Commonwealth Day address by Speaker of the House: calls for unity, resilience across sectors

Joseph Isaac

Speaker of the House of Assembly Joseph Isaac has called on the nation to unite as one despite the challenges presently being faced around the world.

His call came as Dominica joins the rest of the commonwealth countries to observe Commonwealth Day today.

Today marks the beginning of a week-long series of events and activities happening around the globe–including faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag-raising ceremonies, and cultural events.

Commonwealth Day 2024 is celebrated under the theme: “One Resilient Common Future: Transforming our Common Wealth”. The theme highlights how the 56 member countries must harness their strengths by building resilience, unlocking potential, leveraging the ‘Commonwealth Advantage’, and fostering a connected, digital Commonwealth.

“As we now face the prolonged impact of the Ukraine War and the uncertainty in the Middle East which are both having an impact on the global supply chain affecting all of us, at the supermarkets, in the construction industry, several other inputs, at the gas station pumps in the Commonwealth countries. All of us feel the pressure,” he said while delivering remarks during the Commonwealth Day Service held at the St Gerard Hall Chapel today.

He continued, “We are saying that yes, we feel the pressure, but what we have to do is remain united as a people.”

Isaac believes it’s now more than ever that the country needs to build on its gains.

“Think out of the box in order to come up with new resilient sustainable strategies, whether in agriculture, tourism, the energy sector, the cultural and service industries to ensure the long-term growth at both the micro and macroeconomic levels in our country and the wider Commonwealth countries,” he urged. “As a people, it is up to us to make something happen, it is up to us to lead, it is up to us to do what we have to do for our families, for our community, and for our country.”

Isaac added, “No one can do it for us, what we can do is ask for help, but we must lead and champion the cause of building a stronger, better, resilient nation.”

Furthermore, Isaac stated that unity is always strength and therefore he called on all to join hands in helping to build the first climate-resilient nation, “a dynamic Dominica where all of us can live, work and enjoy life together.”

He went on to state that Dominica has done many things to prove its resilience.

“But in the interest of time I would like to…remind us of just a few,” he said. “Our Ministry of Housing embarked on building back better and this initiative continues [till] today while we build our physical infrastructure.”

He pointed out that Dominicans can attest to the many homes that have been built by the executive branch through their policy.

The second area he touched on is the forestry division which has successfully implemented and continues to implement ecological sustainable projects to strengthen the country’s environmental resilience.

“Let’s talk about our cooperatives, especially the credit union movement,” Isaac noted.

He said after Hurricane Maria the credit union movement introduced new financial products to cushion the blow of the impact of the category 5 Hurricane.

Meanwhile, Isaac said the government has been tackling and trying to implement and with a high level of degree thus far, “a game changer for us in Dominica, the geothermal project.”

This, Isaac believes, will ensure Dominica’s energy resilience.


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  1. Lin clown
    March 13, 2024

    Joseph Isaac UWP candidate for Roseau Central(QUIT)
    Julius Timothy UWP deputy leader and former Minister of Finance(QUIT)
    Dr.Curvin Ferreira UWP deputy leader and candidate for St.Joseph(QUIT)
    Nichols Shanks Esprit UWP senator(QUIT)
    Loreen Banis Roberts UWP pal rep for Castle Bruce(QUIT)
    Frankie CrazyT Bellot UWP candidate for Grandbaby(QUIT)
    Doreen Paul UWP former Minister of health(missing in action)
    Earl Williams UWP deputy leader and former Minister of Public works(missing in action)
    Peter Carbon UWP former Minister of agriculture(missing in action)
    Thompson Fontaine UWP present leader,living in South Sudan. In the 2019 general election UWP lost 1,163 votes.Joseph Isaac is not the first nor will he be the last to leave the most greedy and corrupt political party in the history of Dominica.That is the truth DNO is hiding from the people with their awaiting moderation and disclaimer.

