committee clerks and some who are overwhelmed because they have to be doubling up and doing multiple committee work” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 4, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Peter has tremendous understanding of the Jamaican society and history,” “He is a brilliant man in his own right. He also has a tremendous network of contacts that he has made over the years, so he can play an important role of guiding and supporting the leadership of the party by allowing us to benefit from his knowledge and experience, much in the way that PJ Patterson still plays — an important role like that” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 4, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding suggested : “Him having retired, I don't think he would want to be in front line politics,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 4, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “So the fact that she may once have had connection to another party should not disqualify her from putting herself forward,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 4, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “We have evidence that through organisation, resumption of our historic mission and proper preparation; our supporters and the nation, by extension, will once again recognise that the PNP is the people's party and the only hope to lead Jamaica in this new political era,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, September 28, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding told : “I feel very good about it. It’s a big tent, and we welcome everybody on board,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We have reached a particularly low ebb in what happened in the last election, and the only way to move forward is if we join hands and hearts and purpose, and I intend to ensure we identify that common purpose in the 21st century, rooted in our history, and rally ‘round it and bring the party together,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We feel it is important for our teachers, our security guards, our farmers, our nurses, our entertainment practitioners and so on to have a new way of accessing home ownership,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 28, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “For many people, it is a pipe dream. The rent-to-own scheme is an innovation to make [home ownership] more accessible,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 28, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “In 2011, the people of Jamaica turned to the People’s National Party because they knew we would deliver what is needed to save the country,” “The people need the People’s National Party again to face the crisis that we have now” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 28, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asserted : “What we plan to do is to reorient the discretionary portion of the Budget to achieve the things that we feel are the priorities that put the people at the centre of development – social investment rather than social control, for example. That’s one of our mantras,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 28, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “After all, this Government had inherited from the PNP a stable and improving macroeconomic situation. The fiscal accounts were steadily improving, the primary surplus target had been met over several successive years, the public debt was rapidly declining, Jamaica's net international reserves were steadily growing, [and] unemployment and poverty were both falling,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Calling the election in the middle of a spike was a reckless, selfish and irresponsible act on the part of the prime minister,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:19:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “All of us were hoping and expecting an announcement that would involve additional funds being made available by way of relief in this most difficult back-to-school period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We have been arranging the trucking of water with the $500,000 allocation made to members of parliament,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "For the most vulnerable in the society, there is no good news for them," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The remittance companies, I think, have provided an easier channel than the bank accounts, and we do sympathise with the members of the team who have had to cope with the demands on their time and resources in dealing with the challenges of sorting out a range of issues with the bank accounts that persons have,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “In the December quarter of 2019, the output was slightly less than the output of the same quarter a year before, so it is simply untrue that all of Jamaica's economic variables were moving in the right direction prior to COVID-19, and, in fact, because of COVID-19, the projections are for negative growth for this year of over five per cent,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 25, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding contended : “What we need to hear is what is to be done to get the country out of this mess and how the Jamaican people can have their hope restored and the economy can begin to recover,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 24, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I just bought some tablets for an educational institution in my constituency and bought them for US$500 each; that was a good price. That is J$67,000 each, and here we have CMU paying for two (tablets) for $436,000,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I don’t think it is reasonable for the CMU chairman to be telling us that the treasurer can’t attend our meetings” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Government will need to wheel and come again,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 12, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “leadership issue is settled … so we are all behind the leader,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “What we are seeking and what we are getting is good dialogue around what it is going to take to win. We want to win, we believe we should win, and we can win. The dialogue that we now have is going to ensure that we win,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "Here we are today, where he is amending the FAA Act by circumventing the constitutional rule," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 29, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding charged : "This bill has been hastily crafted in the last few days and we are being asked to pass it in a day," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:45:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I don’t think the auditor general can be asked to do more than her duty, which she has done by producing this report” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 27, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “If we want businesses to survive and employment to recover, we need to be careful about what bureaucratic costs we impose on businesses, and this legislation does involve some amount of bureaucratic costs to each business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “If we want businesses to survive and employment to recover, we need to be careful about what bureaucratic costs we impose on businesses, and this legislation does involve some amount of bureaucratic costs to each business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is a long time since the report was drafted, but I am glad now that the Privy Council's case is complete and we can actually move forward with the report. I look forward to the debate,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:40:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “I think that at this point in time we have to, and we will continue to try to adjust our own approach to this, with the natural priority of unity very much in mind,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Government, having been in power for over four years now, must accept full responsibility for this perilous development. It is clear that they have dropped the ball, endangering Jamaica by exposing our country to the negative consequences of this blacklisting,” External link

sunstkitts Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Government, having been in power for over four years now, must accept full responsibility for this perilous development. It is clear that they have dropped the ball, endangering Jamaica by exposing our country to the negative consequences of this blacklisting,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is unfair and unwise, and quite possibly a breach of the contract governing the bank account, for a bank to adopt a policy of refusing to allow the negotiation and encashment of a cheque drawn on a bank account in which there are cleared funds or an approved overdraft facility sufficient to cover the amount of the cheque,” “Cheques are negotiable instruments under the Bills of Exchange Act, and banks should not be issuing cheque books to customers while at the same time precluding the use of those cheques in the customary, lawful manner,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 5, 2020 10:10:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The NWC discontinues water supply without any notice, there is no scheduling. Persons will be without water for days at a time as opposed to being told that these are the days they will be without water supply, so they can plan their affairs. It is a major problem, especially at a time when persons should be washing hands regularly and so on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:17:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I would like to see what they are saying about this matter. I notice where I live...if there are interruptions we are made aware of them in advance so we can prepare, but in many inner-city communities they are routinely deprived of water supply. There is no communication, no notice, no information about when it will return; sometimes some long period of time — many days. There is not equal treatment and there is discrimination, and it needs to stop” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:17:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I have visited the area and can attest that this orgy of violence has left the community traumatised. My heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to the parents, families and friends of the deceased and injured youngsters,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “It is indeed bewildering that such horrible violence is taking place at a time when our country is in an unprecedented public health crisis. It is my sincere wish that the community will cooperate fully with the police, so that the culprits are speedily brought to justice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “The Government should be talking to the multilateral financial institutions with which Jamaica has earned good standing, after seven years of fiscal prudence, to prepare them to assist us in funding a comprehensive protection programme for our people that will protect our society and economy during this period of deep crisis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 13, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “their projection of a four per cent contraction in the economy underscores the need for a comprehensive safety net programme that will protect the vulnerable people in the society from a sharp reduction in the economy that is unfolding” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 11, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We here must not treat each other in an antagonistic way,” “It is obvious that when we speak, we accept that the other person is trying to be constructive and not destructive – it is very important” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This is the kind of thing the tax was put in place to finance and I think it’s something we ought to be looking at doing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 5, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We have already said that that sum of money, which roughly amounts to half of one per cent of the country’s GDP is not sufficient as a response because the design of the CARE programme does not adequately address many vulnerable groups in the society,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 5, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Governor of the Bank of Jamaica has initially projected a 3% contraction in GDP. The Inter-American Development Bank’s analysis of the economic shock from the Coronavirus crisis to tourism in Caribbean countries, projects that, depending on the duration of the crisis, the direct and indirect impact of the downturn in Jamaica’s tourism industry alone could result in economic contraction closer to 6% of GDP, and this is without factoring in the layering effects of reduced remittances, falling bauxite/alumina exports and overall reduced domestic spending,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 31, 2020 2:33:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This will assist businesses to keep people employed, and this will be an additional measure to go along with the two that the minister (of finance) mentioned yesterday (Tuesday),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “MOCA continues to be hampered by the Government’s failure to put the proper regulations in place to guide its operations,” “It exposes MOCA to legal risks. It shows that there is no seriousness, despite all the nice sounding words about tackling corruption” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 13, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding suggested : “Use the hard-won fiscal space to increase their disposable income, stimulate spending and drive economic growth,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 13, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “On the other hand, the working poor, pensioners and unemployed are increasingly left behind by a development that marginalises the majority,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 13, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Key sectors of the economy are already in negative territory, with the construction sector shrinking by 2% in the fourth quarter of 2019, and bauxite/alumina in a deep tailspin with the closure of Jisco/Alpart,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 2, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding wrote : “I regret getting caught up in the hoopla of a political meeting and indulging in that unworthy form of political discourse, in particular since he (Terrelonge) has always treated me with respect and decency, and since in my own life and dealings, I have advocated for everyone to be treated with equal respect and decency,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 20, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "I regret getting caught up in the hoopla of a political meeting and indulging in that unworthy form of political discourse," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 19, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding noted : “It is a unique committee of Parliament, because it is dedicated to a single commission of Parliament, not commissions of Parliament (in general),” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 14, 2020 8:15:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I have never heard of board members asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so I think that is a very peculiar policy initiative. Any policy as far-reaching and peculiar as requiring board members of a public body within the ministry’s portfolio to sign non-disclosure agreement must have been something that the prime minister was aware of. The buck stops with him. If he was not aware of it, he should have been aware of it. So I do not accept his statement that he was never aware of it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The determination of what the PAC deals with is settled by the committee, usually by consensus or majority, so I can’t tell you unilaterally what will happen at this point,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:58:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The determination of what the PAC deals with is settled by the committee, usually by consensus or majority, so I can’t tell you unilaterally what will happen at this point,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 20, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “The promised trading platform to address this is still not available and, despite the official talk, there is no adequate forward market to assist the real sector,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 17, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “The promised trading platform to address this is still not available and, despite the official talk, there is no adequate forward market to assist the real sector,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:32:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “So, unless there is an immediate problem that is serious enough to warrant regulation, I would say, ‘Let the industry grow organically without any adverse action,’” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “Unless there is an immediate problem that is serious enough to warrant regulation, I would say let the Airbnb industry grow organically without any adverse action,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 6, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I am a little wary whether this is not a self-serving argument to restrict the competition and create barriers for entry into the tourism business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 6, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “Every hotelier in Jamaica that has been operating for more than five years has benefited under the old regime, so for them to be saying ‘tax these small entrepreneurs’, when they, the big guys, benefited from years of incentives – in some cases for decades – is somewhat disingenuous” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 6, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "For us, Christmas is just business as usual. People need us at this time of year as much as normal, and sometimes even more. " External link

bathchronicle Tuesday, December 24, 2019 3:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding explained : "We were called to a burglary taking place in Knowle in Bristol, where the suspect turned out to be an inflatable Father Christmas who had slipped from his rooftop position and was hanging outside an upstairs window. " External link

bathchronicle Tuesday, December 24, 2019 3:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "No, never had Christmas dinner at the station. We do some times bring in buffet food and hope we get time to eat it" External link

