Sam Christian believes he has “excellent” chance of winning Soufriere

Dr. Christian said new leadership is needed in Dominica

The United Workers’ Party (UWP) newly-launched candidate, Dr. Sam Christian is confident that he will increase the UWP’s parliamentary tally come the next general election which is constitutionally due in December 2019.

On Wednesday, surgeon, Dr. Sam Christian, was launched as a member of Team Dominica at Soufriere, under the slogan ‘Sam 4 Soufriere’.

Christian, former deputy leader of the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), left the DFP in November 2017, citing “differences in strategy” with the leaders of the party. He revealed to Dominica News Online (DNO), on Thursday, that he had wanted the DFP and UWP to band together to form a singular opposition party, much to the disapproval of other executives in the DFP.

“It is the logical thing that if you have a strong party in power, and you have two opposition parties, who, by themselves, have not been able to remove [the party in power], that they should form a coalition,” Christian explained. “The Freedom Party’s policy was that they would never form any coalition with the United Workers’ Party.”

Christian stated that his relationship as “friend, neighbour and classmate” of Lennox Linton, Leader of the UWP, preceded politics, and made him open to the ideas of the UWP, even at the time of his involvement with the DFP.

The surgeon believes that his chances of winning in the Soufriere constituency are “excellent,” and is of the view that the UWP would have won the last general election, were it not for what he referred to as the “mass importation and bribery of voters” by the Dominica Labour Party (DLP). However, he insisted that the next election would be held to a different standard.

“This time around, it’s going to be different because those people who believe that they are going to vote, and leave Dominicans in their misery, we have a strategy to deal with them. They are most unwelcome,” Christian said.

Christian remarked that it is time for new leadership in Dominica—a leadership set on providing a “harmonious community.”

“The country is going to come back, but it needs new leadership. Its leadership is tired, it’s divisive, and it is corrupt. There has to be a change,” he stated. “There will always be those who will be opposed, and that’s okay, but I think a substantial majority of people will vote for change.”

The candidate spoke of plans to repair the community’s playing field and school, and to build a hurricane shelter and recreational facility for the people of Gallion. Christian also divulged plans to provide gear for fishermen affected by Maria, and to revive agriculture within the community

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39 Comments

  1. Joseph John
    August 12, 2018

    I am a little confused. When a member of the House of Assembly on the U W P side cross the floor and join the DLP side all hell broke loose. He was treated as a traitor and given the whole nine yards of insults. But when the deputy leader of the DFP deserted the UWP he is a hero. Is he going to be the new leader of the uwp ?
    Traditionally candidates are presented at conventions, but no convention for this candidate. Can this be interpreted as he has no constituency approval or acceptance?
    Traditionally candidates represent the community where they reside, but this is not the case with this new candidate or his leader. I can’t call the learnt Doctor an imposter or opportunists. I can only say he is exercising his democratic and constitutional rights.
    Confusing is the qualification by citizenship. Two DLP candidates were accused of holding French passports by someone who held USA citizenship. They were taken to court. Is “new” candidate a USA citizen ? Just asking…

  2. Barrett
    August 12, 2018

    Did the former candidate endorse Sam?

  3. Dominca Massive
    August 11, 2018

    All the bashing of overseas Dominicans is outright shame and disgrace.Overseas Dominicans are called to take part in everything ,except to vote..Where is the right of those who are making meaningful contribution and have assets in Doiminica..Please tell me?

  4. Man bites dogs
    August 11, 2018

    Is So, Nice one I love it. Put that diaper rash and Sam, where they belonging in the landfill :lol:

  5. KID ON THE BLOCK
    August 10, 2018

    Is so then1!? They are the real manipulators and dictators. From party to party seeking for controled power and when they don’t find it they have so much to say. I suppose he sees a lophole where he has nest. The party where ALL the power hungry ones nest.
    He try Labor then Freedom now UWP.

    • Franky
      August 11, 2018

      I tired tell u kid to come out on the block and go to school and learn….. when I meet you on the block I’ll hit u a hard karlot behind your head… you getting more stupid on the blok..

      • viewsexpressed
        August 12, 2018

        Both illiterates, Man and Dog who bites continue to be big nuisance on social media with obvious levels of political illiteracy and ignorance. Their writings are futile, ridiculous, never addresses the presenting issues and challenges before us as far as the poor political and development situation in Domininca. these are blind silly loyalists of Skerrit and hs failure and are not acting in the interest of Domininca. We have just lost Ross University and from Skerrit down within the corrupt incompetent Labor government were caught sleeping in their dreams of disaster and awoken to see the loss of Ross from Domininca to a more democratic ad professional government in Barbados headed by the first lady Pm, Mia Mottley, a woman that Skerrit just cannot be compared with, let alone engage in intellectual discourse of substance.
        kerrit and his clowns and bind loyalists must go.
        Get out….Get lost. You have failed us Dominican big time

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  6. Not A Herd Follower
    August 10, 2018

    The headline and story are out of sync. The body of the article does not explicate why Dr. Christian believes he has an excellent chance of winning the constituency. It provides his general view of the current political scene but does not specifically discuss the reasons for his confidence of a victory for him.