  2. Bwa-Banday
    March 12, 2024

    Joseph Issac, garson you are not a politician in the capacity you serve. The Speaker of the House Of Assembly cannot and should never be involved in political partisianship. Behave yourself garson and stop behaving like your deceased mentor bro. You have no shame even if that very small rabbit gun that you carry around is non functional most of the time especially if the cats you are able to surround are thick and fluffy. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  3. Bwa-Banday
    March 12, 2024

    Look who is babbling! Can you belive that?

    Until the cabal and Joseph Issac make their exit from our house of parliament, UNITY in the land of Jacko, Balaa and Congoree will remain an elusive dream. Just how Balaa and other free slave leaders were crooked by their own people who became colonial masters trough feeders, the DLP has somehow managed to stupify a cult of trough feeders hell bent on destroying the very soul of our country for the benefit of one man, yes, the Starboy Of Stupidity (SOS) and his benefactors! Time for DLP to go!

  4. En Ba La
    March 12, 2024

    Commonwealth Day message – the king carries on and where is our Head of State to give a message – DNO why are they not giving this to you – they may have given it and don’t know.
    Politically are we even functioning as a Nation? Are you saying that you are vying for the presidency? Seems others take on other peoples roles so frequently that we have to ask whether we still have a sitting government.

    When is the elections PLEASE let us know.

  5. Mahaut man
    March 12, 2024

    should the speaker of the house be speaking on governments behalf?
    I thought the speaker suppose to be an independent person with balance, have not sides instead speak on matters relation to society.
    some please help clarify.

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    • If we knew better
      March 13, 2024

      The heights of a biasness and corruption.

      March 13, 2024

      Mahaut man, brother times are changing and so do man. The truth is the truth.

    • March 13, 2024

      He should. The definition of a speaker is someone who speaks. The definition of a noiser like you is someone who makes empty noise.

  6. dissident
    March 12, 2024

    what does Isaac mean by “stay united”
    Are we a united people Joseph Isaac?
    sing Isaac sing……that voice rusty and fake ….by de way
    you not very inspiring
    we live here on dis rock
    dem words blowing in de wind
    that’s exactly what Skerrit wants to hear all you say to defend him

  7. If we knew better
    March 12, 2024

    Pretty sounding words and jargon on a speech written for him. The usual rhoetoric from a man who should have been in a jail cell as well when Edison James was recently arrested. unity he says. His version of unity is everybody be part and parcel of the DLP and their destruction of the country.

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  8. Laughable
    March 11, 2024

    Dog on a Big Bone.

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  9. Original
    March 11, 2024

    we all know about the culture of victimisation which exist here, persons are afraid and threatened that their governmental assistance could easily be removed. so how could unity be achieved in this environment?

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    • If we knew better
      March 13, 2024

      With conformity. Get down or lay down. Its a strong arm game.

  10. Nkrumah Kwame
    March 11, 2024

    For the cabal and you specifically, unity means joining your group of distinguished delinquents. Wait still !! Unity to plunder, unity to lie with a straight face,unity take people’s land without adequate compensation and of course, unity to allow through the back door, those whom our ancestors kicked out through the front door.

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  11. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 11, 2024

    You stupid politicians in Dominica live in a dream; a dream is something without any beginning, nor does it have an end! And so, ever so often when you dream of some fart you talk about it loudly so that your stupid supporters believe you are talking something that makes sense. Look at the following:
    Make sense out of that Isaac, rather than talking crap, if you are making comparisons, compare the population of Dominica, to all I submitted and figure out why so many people in Dominica does not have a job.
    Germany’s population, based on UN estimates and projections. As of 2023, Germany’s population is estimated at 83.2 million
    Germany’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose to 5.9% in November 2023, up from October’s 5.8% and slightly above market expectations of 5.8%. It was the highest rate since May 2021 as the number of unemployed individuals increased by 22 thousand, reaching a total of 2.702 million.
    Only a damn fool would try to compare anything in Dominica with rest of…

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  12. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 11, 2024

