Boyd-Knights has been House Speaker since 2000

Boyd-Knights has been House Speaker since 2000

Leader of the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) and Marigot MP, Lennox Linton, wants a House Speaker who, he says, should be “more balanced” and called on Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, not to re-nominate Alix Boyd-Knights for the position.

Linton made the call at a UWP meeting in Lagoon on Friday night but his call fell on deaf ears because less than 24 hours later, Skerrit announced that his government wishes to nominate Boyd-Knights as the choice of House Speaker.

Boyd-Knights has been Speaker of the House since 2000 and has frequently clashed with the opposition who describes her as being biased.

Linton said he thinks someone who is “less divisive” should be nominated to the post.

“I am saying that when we get to the Parliament of Dominica, we will not have the divisive Speaker of the House of Assembly,” he said. “We are saying that Alix Boyd-Knights must be removed from the Speaker’s chair and she must make way for someone who is more balanced and more impartial.”

He stated that Skerrit now shares the UWP vision “that we must become the best place to live, (the best place to) work and the best place to enjoy life.”

“In the best place to live, work and enjoy life, there is no place for a House Speaker who is that divisive, cantankerous and has shown some much disrespect for the legitimately elected members of the opposition for the last 15 years,” Linton said.