Douglas predicts another election sweep for DLP

Douglas on the campaign trail in 2014

Parliamentary representative for the Portsmouth Constituency, Ian Douglas has said that the upcoming general election will yield another sweep of the polls for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP).

He said that notwithstanding, the DLP has developed a mindset for not taking elections for granted.

“I think it will be another sweep at the polls quite frankly but like I have always told my colleagues, and I think all the colleagues including the leadership of the party… have grown accustomed to not taking elections for granted and that has always been our mantra in the labour party,” Douglas said on state-owned DBS Radio.

The Porstmouth constituency MP added, “We believe that every seat is important… we go after every seat; we leave no seat unturned. For example, you will see that we are aggressively pursuing seats like Marigot and Salisbury even if they are known to be United Workers Party strongholds and in addition to which we believe that every voter is important, That’s why we go out to interact and to engage every voter in an election.”

Douglas said the DLP is going for its 5th consecutive year in government, noting that not many political parties have achieved this in the Caribbean.

At the DLP’s Delegates Conference on February 16, 2019 Prime Minister Skerrit announced a new slate of candidates which included thirteen changes and which he described as the “new look” Labour, “the fresh faces of change in Dominican politics.”

The next general election in Dominica is constitutionally due by May 2020.

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  1. bel
    March 20, 2019

    A disgrace….i wonder if he and the Minister of Foreign Affairs can remember protocols of the court. Both of all you father must be rolling unstable in their graves. Jean gwangtance

  2. lobourer
    March 19, 2019

    After we lost Ross , who make you think you will win? lose for lose everybody losing. For me and my family this time around is UWP.

  3. Massacre
    March 19, 2019

    I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of hearing these DLP ministers only talking about the need to be re-elected. They are not asking for a return to Government and showing or talking about what they have done over the past 20 years. All they want is to be re-elected without performance. They have no record to run on and there is no way Dominicans are going to vote these money grabbers back in to office.
    This one man party will not get the majority votes of Dominicans anymore. Fool me once shame on you but you will not fool us again.
    Change will come.

  4. Tan Tan
    March 19, 2019

    Of all the under achieving Pal Reps in Dominica I was not expecting Ian last-Dog to be the one speaking for DLP. After all, the Portsmouth Hospital does not even have a pharmacist currently so we cannot get our medication. The hospital does not even have basic things to treat the simplest maladies, so I think Ian should look under his bed before he put on this performance like a Hollywood actor.
    All-in all , I would like all the DLP Pal Reps to show us their report card and explain to us in detail what they have done wit the tax payers money.
    Not even Skerro can show his constituency a detailed report of what he has done in his area. Its a shame that these guys are even out there lying in such open air. DLP must go for Dominica to grow.

  5. Ibo France
    March 19, 2019

    I’m not at all trying to trivialize the giving of birth but the DLP performance in government is like a pregnant woman in excruciating LABOUR PAIN for nineteen years. Unbearable!

  6. Truth Be Told
    March 19, 2019

    Ian Douglas what have you and the Dominica Labour Party done for Dominica and the Portsmouth Constituency lately? Certainly, I agree with your statement because the people of Dominica do not demand better of their Government and maybe it is because they do not deserve better! Notice how every other Caribbean island that we used to be ahead of in the 1970s and 1980s have now left us behind for kakarat!

  7. Child of Itassi
    March 19, 2019

    Remember The Unsinkable Titanic.

  8. Sisserou
    March 19, 2019

    DNO we don’t want to hear about ian, give us the article on the blacklisting.

  9. jungle
    March 19, 2019

    What an annoying man!

  10. Risa pawee
    March 19, 2019

    Well, I’m telling you now, DLP lose salybia, wesley, marigot, Salisbury, petite savanne, roseau central, roseau south, castle Bruce and grand fond for sure. I don’t know about the rest.