    The unemployment rate of England was 4.2 percent in the three months to June 2023, compared with four percent in the previous quarter.
    The current population of the United Kingdom is 67,884,879 as of Tuesday, February 27, 2024, based on Worldometer elaboration
    So, you see it is okay for an idiot like you to stay in Dominica, living of the blood you suck from the poor, via the sale of passports, and talk hogwash: “Joseph Isaac has called on the nation to unite as one despite the challenges presently being faced around the world.”
    How many people you know in the world try to operate a common bakery, selling bread and his bread business failed, so you had to kiss the behind of someone like a damn corrupted crook Roosevelt, as the lapdog you are for your survival because there are no jobs in Dominica that you could get to survive.
    Tell the world how many people within the population of Dominica who earns a pay cheque weekly or monthly from a place of employment!
    Goat mouth shut up

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  13. Slave
    March 11, 2024

    stop….unity? are u all united? or skerrit have all u united with big money? when will u have your day in court like Thomson? when u do the place will have unity…..u lucky skerrit give u a job….because u cannot win a seat….just now u will see what he will do you…..drop u like a hot potato….never forget what Reggie told you when u were with workers….enjoy d good life under labor….all u swimming in money….that’s just for a while…..

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  14. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 11, 2024

    I am back again you disoriented clown, backlash sucker!
    This is Canada: Canada unemployment rate for 2022 was 5.21%, a 2.25% decline from 2021.
    Canada unemployment rate for 2021 was 7.46%, a 2% decline from 2020.
    Canada unemployment rate for 2020 was 9.46%, a 3.8% increase from 2019.
    Canada unemployment rate for 2019 was 5.66%, a 0.17% decline from 2018.
    Canada Unemployment Rate 1991-2024
    The 2021 Canadian census counted a total population of 36,991,981, an increase of around 5.2 per cent over the 2016 figure.
    Again; more than 95% of the less than fifty thousand people residing in Dominica does not have a job!
    Employment should be the common denominator among the world nations: so what are you that idiot using to contrast or make comparison to your stupid comments.
    Your economy is based on the sale of passports, whereas the rest of the world are industrial based, how can you talk such nonsense with your goat mouth when you have nothing in Dominica to compare with any other.

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  15. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 11, 2024

    “Joseph Isaac has called on the nation to unite as one despite the challenges presently being faced around the world.”
    You are just another piece of disoriented crap; you that piece of filth talking about unity, when you are in cahoots with Roosevelt prosecuting and victimizing people?
    What are the challenges being faced around the world you are associating with backward corrupt Dominica? Let us take the United States where I resides. Note: in America unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
    U.S. unemployment rate for 2022 was 3.61%, a 1.74% decline from 2021.
    U.S. unemployment rate for 2021 was 5.35%, a 2.7% decline from 2020.
    U.S. unemployment rate for 2020 was 8.05%, a 4.38% increase from 2019.
    U.S. unemployment rate for 2019 was 3.67%, a 0.23% decline from 2018.
    U.S Population 333.29 million people: Dominica less than fifty thousand; more than 95% of that unemployed!
    What are you comparing lapdog?

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  16. Ibo France
    March 11, 2024

    UNITY? All this man cares about is pocketing a fat fat pay-check every month. Look at his crude, divisive and reprehensible conduct not befitting of the position he holds as Speaker.

    This man is a sociopath. He threatens, curses, bullies, insults, demeans the opposition members in the House to gratify an audience of one.

    Division and disunity are practices this kleptocracy uses to keep the populace subdued. Divide and rule is their mantra. The Roosevelt led regime is comprised of nasty, dirty, diseased liars.

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  17. MEME
    March 11, 2024

    Happy Commonwealth day to all.
    Dominica needs legislation to compell all crooks and traitors who contest elections under the banner of one party to return to the polls before they, on the own, can unilaterally cross the floor and join another party. It is highly dishonest, wicked, corrupt, insincere and immoral. It needs to stop, since it’s not done to benefit the constituents, but to benefit themselves.

