Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has come out strongly against the call for a merger of the Emancipation Day and Independence Day holidays, labelling such a move as a retrograde step for the country.
Patterson charges that this would be a severe violation of Jamaica’s ancestry if the country should go that route.
A survey conducted by pollster Don Anderson found that the majority of respondents support the proposal where the merged holidays would be celebrated on the first Friday in August followed by the Monday.
This would create a long holiday weekend for enjoyment, which was the preference of most respondents.
The survey, which was commissioned by the Culture Ministry, was conducted between July 16 and 20 and polled 1,077 persons and has a margin of error of plus or minus three per cent.