bathchronicle Tuesday, December 24, 2019 3:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “At a time when Jamaica is exiting the IMF programme and the country should be moving forward with confidence, the engine of our economy is faltering. Growth has slowed to less than one-in-four, leaving the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with a failing grade,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “All in all, as the year draws to a close, prosperity remains an illusion and the people will be looking for better in 2020,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding pointed out ( about Mark Golding ) : “At a time when Jamaica is exiting the IMF Programme and the country should be moving forward with confidence, the engine of our economy is faltering," Mark Golding, the Opposition spokesperson on Finance and Public Service, highlighted today in a media release. "Growth has slowed to less than 1-in-4, leaving the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with a failing grade,” “Alongside this paltry growth performance, fear grips the land. Crime is out of control, with murders and other serious crimes even higher than last year. The dengue crisis continues, with public health services in a dismal state," he continued, adding that "the Government has also acquired a dismal track record for corruption". With prosperity being an illusion for many, the Opposition said "the people will be looking for better in 2020” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:54:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I'm wondering why it shouldn't just apply to everybody, why carve out politicians and others, why [not] anybody who tip off gangs that there is an impending law enforcement operation. I don't see the need to get into contentious groups of persons, it should be across the board,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 11, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The expansion of liquidity is adversely impacting the foreign exchange market, a predictable outcome given that Jamaica’s inefficient credit transmission system remains substantially closed to small businesses and is not financing higher levels of economic expansion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 29, 2019 2:27:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “When dem buy goods, dem afi pay tax on the goods, so why the water situation can’t improve for people here and people ‘round here? The prioritisation of things in the system is like certain people don’t matter as much as other people, and we can’t live so ‘cause Jamaica want to see everybody uplift, and there must be equity in how you allocate resources. Communities like these need proper infrastructure, proper street lights and garbage disposal, and sewage system. If we get them thing deh, we alright” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 28, 2019 9:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Upon such a declaration being made, the public body should be required by law to cease and desist from making further payments and otherwise giving effect the contract. Furthermore, benefits already received should become liable to be disgorged by an order made on application to the court by the commission or the public body which has incurred the cost of conferring benefits under the contract,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 25, 2019 8:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I want these persons grilled before a committee of Parliament before confirmation in any post. Because when we appoint people to serve, those people should have the trust of the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 20, 2019 6:36:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding charged : “prosperity remains an illusion for all but the privileged few” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 20, 2019 10:27:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “We must also invest more in relevant education and training to increase national productivity, accompanied by transformational social policies to tackle the fundamental causes of crime and violence, which is the major inhibitor to economic growth and sustainable development,” “In the post-IMF era, it cannot be business as usual if Jamaica is to get out of the rut of low growth, national despair amidst increasing poverty, and intolerable levels of violent crime” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 20, 2019 10:27:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “I don't see why they should be excluded from the requirements of registration and whatever protection that gives citizens,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:19:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding suggested : “Let us say a church – a small church in August Town or Trench Town that has a computer on which it has a database of its members and information about them ... – hasn’t applied for an exemption and isn’t even aware that there is a facility for an exemption,” “Next thing, some constable, who has some other reason to be annoyed with somebody senior in the church, decides to charge them under Section 18 of this act, and they can go to prison for two years” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 13, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I regard that as the appropriate thing to do to facilitate him appointing the shadow cabinet as he sees fit” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 9, 2019 9:09:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We feel the turnout is very solid for us,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 8, 2019 10:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “You know, Comrades, when we were talking about this mission and this Rise United [campaign] we thought about it and we said, 'You know, in many, many parts of Jamaica, when we go on political work we see Comrades, some of them have served many, many years, warriors fi di People's National Party living in destitution — roof leaking, house pop down, and we said that can't be right for our noble movement. [We said] we must put something in place to ensure that those people can live in dignity, having served our movement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I am confident that the delegates will do the right thing and make that happen because we have the plan and we have the mission to uplift our movement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “But at the end of the match and the result is known, both sides will come together. We are on the same team so whatever talk that needs to happen in the dressing room will happen and we will come out of the dressing room ready to beat the Jamaica Labour Party, united and strong,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding charged : “It is shameful that this Government's economic policy is producing greater poverty at a time when the country's economic fundamentals have been improving steadily since 2013,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “It is clear that the additional indirect taxes of over $30 billion imposed by the JLP Government to pay for their '1.5' election gimmick has worsened poverty in Jamaica. The Opposition warned that this would happen. Low-income wage-earners, unemployed, pensioners and micro business operators, who were already existing on the edge of survival, have been made to bear these additional taxes while receiving no benefit from the election income tax break,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “It is clear that the additional indirect taxes of over $30 billion imposed by the JLP Government to pay for their ‘1.5’ election gimmick has worsened poverty in Jamaica. The Opposition warned that this would happen. Low-income wage earners, unemployed, pensioners and micro-business operators, who were already existing on the edge of survival, have been made to bear these additional taxes while receiving no benefit from the election income tax break,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 5, 2019 9:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “While unemployment has continued to fall, aggregate demand remains weak because much of the labour force is earning low wages, failing to drive growth, and inflation to levels targeted by the Government. Jamaica’s low-wage economy flows from underinvestment in the nation’s human capital, falling productivity, and low valued-added jobs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Greater and more effective investment in education and training, supported by research and development in science and technology, is essential if Jamaica is to rise and achieve sustainable and inclusive national development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “I believe the party must put itself in the best position to win. Under the leadership of Peter Bunting, a proven winner, the PNP will do just that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “At times like these the Bank of Jamaica must not delay intervening to restore calm to the foreign exchange market. The current arrangements governing the market also need to be reformed, so that the needs of the real sector are not subordinated interests of the financial sector” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 12, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding explained : “Jamaica is not an easy place to live. Crime rate is through the roof. There are a lot of negatives around that, but people who are here are staying because they believe in their country and they want to see better. So they are prepared, I think, to support a movement, an approach, which sees the value that they bring to the table and also is espousing, I think, a core integrity, which is what Peter Bunting embodies, and modernity, which they appreciate is necessary for the PNP to transcend where it is now to become the next Government,” “So I think that the big-tent approach is helping us with our fundraising. I anticipate that the structure that we put in place is going to continue after the 7th of September (party conference) towards the next general election, ‘cause we are all minded that this is not just about making Peter Bunting leader of the party. This is about the PNP coming back to office as part of a retuned, redefined, re-energised political force. This is what this is about,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We believe the whole question of how you approach crime and violence and corruption in the country is fundamental to the future and to the growth prospects of the country. We don’t think that the key to that is necessarily building out the military,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “What I would say is that it is unfortunate, and I am not blaming the current government or the past government, but I have to say that it is unfortunate the way in which this legislation has been developed. It hasn't been from engagement with the industry and identifying what the issues of the industry are, and what the issues of consumers really are and what would be an appropriate and balanced way of regulating them at this stage,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 30, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “They are our friends and our colleagues, and we will embrace them after September 7. There is no need for acrimony and vitriol. And where that happens, it must be shut down immediately,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 30, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asked : “We don’t know what in this particular case drove the attorney general to issue that opinion if indeed she did. The law requires her to do so. The waiver cannot be granted lawfully unless that opinion is issued. We don’t know whether she issued it or not. One assumes she did, but if so, what is the basis on which she did?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 28, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The committee had a duty to go through the [audit] report in detail,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Bunting ) : "Under the leadership of Peter Bunting, a proven WINNER, the PNP will do just that," External link

jamaica-star Monday, June 17, 2019 8:51:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asked : “And now we have another one – a mega one. We can’t really proceed like that, Minister. I think we should wheel and come again. How will it fit into the aspirations of the community?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 14, 2019 10:02:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Richard Byles ) : “I think it's a positive thing. Mr Byles is somebody who I think has the respect of the business community, the financial community and the wider public,” “I think as a co-chair of EPOC he showed himself as a balanced and fearless person who is prepared to tell it like it is and without any perception of bias of any kind, and he obviously has tremendous experience in running large, complex organisations in the private sector,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “However, all indications are that Dr Phillips cannot lead our party to victory in a general election,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 10, 2019 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “I believe the party must put itself in the best position to win. Under the leadership of Peter Bunting, a proven winner, the PNP will do just that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 10, 2019 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding pointed out : “Looking at the arithmetic, for the family fun day, if you divide the approximately 500 persons into the cost, you get $11,470 per head not $7,000. And similarly, for the church service, if you divided the $402,425 by the approximately 120 persons, you get $3,353 per head, not $1,220,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There has been an unprecedented spate of cases of the worst kind of administration in the public sector, with massive breaches of everything. I don’t think the society wants to see a weakening of the structures of accountability. If they are not working as they should, they need to be made to work,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 26, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “If there is a resource problem, give them the resources to do their work. Clearly, a lot of what went on at the NESoLs, Petrojams, Universal Service Funds of this world [was] because there was no effective audit committee functioning,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 26, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Lionel Marie ) : “I only mention this to you Mr Myrie just to say that the proceedings here are serious proceedings,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 15, 2019 12:20:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I think that (appointment) should be done immediately so that he can fill that gap and be properly empowered to do what he is supposed to do under the statute,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 7, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Dirk Harrison ) : "They have publicly said that they have somehow doubted the plausibility of the conclusions of the contractor general that were drawn in a draft that was sent to them, and secondly, they have appended to their report sent to Parliament what you might call exculpatory statements, statements from persons implicated or criticised in the report, having given them a chance to review the entire report and make their own feelings about it, set out in writing and attached to the report. That has never been done," "In fact, Mr Harrison has written a legal option indicating that the commissioners were not acting in accordance with the statute when they did this. In my view, they took the wrong approach in doing this. I think the report should have been sent to Parliament on its own, and those persons who were not happy with the conclusions drawn can say what they want to say at that point. But to attach their views at that point was a pre-emptive strike when it was going to Parliament. It was very peculiar, unprecedented, and the wrong approach," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:28:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "I don't see why there is this delay in appointing him to this very important position. I think that should be done immediately so that he can fill that gap and be properly empowered to do what he is supposed to do under the statute," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:28:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “I would like to see the pricing mechanism that you use — the most important element of it — the excel spreadsheet which derives a number that you use as a starting point for your deliberations; I would like to have that reviewed technically and commented on by an independent body that can be relied on to give some comfort that it is appropriately designed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 3, 2019 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I don't think minutes are going to really provide 100 per cent comfort around transparency in pricing. What really matters is how is that spreadsheet compiled; is it appropriately compiled and to what extent after it throws out a number is any subsequent discretion being applied on an objective basis (or) a consistent basis? We are concerned that the pricing formula needs to be one that protects the public [as] there is a lot of disquiet, especially from the industry, on the way in which this is applied and the reason for that is that it isn't transparent,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 3, 2019 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “Looking at the (pricing) information now you can see that there are all sorts of inputs which go into the ultimate output and many of those are directly related to how you choose to operate, not something that is market-determined in reference to the world market,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 3, 2019 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “They are allowing the Jamaican dollar to bounce around like a jack-in-the-box. It is damaging credit arrangements with suppliers, creating great uncertainty, and playing havoc on businesses,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is showing a certain maturity in our public financial affairs, which is where it needs to be at this hour,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asked : “A giveaway of taxes represents a choice of priorities. This Government has chosen to favour persons who enter into transactions involving secured lending, and the buying and selling of real estate and shares. But why should they be the priority at this time and the principal beneficiaries of the minister's tax goodies?” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Therefore, GCT on these inputs will become an additional cost for small businesses, that they could previously recover but now cannot. This will make them less competitive than larger businesses that are GCT-registered. In sectors where there is stiff competition, including from the very efficient foreign business owners in the local market, it could even result in them going out of business,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “But others may wish to deal with the administrative inconvenience of monthly GCT filing, and keep the benefit of being able to charge GCT and recover their GCT cost from their GCT collections. They must be given the option of choosing which is better for them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding suggested : “To achieve a complete elimination of such Government charges on financing transactions, the percentage registration fee would need to be replaced by a reasonable fixed registration fee,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It was the ordinary Jamaican consumer who has carried the burden of the increased indirect taxation. This includes over $31 billion of new indirect taxes imposed to pay for the '1.5' election promise,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “It can’t even buy a patty. It can’t buy a bun and cheese. We cannot see how, if we are to be honest, $32 per day amounts to any prioritisation of the interest of the poorest and most vulnerable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : ”That nuh fair to the people” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added ( about Andrew Holness ) : “It is true for West Kingston. It is true of the prime minister’s constituency of West Central St Andrew. It is true of Central St Catherine, Central Clarendon and East Portland,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Give the travelling public an ease-up from high fuel prices… the taxi man and his passengers, the bike man doing deliveries, the truck man bringing food from the country, the pensioners who have to buy gas out of their fixed income,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "That nuh fair to the people," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 13, 2019 5:27:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “The indirect taxes on consumption and fuel are a load on the backs of the majority of the people, while the more economically advantaged are privileged in carrying less and less of the load. That nuh fair, minister,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 2:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “For the little small person who is struggling to survive — they are not benefitting from transfer taxes or stamp duty. So given the pressure the people are under, you could have given some of that $14 billion to those people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “For the little small person who is struggling to survive — they are not benefitting from transfer taxes or stamp duty. So given the pressure the people are under, you could have given some of that 14 billion to those people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “In a sense the IMF (International Monetary Fund) has allowed them to reduce the taxes by giving them a softer primary surplus target — the revenue performance has improved, largely because of the work we did while we were in office. That has borne fruit to really pay for a lot of these things…,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asked : “You think that WhatsApp use is going to increase by that much in the coming year?” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding responded : “I am not convinced that bar has been reached,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 20, 2019 9:11:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding observed : “It is indeed unfortunate that two conflicting documents, both dated the same date, have been tabled,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:55:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “I must just tell you, I was very present last week…the $9.2 million was communicated to us as a gross figure and we were told there were deductions and we were given a net figure,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 14, 2019 3:06:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "She has received this payment without issues being resolved," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 5, 2019 11:47:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There has been no clear and definitive explanation from either the Government or the BOJ as to what is causing this shortage of US Dollars and the rapid devaluation. There were dealers in the market today (January 31, 2019 ) selling at J$138 to US$1.00 when just three weeks ago the rate was in the J$127 range. Businesses and consumers are anxious and need to know what is going on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 1, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding charged : “businesses are unable to find the foreign exchange to pay their overseas suppliers, and this is adversely affecting their credit arrangements. And at these exchange rate levels, prices of imported goods can be expected to adjust, to the detriment of consumers” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 1, 2019 5:54:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “There were dealers in the market today selling at J$138 to US$1.00 when just three weeks ago the rate was in the J$127 range. Businesses and consumers are anxious and need to know what is going on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 1, 2019 5:54:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “I can’t pass judgement on the case. I wasn’t there. I haven’t heard the police’s account, but the circumstances are very sad. We have a schoolboy killed in a room, apparently in a yard, and he was alone when that happened … . The circumstances are very sad,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “In terms of taking action such as blocking the road, I understand how hurt and frustrated you feel about this kind of thing, but at some point, we have to allow calm to be restored,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "It's like a person on trial choosing their own prosecutor, judge and jury," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:45:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "Is like a person on trial choosing their own prosecutor, judge and jury," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 29, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding wrote : "I have asked the PAC clerk to proceed to convene a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee on that date (January 8) to resume our review of the auditor general's report on Petrojam/PCJ," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 8, 2019 10:55:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asserted : “There is no more time to waste. Jamaica is clearly falling behind in global competitiveness, to the detriment of our people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:27:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This is just the latest of several objective international indicators showing that the Government is not addressing the bureaucratic and structural weaknesses that are holding back the country's economy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:18:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The Government's inability to drive effective growth-inducing reforms to improve Jamaica's business climate is clearly having sustained negative consequences for Jamaica's international competitiveness. This is also contributing to the fall in the rate of GDP growth, from 2.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2018 down to 1.8 per cent in the third quarter, another disappointing outcome,” “They inherited an economy that was turned around by immense national sacrifice and focused, competent Government. But despite all the prosperity-hype, what we are in fact witnessing is their failure to tackle the causes of economic under-performance,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:18:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : "This is obviously a critical time for us to be united around moving forward in a positive direction. We will support, as the Opposition, the efforts of the PSOJ to lobby the Government to elevate corporate-governance standards," "As we have seen in recent times and in looking backwards, there is grave danger in not having solid governance principles applied and followed in entities that are charged with responsibility for the public, including the management of assets" External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding noted : "In that meeting, more came out as to what was the effective blocking of the internal audit function within the PCJ group from operating in a robust way so as to protect public assets. It's a litany of woes that have been taking place there," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “That sounds very odd to me. I cannot see, if an internal audit is necessary from an oversight point of view, in order to deal with irregularities, how the fact that the company is going through its normal financial audit should, in any way, stymie that process proceeding,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Karl Samuda ) : “I have a memorandum from the Houses of Parliament telling me that due to the fact that there was no majority decision of the committee to convene a meeting of the PAC, I have been instructed by Minister Karl Samuda, leader of government business in the House of Representatives, to withdraw the services of the staff of Parliament from these proceedings with immediate effect,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “That is deserving of censure, Mr Speaker,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding declared : “The auditor general was present, the permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister was present, the general manager of PCJ was present, the general manager of Petrojam was present, and about 15 to 20 other executives [were present],” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Mikael Phillips ) : “At one point, there was an email sent to me saying that five members were against holding the meeting and four were in favour. The reason for that was because one of our members, Mikael Phillips, his email was overlooked,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I did not summon anybody, Mr Prime Minister,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:12:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
candidate0.27%EN10/27/201727/10/2017
senator36.99%EN10/13/201713/10/2017
leader of opposition business2.19%EN10/07/201707/10/2017
opposition business senator1.92%EN09/25/201725/09/2017
justice3.01%EN08/04/201704/08/2017
leader1.64%EN07/25/201725/07/2017
justice senator2.47%EN07/08/201708/07/2017
spokesman1.10%EN06/28/201728/06/2017
minister of justice4.11%EN06/11/201711/06/2017
justice minister27.12%EN05/03/201703/05/2017
former justice minister5.75%EN05/03/201703/05/2017
minister4.11%EN05/03/201703/05/2017
chairman0.27%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
mp0.27%EN07/30/201630/07/2016
opponent0.55%EN07/28/201628/07/2016
general secretary0.27%EN07/18/201618/07/2016
predecessor0.27%EN07/04/201604/07/2016
spokesperson0.27%EN06/13/201613/06/2016
former minister of justice0.27%EN06/05/201605/06/2016
administration senator0.27%EN05/23/201623/05/2016
minister of justice senator3.29%EN11/18/201318/11/2013
justice minister senator3.56%EN10/28/201328/10/2013
Names Lang Count
Mark GoldingEN99.18%
Mark GoldingSA0.41%
Mark GoldingES0.20%
Mark GoldingFR0.20%
Mark GoldingPT0.00%


