UPDATE: Ian Pinard resigns as Soufriere MP

An emotional Pinard said resigned on Tuesday
An emotional Pinard said he resigned on Tuesday

Ian Pinard has resigned as Member of Parliament for the constituency of Soufriere.

He made the announcement at a special meeting of the Dominica Labour Party Constituency Association in Soufriere on Tuesday evening.

He said he made the decision in light of allegations made against him and he tendered his resignation to as a member of parliament to the Speaker of the House of Tuesday.

“The pace of our constituency improvement was slowed considerably a few weeks ago when unfortunately, my name was mentioned and I became implicated in a series of rumors that have no developed into a scandal of national attention and interest,” he said. “I resigned as a minister of government because I did not wish to sully the good name of the Cabinet of which I had the honor to serve.”

Pinard said he maintained his innocence in the allegations but formal charges were made against him and the matter is now before the courts.

“I am confident that due process will establish my innocence and in the long run, I will be vindicated,” he noted.

An emotional Pinard said the entire matter has had an enormous impact on him emotionally, psychologically and physically and has prevented him from functioning to the best of his ability as an MP.

He pointed out that he did not want the people of the constituency to suffer because of the process ahead of him, although he said he knows he will be exonerated.

“This is not what you voted for and it is not what you deserve,” he stated, his voice breaking.

He added, “Furthermore, I have been advised that I ought not to underestimate the impact this entire episode is having on my mental and physical health and wellbeing. I have been advised that I need to pay attention to my health and to the demands of this case during the coming weeks and months. Accordingly, I met earlier today with the Honourable Prime Minister and informed him of my decision to resign my seat in Parliament as Parliamentary Representative for the constituency of Soufriere. I have written to Hon. Speaker of the House of Assembly earlier this evening tendering my resignation as a Member of the Parliament of Dominica.”

However, he said, he remains in service to the people of the Soufriere constituency.

“I shall forever remain in your debt and at your service,” he noted, adding that he will forever remain a servant of the Dominica Labour Party.

He stated that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has asked for his opinion of a “worthy successor” and he has shared his views on the matter.

“I shall work hard to have the person elected, I want this seat to remain in the bosom of the Dominica Labour Party and in fact I will be the campaign manager for the new candidate,” he noted. “I shall work selflessly to ensure that my successor is elected and that he or she presents themselves worthy, not only of a seat in parliament but more so worthy of a seat in the cabinet of ministers. I want the best for Soufriere, Pointe Michel, Scott’s Head and Gallion. I want the best for my people. I want the best for Dominica. That is why I have today stepped down as a Member of Parliament. For I believe strongly that the institution of Parliament should not be dragged into the happenings and atmosphere that will accompany events pertaining to my case, over the coming weeks and months.”

Recently Pinard resigned as Minister of Public Works because of the allegations.

Pinard won the seat for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) in 2005 but gave up in 2009 because of health reasons and was replaced by Sam Martin.

In March 2014, he was endorsed to contest the seat again amid reports of growing discontent among DLP supporters over Martin’s ‘non-performance’ as MP.

In the December 2014 general election, he won by 1,326 votes, beating his rival Higgs Adams of the United Workers Party, who received 822 votes.

The Soufriere Constituency consists of the communities of Soufriere, Scottshead, Gillion and Pointe Michel.

A by-election will be held in the constituency within 90 days.

See video of his resignation speech below.

 

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132 Comments

  1. Hmm
    April 28, 2016

    Goodness, did he really address the PM as Hon Doctor? Seriously? Even at the top the title is being used? No wonder the masses are embracing the title. Unreal.

  2. Matrix
    April 28, 2016

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    It’s time to take the subject into consideration that led to this decision that is thought of as a political smart move. Think for a minute about the real cause for the MP resignation. It is a matter that is before the court and persons are talking about who is smarter and who playing a better game at politics. It’s so easy to distract Dominicans from the issue that is at hand. Do you all remember the song by( WCK )…

  3. Jannah
    April 27, 2016

    That is not a resignation speech!!!!!!!

  4. 1 800 CONCERNED
    April 27, 2016

    Mr Pinard, you are a man, ,I respect that. Whether you resigned on your own accord or you were made to resign that was the right thing to do.

    What a GREAT CHESS MOVE for the government!! They are are showing UWP how this matter with Francis should have been handled. This fiasco with Francis has just given Labor his seat. For the first time I say good move Mr Skirritt.

    • UNBIASED
      April 27, 2016

      i am pretty much sure thats how everybody would have liked it to happen. however because of mr. francis big headedness he was forced out. based on his stance i am sure he will continue the same fiasco until the people of Roseau south force him to resign. in the end everybody wins except mr. francis. he will be left all alone with only his demons to hunt him.

  5. Dominican
    April 27, 2016

    Those of us who say its Skerrit’s doing, that’s a damn good lesson to the leadership qualities of Lennox. You are now confirming that Skerrit has better leadership skills than Lennox. See how Lennox made a royal mess out of things Lol!

    • %
      April 27, 2016

      Lennox handled it in a darn excellent way…Joshua was fooled by those labourites he had in his inner circle, making him believe that he was the party’s leader…He has a head, but he is void of brains.