    • viewsexpressed
      August 11, 2018

      This man biting Dogs. Woof….woof….. thought disappeared with barking rage to his kennel, seems he has re surfaced with more barking rubbish. well..well..well. We will be amused.

      The landfill, all over Domininca has been created by this worthless PM and his corru0t Labour government. My advice to this this woof woof dog and, do not throw stones is y9u ive in a Dog House. Becareful, be guided.

      • Man bites dogs
        August 12, 2018

        @ Viewsexpressed, What ever you bafoons call me it will not hurt me, I have thick skin say as you like call me as you guys like. One thing i do know is how to bites dogs like you lots vagabonds woof woof woof poof poof poof those are my words don’t copyright Mr idiot.

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  7. Hambrin
    August 10, 2018

    Go Sam go! Dominica needs a united force to rid it of the vermin called DLP

  8. August 10, 2018

    No foreigners in our Constituency. The days of Charles Maynard are over. We need someone who can represent us everywhere, even in America. If they cannot travel to America, they are castaways and stowaways, bottom line.

    • johnnie Boy
      August 10, 2018

      DS are you referring to Doctor Sam Christian a born native Dominican as a foreigner ? How foolish can you get ? That is de level all you people have reached to call a Dominican foreigner ? Oh Lord help us in this country, i am now convinced that i am surrounded by many , many, fools.

      • KID ON THE BLOCK
        August 10, 2018

        johnnie Cake, isn’t Sam Christian himself treating born native Dominicans as foreigners to when he says to those who are coming to demonstrate their DEMOCRATIC RIGHT ON ELECTION DAY that they are UNWELCOME?!

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      • August 10, 2018

        Yes, he is a foreigner, until he publicly renounces his US citizenship. As a member of the US armed service he took an oath to protect the US against all enemies both foreign and domestic. But again I am not surprised at your statement, as the UWP and its idiotic supporters believe that the laws and constitution of Dominica does not apply to them. If Christian is still a US citizen his alegence is to the US and not Dominica.

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    • ????????????
      August 10, 2018

      But DS. I told you that Sam is from Goodwill and not from the Soufriere Constituency. so your comment not making sense.

      • Joseph John
        August 12, 2018

        Morning D N O Admin. Can a Dominican with dual citizenship be registered to vote or contest election as a candidate ?

        ADMIN: From Dominica Constitution Chapter III

        32.- A person shall not be qualified to be elected or appointed as a Representative or Senator (hereinafter in this section referred to as a member) if he-
        is by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state;

        The full constitution can be found online here: http://dominicacompanies.com/dominica/constitution/const.html#32

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    • %
      August 10, 2018

      It’s sad that you are using a computer/smart phone and you don’t know what is the meaning of “foreigner”.Alas!
      Where The Wicked Rule the People MOURN
      This DLP is a Wicked and Evil Party

      • ?Me?
        August 11, 2018

        % basically you are the only one ☝️ mourning ??because you will never get in power. You should run ?‍♀️ for shame because you throw a total stranger on us, 5 people were present in launching Sam? . Lennox Lemon You are continually lying and degrading our country. You are a selfish self centered person. Thanks ? to you for many of the woes in DA , Your overseas trips are focused solely around Lenox and Linton alone. Right after Maria you left the island ? what did you bring back to the people you are fighting for? Your trip to the US mainland was another show ?! Tell us who were the receiptions of the scholarships for the Marigot district. You gave them to your children ? who doesn’t have a clue is to where Marigot is located. Last but not least you are high school dropout, instead of furthering your education to become a functional PM, you ? seat pandering hate and devision.

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  9. August 10, 2018

    Sadly, money is the mother’s milk of politics. People appear to prefer a few dollars for short term gain, rather that electing the right people to reduce long term pain. Let us hope that the trend will not continue in 2019.

  10. Ibo France
    August 10, 2018

    The mark of a good leader is to bring people together. Unity, cohesion, harmony are important if a community are to fulfill its greatest potential. People must cooperate with one another for the collective good of the group (society). Sam strikes the right note in tone, words and actions thus far. Political divisiveness is one of the main obstacles to progress. Some politicians like it this way in order to maintain power. This is good for them but most damaging to the country. If Sam win his seat, I hope he will bring a paradigm shift as to the way politics should be, inclusive not divisive. I truly believe that politics should bring us together for the best interest of the country not tear us apart like present. The Divide and Rule strategy is only beneficial to those at the top.

    • August 11, 2018

      Ibo France, divide and rule that’s what your party the UWP will practice if it gets in office. You all are just a bunch of hypocrits full of fancy words and nothing else. How can you bring people together when you are always tearing them down when they don’t agree with you,and this done while in opposition.

  11. Floridian Diaspora
    August 10, 2018

    Dr. Christian I like the way you think. Those imported voters needs to get dealt with. Everyone knows that without the imports DLP cannot win. That’s the obvious source their of strength. Then after they vote they flying back to their American and French paradise. If the country so sweet then why not stay here to experience its sweetness? So it’s like you buying a car and you not never using that car for you to experience its performance, let it show you what it can do, its reliability, its road worthiness, its value for money; makes no sense to me. Some of them don’t even stay behind for a week to test drive that car because they already know it doh good. As they vote the next day they’re gone. Evil set of people.

    • Is So
      August 10, 2018

      The Florida Disposalable Diaper, WE the people of Scotts Head told the Dr. 1 pillow and all heads on that pillow. Thanks, but we don’t need prescription.

      • %
        August 10, 2018

        @Is So…
        This constituency would have been so ashamed of you,that they would have driven you out out already brother.You lie like the DLP MISLEADERS.
        Where The Wicked Rule the People MOURN
        This DLP is a Wicked and Evil Party

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  12. August 10, 2018

    Brave move Dr Sam Christian i trust you, your honesty and dedication to country more than the fake Punjab PhD who has continued to promote his self interest and that of his CABAL over that of the Dominican people.

    • ???????????????
      August 10, 2018

      Gabriel concentrate on getting well. The attitude will only get you worse. Emancipate yourself from the hatred of the PM. Take my advice and see how you will get better. Support Sam but stop sowing the seeds of discord and hatred. You are a grown up man not a teenager. Behave like one. Stop the name calling. Do not support the PM but respect the position.

  13. Jiamous Thomas
    August 10, 2018

    This surgeon needs a surgery performed on him, hmmmm, he has chosen Denise to perform that surgery. hahhahahah

  14. wayne shaw
    August 10, 2018

    Let’s hope something positive will come out of this. It should do. Soufriere deserves to be heard!!

  15. zandoli
    August 10, 2018

    Dr. Sam, Dominicans are not interested in sound management and governance. Once you can offer them something for free, they are with you. The fact that a properly governed country will put money in their pockets through hard work does not interest them.

    Unless you can match Skerrit’s free money, your chance of winning is next to nil.

  16. LifeandDeath
    August 10, 2018

    More Power to you Sam, the people are with you because you genuinely care. Not because you have a bag of dirty money sharing in any village.
    With the new UWP leadership in Dominica pride will be restored for all Dominicans. Dominica will become the best place to Live, Work and Enjoy Life.
    But, I must warn Dominicans not to be hasty because the mess that needs to be eradicated and cleaned out of Dominica’s institutional framework will certainly occupy the first term UWP in Power..there is a lot of weeding and straightening to be done in this little country. Then and only then we can see real authentic and organic growth in Dominica. New Systems must be implemented for fair play for all Dominicans. For example, how does the gov’t decide who merits passport sales money to do development projects? I would suggest that a board be set up to monitor and decide on who should receive funding. Open to all Dominicans with bright ideas to compete for funding..not just one Man deciding who to…

  17. Roy Williams
    August 10, 2018

    If you believe the departure of Ross University was a headache for Roosevelt Skeritt, the doctor has now given him another headache.

    • ?????????????
      August 10, 2018

      Roy you serious! All I can say I wish Sam well. There were others before him who jumped all ship and they never won the Soufriere seat. This seat is an interesting seat. Try Lennox Honeychurch for the history. The first Opposition Leader – Anthony Moise won that seat and this constituency does not change so and jump ship so. Ask Lennox Honeychurch for the History. You as a former Labourite (under Patrick John – ETB) should know that. 10 to 1 is murder. Denise is a fantastic representative even if you proud men look down on Women.

      • August 10, 2018

        ????????????? August 10, 2018

        My sister in Christ Jesus, you got one me for that piece above. I like the line which says: “Denise is a fantastic representative” I am praying with you, that God has chosen her for your constituency, for a long time to come–may He always be walking with her.

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      • Roy Willaims
        August 12, 2018

        Denise did not win the constituency, it was Skeritt with all his campaign money. It is easier for snow to fall in Point Michelle then for her to beat Doc. Sam.

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      • Joseph John
        August 12, 2018

        I have one question. What did the good Dr, do for the people of that constituency post Erica and Maria,. or was he M I A ?
        There are lots of people blaming Skerrit re Ross. Many of them claim management experience . they could not be efficient if safety of their assets, staff and customers was not a priority. Ross CEO decision was based on the analysis of safety issues.

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  18. %
    August 10, 2018

    Agree.UWP would have won in a canter in 2014, had it not been for an unfair election.Remember the hidden report of the Commonwealth observer team,which clearly stated that the election was unfair.In any other country,this election with all the attending irregularities,would have been vitiated in the court.Well done Dr Sam.Let’s take back our country.It is badly bruised and broken.
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Is So
      August 10, 2018

      My boy % tell the public how many people turned out. There were 6 people and your security, did you get the message. % BECAUSE of YOUR lies and garbage you a spewing we are staying away.

      • %
        August 10, 2018

        @Is So
        I wonder if you know where you are living.The lies of the DLP MISLEADERS are contagious.
        Where The Wicked Rule the People MOURN
        This DLP is a Wicked and Evil Party

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