    • LaPlaine Observer
      March 20, 2019

      LaPlaine out of bounds for the Laborrats

  11. Ibo France
    March 19, 2019

    Imagine, Ian Douglas, who has been a monumental failure as an MP is predicting a clean sweep at the next polls. This unbridled confidence is most certainly not based on performance. Therefore, it makes me to conclude that he thinks Dominicans are all sheep-like, hopelessly gullible and dunce. For any ruling political party to change over two-thirds of its incumbent candidates for an upcoming election it speaks volumes about their stewardship. This is unheard of in the Caribbean, probably the world. Only widespread bribery of the electorate and an utterly corrupt electoral system can keep such a destructive and inane group of hoarders in power for this long. Wise up Dominicans, the time of blind party support is over.

  12. MyloveMy Dominica
    March 19, 2019

    If I were you and your Government, I would just call the elections and take a back seat. You don’t deserve another chance and you know it. Give Dominica a chance to breath and thrive. You and your Government have failed us. Get Out, Get Out, Get Out…..We don’t want you no more.

  13. LaPlaine Observer
    March 19, 2019

    Keep dreaming Douglas. Your views expressed doesn’t represent the vast majority of Dominicans who demands change from this incompetent regime. After plunging Dominica into the worst economic stagnation for the past 18 years, coupled with an unemployment rate of 30%, you guys have the audacity to request more time in power?

    • Mercy Driven
      March 19, 2019

      Really no other country in the Caribbean has done this.
      That is why Dominica is at the bottom of the list.
      Something is seriously wrong with the people of Portsmouth to keep voting you all for all those years.
      They must be either DOTISH or TEBEH.

  14. Neville
    March 19, 2019

    Douglas, instead of making useless propaganda speeches and burst on blood vessel after the other, why don’t you tell the people of Portsmouth about Ross University and Skerrits handling of this affair? You still stick up for him…? You guys gone too far this time!

  15. Ibo France
    March 19, 2019

    A robust economy creates jobs and helps people to lift themselves out of poverty. How much time does any one of these Ministers spend pontificating about the health of the economy? They spend almost every of their time agonizing about re-election. The people’s economic wellbeing is inconsequential. It’s all about self preservation for them., nothing about the poor and the suffering. They have done enough harm to the people so they have to go.

  16. March 19, 2019

    ‘Change or Chains’ these are the words of your Dear uncle and my friend. He is clamoring for Change of Governance. We have passed the change of colonial rule it is now chains of corruption, ineptitude and despair. This labour party should go into oblivion for the good of the country.

  17. Braindamage
    March 18, 2019

    From day one, we have been suffering in Dominica. Always looking forward for the best and hoping things will change. But never. Money not flowing to find jobs. Majority people who can leave, migrate and those who can’t, make it through back door; to Guadeloupe, St. Martín, Antigua, Marie Galante, etc.
    To clear an item at the customs, is an arm and a leg.
    Portsmouth used to be the first Trade Town, but things are no more.
    Can remember in time of The Hon. Kernel Patrick Rolland John, during the “Back Pay”season to civil servants, mattresses, stove, freeze, etc.. used to kick up on small pickup trucks. Now nada.
    The Government of the day is taking advantage of the people by creating poverty on them.

    For the next coming General Election, Dominicans should consider competent representatives to run the important affairs of their lives in this country. Don’t let the bribes side track you all.

    • March 19, 2019

      And what difference will it be if the UWP gets into Government? Not a damn difference. The same … continues with a hickory-hickory duck Linton. The mouse ran up the clock.

      • Marlene
        March 19, 2019

        I know of one difference for sure, people like you won’t be getting envelopes full of cash anymore. Let’s face it that’s the only reason you stick with Skerrit in the first place.