 
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Nigel Clarke said ( about Mark Golding ) : “If Mr Golding’s logic is correct, where was the BOJ dividend then?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Damion Crawford said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark is the most ready for the next two years. [General] election is not the next two years, and we can't change [the leader] again. Nobody can come two years' time and seh 'wi ready now'. Dem a go seh, 'Why yuh never ready from dem long time deh?' ” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 6, 2020 2:42:00 PM EAT

Damion Crawford stated ( about Mark Golding ) : “The leaked conversation was part of organised work. The effort I put into the last elections cannot be questioned, and I have been 100 per cent committed to the PNP in everything that I do. I contributed to the manifesto. I tried my best to defend and to sell, and that is where I developed and gained much appreciation for Golding in that period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 6, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Damion Crawford said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark is the most ready for the next two years. [General] election is not the next two years, and we can’t change [the leader] again. Nobody can come two years’ time and seh ‘we ready now’. Dem a go seh ‘Why yuh never ready from dem long time deh?’” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 30, 2020 10:21:00 PM EAT

Damion Crawford said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark is the most ready for the next two years. [General] election is not the next two years, and we can’t change [the leader] again. Nobody can come two years’ time and seh ‘we ready now’. Dem a go seh ‘Why yuh never ready from dem long time deh?’” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 30, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Brown Burke said ( about Mark Golding ) : “My sole focus was towards the campaign and to ensure a Golding victory,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Lisa Hanna said ( about Mark Golding ) : “I have loved every moment of the journey. Walking with you and talking with you. I've called Comrade Mark Golding and congratulated him on his victory. I committed my continued service and support to party, and to him as our new leader. We have much work to do, and must come together in love, and choose unity,” “To my indefatigable campaign team — and Comrades in arms that worked tirelessly to bring us together and make this campaign possible across the length and breadth of Jamaica — thank you for everything you have done. To my family, with their love and support, I have walked through countless fires with you. To my wonderful husband Richard [Lake], and my son Alex [Panton], thank you for standing by my side every step of the way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 9, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Danny Roberts said ( about Mark Golding ) : “The first order of business would be for him [Golding] to send a signal that the differences are now behind us and that everybody needs to come under the big tent and begin to work towards building a credible Opposition. In the final analysis, what all of this survey means for me is a robust political environment in which we have two contending parties who are able to articulate and argue their differences for the public to decide who they believe is better to lead them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “It was no secret that the party was at a financial low when I took over as general secretary. A year or two later Mark Golding came on board as treasurer and his fund-raising ability at that time was instrumental in turning around the fortunes of the party – getting us sufficient resources to win a landslide election at the end of 2011,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Fitz Jackson added ( about Mark Golding ) : “The Comrade wished to meet in my constituency and I am the political leader. As [PNP] chairman, I recognise my role to take no part in the election campaigning, no endorsement of any candidate, directly or indirectly, but I extended a civil conduct in welcoming her to the constituency, which I will extend to Mark Golding if the request is made,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 24, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “We have the same set of principles as far as it applies to political leadership and movement. I know he has tremendous intellect and capacity for work that he will apply to rebuilding the party,” “Whatever role that president Mark Golding asks me to serve in, I will do so. Right now, I am not looking beyond November 7. My focus is on getting Mark elected. Whatever role I have, if any, is secondary to that. I am 100 per cent focused on November 7” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Brown Burke said ( about Mark Golding ) : "I'm supporting Mark Golding because I see Mark as an individual whose own performance and interactions in his constituency and in the party [has shown he] is a concensus builder, and I think that the party needs someone who understands what that means. I see him as a humble, yet respectful leader, a transformative leader, and that is what I believe the PNP needs at this time if we are to assure that we can capture the imagination of 60-odd per cent of individuals who didn't come out to vote," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:03:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding pointed out ( about Mark Golding ) : “At a time when Jamaica is exiting the IMF Programme and the country should be moving forward with confidence, the engine of our economy is faltering," Mark Golding, the Opposition spokesperson on Finance and Public Service, highlighted today in a media release. "Growth has slowed to less than 1-in-4, leaving the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with a failing grade,” “Alongside this paltry growth performance, fear grips the land. Crime is out of control, with murders and other serious crimes even higher than last year. The dengue crisis continues, with public health services in a dismal state," he continued, adding that "the Government has also acquired a dismal track record for corruption". With prosperity being an illusion for many, the Opposition said "the people will be looking for better in 2020” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:54:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark [Golding], as chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), can catalogue a number of wrong decisions. A wall that the National Works Agency (NWA) would build for $29 million at Petrojam is just stopped, and a contract for more than three times the price was given by emergency procurement,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark [Golding], as chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), can catalogue a number of wrong decisions. A wall that the National Works Agency (NWA) would build for $29 million at Petrojam is just stopped, and a contract for more than three times the price was given by emergency procurement,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

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Mark Golding said : “There has not been a wage adjustment at the very bottom of the scale for over three years, and since then there has been significant price increases,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 4:38:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “So yes, I believe that there may be some employers who might not be able to employ somebody for a five-day week at that rate, but then if they can employ somebody for four or three days, then that person is free to do other things on those [other] two days; whether to earn additional income, or to do whatever they wish with their time. But, at least, I think for those employers who can afford to pay the minimum that I have suggested, they should do so, and I think it will actually, overall, improve the cohesion and address some of the issues of poverty in the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 4:38:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There has not been a wage adjustment at the very bottom of the scale for over three years, and since then there has been significant price increases,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “So yes, I believe that there may be some employers who might not be able to employ somebody for a five-day week at that rate, but then if they can employ somebody for four or three days, then that person is free to do other things on those [other] two days; whether to earn additional income, or to do whatever they wish with their time. But, at least, I think for those employers who can afford to pay the minimum that I have suggested, they should do so, and I think it will actually, overall, improve the cohesion and address some of the issues of poverty in the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We haven’t been notified of them. We haven’t been given any schedule of them and our participation has been excluded and I think that’s the wrong approach on an issue like this,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is remarkable that we have gone through six years in which there have been so many documented breaches of propriety and proper governance and we have not had anybody held accountable other than in the case of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “in every other case, we have not heard of any action being taken” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This kind of deferential treatment undermines social cohesion, it breeds cynicism and resentment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 12:20:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We must end the educational apartheid in this country once and for all,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 18, 2021 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This kind of differential treatment undermines social cohesion. It breeds cynicism and resentment in the land,” “Our mission is to eliminate the structures of inequality and unfairness that we have inherited from our colonial past” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 18, 2021 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I'm calling on this government to move the current minimum wage to $12,000 and repair that broken promise that was made to the Jamaican people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “The next PNP Administration commits to annual increases in the minimum wage to keep up with the cost of living. We will protect our workers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “Domestic violence is higher than ever. Violent crime is fed by a general lack of moral norms, discipline and behavioural standards which, as a nation we must address,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding observed : “has failed to achieve constant annual growth of even two per cent,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding declared : "Ultimately, the decision on whether or not to go that route must be theirs via a referendum. Let the people decide, don't leave it to the politicians," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asked : “But will this benefit the people of Portmore?” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Why does the Jamaica Labour Party want to make Portmore the only parish without those facilities?” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Our calls for an independent inquiry into the circumstances of that debacle have so far gone unheeded, and I repeat the call again today. We want to know, the people of Jamaica deserve to know why that happened,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 18, 2021 2:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The PM wrote to me on the 1st of September saying that he wanted me to be a part of a national vaccination effort and that his office would provide further details; however, those details have not been provided. The PM has effectively rolled out this campaign with a national road programme as a JLP campaign, and I and the other Opposition MPs [Members of Parliament] have been excluded from that process,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:40:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I have been calling for the Disaster Risk Management Council to be used as a vehicle for making the major decisions related to the country’s management of the COVID-19 crisis. I have been calling for the council to meet, but those calls have gone unanswered. The PM wrote to me on the 1st of September, saying that he wanted me to be a part of a national vaccination effort and that his office would provide further details; however, those details have not been provided,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:33:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "No call. No follow-up to bring greetings, and you didn't inform me of a launch date nor of any blitz dates since then," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 17, 2021 5:05:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding remarked ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The PM has effectively rolled out this campaign with a national road programme as a JLP [Jamaica Labour Party] campaign, and I and the other opposition MPs [Members of Parliament] have been excluded from that process,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 17, 2021 3:16:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "No call. No follow-up to bring greetings, and you didn't inform me of a launch date nor of any blitz dates since then," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 16, 2021 6:58:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “There is no indemnification offered by the Government or the manufacturers of the vaccine. How are you going to mandate somebody that they must take a vaccine if you're not prepared to stand behind them if they get sick or otherwise suffer an adverse reaction? I don't see that as possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I don’t see that as possible,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding declared : "Our position is that with over 70 per cent of the population polling against mandatory vaccination, we don't think that it is practical or right to try and implement mandatory vaccination," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:28:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "The country was led to believe that the Pfizer vaccines were no longer available because supplies have been fully utilised," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 12, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : "I don't know what the Government is doing to try to encourage people to come in and use them up before they expire, but this will be a real tragedy to lose 60,000 doses," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 1, 2021 1:02:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The vaccination programme in the country is being poorly handled in my opinion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We are reaping the effects of that negligence,” “There is no real programme to persuade people to get vaccinated, and we know that Jamaica has a lot of vaccine hesitancy, reluctance, fear, misunderstanding, and so on, include among vulnerable people in the society” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “I don’t know that people are going to come into a place with a very low level of vaccination, so that is something we have to continue to hammer at, and I think we need a proper public relations programme that gets behind, and ahead of, some of the social media hype and misinformation that is so prevalent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding suggested : “We are one of the least-vaccinated countries in the English-speaking Caribbean region right now, and that does not go all well for the recovery of the economy because, at the end of the day, we need to keep ahead of the curve in terms of vaccination so that people can feel that they are coming into a place which has this thing under control. And, I don't think people are going to be comfortable coming to a place with very low levels of vaccination,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 3:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “We need a proper PR programme that gets behind and ahead of some of the social media hype and misinformation that is so prevalent,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 3:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “Hundreds of millions of people around the world are vaccinated, and the incidence of side effects or worse, fatality, is very, very minimal. There are many things that each of us does every day which are much more risky than getting vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 3:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The other concern is the fact that for the most part the security forces tend to be stationed at the entrances to the lanes, but a lot of what happens in terms of the shootings and murders take place inside the lanes, towards the back, places where different lanes converge at the back and therefore easy access and easy departure for the nefarious wrongdoers. And so the whole question of how the police and soldiers operate and are stationed, and how they move around and so on, those operational issues are of some concern to the residents,” “So overall they are happy for the enhanced presence and that stands to reason because obviously these are volatile areas which are not really under any kind of control” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is contentious in many minds on our side…and the whole question as to whether somebody supports the prime minister and will vote with the Government side or not is a real issue for somebody who, up until now, was a strident supporter of the prime minister, and there is no reason for suspecting that he is no longer that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 16, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The circumstances in which a member from that side is now being asked to sit on that side is a matter that we take very seriously,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:02:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “Under our constitutional arrangements it does not matter whether you are JLP or PNP or any P, what matters is whether you support the government's principles and programmes and vote with the prime minister on matters – that's what makes you a government MP,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 5:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The work he is doing, by teaching those younger than him at a time of great need, is truly inspirational. It was a pleasure to meet him and his family, and I hope his story continues to provide fellow Jamaicans with hope for the future,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 7, 2021 9:39:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “In the case of Vaz, he said that he will still continue to support the interests of the party, but right now he has to focus on his personal situation. We spoke last Saturday, he is fully on board with helping the party, but right now I don't think he wants to be a candidate,” “Politics has impacted the personal financial situation of some candidates. They had put their personal business on the back burner and are now trying to sort themselves out” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 6, 2021 9:54:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding expressed : "Today is a historic day because it is the first project that the trust fund is sponsoring and doing work on. Here in Petersfield, we helped a worker of the party who has been trying for some time to get her house up to scratch and she hasn't been able to do so on her own. And so, we put some strength behind that and I am very happy that she will be getting her home," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “In his honour, I committed to establish a trust fund that would support party workers who are in need of help, and we have set it up with a governance structure, found trustees who are custodians of the resources, and then a grants board drawn from each of the regions and the women’s movement of the party, who then makes the recommendation for who should be assisted,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 31, 2021 9:39:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added ( about Peace ) : "Justice of the Peace has signed statements included in those allegations of that nature and they never reported it to the police. The accuser is also potentially liable for not doing that. That must be investigated. If the children (now adults) exist, the police must find them. But if those people ratified what was said and the police believe there is a basis for charge, so be it. But, until that time, as far as I am concerned, there is nothing in place now that would warrant taking action against an otherwise outstanding and fine individual," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 1:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : "Nothing has been brought so far that warrants an action on his part and it would be a disservice to the struggle of the women in this country if there could be a manipulation of somebody's life to his detriment on the basis of false accusations that have not been substantiated," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 1:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : "Dayton Campbell, from the day that Karen Cross went to social media to make these nasty allegations against him, he has denied it constantly. He has sued her over it. The police have investigated it and found nothing. “Contrast that to George Wright. A video went viral. He went to the police and made a report. The victim went to the police and made a report at a separate police station. He (Wright) has never denied that the video is not him. He has taken a leave of absence from the house. He is no longer in the JLP (ruling Jamaica Labour Party). The police said they can't charge because both him and her no longer want to proceed with the case. And, the video isn't specifically clear enough to enable them to charge just on the basis of the video. There is no comparison between the two," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 1:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "If those accusations have been proven to be true or even sufficient credible evidence is brought to warrant a change, then, that is a different thing. That is not the situation here and I am asking Jamaica to think about it, because today for me, tomorrow for you. The same knife that stick sheep, stick goat. Justice must be at the centre of what we do," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 1:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The People's National Party is not opposed to the Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 30, 2021 12:22:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I look at it as the bigger picture and this is symptomatic of a problem that Jamaica has, which is the unequal application of the rules and laws of the country across different sectors of the society,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “The entertainment industry has been going through terrible pains for over a year. People have lost their income, lost their businesses, some have had to migrate to try and make a living elsewhere, and they really had no help, or very little help from the Government, in terms of trying to survive as an industry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “The entertainment industry that provides a living has been shut down effectively because of over a year of curfews and so on. People have lost their livelihoods, people had to migrate, it has been very disruptive. Then you see that foreigners can come here and party to their hearts content in complete violation of any form of social distancing and so on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding explained : “Simple larceny is petty theft, ‘tiefing’ smaller items, not typically something which would ever result in long periods of incarceration if you were successfully prosecuted,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 28, 2021 10:58:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “Just to give CHEC the project without allowing other interests and qualified contractors to bid for the work provides no transparency, no assurance of Jamaicans getting value for taxpayers' money, and that is not being fair to the Jamaican people. Matter of fact, this is selling out of the Jamaican people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding declared : “What you are articulating there represents the tyranny of the majority,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “What you're articulating there represents the tyranny of the majority,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 13, 2021 6:47:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding charged : “The order is bad on its face and should be withdrawn because it has not been approved by Parliament,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “Why has the Government skirted around ensuring a transparent procurement process since this project has been in the planning stage for a long time now? It seems far too convenient to come here for this request for a waiver of transparent procurement requirement at this eleventh hour,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “But just to give this foreign multinational the project at some negotiated price arrived at behind closed doors, without allowing other interested and qualified contractors to bid for the work, provides no transparency, no assurance of Jamaica getting value for taxpayers, and that is not being fair to the Jamaican people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “It is selling out the Jamaica people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I think it has been recognised that the party has a particular strength among the older Jamaican voters the demographic that remembers the heyday of the party in the era of social transformation of the 1970s in particular,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:16:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I look forward to the youth shadow Cabinet playing a role in demonstrating the vibrancy of the PNP with the youth-centred focus that we believe is so critical. Also, the importance of the voice of young people in helping us to develop policy positions and in monitoring what is going on in the society, where the Government is falling short, which is in many different areas of life,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:16:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding added : “In the meantime, for the younger cohort we need to strengthen our appeal to that grouping and of course it makes sense because youths are the present and the future. They are the persons who can think outside the box; they come with a higher level of energy and a fresher approach to seeing the reality around us and analysing it and charting solutions that can take the country forward,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:16:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “He served in this Parliament in both Houses, and from what I understand, he served with distinction,” External link

