PM Skerrit, Hon. John

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says his Government is not opposed to suggestions of an office for the opposition leader in Dominica.

Opposition leader Hector John said at a press conference last week his party intends to push for an office for that purpose. The establishment of an office for opposition leaders was one of the issues discussed at the 35th Annual Conference of Regional Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in Trinidad which John attended.

President of the United Workers Party (UWP) Edison James also said that Dominica is the only country that provisions are not made for an opposition leader.

However Prime Minister Skerrit agrees that an office for the leader of the opposition is significant.

“We recognize the need to have a physical office space and we believe that this is something that’s viable. When Parliament appointed the committee to look at the terms and conditions of Parliament and the report indicated that a special allowance should be attached for the leader of the opposition. That allowance was approved. If Parliament believes that we need to move to have an office space for the leader of the Opposition, then we have to revisit the issue of a special allowance given to him,” he said.