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  18. Zandoli
    March 11, 2024

    How can these guys call for unity with a straight face when they have spent years harassing the opposition with spurious charges, dragging them through the courts. They are paying all kinds of money to Trinidadian lawyers to prosecute a useless case.
    If they were truly concerned about unity, they would drop the cases.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      March 11, 2024

      Zandoli people like that disoriented guy is sick to his very core, I mean mentally ill, how easy he forget! Isaac was prosecuted by Roosevelt Skerrit, locked up and charged for crimes of insurrection.
      Like a damn dog, walking with his head low to the grown went and kiss Roosevelt behind when a bread selling business failed, now he turned on the others whom were locked up with; now talking nonsense about unity; uniting with people like Isaac would be uniting with a dog!

      This man with his goat mouth, making comparisons with the rest of the world: As I am writing I just receive a video displaying police in Calibishie with guns in hand in plain cloth might be their uniform and shoe falling off their feet!

      Since Dominica government cannot afford to supply the police force with uniform (shoes) which are a part of a uniform, how the hell can this lowlife Isaac compare Dominica with any other nation on the planet?
      He is dumb, a bit of used toilet paper that’s what he is!

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    • Ibo France
      March 12, 2024

      The word ‘UNITY’ should not be part of these hypocrites lexicon. Dominicans should pour scorn on fork tongued caricatures like Roosevelt, Speaker Judas et alia.

      Truth is as straight as an arrow, while a lie swivels like a snake. The Roosevelt influenced syndicate is made up of all serpentine characters.

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    March 11, 2024

    Man, good thing you saw the light early to get out of that unprogressive, wicked, jealous party you were in. Since you left can you relate to any progress you have seen or noticed in that Useless Wicked Party( UWP)?

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    • Weh
      March 11, 2024

      If the uwp members have to face charges then he should be before the courts as well since he was a participant.

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    • Ibo France
      March 12, 2024

      When Judas Isaac transitions to the Great Beyond, the epitaph on his tombstone will read: “Buried here is Joseph, the backstabber, writhing in eternal agony.”

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  20. Juanita
    March 11, 2024

    …he called on all to join hands in helping to build the first climate-resilient nation, “a dynamic Dominica where all of us can live, work and enjoy life together.”

    So CREAD – the Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica – has been disbanded and now sits on the garbage bin of history, but the quest to make Dominica the first climate-resilient nation in the world continues? The author of Don Quixote wrote, ” for me alone was Don Quixote created.” Maybe he was wrong ( if you know, you know.)

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    • March 11, 2024

      I think you could write a good long thesis laden with quotes and acknowledging authors and famous politicians. Be more creative and inspiring. It would definitely do you good.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      March 11, 2024

      “he called on all to join hands in helping to build the first climate-resilient nation, “a dynamic Dominica where all of us can live, work and enjoy life together.”
      Isaac, sentiments are that of a fool! Such words emanates from the mind of a fool? If you asks that SOB to define resilient or the word resiliency he may not be able to give the definition; which simply means “capable of regaining its original shape or position after bending, stretching; or compressed, or some other form of deformation.”
      With that said; keep in mind there are no known science, or technology utilized in the building of a resilient country; the land nor anything, such as structure built by the hands of men!
      Then for augment sake a resilient nation if there was such a thing provides its citizens with sustainable-managed resources, such as reliable infrastructure and the ability to combat natural and man made threats.
      What is that saying in terms of a poor island like Dominica, first in what?

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  21. Juanita
    March 11, 2024

    Wow! This guy has come full circle. One is certain that there are mechanisms that can bring unity and resilience across all sectors Mr. Speaker. But, charity begins at home and actions speak louder than words. Until then unity will remain just a figment of the imagination.

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  22. L C Matthew
    March 11, 2024

    Sounds like the devil asking for day of prayers and worship and to stop stealing and lying. the guts of these men!!!!!!! Issac the only thing I am uniting on is to see you skerrit and the rest of the thieves out of office and in prison. nothing else!!!!

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