  18. Zammm
    March 18, 2019

    Dear Mr Doglas,
    You are really and truly a show man and a movie star , for you to be speaking this way. You have come to the conclusion that Dominicans are a group of gullible and without memory and brains. After, you and your government allowed Ross to leave Portsmouth, causing poverty, crime and low life culture to rise, you should be a political casualty even before election. The world will be watching Dominicans to find out how smart or the lack thereof they are. But without a doubt , Dominicans are smarter than you guys think. Alll over the slave you guys are buying votes, n doing nasty campaigning through all kinds of projects n road repairs especially in the southeast namely Grandfond to Rosalie.. yet the road from pond casee to rosalie is incomplete.. You guys have this French contractor with a set of derilic vehicles forming the fool … Its very sad to know that the brain washing from the lil labor parrots like the one from castle Bruce posing like his lil god with…

  19. Possie Direct
    March 18, 2019

    We have produced some good politicians in Portsmouth but I must say Ian has been the worse! Ian is the luckiest politician we have had and if he was a real man Possie would be a transformed and modern town. I an is the first politician that walked straight into Minister and has been one for 15 consecutive years! But what has he done for Portsmouth or Dominica apart from shame, regret, embarrassment? Ian’s father and uncle brought Ross University to Portsmouth and Ian and Reggie Austrie sat their lying to the Portsmouth people while Skerrit and his Bajan friends were working on a deal to ship Ross to Barbados. Oh Ian helped Reggie and Skerrit to bring down Haitians to occupy the vacant apartments but unfortunately landlords are crying. To hear Ian say they going to win and even sweep the poles is just foolishness. Skerrit, Reggie and Ian have destroyed Portsmouth as they caused just about everything to close from banks, restaurants, apartments, super markets, subway and soon…

  20. Real Dominican
    March 18, 2019

    After reading this article three times I am of the opinion that this man, Ian Douglas ( Hon., LLB) is unaware of the present situation regarding the people’s trend of thoughts on him and the party he represents. UWP has the greatest help they can receive. That is, frustrated Dominicans who want change for themselves and country. These, from all walks of life will silently and unequivocally vote this Labour party out.

    If we are honest, we will conclude the the Wealth of the DLP operatives and the poverty of the people are inversely proportional to one another. That is, as the Labour Party operatives become wealthy the wealth of the masses decrease.

    If Dominica is to achieve true economic growth to the tune of 3% – 7% yearly, we must have honest hands in the treasury and CBI.

    Kind Regards,

    Real Dominican

  21. Bwa-Banday
    March 18, 2019

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: whatever Attorney Too-Jour-Sue smoking or DRINKING I need some of it. Time is on UWP side so keep on playing games

  22. Lin clown
    March 18, 2019

    The Labour Party built back Dominica after Hurricane Maria.Everything in it.The lazy UWP did not lift a finger to help.Houses,Schools,Roads,Water, everything was done by Labour.Lazy UWP.They did not even try to get a fig for their supporters fools.Another win for Labour

    • Me
      March 19, 2019

      Do you know that the money belongs to the people and the government are asked to spend it wisely. Uwp aren’t the government.. so they cannot spend it to fix roads etc. Please spend some time learning and reading about how things work… so that you don’t look like a ‘clown’.

    • Neville
      March 19, 2019

      You are a clown for true. But I’m said to say you need some help with your mental health.

    • dd
      March 19, 2019

      @ Lin Clown, can you please stop and listen to yourself? The DLP is the government of the day and that’s the basic responsibility of which ever Government in office. You sound like your name SMDH.

    • Believe it or not
      March 25, 2019

      You shouldn’t even be talking Lin clown . You should just shot up. Go and see Picard and Portsmouth what it look like. A ghost town. It’s so dead over there no business. After 5:00 p.m. buses stop leaving for Roseau. I got standed twice. No work in the country . Alot of people are complaining how things So rough down here.Lots of people screaming our country is upside down. St. Lucia and all the other islands are moving Dominica is going no where. some thing is definitely wrong somewhere.Ian shouldn’t even be talking go hide yourself some where. Lobour most go….👞👞shoe shoe must go

  23. Sisserou
    March 18, 2019

    Who ever giving Ian the “alkie” stop it. Ian think the whole of Dominica is like……. :mrgreen:

  24. Ibo France
    March 18, 2019

    Loud mouths are big shields for large empty spaces. This guy has presided over the biggest failure in the history of not only his constituency but the country, the loss of ROSS UNIVERSITY. If the majority of Dominicans vote this destructive party back in power then they deserve exactly what they get. Dominicans, you have nineteen years of hard raw evidence what else do you need?