jis Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It was only tabled today (Wednesday). This is a massive project, and I would like to have the opportunity to discuss it amongst the Opposition to see what position we are going to take on it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:08:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “He was a wonderful broadcaster, veteran of the business. He was always a pleasure to be around – friendly, calm, cool, easy-going and the kind of person who I think embodied the best traditions of the journalistic profession. Whatever his personal view was on a matter, it wasn't obvious. He just wanted to hear from you. We have lost a son of the soil, great journalist, and I know he is somebody who is well-loved by the Jamaican public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding contended : “Persons do not have a right to be absent, they have to seek leave. You have granted around two months’ leave to the individual. We are all paid to represent our constituencies here and to attend meetings of this House,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “But, where the minister is now venturing is to say what he wants to see ventilated in these proceedings. Those proceedings are brought by the Government of the Netherlands in respect of their own investigation of that company and they have specific issues that they would like to hear from persons who may have that information,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:13:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding shouted : “That is the only reason why the issue was raised, today,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:13:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “This is the kind of inaction that we need to change. We need to be more prompt and proactive in responding to real issues when they are identified,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:41:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “This is the kind of inaction that we need to change. We need to be more prompt and proactive in responding to real issues when they are identified,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:41:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The events concerned took place in 2006, which is 15 years ago, and the delay in completing this mutual legal assistance process has dragged the matter out for far too long,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:52:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding urged : “The information requested by the Dutch authorities should now be provided without delay. Let the truth come out, and let the chips fall where they may,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:52:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The information requested by the Dutch authorities should now be provided without delay. Let the truth come out and let the chips fall where they may,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Dutch company which made the political donation is under investigation in the Netherlands for an alleged breach of Dutch law. No offence is alleged under Jamaican law, and no one in the PNP is under investigation,” “The information requested by the Dutch authorities should now be provided without delay. Let the truth come out, and let the chips fall where they may” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 19, 2021 10:11:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “At least that brings some form of almost closure in the sense that persons will be held accountable for this,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 19, 2021 11:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Dr Ford was a champion for social justice, who represented the People's National Party in NW St Andrew over three election cycles. He was also a community physician par excellence. His calling went beyond a distinguished medical field, and he achieved an uncommon convergence of professionalism, advocacy and public service,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “What remains unclear is tasers. I'll commit to doing some further research and advocating for them to be permitted for personal protection if they should be considered in the same category as pepper spray or mace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There is a lot of misinformation going around in social media. Please just pay attention to the official information provided by the Ministry of Health and by the World Health Organization… don't take chances with your life or your loved ones' lives. Get vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We do not typically, in our democracy, allow a minister, whether it is the prime minister or any minister, to create criminal offences without coming to Parliament to have them approved. That is the issue I have with it,” “I am uncomfortable with proceeding by giving the executive the power to create criminal offences without parliamentary approval,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 24, 2021 10:03:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There is a lot of misinformation being spread around, a lot of fear and anxiety. But, this COVID is a deadly disease and our people are dying daily from it, so please listen to the information from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, from the World Health Organization (WHO) and do what you need to do to protect yourselves and your families, by getting vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “They are today's heroes and heroines, who have been giving service beyond the call of duty, in the most adverse circumstances. We salute them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “With a negative growth of around 12 per cent, and with over 100,000 people losing their jobs, the hardship out there is real,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The response of the Jamaica people to that was to say, 'How is this Government so out of touch with the reality'. That cannot feed a family for two weeks and that is all that the poorest people have got from the Government over eight months and they are not looking to spend any more,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “So a one per cent increase in the debt-to-GDP ratio is not a huge risk,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “So my point is, prime minister, the people need help and they need help that is adequate and sufficient and it can be done. It will not set back the country in any major way if you do it. To the contrary, it will protect the country, strengthen the country and allow us to bounce back faster,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “This is when the Government should alter its direction if experience and data show that their approach is failing to meet the needs of the people. At this time of crisis, people must be the priority. People must be at the centre of policy. However, in the face of the deep economic and social crisis, the response of the Government, in my view, has been to continue its tight embrace of fiscal conservatism,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “If we had to borrow to fund an additional one per cent of GDP and spent it in the way that we have identified, investing it in the people, helping businesses and also building out the tech infrastructure so that we can modernise the economy in the post-pandemic world, it will generate more rapid recovery, more revenue to the Government and the ability to service the borrowings better,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding charged ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Jamaica is not in anyone’s backyard. We are no puppet or stooge to any foreign power. We are not for sale,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asserted : “This devaluation dis-proportionately hurts low-income people. In using the $17.9 billion of foreign exchange gains from the Bank of Jamaica to fund its Budget, the Government is essentially treating the devaluation as a form of tax,” “It is a regressive indirect form of taxation paid in particular by less-well-off Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding charged : “My point is that the profits of the Bank of Jamaica that were derived from the depreciation in the value of the Jamaican dollar [have] hurt the people. So, to stay that it is good policy and to be extolling as some kind of virtue, I think that was inappropriate,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “This Budget does not do right for the Jamaican people, especially the poor, those earning low wages, the unemployed and the elders struggling to survive on a meagre pension that has not increased since 2018,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding declared : “This industry can assist in the economic recovery of Jamaica, providing much-needed foreign exchange and creating employment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding urged : “It is now time to go further,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding proposed : “We will take the law relating to the lawful cannabis industry out of the Dangerous Drugs Act altogether. We will enact a cannabis industry development act to support the inclusive development and growth of this industry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We would empower householders to monetise this benefit by allowing them to sell their ganja to licensed processors and retailers, creating an important new economic opportunity to supplement the income of Jamaican households,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This is when the Government should alter its direction if experience and data show that their approach is failing to meet the needs of the people. At this time of crisis, people must be the priority. People must be at the centre of policy. However, in the face of the deep economic and social crisis, the response of the Government, in my view, has been to continue its tight embrace of fiscal conservatism,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 8:42:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Irrespective of what the minister of health and wellness says, the reality is that our number of daily confirmed cases has been hitting unprecedented levels, week after week. The health system is now reeling under the pressure. Hospitals are bursting at the seams and many patients have not been able to find beds,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 8:42:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Our belief is that adequate resources through social investment for crime prevention are central to any efforts for sustained violence reduction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 8:42:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Government and Opposition have not had even a single meeting since I became the leader of the Opposition. We should restart the Vale Royal Talks. The nation needs us to work together to tackle the current crisis. Mr Prime Minister, I urge you to do the right thing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 8:42:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There is a lot of misinformation being spread around, a lot of fear and anxiety. But, this COVID is a deadly disease and our people are dying daily from it, so please listen to the information from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, from the World Health Organization and do what you need to do to protect yourselves and your families, by getting vaccinated,” External link

jis Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “They are today’s heroes and heroines, who have been giving service beyond the call of duty, in the most adverse circumstances. We salute them,” External link

