Barbados Culture Minister Steven Blackett Is Cousin To First Black Government Minister in Alberta, Canada

In Our “I didn’t know that” Department: More Proof That Barbadians Are Everywhere!

Vacationing Lindsay Blackett, the first black cabinet minister in Alberta history, was sitting in the parliamentary cafeteria in Barbados on Tuesday, waiting for staff to hook up a TV for Barack Obama’s inaugural speech.

He was with his second cousin, Steven Blackett, who by remarkable family coincidence is also a culture minister in the government of Barbados.

They were feeling “enormously proud,” Blackett told me by phone. “As a black person, you have a special feeling today, especially knowing what so many people have gone through to get to this point –people who have suffered far more than I have.”

… continue reading this excellent article at the Calgary Herald Change, from Alberta to Barbados

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10 responses to “Barbados Culture Minister Steven Blackett Is Cousin To First Black Government Minister in Alberta, Canada

  1. Cathy L.

    OMG who cares?!! Is this news? It’s barely even a feature! Is Steve Blackett a writer for BFP? He certainly has the same retarded views on race as you do – with this ‘coming on the same ship’ theory.

  2. Hants

    Cathy L.

    Prehaps you should read the article again and take note that the comments were attributed to Lindsay Blackett the Minister of Culture in Alberta,Canada.

  3. Tony Hall

    Cathy L,
    Like a comprehension exam at school you should read once, then read again before commenting because words or writings cannot be returned. The article made interesting reading.

  4. J. Payne

    It doesn’t surprise me.

    A Bajan woman was also the first black member to the national Canadian Senate too. Senator Anne Cools.
    http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5149b581-846b-4114-8f67-4812eee37aa2&Language=E&Section=FederalExperience

  5. J. Payne

    Canada and the Caribbean have a long history. When British merchant ships were being torpedoed up and down the Atlantic Ocean by German Submarines during the World War Britain had asked Canada to protect the territories on this side of the Ocean. That was when Britain started to become replaced economically by Canada in most of the Caribbean region.

  6. Albertan Barbadians

    Barbados can be proud of many who have gone to Canada and excelled in their chosen fields

    http://www.oncology.med.ualberta.ca/news.cfm?id=63

  7. Beefcake

    Hmmmmmm….

    I wonder how many people with Canadian heritage have been elected or appointed in Barbadian government?

    Just feeling in a devilish mood tonight. Must be the Mount Gay…

  8. J. Payne

    Well said Albertan Barbadian… The single most important thing that Caribbean countries could do to improve the lives of Caribbean nationals going to Canada is they need to have the Caribbean Examinations Council work even more closely with the Educational standards testing orgs. in Canada.

    A common problem new immigrants have to Canada is Canadian employers don’t know much about International educational standardization tests so many new immigrants get very rudimentary/entry level jobs. Things like driving cabs and such. Many Canadian employers only tend to take their chances with native Canadians, or persons that have taken Canadian exams or been in Canada for a period of time… If the CXC was much better known in Canada in terms of its level of depth then Canadian Employers may be more likely to accept the results at par and Caribbean nationals might be able to get ahead a lot faster.

    http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2008/10/31/canadian-immigrants-more-education-less-employment/

  9. J

    The CXC examinations are pretty well known by Canadian colleges and universities.

    New Caribbean immigrants to Canada can and should also go to the provincial Ministry of Education which can and will provide a formal written assessment of CXC or other non-Canadian certification. This assessment can then be presented to potential employers.

  10. Equilibrium

    He may be the cousin to Elvis Presley or Biggie but it surely wouldnt mean he could sing like them.