  25. %
    March 18, 2019

    I thought that lawyers would engage themselves in talking sense.. This is pure DLP garbage….It is worst than what the three stooges spew on the other radio station on a Wednesday night..
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

  26. HI FIVE
    March 18, 2019

    Well Ian may be right…..those guys know how to fool the voters and right now they have lots of the so called JUMBIE MONEY

  27. PENNY
    March 18, 2019

    I hate to say it but he’s right. If the voters list is not clean up and things remain the same am afraid he might be right. Also poor people are easily fooled. this double doctor dishing out all kind goodies who knows what will happen. Anyway I believe UWP will sweep Roseau because city people most times have a better opportunity to educate themselves.

    • viewsexpressed
      March 19, 2019

      Don`t fall for this incompetent Douglas singing out of tune melody. The Labour party got to know at a review last week that they are going to lose the next election and the UWP will stand tall as the people are going to vote for change for a very decent UWP, leader in Hon Linton and the UWP`s professional team of decent candidates. Let Labour corrupt talk and jump up in no tune but will fall to the ground had and bust up their own devalued assets. Labour party is no longer a credible political party but one of questionable deed, corruption, deception and poor governance.. Labour under failed Skerrit must account to we the people of Domininca for the alleged thievery and on going corrru0tion. Skerrit you have failed, labour corrupt yo have failed. Get lost , Get out, make way for decent politic and goo governance.

  28. March 18, 2019

    Well, the next election will determine if it is Labor of Love or Labor Pain, and if they want to feel Hard Labor again. And confidence without competence is nonsense. The voters will see through the See-Through and see the fake cheese.

  29. Trevor Fabien
    March 18, 2019

    I’m totally lost for words. How can someone be so abysmal at their job, having failed the people of Portsmouth and Dominica and so brazenly announce that they are going to sweep the polls.
    That is the height of disrespect in my view.
    How can one fail to carry out such simple and basics tasks as part of a government for the past 18 years and now talk about confidently winning any seat never mind elections.

    This election will be D- DAY for Dominica and the people of this country who are able to vote must seize the moment and steer their country in a totally different direction. As it appears right now, we’re aren’t going in the right direction when one takes into consideration where the other Caribbean islands are, have been and where they are heading.

    Dominica seems to be charting some unchartered path to certain uncertainty and no one likes uncertainly. Well actually, the only thing that’s certain is, Dominica needs change, for certain.

    • Possie Voter
      March 18, 2019

      ian dog really last, right karessa.? your dam… (in asa’s voice). ian is a waste of time politician and a more waste of precious time parl rep. you evening speaking of and looking forward to a 5th term? what have you done to deserve one vote this time around? then again it was you who went to parliament to boast that ross was here to stay because you see them engage in new construction. saqway sot!!

  30. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 18, 2019

    Well, Ian whereas you all usually find the resources to bribe people and buy votes, one never can tell: Giving free food and materials to claim build house can certainly brainwash a majority of people into voting the axis of evil into power.However, remember, that Harris Paint left, Ross University School of Medicine left; Colgate Palmolive  left; and when they left you in your backwardness in your village of Portsmouth, where more than half of the people of your village were dependent on Ross are now without a source of income.The Landlords, who made a lucrative living by ripping off the  students in rent will all vote for you because you might have to give them free passport money to pay their bank mortgage.Sometimes hunger and agonizing pain usually cause people to see the error of their ways; perhaps the dire-situation; the existing situation will cause Dominicans to see the country is  suffering, and will take your gifts, and then kick you all to the curb! 

  31. Jack Sparrow
    March 18, 2019

    Ok, once I hear you talk such nonsense, I know Labor loosing for sure. I was just waiting for you to confirm.
    wolf, wolf.