jis Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The human toll of violent crime in Jamaica is also severe. Apart from the tragic impact on the victims, their families and friends, it depresses national morale and undermines our hopes and aspirations for the future,” “Jamaica has been burdened with an exceptionally high violent crime rate for decades. The causes are complex, and include the impact of transnational organised crime, local criminal gangs, poor social conditions in many communities, and dysfunctional aspects of our culture which are sometimes legitimized in the popular culture,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding told : “We will take the law relating to the lawful cannabis industry out of the Dangerous Drugs Act altogether, and enact a Cannabis Industry Development Act to support the inclusive development and growth of this industry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We will ensure inclusion of small farmers, who are now effectively excluded from the lawful industry. We will reduce the barriers to entry, and support them by encouraging cooperatives that are linked to well capitalised processors, supplying small farmers with the best inputs and technology to grow and sell back high quality and safe medical ganja at fair prices,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We will also promulgate new regulations to enable the Rastafari community to reap economic benefits from the cultivation and use of their sacramental herb. The law already allows the Minister of Justice to make these regulations, but this still has not happened,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Hundreds of thousands of students have received very little education since schools closed in March last year” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Many children are now on the streets romping during school hours. Some have joined the workforce in an effort to help to feed their families. They may never come back into formal schooling, without a targeted intervention. The consequences will be severe for them and for the entire society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The annual budget is the Government's opportunity to change priorities and adjust policies. This is when the Government should alter its direction, if experience and data show that their approach is failing to meet the needs of the people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding told : “This is half of the amount provided in the fiscal year now ending, which itself proved to be far too little. This budget does not do right by the Jamaican people, especially the poor, those earning low wages, the unemployed, and elders struggling to survive on the meagre NIS (National Insurance Scheme) pension that has not been increased since 2018,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “So, in essence, the Bank of Jamaica has profited from the volatility and devaluation of the Jamaican currency over the three years. This is the same devaluation which has made life harder for the Jamaican people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asserted : “This devaluation disproportionately hurts low-income people. In using the $17.9 billion of foreign exchange gains from the Bank of Jamaica to fund its Budget, the Government is essentially treating the devaluation as a form of tax,” “It is a regressive indirect form of taxation paid in particular by less-well-off Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding contended : “We know that many potential student loan applicants from low-income homes cannot find a suitable guarantor. The requirement of finding a guarantor works against children from low-income families,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding declared : “The financing of tertiary education needs to be transformed, especially for young people who just don’t have it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “With the advent of a new and more progressive administration in Washington, the Government’s unfortunate dance with the Trump administration has been laid bare,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asserted : “Jamaica is not in anyone’s backyard. We are no puppet or stooge to any foreign power. We are not for sale!" Golding charged. "As Michael Manley once courageously said, 'we walk the world stage on our feet, not on our knees',” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is with deep sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Neville O'Riley Livingston, OM, known to the world as Bunny Wailer,” “Bunny grew up in Trench Town, South St Andrew, the constituency I represent, so his passing truly hits home,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Thomas ) : “Comrade Thomas had been a loyal and faithful member of the PNP for more than four decades and the news of his passing has come as a shock to us. We offer our sincere condolence to his family and business associates,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 1, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Thomas ) : “Peter Thomas was an outstanding Jamaican. May his soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon him,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 1, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding told : “This is where things can go off track. The quality of the drafting instructions is very important, and varies widely within the public service. The more detailed and well developed the drafting instructions, the easier it is for the draftsman to convert that into legislation in the form of a draft bill,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “The problem is really not with the CPC’s office, although they do need additional drafters. ... Far too often, important policy issues have not been adequately thought through when the drafting instructions are sent to CPC. As a result, the drafter is not just putting into legislative language the policy that has been developed by the policymakers, but often has to try to fill in the policy gaps, which is not the role of the drafter,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “They must be able to identify muddled thinking and gaps in the policy that has been developed by the ministry, so that these are thought through and resolved before drafting instructions are prepared and sent to the CPC’s office,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “I am saddened by what I am seeing here; people who have been living on these lands for generations suddenly have their lives disrupted. It is an indictment on Jamaica that we would be treating people like this,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 26, 2021 9:00:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "It remains the prime minister's job to use all his powers, influence and network to procure an adequate supply of vaccines for the country. There is no task that is more important to Jamaica's recovery, survival and future, than this right now. Jamaica should be leveraging all international relationships and friends to get this done. We are late out the blocks, but we must get organised and do whatever we can to protect our people," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:14:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : "It turns out they were doing nothing to try and source vaccines for the country. Instead, government put all its eggs in one basket, the Covax facility, only to tell us in January that their target for vaccination was a paltry 16 per cent of the population for all of 2021, beginning mid-February. That has not happened. I and others pointed out that this was entirely unsatisfactory, as Jamaica needs herd immunity to have any chance of economic recovery and a return to normal life without COVID. It is only very recently that government has started to scramble to source additional vaccines. Other countries have secured orders of supply and have started to roll out their vaccination programme. Jamaica is very late and money is not the problem. The budget just tabled has $6 billion to pay for sufficient vaccines to achieve herd immunity," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:14:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We would like to see the contract made public and tabled in Parliament. We want to know what guarantees and indemnities are in that contract and what compensation is there for the person operating the app,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Maybe the three-day development process we were told about was free, but are they being remunerated for operating the app or not? Who owns the data on that app that was put up on the portal? These are important issues that the public has a strong interest in knowing. It is very unfortunate that this has happened,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding charged : “Other countries have solicited gifts of vaccine and started to roll out their vaccination programmes to their populations. Jamaica is very late. The Government is guilty of gross negligence in this critical matter,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding contended : “As leader of the country, it was, and remains, the prime minister’s job to use all his power and influence and network to procure an adequate supply of vaccines for the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “The Government has been seriously negligent in sourcing vaccines and has thereby failed to protect the Jamaican people” “It was known to governments from inception that the COVAX facility would only provide a relatively small portion of each country’s needs. Despite that, nothing was done towards securing required quantities from other sources,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "Beckford contributed greatly to a very creative period in the development of Jamaican music, and we pay tribute to him for his courage and innovation," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 19, 2021 12:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Through his Stur Gav sound system, this legendary Jamaican mentored and exposed aspiring talents including Josey Wales, Charlie Chaplin, Frankie Paul, Tenor Saw and Early B,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 18, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding added : “We offer our prayers and support to his family and close associates in this time of grief and sadness. May his soul rest in peace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 18, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Denham Town and Mount Salem orders have been in effect since 2017 and every 60 days they come here to be renewed. The Greenwich Town and August Town are more receent but this is not the first time they are being renewed. We recognise that ZOSO represents an attempt to grapple with the phenomenon of high levels of violent crimes, gang-related and otherwise. The use of the zone of special operations legislation has been so limited over the three plus years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 11, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “And when it comes to things like supermarkets, gas stations, etc. where people have to come off the road, and be home by 8pm, there is more pressure to get things done. That could be counterproductive,” External link

caycompass Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding added : “And when it comes to things like supermarkets, gas stations, etc. where people have to come off the road, and be home by 8 p.m., there is more pressure to get things done. That could be counterproductive,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “I hear you talk about more gang [members] before the courts, but the truth of the matter of is that the record of prosecuting gang offences is woeful. We have had cases that have collapsed, cases where people have had to be let go, we have had one trial, that I am aware of, which secured a conviction for gang activities and it was only a partial success because many of the persons before the court were set free. So don't say the Government is achieving great things in prosecuting serious crimes, it is not true,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There is a feeling that the Government needs to speak to the nation as to how it will tackle those issues, especially at this time when the states of emergency (SOE) option is not on the table, the courts having. ruled that it is not constitutional but we are concerned that we are not really hearing any new strategies being outlined. The spike in the murder rate is some what similar to the spike in the COVID rate and the whole nation is anxious to see how this is going to be addressed. The whole level of insecurity is growing and it must be responded to,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “You can count on us to be supportive of any legitimate, authentic and lawful act to make this country safe, inside Parliament and outside Parliament, but we are not happy with how things are looking now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The submerged pump has traditionally been run on electricity and because the community had chronic water problems, Boys' Town had to ensure that the pump provided water for the community and it ran up the light bill to an unsustainable level,” “It is good that today we can be celebrating something positive, something uplifting, and something transformational in Trench Town. What this event shows is the importance of partnerships, strategic collaboration and determination not to give in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:00:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There is a feeling that the government needs to speak to the nation as to how it will tackle those issues especially at this time when the States of Emergency option is not on the table, the Courts having ruled that it is not constitutional but we are concerned that we are not really hearing any new strategies being outlined. The spike in the murder rate is somewhat similar to the spike in the covid rate and the whole nation is anxious to see how this is going to be addressed. The whole level of insecurity is growing and it must be responded to with an effective response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:56:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This is not just about sport, for many of these people, this is about their livelihood and their family’s livelihood, and, of course, all around it, there is an economy – it is similar to entertainment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:24:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Gleaner ) : “This morning’s (Monday’s) incidents are further evidence of the severity of the crisis of violence in our nation, where Jamaica has become a place in which our most vulnerable and defenceless can be so heartlessly attacked and murdered in our capital,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, January 26, 2021 4:04:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This morning’s (Monday’s) incidents are further evidence of the severity of the crisis of violence in our nation, where Jamaica has become a place in which our most vulnerable and defenceless can be so heartlessly attacked and murdered in our capital,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This morning's incidents are further evidence of the severity of the crisis of violence in our nation, where Jamaica has become a place in which our most vulnerable and defenceless can be so heartlessly attacked and murdered in our capital” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Kamala Harris ) : “We in this Caribbean region anticipate with great optimism that Kamala Harris will facilitate an even stronger relationship between the United States Government and the governments and peoples of the Caribbean,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “Achieving herd immunity in the population is critical to not only our public health but also to our economic recovery, and to hear that the Government's ambition is to achieve 16 per cent of the population being immunised in a year and then it's not till the following year that we may have another 16 per cent, when to achieve herd immunity the general consensus is that it must be around 60 per cent of the population that must be immunised, I think that is unsatisfactory; we must aim significantly higher than that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:44:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Father Lee was a member of a generation of patriots who helped define who we are as Jamaicans. He represented excellence, and his work will inspire generations to come. As a broadcaster, his affable personality captivated audiences and made him a favourite to Jamaicans at home and abroad,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “May Easton Lee's soul rest in peace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Almighty God ) : “As your president today, I recommit to leading with courage and conviction on the shoulders of all who have served before and through the guidance and direction of Almighty God. I have assumed this leadership position with humility, with optimism and a deep sense of responsibility. As your leader, I recommit myself to our movement, as I ask you to join me in doing so,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I believe this fund is symbolic of our party's journey of recommitment. We all stand on the shoulders of those unheralded stalwarts who do the political work on the ground for the People's National Party,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We recommit ourselves to what is really an existential task. It requires both an act of will and of faith. It is a matter of deliberate choice: choosing the path of reconnection with the people of Jamaica; choosing the path of the development of a solid, progressive policy platform which tackles the deep structural challenges facing our country; choosing the path of rebuilding our organisation from the base to the centre; choosing the path of commitment to integrity and honesty in the conduct of our affairs and the nation's business; and ultimately choosing the path of a bright future for our party and our nation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We are moving beyond and away from the millstones of factionalism, internal discord, and the elevation of personal, selfish ambitions above the collective interest of our great party,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 18, 2021 9:26:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “So, we recommit ourselves to what is really an existential task. It requires both an act of will and of faith. It is a matter of deliberate choice ... choosing the path of reconnection with the people of Jamaica, choosing a path of development of a solid, progressive policy platform which tackles the deep structural challenges,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 18, 2021 9:26:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “On behalf of the People's National Party, I would like to express best wishes to Jamaicans at home and abroad for 2021,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “We all hope that in 2021 Jamaica will make substantial progress in overcoming the tremendous challenges experienced in 2020, a year in which the vulnerabilities of many sections of the society have been exposed, with resulting increases in unemployment and poverty, and worsening inequality,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Here in Jamaica we must continue to help and support one another in these difficult times, showing the true Jamaican spirit of caring and sharing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The structure of the trust instrument [constitutes] a grants board which will receive applications for assistance under the fund and make recommendations to the trustee. The grants board will be representative of the different regions into which Jamaica is divided, in terms of the structure of the party and the women's movement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 15, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I just want to say how pleased I am that this is moving forward, and I believe it is important that our party workers feel loved and cared for. This is something I think will contribute to that, and it is really an honour to name it after the conceptualiser and founder of our party, Mr O T Fairclough,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 15, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is a commitment that I gave in my campaign for the presidency of the party and, therefore, it was something that I wanted to work on as soon as the election was over and we have been working on this,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The PNP is commencing a period of renewal and rebuilding which involves attracting fresh talent at all levels of the party. It is important that we develop an efficient team to modernise the approach to political management, and Ms Anderson’s recruitment from the private sector indicates the priority we place on managing the PNP’s financial affairs at this critical juncture,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 9:27:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding told : “There is, of course, some unfinished work to be done ... . There remains some constitutional reforms which we would like to see pushed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 8, 2020 10:05:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “That would mean 13 years of extraction of resources from the NHT of $11.4 billion a year. I don't see how it can be possibly said that taking that level of resources out of the trust doesn't weaken the trust's ability to address the supply side issue. It doesn't make sense to me to say that, taking $57 billion out of the NHT, over the next five fiscal years, is not going to impact the trust's ability to partner with the private sector to deliver affordable housing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 2, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding noted : “What I don't like about the idea of extending for a one-year period is that it creates significant uncertainty as to when it will actually be held during that one-year period,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Comrades, we all know that the party has been suffering from these little internal negative feelings — some of it going back some time, some of it more recent — but I think everybody in the party recognises that for us to regain the strength and power of the People's National Party we have to change that culture. That culture is destructive; that's a culture that is weakening the party in the eyes of the Jamaican people and in reality,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:42:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding added : “All of us have to think wisely and say what it is that we need to do to make the party strong again. It must be about focusing on what the party needs. The party definitely doesn't need for one Comrade to be tearing down another Comrade, especially in a public space,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:42:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We all know that the party has been suffering from these little internal negative feelings – some of it going back some time, some of it more recent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “It will be a collaborative effort and I hope everybody will buy in to it. Nuh care how long it takes, we will do it, and the party will be stronger … ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “He's a hard worker. He's very bright, savvy and good with numbers. He's a good organiser. He entered the politics quite young and some of the brashness of youth may have manifested at times, but since he and I have been working closely, I've been mentoring him and I've seen significant maturity emerging... So I'm hoping that the NEC will respect that choice and elect him as the general secretary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 19, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “I am grateful to all those who had the trust and confidence in me to provide this opportunity to serve my country Jamaica in this new role,” External link

