Deputy Montfort Tadier has applauded the Isle of Man for its ‘outward-looking’ approach.
The States of Jersey parliamentarian was speaking after attending the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Isle of Man branch Commonwealth Day dinner as guest speaker.
Expressing his thanks to his hosts Deputy Tadier, who was accompanied by his partner Ms Samantha Losh, said: ‘Samantha and I were delighted to be invited as guests of Tynwald to attend their annual Commonwealth Day dinner. The visit was very special for me, as it was my first time in your lovely island and we were shown a warm welcome by your Speaker, President and parliament. It was also good to catch up with MHKs and clerks whom I had already met in Jersey and on conferences, as well as to meet new colleagues and make new friends.’
He went on to say how informative he had found the tour of the Chambers and praised the Island for achieving a balance between protecting its unique culture and history and being ‘a modern, outward-looking island community and democracy’.
He continued: ‘Samantha is the head of languages at Jersey’s largest secondary school and I am an assistant minister, with responsibility for Arts, Culture and Heritage in Jersey. We were very pleased, therefore, to be able to visit three of your educational establishments: the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh, Ballakermeen High School and University College, Isle of Man. We were impressed not only by the quality of provision, but also by the evident commitment and passion of the leadership in all three of those establishments. We were similarly impressed with the provision at Culture Vannin.
‘We also enjoyed some tourism of your lovely island, thanks to Ms Clare Bettison MHK, including a visit to the famous Laxey Wheel, Peel Castle and some of the great, unspoiled countryside that you still have in the Isle of Man.
‘It might have been my first visit, but I know we are both keen to visit again.’
Speaker of the House of Keys and Isle of Man CPA branch chairman the Hon Juan Watterson SHK said: ‘Having had the pleasure of meeting Deputy Tadier for the first time at a CPA conference in Bangladesh I was delighted to welcome him and Ms Losh to the Isle of Man and Tynwald for our Commonwealth Day dinner. The visit was not only an opportunity for us to compare and contrast the changes and challenges our parliaments face but also to strengthen the relationship between our two jurisdictions and consider further ways in which the States of Jersey and Tynwald might continue to develop mutually beneficial links.’
Deputy Tadier is pictured with his partner, Ms Samantha Losh and the Speaker of the House of Keys, the Hon Juan Watterson SHK. Photo courtesy Paul Dougherty, Tynwald Seneschal