  32. Maybe
    March 18, 2019

    Portsmouth people will be well stupid to vote dlp and Portsmouth so untidy not even my dog I would walk there time for a change

  33. Ibo France
    March 18, 2019

    Even if you take the largest microscope in the world to Portsmouth to look for something laudable that its current MP, Ian Douglas, has done for the constituency, you would find nothing. The man is a burden on the treasury. He has a parasitic relationship with the national treasury. While his constituents are becoming emaciated he growing obese.

  34. more
    March 18, 2019

    i hope Ian can Read when he Drunk. Cause I’m a landlord and a set of us making sure you know what time it is. xxxxxxx

  35. Ibo France
    March 18, 2019

    Take a serious look at that guy’s face, twisted and distorted with anger and hate. How can any sensible, objective-minded elector reinstate these people back in government? They have done absolutely nothing meritorious to award them another five year term. Skerrit and his accomplices are the architects of beggary and suffering. These doers of evil for the last nineteen (19) years have turned Dominica into a rundown, decrepit place when it should have been a feast to the eyes. Why should Dominicans put back a corrupt ill-administration in government that is married to power, lies, dishonesty, hoarding money and competence? To vote DLP is to sentence yourselves to Five More Years of HARD LABOUR!

    • Ibo France
      March 18, 2019

      *INCOMPETENCE Not competence for sure. Grave error!

  36. Percentage
    March 18, 2019

    Ian got me so vex, that i did not want to comment.
    How many “”shoots””Ian had??? Remember I told you all after Skerrit’s defeat, Ian will be the one singing “”I Shall Not be Moved”””…
    Almost all the 13 novices will leave, together with lazy and wicked Skerrit, Blackmore and Reggie..
    Ian!Ian!Ian..DLP will win 22 seats Ian!!
    What Ian said there had the smell of “poom”!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

  37. Groopy
    March 18, 2019

    Hahah dominicans if you all vote that incompetent labour party again well skerite should take Mahou plimar and beat all you until all you pass out.. all you goin to vote them waste of time peopel thee again???????? No boi no boi… It cannot be.. for what all you voting Mr them.. them man richhhhhhhh… sKerite rich….. Melissa have a big house cork street. .. she still have other properties over sea… all you foolish or what? All you have to be dumb harss set of people to vote Mr them again… not bloody me for sure!

  38. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    March 18, 2019

    If the Dominican people put this same sorry money grubbing crew back into office they have to be some of the dumbest stupidest people in the whole wide world and will deserve getting more of the SHAFT and staying down with no opportunity to get ahead.

  39. Shaka Zulu
    March 18, 2019

    He will come and shout cause he has done very little in possi and people vote blindly. We dont vote for progress. Ian is in the constituency that has the most mentally challenged voters. Possi has many intelligent people and has the most potential but for the life of me i cannot understand how people keep voting for crap. Our standards for ourselves real low. I will know when Dominica serious about progress when the finally get new representation in possi. Check RBD cinema, guest house, Hampstead estate, snacket, and rest of assests father left them. Wasted!!! If they never developed the platter given with a golden spoon what do we expect. Remember Ross, wipe the fear of change out and get rid of what has been crippling possi. Ian Douglas and the labor party.

  40. Channel 1
    March 18, 2019

    Is that the same man who said Portsmouth people had moved on from the Ross saga?

    Is that the same man who is supposed to be the parl. rep. for Portsmouth but who somehow was not present at the head table during the February 8th Portsmouth landlords-Prime Minister meeting in Portsmouth and uttered not a word during that meeting but had the gall afterwards to say that Portsmouth landlords had left the meeting with optimism?

    Where are the 4 potential investors that Skerrit said were interested in the Ross campus?



    • Bee
      March 18, 2019

      Yes! the same one who said that Val Ferry was coming to replace Ross…. in not so many words.