ghanaweb Friday, November 13, 2020 6:40:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There’s no need to relocate the residents. They don’t want to be relocated. Just clean the gully and maintain the gully edge; that’s all that needs to happen,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 13, 2020 11:20:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Nevertheless, we need not oppose for oppose sake, but always with the objective of strengthening good governance and accountability in the affairs of the nation” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “So, I don't see the point of trying to infer, or any innuendos to say that this is some form of one-sided political issue. It's a socio-economic issue, and having a partisan approach to it is really not helpful and it's not truthful either,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Now, more than ever, our nation needs a strong and responsive Opposition. Though our numbers in Parliament are relatively small, wi likkle, but wi tallawah,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “We want to really go through a process of bringing everyone together. After a campaign, that is always important. We are going to go about it in a deliberate way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “Our canvass was very good, and I wasn’t really surprised,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I don’t personally think that there is any political affiliation in that – that is a socio-economic problem,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Despite the intensification of the public-health crisis since the election, that committee has not been reconstituted. As a result, the Opposition no longer has an inclusive voice in strategising with the Government in response to the pandemic crisis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I urge the Government to find a suitable way of honouring her in keeping with the immense national pride and joy that her electoral success has brought to our people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This party will be a big tent for all of us. I am ready to sit down with you and your team to share our vision for the People’s National Party,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 9, 2020 4:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I respect the foundation on which we stand, built by our founding fathers and mothers and by the great leaders who came after them. I value the creative energies and fresh ideas of our youth. I believe in a combination of old and new and in-between, and that is what we need for a stronger future,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I want our teams to meet and have a good heart-to-heart, authentic communication about how we are going to build our party and make it strong,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “coordinating the administration of the workers at the centres” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The delegates have made their mark for a new leader who has a proven track record of delivering results and a leader who is not divisive and who is inclusive,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 8, 2020 4:15:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Indeed, the world is different from what we knew it to be 24 hours ago,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 8, 2020 4:15:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We have done our work, we have run a respectful campaign, we’ve been stressing the need for unity and I am pleased with how people have been behaving for the most part,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 7, 2020 10:46:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “And the way we have been dealing with that is to reach out to them when it's brought to our attention that they have gone too far with what they have said and to try to ask them to take it down or retract it,” “Generally speaking, going forward we have to build a culture of respect for each other in how we discuss issues and also a need for discipline in how we present ourselves to the wider public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:21:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I am very satisfied with the way the campaign is going, the way the team has been performing, the response we have had on the ground and nationally, as well to the campaign,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 5, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “And the way we have been dealing with that is to reach out to them when it's brought to our attention that they have gone too far with what they have said and to try to ask them to take it down or retract it,” “Generally speaking, going forward we have to build a culture of respect for each other in how we discuss issues and also a need for discipline in how we present ourselves to the wider public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 5, 2020 8:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asserted : “The effect of Clause Six, in tandem with the definition of an attack, is that an owner of a dog can face criminal liability, including imprisonment, if the dog frightens somebody but doesn’t actually injure them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding commented : “There is nothing in the Act that deals with that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 29, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Omar Davies ) : “I’m humbled by the endorsement from one of my greatest mentors. I continue to learn from Dr Davies as an exemplary member of parliament for 23 years. His confidence in my bid for presidency has injected additional energy to our campaign ahead of the polls,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:04:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The infrastructure issues, of course, need to be tackled by the State. There is a limited amount that an MP can do in terms of infrastructure which requires substantial investment. But we have seen some amount of improvement in certain sections, in sewage, in the water lines, and in street lights,” “We still have some more work to do” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “The PNP as a movement is committed to the principle of social justice and equality of opportunity and access to opportunity in the society. I have embraced that, and that’s why I am part of the party. That is what I believe in,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I think that we need to modernise that (Maternity Leave Law) and make it consistent with what’s regarded as best practice internationally now. To the extent that our laws have become a little outdated, we should adjust them,” “I believe in consultation, and would need to consult broadly, including our women’s movements, the workers. The National Workers Union is a very important affiliate of our party and we would certainly want to hear what the workers feel about it, and indeed the business community because it would impact them” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “In principle, I think that Jamaica should be on the cutting edge when it comes to the rights of women,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Yes, it will go on whether or not I win. I am committed to establishing this fund as a legacy to the party and to the party workers, who are really the backbone of the party and have carried us forward over the years. We need to do something meaningful and something tangible to assist those of them who have served long and may have found themselves on hard times and living conditions maybe not up to a certain level, and so on,” “So, yes, it's absolutely something I'm committed to. I'm going to endow it, as I've said, with $15 million, and I hope that will be the yeast that will attract others to join me in building a very strong fund that can really help to show the communities in which our workers live, and the families of our workers, that the party cares for our own and we do so in a meaningful, tangible way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 24, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding told ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “My first order of business is to pull all of us together as one family. Once the 7th is over, whatever the result, we are going to come together and go through a process of healing, re-establishment of one united party so we can start the hard work of moving forward towards resuming our noble mission on behalf of the people of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “We have to really focus on rebuilding the organisation of the party, and especially the base. The west is traditionally a strong area for us, but I think that we have not focused sufficiently on ensuring that our party workers are fully motivated, well-trained, and educated around the political matters,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “In particular constituencies, there may be a need for change of leadership there or further support from the party or other matters. There may be some divisions that need to be healed, [and] on a case-by-case basis, specific actions may need to be taken,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “On the other hand, I think the constitution needs some reform, and I have already said publicly that one of the things I would like to see is that we move away from a system which is like an electoral college, where groups appoint a member to vote at a conference, and we give the franchise, the voting rights, full delegate status to all members of the party,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “A move towards such an amendment would be better for the party because you would have a much bigger body of persons who are making the decision,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “I think that I bring to the table the range of skills and attributes and approach that the party needs at this time. So it is really out of a sense of duty to Jamaica, because I regard the PNP as a very important institution in Jamaica, and I have a sense of duty to my party that I am putting myself up,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 23, 2020 8:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Rise Campaign is over. The One PNP Campaign is over. And, indeed, we have to put these things behind us on consignment to history, because the fact is that this challenge that we have is the lingering effect of many years of internal contests which have affected the cohesiveness of the party and the unity of the party,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 23, 2020 8:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “So I have really made a brave effort to indicate that I am doing this as Mark Golding, with a sense of duty and a sense of purposefulness and passion for the party that I believe in, and the Jamaica that I love — that is why I am doing this,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 23, 2020 8:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We must move beyond that, and I am running a campaign of unity, of rebuilding, and of coming together under one big tent, as the PNP family,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 23, 2020 8:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I don't foresee a need to make any major changes, but this is a dynamic situation and we will assess it as time goes by. But I'm quite pleased that the team that we have there [can] acquit themselves well and so I have no present intention to make any major changes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:03:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “I think the broader point that Dayton was trying to make was that the party needs resources to function effectively as a political organisation, and that part of the role of the leader must be to try and attract those resources. I think that was the broader point that he was trying to make,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Our Party ) : “When mi see some a our party workers and mi see how them live it nuh look right to mi. It's an embarrassment really. Our party shouldn't be in a situation where somebody who a serve the party fi years and years and years and when you check them house pop dung and it nuh look good and people inna yuh neighbourhood say, 'She, a long time she a work fi PNP and look how fi har thing stay. Them nuh ready yet,'” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 16, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “So nuff a wi have blame fi carry but mi apologise fi any role that I played inna that because mi shoulda did put down mi foot more them time deh but me never did really realise how it woulda play out and how long them wounds deh woulda go on for and linger and fester and thing,” “So, mi definitely don't want see that again and me a try mi best fi avoid it... So, Comrades, mi feel seh mi can help pull the party together. Mi feel seh I will rebuild the organisation, working with the people who are strong in that area. Wi waah bring the youth them more inna the party because wi weak wid the youth them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 16, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “Based on response that I have been getting from the delegates I have been meeting with, I am pretty confident actually that we are going to do very well. I think we are ahead and I think that the outcome will be in my favour on the seventh of November,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “In the meetings I have been having with delegates, I have emphasised what I bring to the table. I haven't really focused on the other candidate. I leave that assessment to others,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I think we need to focus on the big issues as we see them and articulate credible policies around those issues. I think that the Jamaican people will resonate with that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I look forward to a clean campaign. I ask all my supporters to stay high and don't go low,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “She is younger than me and I think that her time to shine is in the future. There must be a prominent place for her in the party and certainly when I win, I will want to work with her and others who do not support me,” “I just happen to think that at this point in time, the mix that I bring to the table is what the party needs. It’s really an appreciation of the history of our party and where we are now and feeling like I can bring a lot to the table, and I am ready for the job” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 4, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It’s quite difficult to find adequate committee clerks who play a very vital role in the functioning of a committee. They are the ones who produce the minutes, for example, and they coordinate all of the public-sector agencies to come to the meetings when they are supposed to come,” “You have situations where there are not sufficient committee clerks and some who are overwhelmed because they have to be doubling up and doing multiple committee work” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 4, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Peter has tremendous understanding of the Jamaican society and history,” “He is a brilliant man in his own right. He also has a tremendous network of contacts that he has made over the years, so he can play an important role of guiding and supporting the leadership of the party by allowing us to benefit from his knowledge and experience, much in the way that PJ Patterson still plays — an important role like that” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 4, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding suggested : “Him having retired, I don't think he would want to be in front line politics,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 4, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “So the fact that she may once have had connection to another party should not disqualify her from putting herself forward,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 4, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “We have evidence that through organisation, resumption of our historic mission and proper preparation; our supporters and the nation, by extension, will once again recognise that the PNP is the people's party and the only hope to lead Jamaica in this new political era,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, September 28, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding told : “I feel very good about it. It’s a big tent, and we welcome everybody on board,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We have reached a particularly low ebb in what happened in the last election, and the only way to move forward is if we join hands and hearts and purpose, and I intend to ensure we identify that common purpose in the 21st century, rooted in our history, and rally ‘round it and bring the party together,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We feel it is important for our teachers, our security guards, our farmers, our nurses, our entertainment practitioners and so on to have a new way of accessing home ownership,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 28, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “For many people, it is a pipe dream. The rent-to-own scheme is an innovation to make [home ownership] more accessible,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 28, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “In 2011, the people of Jamaica turned to the People’s National Party because they knew we would deliver what is needed to save the country,” “The people need the People’s National Party again to face the crisis that we have now” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 28, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asserted : “What we plan to do is to reorient the discretionary portion of the Budget to achieve the things that we feel are the priorities that put the people at the centre of development – social investment rather than social control, for example. That’s one of our mantras,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 28, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “After all, this Government had inherited from the PNP a stable and improving macroeconomic situation. The fiscal accounts were steadily improving, the primary surplus target had been met over several successive years, the public debt was rapidly declining, Jamaica's net international reserves were steadily growing, [and] unemployment and poverty were both falling,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Calling the election in the middle of a spike was a reckless, selfish and irresponsible act on the part of the prime minister,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:19:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “All of us were hoping and expecting an announcement that would involve additional funds being made available by way of relief in this most difficult back-to-school period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We have been arranging the trucking of water with the $500,000 allocation made to members of parliament,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "For the most vulnerable in the society, there is no good news for them," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The remittance companies, I think, have provided an easier channel than the bank accounts, and we do sympathise with the members of the team who have had to cope with the demands on their time and resources in dealing with the challenges of sorting out a range of issues with the bank accounts that persons have,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “In the December quarter of 2019, the output was slightly less than the output of the same quarter a year before, so it is simply untrue that all of Jamaica's economic variables were moving in the right direction prior to COVID-19, and, in fact, because of COVID-19, the projections are for negative growth for this year of over five per cent,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 25, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding contended : “What we need to hear is what is to be done to get the country out of this mess and how the Jamaican people can have their hope restored and the economy can begin to recover,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 24, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I just bought some tablets for an educational institution in my constituency and bought them for US$500 each; that was a good price. That is J$67,000 each, and here we have CMU paying for two (tablets) for $436,000,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I don’t think it is reasonable for the CMU chairman to be telling us that the treasurer can’t attend our meetings” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Government will need to wheel and come again,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 12, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “leadership issue is settled … so we are all behind the leader,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “What we are seeking and what we are getting is good dialogue around what it is going to take to win. We want to win, we believe we should win, and we can win. The dialogue that we now have is going to ensure that we win,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "Here we are today, where he is amending the FAA Act by circumventing the constitutional rule," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 29, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding charged : "This bill has been hastily crafted in the last few days and we are being asked to pass it in a day," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:45:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I don’t think the auditor general can be asked to do more than her duty, which she has done by producing this report” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 27, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “If we want businesses to survive and employment to recover, we need to be careful about what bureaucratic costs we impose on businesses, and this legislation does involve some amount of bureaucratic costs to each business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “If we want businesses to survive and employment to recover, we need to be careful about what bureaucratic costs we impose on businesses, and this legislation does involve some amount of bureaucratic costs to each business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is a long time since the report was drafted, but I am glad now that the Privy Council's case is complete and we can actually move forward with the report. I look forward to the debate,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:40:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “I think that at this point in time we have to, and we will continue to try to adjust our own approach to this, with the natural priority of unity very much in mind,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Government, having been in power for over four years now, must accept full responsibility for this perilous development. It is clear that they have dropped the ball, endangering Jamaica by exposing our country to the negative consequences of this blacklisting,” External link

