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Sep 19, 2011

A History of Price remembered

George Price

The Right Honorable George led the nationalist movement and the country to self-government and then to independence on September twenty-first 1981. While that is considered his crowning glory, his political life spanned more than six decades and his vision continued to inspire his party and the national consciousness. He is viewed as a giant among leaders. Here is a look at Price’s biographical data.

The Rt. Hon George Cadle Price was born on January 15th, 1919 in Belize City. He attended Holy Redeemer Primary School and St. John’s College in Belize City and then studied Theology at St. Augustine Minor Seminary in Mississippi, USA and the Seminario Consiliar in Guatemala. Mr. Price entered municipal politics, within three days of voting day in 1944 and lost that first election. By 1947, he won his first election and served as Mayor of Belize City from 1958 to 1962. On December 31st, 1949 the British Honduras dollar was devalued by the governor. The People’s Committee was then formed comprising John Smith, Leigh Richardson, Philip Goldson with Price as its secretary. By September 29th, 1950, the People’s Committee became the People’s United Party and in 1956, Price became party leader of the P.U.P. and remained as its leader until 1996. In 1964, Price led Belize into self government and became its first premier. He was elected as a member of the House of Representatives in consecutive elections from 1965 to 1984 and again from 1989 to 2003. In the 1970’s, Price and his team organized a movement for the internationalization for independence. On Monday, September 21st 1981 Belize attained independence from Britain and was admitted to the United Nations and in 1992.

In September, 2000, the Rt. Hon. George Price was awarded with Belize’s highest honor, the order of national hero. He has also been honored by others such as CARICOM and Cuba.

Immediately following our newscast, we will have extended coverage on the life of the Father of the Nation, including an interview with this station; his last media appearance that was aired on his birthday on January fifteenth. George Cadle Price, dead at ninety-two.

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4 Responses for “A History of Price remembered”

  1. RadicalBelizean says:

    If only if successors of his party would take a leaf or two out of his book: honesty and humility are two good points to start with. Rt Hon Mr Price was human so I am sure he made errors, however the people could see his dedication to this country. He was not a tricky and unscrupulous politician like we see today. Our nation owes him a depth of gratitude. Gracias por todos, Padre. Rest in Peace.

  2. Evelyn W says:

    It is of great honour to have had such a marvelous man on earth. Rt. Hon. George Price was a gift sent from above and we thank God for his blessing. Rt.Hon. George Price will live in our hearts as a dedicated man who fought for our freedom. There is none like him. Rest in peace our dearly father!!!!

  3. junkman says:

    FROM ALL OF US IN BAINSVILLE NEVER AGAIN WILL A MAN LIKE RT. HON. GEORGE CADLE PRICE WALK THIS COUNTRY OF BELIZE HE WAS A MAN ABOVE MEN IN THIS COUNTRY HE WAS OUR HERO NOT A GOD JUST MORE THAN A MAN IN THIS COUNTRY HE MADE THINGS MOVE WITH JUST A LETTER A SMILE A WORD HERE OR THERE GOD KNOW IN 1978 WHEN I RAN OFF PG ROAD HOW HE WAS THERE IN THAT ROVER PUSHING AND PULLING WITH JIMMY TO GET US OUT I WILL NEVER FORGET HIS WORDS> I KNOW ALL A YO FAMILY HOW YO GRANNY MS GREEN I HOPE SHE NO GOT PAIN STILL FROM THE ARTRITIST <I NEVER EVEN KNOW MI GRANNY HAD PAIN BUT DI PREMIER KNOW MORE THAN ME THANKS FOR THE HELP RT. HON. GEORGE CADLE PRICE REST IN PEACE WE LOVE YOU ALL OF BELIZE MY COUNTRY YOUR COUNTRY OUR COUNTRY BELIZE CENTRAL AMERICA

  4. Benito Gomez says:

    mis condolencias a la familia Price

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