By Ken Richards
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (WINN): Grenada, along with the rest of the region, is mourning the death of former governor-general Sir Paul Scoon. His term of office spanned the period of the Eric Gairy regime through to the People’s Revolutionary Government of Maurice Bishop and the period that followed.
Sir Paul Scoon
Former prime minister Tillman Thomas said Sir Paul made a sterling contribution to Grenada’s development and helped protect the democratic process in the Spice Isle.
Thomas labeled Sir Paul an outstanding, patriotic, committed Grenadian.
“Circumstances have placed Sir Paul as a most outstanding governor-general, not only in the English-speaking Caribbean but in the Commonwealth,” Thomas told WINN FM.
“Sir Paul has been the only governor-general who was a governor-general without a parliament … and he was also the only governor-general in the English-speaking Caribbean without a prime minister. After the collapse of the (Grenada) revolution he was governor-general and he was in total control,” the former prime minister recalled.
He added that Sir Paul created constitutional history and played a pivotal role in restoring Grenada’s democratic institutions. Following the US invasion of Grenada, Sir Paul used his authority to appoint Nicholas Brathwaite as acting head of government until post-invasion elections could be held.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network