sunstkitts Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Government, having been in power for over four years now, must accept full responsibility for this perilous development. It is clear that they have dropped the ball, endangering Jamaica by exposing our country to the negative consequences of this blacklisting,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is unfair and unwise, and quite possibly a breach of the contract governing the bank account, for a bank to adopt a policy of refusing to allow the negotiation and encashment of a cheque drawn on a bank account in which there are cleared funds or an approved overdraft facility sufficient to cover the amount of the cheque,” “Cheques are negotiable instruments under the Bills of Exchange Act, and banks should not be issuing cheque books to customers while at the same time precluding the use of those cheques in the customary, lawful manner,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 5, 2020 10:10:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The NWC discontinues water supply without any notice, there is no scheduling. Persons will be without water for days at a time as opposed to being told that these are the days they will be without water supply, so they can plan their affairs. It is a major problem, especially at a time when persons should be washing hands regularly and so on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:17:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I would like to see what they are saying about this matter. I notice where I live...if there are interruptions we are made aware of them in advance so we can prepare, but in many inner-city communities they are routinely deprived of water supply. There is no communication, no notice, no information about when it will return; sometimes some long period of time — many days. There is not equal treatment and there is discrimination, and it needs to stop” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:17:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I have visited the area and can attest that this orgy of violence has left the community traumatised. My heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to the parents, families and friends of the deceased and injured youngsters,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “It is indeed bewildering that such horrible violence is taking place at a time when our country is in an unprecedented public health crisis. It is my sincere wish that the community will cooperate fully with the police, so that the culprits are speedily brought to justice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “The Government should be talking to the multilateral financial institutions with which Jamaica has earned good standing, after seven years of fiscal prudence, to prepare them to assist us in funding a comprehensive protection programme for our people that will protect our society and economy during this period of deep crisis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 13, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “their projection of a four per cent contraction in the economy underscores the need for a comprehensive safety net programme that will protect the vulnerable people in the society from a sharp reduction in the economy that is unfolding” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 11, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We here must not treat each other in an antagonistic way,” “It is obvious that when we speak, we accept that the other person is trying to be constructive and not destructive – it is very important” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This is the kind of thing the tax was put in place to finance and I think it’s something we ought to be looking at doing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 5, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We have already said that that sum of money, which roughly amounts to half of one per cent of the country’s GDP is not sufficient as a response because the design of the CARE programme does not adequately address many vulnerable groups in the society,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 5, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The Governor of the Bank of Jamaica has initially projected a 3% contraction in GDP. The Inter-American Development Bank’s analysis of the economic shock from the Coronavirus crisis to tourism in Caribbean countries, projects that, depending on the duration of the crisis, the direct and indirect impact of the downturn in Jamaica’s tourism industry alone could result in economic contraction closer to 6% of GDP, and this is without factoring in the layering effects of reduced remittances, falling bauxite/alumina exports and overall reduced domestic spending,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 31, 2020 2:33:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This will assist businesses to keep people employed, and this will be an additional measure to go along with the two that the minister (of finance) mentioned yesterday (Tuesday),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “MOCA continues to be hampered by the Government’s failure to put the proper regulations in place to guide its operations,” “It exposes MOCA to legal risks. It shows that there is no seriousness, despite all the nice sounding words about tackling corruption” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 13, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding suggested : “Use the hard-won fiscal space to increase their disposable income, stimulate spending and drive economic growth,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 13, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “On the other hand, the working poor, pensioners and unemployed are increasingly left behind by a development that marginalises the majority,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 13, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Key sectors of the economy are already in negative territory, with the construction sector shrinking by 2% in the fourth quarter of 2019, and bauxite/alumina in a deep tailspin with the closure of Jisco/Alpart,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 2, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding wrote : “I regret getting caught up in the hoopla of a political meeting and indulging in that unworthy form of political discourse, in particular since he (Terrelonge) has always treated me with respect and decency, and since in my own life and dealings, I have advocated for everyone to be treated with equal respect and decency,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 20, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "I regret getting caught up in the hoopla of a political meeting and indulging in that unworthy form of political discourse," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 19, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding noted : “It is a unique committee of Parliament, because it is dedicated to a single commission of Parliament, not commissions of Parliament (in general),” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 14, 2020 8:15:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I have never heard of board members asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so I think that is a very peculiar policy initiative. Any policy as far-reaching and peculiar as requiring board members of a public body within the ministry’s portfolio to sign non-disclosure agreement must have been something that the prime minister was aware of. The buck stops with him. If he was not aware of it, he should have been aware of it. So I do not accept his statement that he was never aware of it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The determination of what the PAC deals with is settled by the committee, usually by consensus or majority, so I can’t tell you unilaterally what will happen at this point,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:58:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The determination of what the PAC deals with is settled by the committee, usually by consensus or majority, so I can’t tell you unilaterally what will happen at this point,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 20, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “The promised trading platform to address this is still not available and, despite the official talk, there is no adequate forward market to assist the real sector,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 17, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “The promised trading platform to address this is still not available and, despite the official talk, there is no adequate forward market to assist the real sector,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:32:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “So, unless there is an immediate problem that is serious enough to warrant regulation, I would say, ‘Let the industry grow organically without any adverse action,’” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “Unless there is an immediate problem that is serious enough to warrant regulation, I would say let the Airbnb industry grow organically without any adverse action,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 6, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I am a little wary whether this is not a self-serving argument to restrict the competition and create barriers for entry into the tourism business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 6, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “Every hotelier in Jamaica that has been operating for more than five years has benefited under the old regime, so for them to be saying ‘tax these small entrepreneurs’, when they, the big guys, benefited from years of incentives – in some cases for decades – is somewhat disingenuous” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 6, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "For us, Christmas is just business as usual. People need us at this time of year as much as normal, and sometimes even more. " External link

bathchronicle Tuesday, December 24, 2019 3:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding explained : "We were called to a burglary taking place in Knowle in Bristol, where the suspect turned out to be an inflatable Father Christmas who had slipped from his rooftop position and was hanging outside an upstairs window. " External link

bathchronicle Tuesday, December 24, 2019 3:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "No, never had Christmas dinner at the station. We do some times bring in buffet food and hope we get time to eat it" External link

bathchronicle Tuesday, December 24, 2019 3:23:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “At a time when Jamaica is exiting the IMF programme and the country should be moving forward with confidence, the engine of our economy is faltering. Growth has slowed to less than one-in-four, leaving the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with a failing grade,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “All in all, as the year draws to a close, prosperity remains an illusion and the people will be looking for better in 2020,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding pointed out ( about Mark Golding ) : “At a time when Jamaica is exiting the IMF Programme and the country should be moving forward with confidence, the engine of our economy is faltering," Mark Golding, the Opposition spokesperson on Finance and Public Service, highlighted today in a media release. "Growth has slowed to less than 1-in-4, leaving the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with a failing grade,” “Alongside this paltry growth performance, fear grips the land. Crime is out of control, with murders and other serious crimes even higher than last year. The dengue crisis continues, with public health services in a dismal state," he continued, adding that "the Government has also acquired a dismal track record for corruption". With prosperity being an illusion for many, the Opposition said "the people will be looking for better in 2020” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:54:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I'm wondering why it shouldn't just apply to everybody, why carve out politicians and others, why [not] anybody who tip off gangs that there is an impending law enforcement operation. I don't see the need to get into contentious groups of persons, it should be across the board,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 11, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The expansion of liquidity is adversely impacting the foreign exchange market, a predictable outcome given that Jamaica’s inefficient credit transmission system remains substantially closed to small businesses and is not financing higher levels of economic expansion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 29, 2019 2:27:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “When dem buy goods, dem afi pay tax on the goods, so why the water situation can’t improve for people here and people ‘round here? The prioritisation of things in the system is like certain people don’t matter as much as other people, and we can’t live so ‘cause Jamaica want to see everybody uplift, and there must be equity in how you allocate resources. Communities like these need proper infrastructure, proper street lights and garbage disposal, and sewage system. If we get them thing deh, we alright” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 28, 2019 9:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Upon such a declaration being made, the public body should be required by law to cease and desist from making further payments and otherwise giving effect the contract. Furthermore, benefits already received should become liable to be disgorged by an order made on application to the court by the commission or the public body which has incurred the cost of conferring benefits under the contract,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 25, 2019 8:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I want these persons grilled before a committee of Parliament before confirmation in any post. Because when we appoint people to serve, those people should have the trust of the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 20, 2019 6:36:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding charged : “prosperity remains an illusion for all but the privileged few” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 20, 2019 10:27:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “We must also invest more in relevant education and training to increase national productivity, accompanied by transformational social policies to tackle the fundamental causes of crime and violence, which is the major inhibitor to economic growth and sustainable development,” “In the post-IMF era, it cannot be business as usual if Jamaica is to get out of the rut of low growth, national despair amidst increasing poverty, and intolerable levels of violent crime” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 20, 2019 10:27:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “I don't see why they should be excluded from the requirements of registration and whatever protection that gives citizens,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:19:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding suggested : “Let us say a church – a small church in August Town or Trench Town that has a computer on which it has a database of its members and information about them ... – hasn’t applied for an exemption and isn’t even aware that there is a facility for an exemption,” “Next thing, some constable, who has some other reason to be annoyed with somebody senior in the church, decides to charge them under Section 18 of this act, and they can go to prison for two years” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 13, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I regard that as the appropriate thing to do to facilitate him appointing the shadow cabinet as he sees fit” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 9, 2019 9:09:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We feel the turnout is very solid for us,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 8, 2019 10:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “You know, Comrades, when we were talking about this mission and this Rise United [campaign] we thought about it and we said, 'You know, in many, many parts of Jamaica, when we go on political work we see Comrades, some of them have served many, many years, warriors fi di People's National Party living in destitution — roof leaking, house pop down, and we said that can't be right for our noble movement. [We said] we must put something in place to ensure that those people can live in dignity, having served our movement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I am confident that the delegates will do the right thing and make that happen because we have the plan and we have the mission to uplift our movement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “But at the end of the match and the result is known, both sides will come together. We are on the same team so whatever talk that needs to happen in the dressing room will happen and we will come out of the dressing room ready to beat the Jamaica Labour Party, united and strong,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding charged : “It is shameful that this Government's economic policy is producing greater poverty at a time when the country's economic fundamentals have been improving steadily since 2013,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “It is clear that the additional indirect taxes of over $30 billion imposed by the JLP Government to pay for their '1.5' election gimmick has worsened poverty in Jamaica. The Opposition warned that this would happen. Low-income wage-earners, unemployed, pensioners and micro business operators, who were already existing on the edge of survival, have been made to bear these additional taxes while receiving no benefit from the election income tax break,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “It is clear that the additional indirect taxes of over $30 billion imposed by the JLP Government to pay for their ‘1.5’ election gimmick has worsened poverty in Jamaica. The Opposition warned that this would happen. Low-income wage earners, unemployed, pensioners and micro-business operators, who were already existing on the edge of survival, have been made to bear these additional taxes while receiving no benefit from the election income tax break,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 5, 2019 9:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “While unemployment has continued to fall, aggregate demand remains weak because much of the labour force is earning low wages, failing to drive growth, and inflation to levels targeted by the Government. Jamaica’s low-wage economy flows from underinvestment in the nation’s human capital, falling productivity, and low valued-added jobs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Greater and more effective investment in education and training, supported by research and development in science and technology, is essential if Jamaica is to rise and achieve sustainable and inclusive national development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “I believe the party must put itself in the best position to win. Under the leadership of Peter Bunting, a proven winner, the PNP will do just that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “At times like these the Bank of Jamaica must not delay intervening to restore calm to the foreign exchange market. The current arrangements governing the market also need to be reformed, so that the needs of the real sector are not subordinated interests of the financial sector” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 12, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding explained : “Jamaica is not an easy place to live. Crime rate is through the roof. There are a lot of negatives around that, but people who are here are staying because they believe in their country and they want to see better. So they are prepared, I think, to support a movement, an approach, which sees the value that they bring to the table and also is espousing, I think, a core integrity, which is what Peter Bunting embodies, and modernity, which they appreciate is necessary for the PNP to transcend where it is now to become the next Government,” “So I think that the big-tent approach is helping us with our fundraising. I anticipate that the structure that we put in place is going to continue after the 7th of September (party conference) towards the next general election, ‘cause we are all minded that this is not just about making Peter Bunting leader of the party. This is about the PNP coming back to office as part of a retuned, redefined, re-energised political force. This is what this is about,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “We believe the whole question of how you approach crime and violence and corruption in the country is fundamental to the future and to the growth prospects of the country. We don’t think that the key to that is necessarily building out the military,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “What I would say is that it is unfortunate, and I am not blaming the current government or the past government, but I have to say that it is unfortunate the way in which this legislation has been developed. It hasn't been from engagement with the industry and identifying what the issues of the industry are, and what the issues of consumers really are and what would be an appropriate and balanced way of regulating them at this stage,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 30, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “They are our friends and our colleagues, and we will embrace them after September 7. There is no need for acrimony and vitriol. And where that happens, it must be shut down immediately,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 30, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asked : “We don’t know what in this particular case drove the attorney general to issue that opinion if indeed she did. The law requires her to do so. The waiver cannot be granted lawfully unless that opinion is issued. We don’t know whether she issued it or not. One assumes she did, but if so, what is the basis on which she did?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 28, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “The committee had a duty to go through the [audit] report in detail,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Bunting ) : "Under the leadership of Peter Bunting, a proven WINNER, the PNP will do just that," External link