    • Benediction
      April 27, 2016

      What leadership skill by the PM – nonsense. What this is all about here is two individuals alleged of an offence of inappropriate behaviour of a minor and one repecting the image and good name of their, so as not to bring it into disrepute while the other not giving a damn towards anything but his personal ego.

    • FMJ
      April 27, 2016

      Really? What Lennox did was a lesson in democracy which was triggered by Joshua Francis’ refusal to do the right thing. What did you want Lennox to do? Threaten Mr. Francis or blackmail him? Lennox showed that he does not operate like a dictator, which is how Skerrit operates. His ministers and followers cannot challenge him on anything even if they do not agree with him. If he told them the sky was red, they would agree because they would be afraid of the repercussions. In business or politics or life, if your team cannot challenge you and/or agrees with everything you say, this does NOT make you a good leader.

    • ex da lawman
      April 27, 2016

      You mean better dictatorial leadership.Some of of us already that.Did you just observe that?No wonder he fooled so many.Read the story of the ten virgins.See which side you are on.

    • UNBIASED
      April 27, 2016

      i will agree with you that skerrit has better leadership skills than Linton, however in this situation mr. linton had no choice. sometimes we need to be fair in our criticism. linton has many faults and i would still choose skerrit over him but can an honest person really say that in this particular situation he was wrong? he gave the member every opportunity to step down on his own but he refused. what else was he suppose to do. please give linton his fire when you have to but not this time around.

    • viewsexpressed
      April 28, 2016

      Absolute rubbish……

  6. Leah Remy
    April 27, 2016

    WOW!

    Machiavelli could not write a better game plan.

    Brilliant strategy. Two bye elections and Labour Party will gobble up Roseau South.

    Let the games begin!

    • Mary
      April 27, 2016

      Seriously??? Let what games begin? You into wrestling and fighting with your own people? Have you not heard of the divide and rule principle?
      You have a job or money to be independent and feed your family while skerrit and his gang living in affluence?
      You people must stop this foolishness. Bye elections? That’s critical to Dominica’s development? Electing leaders of questionable character and morals. Really???
      What about the unemployment rate? What of the health care system? What of the manner in dealing with the Zika virus? What of the education system? What of the agricultural sector and our ability to feed ourselves? What of all these critical issues?
      You fools are wasting your time with Skerrit and his stupidity and arrogance and allowing people to divide and rule and have hatred for each other.
      When is this madness going to stop? The more the good Lord speaks to you people the more you hate and fight and treat each other with disrespect. For God sake stop this…

  7. April 27, 2016

    A bi-election at this point would be perfect to test the waters against a divided United Workers Party with a leader embroiled in legal battles and financial penalties! This upcoming political showdown in the Soufriere Constituency will expose the vulnerabilities of the United Workers Party, weaken the morale of their supporters and provide a myriad of ammunition to the Labourite Loyalist in ridiculing and insulting UWP supporters. Kairi FM will use the results of the bi-election (which WILL be a resounding Labour victory) as an example of voter consensus in the entire Country. They will say that the “people of Dominica” has sent a clear message to the United Workers Party, they will say that the “people of Dominica” has once again confirmed that Lennox Linton is NOT leadership material, they will say that the “people of Dominica” has once again re-affirmed their confidence in the DLP and the leadership of the Supreme Leader. Propaganda at its best!

  8. lightbulb
    April 27, 2016

    Ma Detouche I calling your name
    Stand Up!!

    Woman Time !!

    • OneDestiny
      April 27, 2016

      Who?? Laughable…a person who can remove to Canada at anytime??!

  9. abc
    April 27, 2016

    too much hoopla about your resignation we heard u the first time bye bye

    • Tom
      April 27, 2016

      Clearly you are still learning your “abc”…you show a total lack of understanding of what is happening…you need to spend more time learning your “abc” and get to “xyz”..then you comment on DNO

  10. Carnival
    April 27, 2016

    Well that leader have power papa, when he says to go you must go. Those who have eyes to see let them see, those who have ears to hear let them hear.

  11. marie-claire
    April 27, 2016

    whossssssssssssssss look story..i wounder what the PM have to say about that. They advise the man to resign..lol

  12. Zack
    April 27, 2016

    Sorry Ian but what I need and want to know is when the other heads are going to roll or fall? In time I suppose—O how the mighty has fallen and the masses will rejoice !!!

  13. peaceful
    April 27, 2016

    Trust me, I am not embarrassing myself like that. A simple letter could work.

  14. pusss
    April 27, 2016

    Ian did not leave empty handed but Joshua will leave empty handed. Joshua wait for you to be voted out of office for the next election. Labour has money to pay off Ian but UWP do not have money to payfoff Joshua

  15. jonathan st jean
    April 27, 2016

    Ian Pinnard,thanks for doing the right thing and for showing Joshua Francis, how to be act in the public interest and like a leader in such circumstances. Best of luck to you in your legal challenges

    • Jean Simpson
      April 27, 2016

      You know how hypocritical you sound JJ!! you know that you are not sincere.

      • Jonathan St Jean
        April 27, 2016

        Jean,to disagree is not to hate.I don’t hate anyone though I disagree with a lot.Go figure Jean

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  16. joe hy
    April 27, 2016

    That is an honorable decision, politics is not the only area you can be of service to the Dominican people.too many Dominicans today believe that the only area they can serve Dominica is in politics.

    • Oh La La
      April 28, 2016

      Has anyone stopped to wonder, whether this “gentleman” would have resigned if the situation was different in Roseau South. This is just a political game. The best con-artist plays the best game.

  17. JAHHHHHH!!!RASTAFARIIIII
    April 27, 2016

    D devil is a liar u not resigning..hell no

  18. JAHHHHHH!!!RASTAFARIIIII
    April 27, 2016

    Ailas u make me cry

  19. megso
    April 27, 2016

    Brilliant move by Labour party.

    Ian is tainted & unavailable for ministerial duty. He resigns as parl. rep. to be replaced by another sure win candidate. Hoping to shame Joshua to follow the same route where He can be replaced by another labour party candidate. Nothing to lose by Labour, but an additional seat (Roseau South) to be gained.

  20. Anon AGain
    April 27, 2016

    Here we are discussing the politics of this decision, whether or not Skerrit is a brilliant strategist and what JF should do, yet we seem to have forgotten the root cause of this. We all know why and I’ll simply urge everyone not to forget our children.. True, IP is innocent until proven guilty, but we should not for a moment believe there was anything honourable about his resignation, or it was because he cared about the people of the constituency. He said it himself, that he resigned as a minister because he did not want to sully the name of the Cabinet. Yet he did not resign as a MP at the same time. Could it be that was because he did not care about the good name of the people? If we listen carefully, we will also notice that he talked about the impact the entire episode is having on his health. Is this why he finally quit? After all, it could not possibly be because he cared about the people of the constituency.

    • Anon AGain
      April 27, 2016

      Regarding his sincerity, I study body language and teach delivery and how to read body language. Look again and you will notice that at key moments, when he said important things, IP never looked the people in the eye. In fact, throughout the presentation he hardly did. . It was also clear to me that he was seeing the speech for the first time, that he was not familiar with it. The entire thing was an act – an act he did not perform well, and I don’t buy the crocodile tears.

      • TimTim
        April 27, 2016

        His voice also cracked at tell tale places in the speech. For example when he said the ‘Prime Minister”

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      • FMJ
        April 27, 2016

        Maybe he was negotiating his payoff to resign! Isn’t that how it works with Skerrit? Everyone who loses their seat or leaves his government gets paid off with a post/job. I do not believe for one minute that he resigned voluntarily. Skerrit has dictatorial habits and his ministers seem to be afraid of him or what he can do to them, so they do what he says without question. According to the article, he will serve as the campaign manager for his replacement so he has a new job (at least until the by-election).

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    • Punjab
      April 27, 2016

      Anon AGain – How does whatever he allegedly did affect the good name of the people, psychologist? He is part of the Government and a Party foremost; based on the constitution of the Party he did the honorable thing. Let me ask u, if there is a rapist or thief living in a community, does that spoil the name of the people? Everybody cannot be labelled rapist of thief for one person. So don’t play psychologist and talk about body language.

  21. Pomella
    April 27, 2016

    The entire DLP team should resign for the bad management of the economy!!!

  22. Preacher
    April 27, 2016

    Well will be a test for the Labour Party if they win this will prove they are doing well
    And do not be surprised when J F resign .
    Labour will take it back
    Roseau south

  23. way papa
    April 27, 2016

    I would pay Joshua to resign too so there is a closer reach to the two thirds majority so the dictatorship will become solid! God help us!

  24. viewsexpressed
    April 27, 2016

    Is Joshua Francis awake and listening and following intently. I hope that when next I read is that Joshua has resigned and no sentimental, emotional nonsense.

    Joshua, do the honourable thing and resign

  25. tj
    April 27, 2016

    Now that Nr” Pnard is exiting let us give Higgs a chnance

  26. Marcus Hill
    April 27, 2016

    Politics is all about timing! This is good political strategic thinking on the part of Skerrit. I always knew that Skerrit was after bigger fish when he asked Ian to resign as a Minister: He wants the Roseau South Seat!

    So now that Joshua has made a fool of himself by refusing to step down as UWP Deputy Political Leader; made an even bigger mess of himself by trying to fight the party apparatus at the delegates conference and the UWP Leadership has played into its’ opponents’ hand by giving Joshua the boot, what better time for Ian Pinard to resign as MP?

    This puts added pressure on Joshua to “follow Ian Pinard’s example” and resign and the perfect time for a bye-election in Roseau South now that Joshua’s political career is over and the UWP is wounded.

    How will the UWP Leadership respond? How will they counteract Skerrit’s political games?

  27. ????
    April 27, 2016

    When one is so absorbed with hubris and the desire to see his fellowman fall, he use people like chess pieces. Tonight the signature move of a gambler who favors himself to be a grand master chess player. If one where to look at the pain on my friend face and coming from the genuine hurt from him which I sense is tantamount to someone having a gun to a person head while they give up their liberty, oh man this was painful to watch. Ian, in your speech was a hint of contradiction given the reference to health concerns while serving as MP; how can you justify it being different now moving to a role of campaign manager and having to deal with this case? Ian I am of the view that this will only mask your pain and not allow you to focus on healing yourself from the wounds which is evident from the video clip of your sudden and unexpected resignation as was evidence from the constituents reaction. Bro, do not allow yourself to be used as a pun in this game of winner take all at your expense.

  28. Done
    April 27, 2016

    Lol… I Thought is Edison James Alone that use to drink water… Remember some years ago They made fun of James drinking water like crazy…
    ,Labour all u not Smart, come better than that …

  29. Extremely
    April 27, 2016

    Too much drama in that Dominica. Sad to say, but everything is with a motive.

  30. The truth
    April 26, 2016

    There is a piece of psychology to this resignation, read between the lines. Open eyes and ears to listen. Amen

  31. Face the Facts
    April 26, 2016

    Dominica has a set of hypocrites who think they have never done any harm and never will as well as committing sins. If you would think of yourselves, even in your family, children also, some who grew up to adulthood, you would not make such evil comments.
    Beware of the stones that you throw. They will return to you, right in your household and on your back. Always think of yourself. Your day is coming.
    I can only hope that you are not practicing Christians. Good Christians would never make such ungodly comments. God is taking note.

    • April 27, 2016

      If God was really taking notes people like you Elizabeth Xavier, Donald Hill would have been at the bottom of a waterway with a huge stone attached. So is either god doh have more books, no more pens to keep tab on you hypocrites. But don’t worry Steve Forbes of Apple is showing god how to use the computer and to create his own data bank of sinners. The moment god get a computer software that can track down you pretenders that calling god name in vain plenty of you will have sleepless nights just like those politicians waiting for the,Panama papers to release more data.

      • @Lang Mama April 27, 2016

        Whoever you are, I rebuke your stinking comment with my name in it. And yes, the god whom you are speaking about is your father the devil not mine. You will notice that whenever I speak about Him I write God–just as the rest of His people do. Obvious you don’t belong among us and you will never be.

        Away with you to the dungeons of hell, where there is nothing but darkness and a raging heat, unfortunately for you, it will be all of the production of your carnal mind–that is why it will last for eternity. Have a great time there.

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      • Face the Facts
        April 30, 2016

        God is taking note and of all who do good and make godly comments, the compassionate ones. You never do and he is taking more count of your sins also through your wicked words. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:
        You are speaking about yourself. It is all falling on you. You are the one with all your silly and hypocritical comments and always insulting people, using DNO to spew your hatred against them. You wish people harm and love to see them down. You are one wicked person. You are heaping eternal burning coals on your head. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

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  32. School Child
    April 26, 2016

    Brilliant political move by the Labour Party. UWP is going to follow fashion in their political fashion and force Joshua to resign as parl rep. UWP will stamp their ideal of fake truth and righteousness on Dominican because by this resignation the Labour Party has shown it is purer and has more truth and righteousness than UWP. In the final analysis Joshua will fail to lead his people to the promise land and do the right thing as Lennox will say. Guess what you vastly superior UWP supporters? A by-election in Roseau South, and the people will turn to Labour Party to save them from the wrath of UWP. UWP will lost the Roseau South seat and Labour Party will retain Soufriere and gain Roseau South. UWP better get down on its knees and beg Joshua not to resign because if he does the seat is lost. To keep that seat the UWP must remain dirty and contaminated with Joshua, and eventually the walls of Jericho will fall.

    • Doc. Love
      April 27, 2016

      Do good is mama ras, do bad is still mama ras. The UWP asked Joshua to resign as deputy leader , from Skeritt to Tony to Simeon to all the DLP supporters have been criticizing Mr. Linton and the UWP. Now one of theirs has resigned as a parliamentary rep, they are criticizing the party for not asking Joshua to resign as Pal Rep. They are talking of a dirty and contaminated seat. If Joshua is asked to resign next week, as far as they are concerned, he will not only be thrown under the bus, but under the bulldozer.

    • Jean Simpson
      April 27, 2016

      Very interesting comment. UWP does not want Joshua as an executive member in the position he once held. They took action and physicalluy catapaulted him out of their party executive. Here is the irony. he remains a member of the parliamentary grouping in the parliament of Dominica. The highest decision making body in the land. Joshua himself continue to say that he is a member of the party self same party. What explanation is there for this absolute travesty of moral values. Are they serious? Joshua is not good enough to be associated with the UWP at the level of the party executive and to hold a position on the executive – Deputy leader. Yet still, by some serious miscarriage of moral thinking, he is still considered fit and proper to continue as a member of parliament and member of the parliamentary opposition. Can somebody exppain why thos can be so?

  33. Business Minded
    April 26, 2016

    This is intelligent political juggling on display: Lets see what will UWP do before we make our move…. Now that they have taken the decision to vote Joshua out as deputy, it is now time to have Ian remove himself….. leaving the other one to undermine “his” party.

    Did you observe no one clapped when he said he would be vindicated, however they clapped when he claimed false allegations against him….. Astute political group in this constituency.

    Matthew 22-35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him,
    Matthew 22-36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”…
    Luke 10:25
    Luke 11:45
    Luke 11:46 Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves

    The same arrogance applied to challenge Jesus will be the same that will fight the party to the end….
    Some lawyers…..hmmmmmm

  34. DA citizen
    April 26, 2016

    Pinard talking that serious. While joshua taking his like he is untouchable after he has fail his people whom I’m sure will not trust him anymore. Lawd my countree need prayers. When
    they sending the plane for us to help them win that time i in dat.

  35. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    April 26, 2016

    Though I am not one of Skerrit foot solider’s , nor will I ever support a Labor Party in Dominica, I do have some respect for Pinard, he failed himself, nevertheless, I respect him for taking responsibility for his conduct.

    He is not running from the allegations; he has not asked anyone to cover his faults, or crime if there is one; I admire him for his morality, one cannot change the past, nevertheless, one can only try to move forward not making the same mistake a second time. Francis should use this as an example and do the right thing. And for those who blames Lennox for Francis conduct , and wish him to cover it up, what do you all have say about Pinard…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      April 26, 2016

      What do you all have say about Pinard doing the right thing?

      Pinard is not invincible, so too Francis is not a god nor invincible either

  36. %
    April 26, 2016

    I wonder what those who were telling Joshua not to resign from the UWP executive position of deputy leader must be saying….Wonder if this easily manipulated man,will not fall very heavily from his high horse….This guy was so loved,but his Labour Party advisers led him astray…The made him believe that he is the leader,and he should do things his way… The enemy will always attack you in areas where you are weak!

  37. IamanIdiot
    April 26, 2016

    Game of Thrones start on HBO, apparently it started in Dominica as well.
    Skerrit just sacrifice a pawn (Ian) for his Knight (Josiah) to Jump in…

  38. Guilty until proven innocent-reversed pyschology
    April 26, 2016

    Are you now taking back your words, when you resigned as minister. ………Here is what was said of you on your first resignation.

    ‘ Pinard noted that in order for him to more appropriately address the allegations against him, and also to focus on other important personal matter, he, on Wednesday, tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister.
    He, however, pointed out that he will continue to serve the constituency of Soufriere as Member of Parliament.
    “I will continue to serve my constituents of the Soufriere constituency pending what I am confident will be a successful conclusion of this matter,” he stated. ‘

  39. Shaka Zulu
    April 26, 2016

    As much as i think half of the labor party should follow suite i applaud you. This is the right thing to do. Johsua francis should follow also. No matter where on the fence u are this is unaccunacceptable.. Character of a man is based on what he does when no one is watching and not asking. For anything in return.

  40. April 26, 2016

    Ian you have shown that it is not about self Ego , pride & vanity but it is all about humility , consideration for others & principle . I do not support your political philosophy & Ideology but I RESPECT YOU , be strong.

  41. Keep your white God
    April 26, 2016

    God, God, God – Dominicans have more God than anybody else. Where is arhlu God when all this wickedness going on? Where would arhlu be without the white man’s God?

  42. Fedup #1
    April 26, 2016

    I find the timing very interesting. Was this a calculated move by the PM? I knew Joshua should not have trusted those newfound friends who made him think hanging on was the right thing to do. Now they have made him pass as a fool.

    • Face the Facts
      April 26, 2016

      This is your opinion. Never assume what others think and feel. Only fools will think so. You do not know. You cannot speak for others. Not smart at all. This is a grave mistake some of you think, as if you are in their heads.

    • Kali
      April 27, 2016

      Joshua made himself a fool. And his audacity and stubborn behaviour is what is most unbecoming of any human being

  43. I have been advised, I have been advised
    April 26, 2016

    Googoo “not surprised” by L.P handling of the minister matter.”

  44. island girl
    April 26, 2016

    We need to pray for our Country, and for each other

    • Face the Facts
      April 26, 2016

      To love one another, be considerate of them and never harm them. These and prayer go hand in hand. Prayers must not be devoid of godly virtues and practices. Otherwise your prayers are in vain.
      In other words, people cannot pray well and in that godly spirit when their heart contains dislike/hatred for others. Their prayers will never be answered. Furthermore, they deny themselves God’s blessing, graces, happiness and peace. No one can enter Heaven with lack of same.
      We must not forget what Our Lord Jesus Christ said, Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah say: “These people honor Me but their hearts are far from Me. In vain do they worship Me.”
      If we hate others, we do not love God. He also said: “Love God with all your heart and soul and love one another as you love yourself.”
      I am unable to comprehend that there are some D/cans who have projected the hatred they feel. Their comments have depicted this very well. Sorry for you if you do not change.

  45. hmmmmmmmmmm
    April 26, 2016

    well well well…. skerrit the brilliant political strategist…….. this is just a way to get the roseau south seat…. the pressure will now be on the uwp to force joshua to resign…… i pray that the uwp dont fall for this….but on another note some excitement soon…..a lil party overseas bands etc….. free jump up!!!!

    • John Francois
      April 27, 2016

      free jump up, then hunger once more

  46. Anonymous
    April 26, 2016

    I hope Joshua does the same He should walk in
    Ian’s shoes they will fit him nicely God is not
    Sleeping

  47. LifeandDeath
    April 26, 2016

    You’ve done the Honorable thing…unlike Joshua Francis..Simple things!

  48. April 26, 2016

    I am lost for words and i am in tears. But god knows best.

    • Face the Facts
      April 26, 2016

      Let everyone exercise the compassion of God, His mercy, forgiveness and live by The Golden Rule – Matthew 7:12..
      Especially in a small country as Dominica, it is humiliating for him. He has obviously been going through much anxiety and stress.
      Wish him well and pray for him.

    • Marcus Hill
      April 27, 2016

      Why are you in tears?

  49. Doc. Love
    April 26, 2016

    I wish to nominate Mr. Matt Peltier for the Soufriere Constituency.

    • When we live in glass houses don't throw stones
      April 26, 2016

      Hell no

    • The Hood
      April 27, 2016

      Papi instead

    • Doc. Love
      April 27, 2016

      What about Mr. Delauney of Q95 farmer’s cry.

      • Jean Simpson
        April 27, 2016

        I support Patrick Delauney for Soufriere Scotts head. He is the voice of the farmers. He owns nearly one hundred acres of land on the Malgretoute Estate long before the UWP came into power and can show absolutley nothing (zip) about all the ideas he has for agricultural development. So as a candidate he might just be awaked to set the example and take advantage of the advances in Agriculture (pork and poultry development, coffee and root crops). He can find many areas of micro-climates on the land that is fit for several different types of crops.

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  50. Floridian Diaspora
    April 26, 2016

    Just go man, no need for your sad sorry explanation. You were just another useless of a RED gang who were doing nothing but drain our country’s slim resources. Now you can go and plant fig so that you could lose some of that belly fat. Oh I forgot; anyone who leaves this labor gang does not have the need to work anymore…………….

    • island girl
      April 26, 2016

      Wow so much hatred! It is sad when one spews so much hate
      for another Human Being While we might disagree with one another
      but all this hate is un becoming from one human being to another
      \

      • Face the Facts
        April 26, 2016

        This person is not a lovable Dominican; a downright heartless one. This one does not consider the world does not belong to him/her and what could happen to him/her in a wink of an eye.

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      • Floridian Diaspora
        April 27, 2016

        This is not hate, this is love. I am deeply concerned about the guy’s obesity so I’m cautioning him on how to get a trim down and put him on the path to a healthier lifestyle. I think that hitting the farms and planting some fig like Skeritt wants us to do will definitely help him to achieve such a goal

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    • BellyPunch
      April 26, 2016

      This comment should never have been published based on his retarded and bias opinions on plus size persons.

      • Face the Facts
        April 26, 2016

        Two reasons DNO may have allowed it is, freedom of speech or that DNO gets numerous comments that it is difficult to catch every one of them and remove them.
        I would never make a statement such as that; not on a Website and not to anyone in person. This person is extremely rude, disrespectful and inconsiderate.
        You see, if such people think of themselves and their future and what could happen to them, be it being ill, they would never have made that comment.
        When we insult others and willfully, we offend God. It is a mark against us and in The Book. Some do not realize it is better to do/say good rather than not and, if they have nothing good to say, say nothing. This person does not have what it takes.
        We should refrain from making such comments Note how slim some people are when they are young and as they age they become bigger; some, through no fault of theirs.
        When some get sick, they become like a match stick; skin and bones. They must be reminded of that.

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      • Slush
        April 27, 2016

        Have you paid any attention to all the reports coming from the medical community regarding Obesity in recent months. Keep thinking that there is something called “Plus Sizes” and not rid yourselves of unhealthy practices and see what your future medical expenses will be like. smh

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      • Floridian Diaspora
        April 27, 2016

        I can say whatever I feel like. If the moderator found it unfit they would not have posted it. But you however seem to be just like the PM in the light that we no longer have the freedom of speech in Dominica. Dominica stands for democracy. Go live in North Korea where you would need to be careful about what you say. What gets published on this website is not yours to decide.

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    • ????????????
      April 27, 2016

      Florida Diaspora. I am now sure you are that guy in Bronx who has wasted your time in the US without your own apartment but living here there and everywhere just hating and hating morning, noon and night Young Roosevelt Skeritt and the Dominica Labour Party. You know all the answers for Dominica when you don’t even work. Why did you waste your time for I know you to be brilliant guy. You need to get back on track and repent of hatred, love the Creator so you will start to love others, hens yourself. You will cease from being that always negative person on DNO. Come on hatred destroys the one who abhors it. There is hope for you and your video sistet. Away with the hatred demon.

    • ????????????
      April 27, 2016

      Floridian Diaspora that is why you want your party to win so you will get a position and then will have no need to work anymore and buy your house . Remember you wasting your time in USA. So you want a quick fix and you heard that politics is the fastest way. Well let me tell you you are dead wrong. Start working and saving your pennies.

    • D/can to de Bone (F)
      April 27, 2016

      Your comment is rubbish .your are a useless political boom boom fly. VERY narrow minded Dominican ..what have you contributed to develop your island. ?

    • Candy Hector
      April 27, 2016

      floriadian Diaspora why do u just shut the hell up,

    • MUDD
      April 27, 2016

      He’s just a saddest looking for attention please don’t give him any.

      • Floridian Diaspora
        April 27, 2016

        But you always giving me attention. Stupid

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    • Face the Facts
      April 30, 2016

      He does not need your advice. Look about yourself. While some offer unwanted advice, they do not mind their business and what is occurring right under their nose. Mind your business and be kind. You must learn godly virtues. You lack them.

  51. Lol
    April 26, 2016

    This is a man with integrity, God bless you sir. And again, leadership at it’s best.

    • Zor Bon la
      April 26, 2016

      Integrity and his name is embroiled in alleged inappropriate behavior?

      • Face the Facts
        April 26, 2016

        I suppose so far you have not make a mistake in your life. If you are young, keep this in mind as you age and when you make mistakes. You cannot see the future and you never know what situation you will find yourself in. Therefore, be compassionate.

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      • Reds
        April 27, 2016

        No one in this world is perfect..Life continues..Mr.P will see this through..

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    • IamanIdiot
      April 26, 2016

      Integrity? you just make me spit my tea on my computer in laughing that joke

    • meeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!
      April 27, 2016

      integrity
      noun
      1.
      the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
      “a gentleman of complete integrity”
      synonyms: honesty, uprightness, probity, rectitude, honour, honourableness, upstandingness, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, nobility, high-mindedness, right-mindedness, noble-mindedness, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness
      “I never doubted his integrity”
      2.
      the state of being whole and undivided.
      “upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty”
      synonyms: unity, unification, wholeness, coherence, cohesion, undividedness, togetherness, solidarity, coalition
      “internal racial unrest threatened the integrity of the federation”

  52. April 26, 2016

    Fine, but that we have to look at very closely, colateral Damage connected with this case must come to the foe and face the Bowling as well. Just maybe they so good at deceiving us he feels he must Resign to accomodate the fire that was leveled against the opposition to crumble. I also love his tie, the real story must be a message code by wearing this Red Tie. We are watching. Run,Run, Run.

  53. Face the Facts
    April 26, 2016

    Sorry Ian you had to resign. It is better for you.
    Due to a tell-tale person or people, it is disappointing that this occurred to you and the others. The majority of us do not know exactly what transpired and your implication in this situation. Nevertheless, I wish you well.
    The person or people who squealed on them and scandalized their name will pay for this in time. You hurt people, cause them to be out of a job, you will pay for it. Your day will come and who knows in a worst way. You will not escape. Wicked deeds do not go unpunished. Mark my words.

    • Nonsense
      April 27, 2016

      I hope you know God is watching allllll of you all! And it will not go down smoothly with him….cause you sound very close to someone who promotes the abuse of children.

      • Face the Facts
        April 30, 2016

        Silly! You go about hating people because they are charged with something that we know not what it is?
        It is not my place to hate anyone. God commands that we love and forbids that we hate. People can go to Hell for hating others. Consider the many times you hate and judge. How many times do you love? You cannot hate and love at the same time.
        Holy Scripture – St. Paul said: If you hate your brother whom you see, you cannot love God whom you cannot see.”
        I am a disciplined person. Tell the parents to nurture their children especially their girls appropriately. A 15 year-old is not a baby. She is well within her senses to know better. She should have been at home studying; not agreeing to go with someone who is older than she is. You people seem to overlook that and her actions. It always takes two.

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    • meeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!
      April 27, 2016

      integrity
      noun
      1.
      the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
      “a gentleman of complete integrity”
      synonyms: honesty, uprightness, probity, rectitude, honour, honourableness, upstandingness, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, nobility, high-mindedness, right-mindedness, noble-mindedness, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness
      “I never doubted his integrity”
      2.
      the state of being whole and undivided.
      “upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty”
      synonyms: unity, unification, wholeness, coherence, cohesion, undividedness, togetherness, solidarity, coalition
      “internal racial unrest threatened the integrity of the federation”

  54. itiswatitis
    April 26, 2016

    oookkk
    So new calls now from UWP leaders?
    Joshua Must resign as Roseau South MP?

  55. I want to know
    April 26, 2016

    This sudden decision of Ian Pinard along with statements made by Skerrit, in support of the former deputy leader of UWP, leads me to ask the following questions:

    1. Did Skerrit have anything to do with this resignation?
    2. Did Skerrit pay Ian in secret to resign?
    3. Did Skerrit know about this matter way before he went to India to accept his doctorate?

    In light of everything that has unfold and many more that have not unfolded because of fear of Skerrit, I am saying Soufriere. does not need a by election because that is certainly is a NO confidence in the Roosevelt Skerrit administration, and when one thinks of the many, many, many more domestic issues are issues that Dominica is plagued with, what we need is a national by election, that Skerrit should be banned from participating in.

    • Face the Facts
      April 26, 2016

      Curiosity killed the cat. Satisfaction brought it back. You will not know.
      Rightfully so, the PM said he will not respond to any such comments on Websites. If you want to know write him.

    • ????????????
      April 27, 2016

      You are a joke I want to know. Did you hear you. “A national by election that Skeritt should be banned from participating in “. Haters you are and can you or are you speaking for the electorate of Dominica? You need to educate yourself so now Soufriere does not need a by election (bye), so just give it to all you UWPites. Zor pas feb… so non no election just give the seat to your party. At the rate, you all hating and desperate , it would not surprise me that you all would want to rule by force but God forbids, we are praying … so get it in your head, this will not work… no coup. Election and God knows what the outcome will be. So now emancipated yourself from mental hatred. Seek the Lord’s face and his love for you is overwhelming. Find him and you will love him when you surrender, then you will love others and by extension yourself. Only then will you respect authority and respect the Government of the day until election 2018.

    • D/can to de Bone (F)
      April 27, 2016

      You full of hatred.

    • April 27, 2016

      You wish

  56. Thanks
    April 26, 2016

    Mr. PM I admire you for your professionalism. The young people will know you will not tolerate slackness. The man cannot hold leadership position when these allegations are pending against him.

    • TS Erika
      April 27, 2016

      so why the hell all you labourites wanted joshua to hold on to his position with the same allegations hanging over his head. you are a wicked and dangerous set of people. the raft of god will act in due course

    • FMJ
      April 27, 2016

      It is interesting that in this case of a member of parliament being accused of unlawful act, the PM supports (or most likely demanded) his resignation, but when Ambrose George was embroiled in the money laundering fiasco, the same PM refused to force him out.

  57. %
    April 26, 2016

    You are the one it seems that had all the good things to say about,humbleness,morality,love,holiness, godlines,etc,and not the other one…This is what good leaders do!

  58. King Skerrit
    April 26, 2016

    Skerrit is playing marble hole with Dominicans future. Everything he does is calculated to keep him in power. To hell with transparency, accountability and the proper interests of the country. The 18M bridge project was grossly over costed. Is this where the money is being channeled to run this bi-election? WEH! Dominicans I hope you vote with your conscience and vote Labour OUT of Soufriere!!

    • Concern D/can
      April 26, 2016

      Great point, Hartley Henry already admitted our election campaign has boosted their economy, since they prepare and print all paraphilia for DLP, I smell a rat!

    • Face the Facts
      April 26, 2016

      Some of you make some foolish comments.
      Which politician does not want to be in power and remain in power, beginning with Lennox Linton?

  59. Floridian Diaspora
    April 26, 2016

    Great!!! Next the rest of the cabal needs to follow suit and hand in their resignations as they have be deemed unfit to run this country. They are as guilty as you Mr. Pinard; the only difference is that your case has come out from hiding in the closet and has come out into the light while the corrupted acts of the rest of the labor gang are still in hiding. The bombshell will soon drop on the rest of them. This bi election is a perfect opportunity for the members of that constituency to demonstrate to us if they are goats or sheep. Are they going to elect another laborite to office after seeing how the Indian doctor runs the country? Are they going to replace garbage with more garbage, or will they finally come to their senses? Judgement day awaits!!! Results are pending!!!

  60. Dominican passports
    April 26, 2016

    Lol Skerrit trying to show all you how organized his party is :lol: :lol: . Joshua your turn now :arrow: … Then again Joshua francis just following leader behaviour, he potraying the same stubborness that linton potrays time and time again.

  61. %
    April 26, 2016

    I have hardly had anything to praise any member of the DLP for, since the party does not have the interest of the country at heart, and have totally and absolutely failed the poor people in particular.. However among many,there came a man with some morality left in him….THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO IAN,because Dominica is in a crisis where so many leaders lack morality…In the meantime there is the other one on the side of the party I love and support,The UWP,fighting a fierce war to remain on his Party’s executive..Skerrit I have hadly had anything whatsoever to praise you for, but if you had a part to play, THANK YOU TOO!!!!!There is a paucity of leaders with good morals in Dominica.

    • Face the Facts
      April 26, 2016

      The things that people as you state. Such a foolish person and a ridiculous comment. Really silly. Do you have any sense at all? Did you read and digest what you stated?
      If the DLP Party did not have the interest of the country at heart, not one new project and repair would be conducted. This is proof that they have the country’s interest at heart. They reside there not so? You are not fair to them.

    • D/can to de Bone (F)
      April 27, 2016

      You must be a political boom boom boom fly seeing one colour. Blue

  62. John Jay
    April 26, 2016

    Well let me see what his partner J.F will do now.
    The supremo tell him out you go.

  63. Concern citizen
    April 26, 2016

    Joshua Francis and his supporters should take a page from Ian Pinard and stop being bold face, the country nice boy

  64. DC
    April 26, 2016

    Great! I have always been of the view that both men should be banned from the house.

  65. me
    April 26, 2016

    i hope true justice deal with these guys.

  66. eat em
    April 26, 2016

    One gone more to be gone. :twisted:

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