Jamaican leaders and their military/police did a very creditable job in securing the release of the hijacked CanJet Airlines plane and the hostages held onboard. These sorts of operations are, by their nature, fraught with danger to all concerned. And to have carried out one in so professional a manner is a credit to those responsible for its planning and execution.
I thought also that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Bruce Golding, his Jamaican counterpart, hit just the right tone in their addresses to a joint sitting of both houses of Jamaica’s parliament yesterday.
Today, The Canadian Press reports that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced a new program that will help Jamaicans to cut crime. He said that Canada was making a four-year investment in the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation program, which will help Jamaica in its efforts to protect the safety of its citizens, including steps to modernize criminal legislation and to provide better witness protection programs.
This is good news for Jamaica and Canada, for despite the current economic recession, Canada continues to outpace most of Jamaica’s other sources of tourism. Arrivals from Canada at the end of February were 23 per cent higher than in 2008. Preliminary figures show March even higher, confirming Canada as second only to the United States as the most important tourism market for Jamaica.
A safer Jamaica should mean our countrymen will enjoy a safer vacation on that island, and I’m all for that.Ω