On the Restoration of Grenada’s Property and the Matter of Casino Gambling

{EDITOR’S NOTE: Bajan Reporter does NOT see eye to eye about the idea of no gambling in the Caribbean, we have said so many times, howeverwe do respect the rights of other voices, even if shortsighted}

On the eve of Grenada’s 38th anniversary of independence, Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s Lands and Heritage welcomes the announcement that the people’s property – the 20 acres of the Grand Anse Beach front property that had conveyed to Lewis Hamilton’s Time Bourke on the eve of general election in 2008 without payment of any consideration – has been rightfully restored to the ownership of the people of Grenada.

"We are saddened by the events unfolding around the matter pertaining to the issue of a casino licence and we applaud the courage of the Hon. Prime Minister’s decision in respect of this matter." - Citizens in Defence of Grenada's Lands & Heritage: 6th February 2012

Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s Lands and Heritage congratulates Prime Minister Tillman Thomas on making good on this commitment. It did not go unnoticed that there were members of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet who apparently did not share his agenda and Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s Lands and Heritage had cause to ask whose interests were they serving. At a press conference hosted by our grouping, we noted that while Prime Minister Thomas was expressing his intention to ensure that the property was restored to the ownership of the people of Grenada, then Minister of Tourism and the former Attorney-General advised that they would be going off to England (at tax payers’ expense?) – to “wooLewis Hamilton. The “fullness of time” has seen the former Attorney- General becoming legal counsel to Lewis Hamilton. Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s Lands and Heritage concedes that the Government of Grenada cannot match the fees that can be offered by Mr. Hamilton for legal services.

Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s Lands and Heritage re-iterates its support of the Prime Minister’s opposition to the introduction of casino gambling as a path towards national development. We are saddened by the events unfolding around the matter pertaining to the issue of a casino licence and we applaud the courage of the Hon. Prime Minister’s decision in respect of this matter. Citizens also wishes to associate itself with the anti-casino position of the churches of Grenada and the recent call made by a particular group of churches that all politicians should publicly declare their position on casino gambling.

On the occasion of our nation’s 38th anniversary of independence, Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s Lands and Heritage extends best wishes to the Government and people of Grenada; May God bless our nation.

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