jamaica-star Monday, June 17, 2019 8:51:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asked : “And now we have another one – a mega one. We can’t really proceed like that, Minister. I think we should wheel and come again. How will it fit into the aspirations of the community?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 14, 2019 10:02:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Richard Byles ) : “I think it's a positive thing. Mr Byles is somebody who I think has the respect of the business community, the financial community and the wider public,” “I think as a co-chair of EPOC he showed himself as a balanced and fearless person who is prepared to tell it like it is and without any perception of bias of any kind, and he obviously has tremendous experience in running large, complex organisations in the private sector,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding stated : “However, all indications are that Dr Phillips cannot lead our party to victory in a general election,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 10, 2019 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Peter Bunting ) : “I believe the party must put itself in the best position to win. Under the leadership of Peter Bunting, a proven winner, the PNP will do just that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 10, 2019 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding pointed out : “Looking at the arithmetic, for the family fun day, if you divide the approximately 500 persons into the cost, you get $11,470 per head not $7,000. And similarly, for the church service, if you divided the $402,425 by the approximately 120 persons, you get $3,353 per head, not $1,220,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There has been an unprecedented spate of cases of the worst kind of administration in the public sector, with massive breaches of everything. I don’t think the society wants to see a weakening of the structures of accountability. If they are not working as they should, they need to be made to work,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 26, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “If there is a resource problem, give them the resources to do their work. Clearly, a lot of what went on at the NESoLs, Petrojams, Universal Service Funds of this world [was] because there was no effective audit committee functioning,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 26, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Lionel Marie ) : “I only mention this to you Mr Myrie just to say that the proceedings here are serious proceedings,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 15, 2019 12:20:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I think that (appointment) should be done immediately so that he can fill that gap and be properly empowered to do what he is supposed to do under the statute,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 7, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Dirk Harrison ) : "They have publicly said that they have somehow doubted the plausibility of the conclusions of the contractor general that were drawn in a draft that was sent to them, and secondly, they have appended to their report sent to Parliament what you might call exculpatory statements, statements from persons implicated or criticised in the report, having given them a chance to review the entire report and make their own feelings about it, set out in writing and attached to the report. That has never been done," "In fact, Mr Harrison has written a legal option indicating that the commissioners were not acting in accordance with the statute when they did this. In my view, they took the wrong approach in doing this. I think the report should have been sent to Parliament on its own, and those persons who were not happy with the conclusions drawn can say what they want to say at that point. But to attach their views at that point was a pre-emptive strike when it was going to Parliament. It was very peculiar, unprecedented, and the wrong approach," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:28:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "I don't see why there is this delay in appointing him to this very important position. I think that should be done immediately so that he can fill that gap and be properly empowered to do what he is supposed to do under the statute," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:28:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “I would like to see the pricing mechanism that you use — the most important element of it — the excel spreadsheet which derives a number that you use as a starting point for your deliberations; I would like to have that reviewed technically and commented on by an independent body that can be relied on to give some comfort that it is appropriately designed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 3, 2019 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I don't think minutes are going to really provide 100 per cent comfort around transparency in pricing. What really matters is how is that spreadsheet compiled; is it appropriately compiled and to what extent after it throws out a number is any subsequent discretion being applied on an objective basis (or) a consistent basis? We are concerned that the pricing formula needs to be one that protects the public [as] there is a lot of disquiet, especially from the industry, on the way in which this is applied and the reason for that is that it isn't transparent,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 3, 2019 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding argued : “Looking at the (pricing) information now you can see that there are all sorts of inputs which go into the ultimate output and many of those are directly related to how you choose to operate, not something that is market-determined in reference to the world market,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 3, 2019 10:41:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “They are allowing the Jamaican dollar to bounce around like a jack-in-the-box. It is damaging credit arrangements with suppliers, creating great uncertainty, and playing havoc on businesses,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It is showing a certain maturity in our public financial affairs, which is where it needs to be at this hour,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asked : “A giveaway of taxes represents a choice of priorities. This Government has chosen to favour persons who enter into transactions involving secured lending, and the buying and selling of real estate and shares. But why should they be the priority at this time and the principal beneficiaries of the minister's tax goodies?” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Therefore, GCT on these inputs will become an additional cost for small businesses, that they could previously recover but now cannot. This will make them less competitive than larger businesses that are GCT-registered. In sectors where there is stiff competition, including from the very efficient foreign business owners in the local market, it could even result in them going out of business,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “But others may wish to deal with the administrative inconvenience of monthly GCT filing, and keep the benefit of being able to charge GCT and recover their GCT cost from their GCT collections. They must be given the option of choosing which is better for them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding suggested : “To achieve a complete elimination of such Government charges on financing transactions, the percentage registration fee would need to be replaced by a reasonable fixed registration fee,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “It was the ordinary Jamaican consumer who has carried the burden of the increased indirect taxation. This includes over $31 billion of new indirect taxes imposed to pay for the '1.5' election promise,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “It can’t even buy a patty. It can’t buy a bun and cheese. We cannot see how, if we are to be honest, $32 per day amounts to any prioritisation of the interest of the poorest and most vulnerable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : ”That nuh fair to the people” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added ( about Andrew Holness ) : “It is true for West Kingston. It is true of the prime minister’s constituency of West Central St Andrew. It is true of Central St Catherine, Central Clarendon and East Portland,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “Give the travelling public an ease-up from high fuel prices… the taxi man and his passengers, the bike man doing deliveries, the truck man bringing food from the country, the pensioners who have to buy gas out of their fixed income,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:01:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "That nuh fair to the people," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 13, 2019 5:27:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “The indirect taxes on consumption and fuel are a load on the backs of the majority of the people, while the more economically advantaged are privileged in carrying less and less of the load. That nuh fair, minister,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 2:32:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “For the little small person who is struggling to survive — they are not benefitting from transfer taxes or stamp duty. So given the pressure the people are under, you could have given some of that $14 billion to those people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “For the little small person who is struggling to survive — they are not benefitting from transfer taxes or stamp duty. So given the pressure the people are under, you could have given some of that 14 billion to those people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “In a sense the IMF (International Monetary Fund) has allowed them to reduce the taxes by giving them a softer primary surplus target — the revenue performance has improved, largely because of the work we did while we were in office. That has borne fruit to really pay for a lot of these things…,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asked : “You think that WhatsApp use is going to increase by that much in the coming year?” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding responded : “I am not convinced that bar has been reached,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 20, 2019 9:11:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding observed : “It is indeed unfortunate that two conflicting documents, both dated the same date, have been tabled,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:55:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding insisted : “I must just tell you, I was very present last week…the $9.2 million was communicated to us as a gross figure and we were told there were deductions and we were given a net figure,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 14, 2019 3:06:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "She has received this payment without issues being resolved," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 5, 2019 11:47:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “There has been no clear and definitive explanation from either the Government or the BOJ as to what is causing this shortage of US Dollars and the rapid devaluation. There were dealers in the market today (January 31, 2019 ) selling at J$138 to US$1.00 when just three weeks ago the rate was in the J$127 range. Businesses and consumers are anxious and need to know what is going on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 1, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding charged : “businesses are unable to find the foreign exchange to pay their overseas suppliers, and this is adversely affecting their credit arrangements. And at these exchange rate levels, prices of imported goods can be expected to adjust, to the detriment of consumers” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 1, 2019 5:54:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “There were dealers in the market today selling at J$138 to US$1.00 when just three weeks ago the rate was in the J$127 range. Businesses and consumers are anxious and need to know what is going on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 1, 2019 5:54:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding told : “I can’t pass judgement on the case. I wasn’t there. I haven’t heard the police’s account, but the circumstances are very sad. We have a schoolboy killed in a room, apparently in a yard, and he was alone when that happened … . The circumstances are very sad,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding added : “In terms of taking action such as blocking the road, I understand how hurt and frustrated you feel about this kind of thing, but at some point, we have to allow calm to be restored,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "It's like a person on trial choosing their own prosecutor, judge and jury," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:45:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : "Is like a person on trial choosing their own prosecutor, judge and jury," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 29, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding wrote : "I have asked the PAC clerk to proceed to convene a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee on that date (January 8) to resume our review of the auditor general's report on Petrojam/PCJ," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 8, 2019 10:55:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding asserted : “There is no more time to waste. Jamaica is clearly falling behind in global competitiveness, to the detriment of our people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:27:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : “This is just the latest of several objective international indicators showing that the Government is not addressing the bureaucratic and structural weaknesses that are holding back the country's economy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:18:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The Government's inability to drive effective growth-inducing reforms to improve Jamaica's business climate is clearly having sustained negative consequences for Jamaica's international competitiveness. This is also contributing to the fall in the rate of GDP growth, from 2.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2018 down to 1.8 per cent in the third quarter, another disappointing outcome,” “They inherited an economy that was turned around by immense national sacrifice and focused, competent Government. But despite all the prosperity-hype, what we are in fact witnessing is their failure to tackle the causes of economic under-performance,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:18:00 PM EAT

Mark Golding said : "This is obviously a critical time for us to be united around moving forward in a positive direction. We will support, as the Opposition, the efforts of the PSOJ to lobby the Government to elevate corporate-governance standards," "As we have seen in recent times and in looking backwards, there is grave danger in not having solid governance principles applied and followed in entities that are charged with responsibility for the public, including the management of assets" External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding noted : "In that meeting, more came out as to what was the effective blocking of the internal audit function within the PCJ group from operating in a robust way so as to protect public assets. It's a litany of woes that have been taking place there," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:29:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “That sounds very odd to me. I cannot see, if an internal audit is necessary from an oversight point of view, in order to deal with irregularities, how the fact that the company is going through its normal financial audit should, in any way, stymie that process proceeding,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Karl Samuda ) : “I have a memorandum from the Houses of Parliament telling me that due to the fact that there was no majority decision of the committee to convene a meeting of the PAC, I have been instructed by Minister Karl Samuda, leader of government business in the House of Representatives, to withdraw the services of the staff of Parliament from these proceedings with immediate effect,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “That is deserving of censure, Mr Speaker,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding declared : “The auditor general was present, the permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister was present, the general manager of PCJ was present, the general manager of Petrojam was present, and about 15 to 20 other executives [were present],” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said ( about Mikael Phillips ) : “At one point, there was an email sent to me saying that five members were against holding the meeting and four were in favour. The reason for that was because one of our members, Mikael Phillips, his email was overlooked,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding said : “I did not summon anybody, Mr Prime Minister,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:12:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
candidate0.27%EN10/27/201727/10/2017
senator36.99%EN10/13/201713/10/2017
leader of opposition business2.19%EN10/07/201707/10/2017
opposition business senator1.92%EN09/25/201725/09/2017
justice3.01%EN08/04/201704/08/2017
leader1.64%EN07/25/201725/07/2017
justice senator2.47%EN07/08/201708/07/2017
spokesman1.10%EN06/28/201728/06/2017
minister of justice4.11%EN06/11/201711/06/2017
justice minister27.12%EN05/03/201703/05/2017
former justice minister5.75%EN05/03/201703/05/2017
minister4.11%EN05/03/201703/05/2017
chairman0.27%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
mp0.27%EN07/30/201630/07/2016
opponent0.55%EN07/28/201628/07/2016
general secretary0.27%EN07/18/201618/07/2016
predecessor0.27%EN07/04/201604/07/2016
spokesperson0.27%EN06/13/201613/06/2016
former minister of justice0.27%EN06/05/201605/06/2016
administration senator0.27%EN05/23/201623/05/2016
minister of justice senator3.29%EN11/18/201318/11/2013
justice minister senator3.56%EN10/28/201328/10/2013
Names Lang Count
Mark GoldingEN99.18%
Mark GoldingSA0.41%
Mark GoldingES0.20%
Mark GoldingFR0.20%
Mark GoldingPT0.00%


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Nigel Clarke said ( about Mark Golding ) : “If Mr Golding’s logic is correct, where was the BOJ dividend then?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Damion Crawford said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark is the most ready for the next two years. [General] election is not the next two years, and we can't change [the leader] again. Nobody can come two years' time and seh 'wi ready now'. Dem a go seh, 'Why yuh never ready from dem long time deh?' ” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 6, 2020 2:42:00 PM EAT

Damion Crawford stated ( about Mark Golding ) : “The leaked conversation was part of organised work. The effort I put into the last elections cannot be questioned, and I have been 100 per cent committed to the PNP in everything that I do. I contributed to the manifesto. I tried my best to defend and to sell, and that is where I developed and gained much appreciation for Golding in that period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 6, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Damion Crawford said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark is the most ready for the next two years. [General] election is not the next two years, and we can’t change [the leader] again. Nobody can come two years’ time and seh ‘we ready now’. Dem a go seh ‘Why yuh never ready from dem long time deh?’” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 30, 2020 10:21:00 PM EAT

Damion Crawford said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark is the most ready for the next two years. [General] election is not the next two years, and we can’t change [the leader] again. Nobody can come two years’ time and seh ‘we ready now’. Dem a go seh ‘Why yuh never ready from dem long time deh?’” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 30, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Brown Burke said ( about Mark Golding ) : “My sole focus was towards the campaign and to ensure a Golding victory,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Lisa Hanna said ( about Mark Golding ) : “I have loved every moment of the journey. Walking with you and talking with you. I've called Comrade Mark Golding and congratulated him on his victory. I committed my continued service and support to party, and to him as our new leader. We have much work to do, and must come together in love, and choose unity,” “To my indefatigable campaign team — and Comrades in arms that worked tirelessly to bring us together and make this campaign possible across the length and breadth of Jamaica — thank you for everything you have done. To my family, with their love and support, I have walked through countless fires with you. To my wonderful husband Richard [Lake], and my son Alex [Panton], thank you for standing by my side every step of the way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 9, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Danny Roberts said ( about Mark Golding ) : “The first order of business would be for him [Golding] to send a signal that the differences are now behind us and that everybody needs to come under the big tent and begin to work towards building a credible Opposition. In the final analysis, what all of this survey means for me is a robust political environment in which we have two contending parties who are able to articulate and argue their differences for the public to decide who they believe is better to lead them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “It was no secret that the party was at a financial low when I took over as general secretary. A year or two later Mark Golding came on board as treasurer and his fund-raising ability at that time was instrumental in turning around the fortunes of the party – getting us sufficient resources to win a landslide election at the end of 2011,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Fitz Jackson added ( about Mark Golding ) : “The Comrade wished to meet in my constituency and I am the political leader. As [PNP] chairman, I recognise my role to take no part in the election campaigning, no endorsement of any candidate, directly or indirectly, but I extended a civil conduct in welcoming her to the constituency, which I will extend to Mark Golding if the request is made,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 24, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “We have the same set of principles as far as it applies to political leadership and movement. I know he has tremendous intellect and capacity for work that he will apply to rebuilding the party,” “Whatever role that president Mark Golding asks me to serve in, I will do so. Right now, I am not looking beyond November 7. My focus is on getting Mark elected. Whatever role I have, if any, is secondary to that. I am 100 per cent focused on November 7” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Brown Burke said ( about Mark Golding ) : "I'm supporting Mark Golding because I see Mark as an individual whose own performance and interactions in his constituency and in the party [has shown he] is a concensus builder, and I think that the party needs someone who understands what that means. I see him as a humble, yet respectful leader, a transformative leader, and that is what I believe the PNP needs at this time if we are to assure that we can capture the imagination of 60-odd per cent of individuals who didn't come out to vote," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:03:00 AM EAT

Mark Golding pointed out ( about Mark Golding ) : “At a time when Jamaica is exiting the IMF Programme and the country should be moving forward with confidence, the engine of our economy is faltering," Mark Golding, the Opposition spokesperson on Finance and Public Service, highlighted today in a media release. "Growth has slowed to less than 1-in-4, leaving the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with a failing grade,” “Alongside this paltry growth performance, fear grips the land. Crime is out of control, with murders and other serious crimes even higher than last year. The dengue crisis continues, with public health services in a dismal state," he continued, adding that "the Government has also acquired a dismal track record for corruption". With prosperity being an illusion for many, the Opposition said "the people will be looking for better in 2020” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:54:00 PM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark [Golding], as chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), can catalogue a number of wrong decisions. A wall that the National Works Agency (NWA) would build for $29 million at Petrojam is just stopped, and a contract for more than three times the price was given by emergency procurement,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:19:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting said ( about Mark Golding ) : “Mark [Golding], as chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), can catalogue a number of wrong decisions. A wall that the National Works Agency (NWA) would build for $29 million at Petrojam is just stopped, and a contract for more than three times the price was given by emergency procurement,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT