‘I don’t help people in exchange for a vote’ – PM Skerrit

Prime minister and DLP leader Roosevelt Skerrit

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that he does not provide assistance to people in exchange for a vote.

He was speaking during the endorsement of Dominica Labour Party (DLP) candidate for the Soufriere Constituency, Denise Charles.

“I don’t help people in exchange for a vote. I help people because it is within me, and my heart, my conscience, to help those who need help,” he said. “This is why when people come to my office to request assistance, I never ask you who you voted for. I am not interested in that; I see you as a Dominican.”

Skerrit added, “If I can help, I help. if I cannot help, I will tell you I cannot help.”

The prime minister pointed to programmes that his government has developed programmes that are geared to addressing the concerns of people, whether it’s the ‘Yes We Care’ programme, the school transfer grant, transportation for students or housing.

He contended that some programmes and projects have been implemented for the first time in Dominica’s history since he became the prime minister of Dominica, programmes which he said, are not motivated by election-winning or vote-catching but by “genuine concern and care and love for the people of this country.”

The DLP leader also took the opportunity to admonish his supporters to ensure that they vote in this upcoming election.

He said the future of Dominica is at a crossroad and it is up to Dominicans to choose the right direction.

“Voting is important. Not voting in this election is not an option to consider because as I have said to you before, five years can be very short if you have the right leader and the right party in government, but five years can be very long if you have the wrong leader and party in government,” he stated.

He said that the quality of candidates presented by both the DLP and United Workers Party (UWP) need to be examined and persons should look at the track record of both leaders and see who has an understanding of what Dominica needs and who is prepared to work hard and get things done.

 

Meantime, DLP candidate for the Soufriere consistency, Denise Charles, identified some major works for her constituency which she said a re-elected DLP administration will undertake in the first quarter of 2020.

“In the first quarter of 2020, we should break ground on the jetty in Scottshead Head again, thanks to one of our development partners,” she said. “In Galion, the DLP has already embarked on enhancing the road access to ensure that the community is never cut off when disaster strikes again. These improved roads will help farmers… facilitate agro-tourism activity.”

She added that when complete, Galion will welcome visitors to its farms to have an organic experience.

Charles told the audience that with their vote in the upcoming general election, the Labour government will continue the modernization of Soufriere constituency by transforming the Sulfur Spring spring into a modern echo park.

The Soufriere jetty will also commence in the first quarter of 2020.

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59 Comments

  1. Mexican
    November 16, 2019

    Is such an utterance coming from the same character that told the displaced Pte. Savanne residents: “Now that we have put you in new houses, make sure you put us back in the house” . In other words he was publicly and shamelessly demanding that the residents vote him back, as payment for ‘he’ placing them in new homes. Magway sa!

  2. Mary
    November 14, 2019

    So give the people the houses before the election

  3. WB
    November 14, 2019

    You are a master of lies, deception, distraction, victimization and wickedness, your heart and conscience battling to escape from you because they’re so tired of your abuse!! Man just just get down on your knees and release yourself; you will feel better your heart and conscience will thank you!!

  4. November 14, 2019

    5 more years people!

  5. Zammm
    November 14, 2019

    This man is a pathological, psychological stranger to truth… Skeeritt is like a political shop keeper, he would buy n sell stuff.
    Buying votes with the people own money..
    Buying votes with red clinic.
    Buying votes with airline tickets..
    Buy votes n buying the elections with millions of dollars..
    Buying candidates…
    Now Dno, we wanna know why bajans in Dominica at this time in alll corners of the country playing political observers?, Bajans are helping Skerritt to plan, campaign n to get country people to vote dlp.
    They all over having secret meetings, planning n planing, even going house to house like is dlp bread they selling. This is a serious threat to our democracy…
    Skeeritt one more time is using every avenue possible to win dat election but a word to the wise ,, God don’t sleeeeep.. And we letting the whole world know about him… Skerritt n labour must gooo.
    We want our money cause we last in everything…

  6. November 14, 2019

    Dominica historically had been isolated in the Caribbean and internationally .The result of this election will catapult it on to the international stage .

