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West Indies Federation Versus Confederation of Canada: Wha’ Happen? – By Clyde Duncan

Let’s Talk About West Indies Federation Versus Confederation of Canada: Wha’ Happen?

  • By Clyde Duncan – past President of Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of B.C.

This thing about the West Indies Federation and the reasons for the failure has been around for more than 50-years. All the finger-pointing: It was the Jamaican people – It was the egos of the West Indian leadership – Let us be blunt: It was British leadership that was the source of the West Indies Federation failure. Whoever said that the sun never set on the British Empire because God never trusted an Englishman in the dark is right.

Let me tell you about Guyana-born, Sir James Douglas and Barbados-born, Colonel Richard Moody. These men spent their formative years in British Guiana, Barbados and influenced by the English-speaking Caribbean, in general; and like most of the leaders in Guyana and the English-speaking Caribbean they went overseas to better their education. The leadership of a man from Guyana and a man from Barbados are some of the reasons Canada is the second largest country in the world.
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