  41. Honorable Drunkard
    March 18, 2019

    What do you expect to hear from a waste of time minister that is paid for his loyalty and his ability to cover a multitude of sins against God, constituents and country. No doubt under his watch possie has suffered significant loss.

  42. Karl Orndem
    March 18, 2019

    he himself might lose his seat. Our level of Trade is deplorable. His ministry hasnt really taken manufacturing seriously. they depend on DEXIA to drive production and the productive sector but DEXIA itself needs an overhaul. Lets look at the most basic avenue for trade here in Dominica, The Roseau Market. For years it has not upgraded its amenities or set up making it more welcoming and more sanitary for customers to execute basic local trade. Meat is still being sold in the open in non refrigerated areas for flies and other pests to rest upon. Vendors sell fresh produce inches away from the gutters. Paros wonder in and out of the area, they defecate and urinate there whenever they like. I mean come on man. and FYI, the Roseau Market is managed by DEXIA, and DEXIA is under the ministry of Trade of which Ian is the Minister responsible. What about manufacturing? Manufacturers have no proper place to produce. Many cannot upgrade because they have no collateral or security to take loans.

    • Truthman
      March 18, 2019

      l believe you Ian. last election you said Labour was winning 20 seats and UWP 1. you are the worst poll judge ever!! your dumb ….

  43. fed up
    March 18, 2019

    tired of ian in Portsmouth. he’s doing nothing to better the place! watch the state of the town…………there’s so much that can be done in Portsmouth and all he does is nothing

  44. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    March 18, 2019

    I wish Ian could guarantee the completion of one hotel in Portsmouth and guarantee that another establishment will take over Ross Campus and create jobs for the people of Portsmouth, instead of being Skerrit’s “Mouth Piece” while he campaigns for votes in Gwada.

    • Real Possie
      March 21, 2019

      Complete at least one hotel? What a joke, Ian Dog Last is still sleeping on his mothers couch after 20 years in government and you expect him to guarantee the completion of a hotel? What a joke!

  45. LIES
    March 18, 2019

    The same way he predicted ROSS was coming back? Shaitttttt

  46. LifeandDeath
    March 18, 2019

    Is only 1 thing Ian said that was almost not a lie, and that is: “every voter is important, That’s why we go out to interact and to engage every voter in an election.”..He means to say vote, not voter because he turn around and say they interact and engage “in and election”, after that dapway allu!!
    But if Portmouth ppl were to give Ian another chance they would be supporting his passive Role in losing Ross to Barbados and the several years of a suppressed Portsmouth despite having such big Potential for development.
    I mean does Ian and Skerrit and the others really believe Dominica belong to them? They already do 20 year of poor performance but they want more..smh!!..
    The other thing is can Ian remind us when was the first sweep?..lmao!!..Ian Skerrit was about to dump you like the other 13 but get prepared to go back to work after next election. What will those Ministers do if they lose? Which of them have a profession before Politics??..

  47. Neal
    March 18, 2019

    Ian because you appear to shout so loud from the roof top does not mean that what you are saying is true. This seems like a case of empty vessels making a whole lot of noise….. We go see Ian.

  48. JAH KAL
    March 18, 2019

    Domincans is that guy crazy or what u let Ross left under your nose u stayed silent now u pumping your chest Bro clean your back yard before u get a heart attack come election you will find out.

    • Percentage
      March 18, 2019

      Don’t give Ian too much blows..He was just coming from a “”Kar Bar Way””,..
      So sad we can’t question him about Ross!!!
      LOUSY,Lazy Dkerrit Must Go
      LOUSY Lazy Skerrit Must Go
      Lazy Useless Skerrit Must Go No

  49. jeff
    March 18, 2019

    Is Ian Douglas still relevant ? Just check is ministerial track record – a Total failure !

  50. Pipo
    March 18, 2019

    Ian, please man. You wouldn’t have a job withou pappi Roosevelt holding up your braces. Stay sober Ian and just keep praying. Right now I don’t even believe anyone would employ you as a lawyer.

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