Out of the 1,093 persons who voted in Dominica News Online’s latest poll, which asked viewers to state whether they believed the Minister for National Security, Immigration and Labour Charles Savarin or OB Brisbane’s proprietor Jerry Brisbane was wrong regarding their recent controversial statements, 52 percent or 569 voters believed that Charles Savarin was wrong.
Although 21 percent or 270 of participants believed that Brisbane was wrong, a larger majority – 25 percent or 232 voters – voted that both men were wrong for their actions.
Two percent or 22 persons voted that none of them were wrong.
The poll is not a scientific poll.
On a radio program in November, hosted by Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphans with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit joining in via the telephone, Savarin called on Dominicans to “boycott” Jerry Brisbane’s business, Brizees Mart.
The minister’s comments came in response to Brisbane’s publication of two letters he (Brisbane) sent to donor countries and organisations raising concern over what he said was government’s decision to take a $27 million loan to build an “unnecessary” new luxury State House during times of financial crisis. Another of these letters spoke against “poor tendering practices” by the government on important infrastructural projects.
Brisbane’s letters were first published in response to a previous statement from the prime minister who had accused some Dominicans of writing to donor countries asking them to stop providing funds for developmental projects around the country.
Brisbane had sought to clear his name by posting the two letters in the media. The businessman stated that none of the letters stated that donor countries should withdraw monetary assistance from Dominica.
Brisbane, since then started a petition requesting Savarin’s resignation for calling on Dominicans to boycott Brisbane’s business Brizees Mart.
A delegation led by the businessman presented the petition document containing nearly 4,000 signatures to President Nicholas Liverpool in Morne Bruce and then to the prime minister’s secretary at the Financial Centre in Roseau on December 10,2010.
Savarin has not resigned.
The current poll states: Should Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit resign over the dual citizenship developments?