    • viewsexpressed
      November 15, 2019

      But Praying and not with this failed Skerrit and his highly corrupted failed Labour Bobol government. Skerrit and labour Must go. We ned to clean up our Domininca from any corruption and devious political gains. Skerrit and his rotten Team has killed the life of our people and country.
      Please run away from Skerrit and his corrupted Labour government. We need that change.

  7. November 14, 2019

    A change of government can be a good thing for a country.The judge of its success or failure will be decided by its citizens.

  8. Eddy A
    November 14, 2019

    Skerrit, not only do you help people in exchange for votes but also in exchange for something else…! Worse even you use state funds to do all this!
    We are still waiting for an answer on the missing CBI funds and PetroCaribe money. Where is our money?

  9. viewsexpressed
    November 14, 2019

    My dear people of Dominica, please ignore, throw away and dump this Obvious BS lie from this failed desperate Odd Minister who is desperate for votes. Why? simply because he s scared of honest, intellectual and decent Hon Lennox Linton, his professional Team who has him Scare-it on the run and unable to be compared with Hon Linton and his professional UWP Team. Skerrit has failed us Dominicans and uses states funds to give people in poverty that he Skerrit has created. Shameful! Now read this nonesense
    “I don’t help people in exchange for a vote. I help people because it is within me, and my heart, my conscience, to help those who need help,” he said. “This is why when people come to my office to request assistance, I never ask you who you voted for. I am not interested in that; I see you as a Dominican.”
    What a despicable statement. We up here at the Financial Centre know what`s happening, with all kind of people visiting this place like flies. What on earth does Skerrit have to…

  10. Garvey
    November 13, 2019

    You have told so many lies they are finally catching up to you,you victimize so many people to do favors for vote. You need to cleanse your soul before you meet your maker, because you have done so much wrong to Dominica and her sons and daughters , you should know god is real and don’t forget you have a family. and there is a price we all must pay for our actions.

  11. little yout
    November 13, 2019

    After the 6th of December nothing you say will be relevant except for answering about all out money and the 1.2 billion Dollars.

  12. November 13, 2019

    Prime Minister, Sir, you don’t owe any explanation to no one; you have the majority of Dominican people behind you, whom God will continue to use to put you back into the Seat from where He will continue His work for our Dominica, which He has sowed on the grounds of your mind.

    Once again I am asking to do your best to follow His commands as His Holy Spirit is guiding you, and obey what He tells you to do; you will know it by your faith and trust in Him

    But be on the guard for the interference of the enemy, so to rebuke his wicked involvement from your work, which is what he is doing right now. And keep in mind that he will come through anyone who is close to you, you must believe in God’s guidance for you

    I hope that your supporters are in constant prayer on your behalf like I am, especially this upsetting season.
    when the enemy is in his stage of wrath. Show him that you will always win both, the battle and the war.

    • Zammm
      November 15, 2019

      Lady or whoever are you must be a dark angel and a hypocrite..
      You think God can be in Skeeritt non sense…. You are saying that God will use Dominicans to keep him in office, you wrong… Dominicans who support Skerritt don’t have a sense of self n because of their give me, give me n free Ness mentality they will vote him.
      Dominicans who vote Skeeritt, does so as pay back…..
      Anybody with decency n high values could never support skerritt.
      If you look at Dominicans who support skerritt, they have a slavery wounds, they have been bought, sold n messed upppp.
      Honestly, God can never be the center of that Skerritt Party….
      This labour party n their nastiness is surely evil, diabolical n Full of Obeah.. So please lady God Almiggty is not mocked…
      Repent n Please God…..
      To me Skerritt n labour don’t even exist cause they Spiritually dead already…. Band of evil doers n workers of inequity… You mentioned enemy. Strange dem ah say dem catholics n Christian.. Wat…

  13. Lapseng n g
    November 13, 2019

    We all know mister is a Conn artists, a d dictator, & a compulsive liar.

  14. iprotest
    November 13, 2019

    this man is delusional
    that’s election language

  15. Love Da
    November 13, 2019

    That pm is just a f-ing liar.

  16. November 13, 2019

    So tell us why you give dat Colihaut family $60000.00 and they buy a car dat they fighting over for.They didnt need it because de moda have a house already and she have a shop . So tell us why you help them. And dat boy from colihait dat was going up independently, why did you pay him off and now he waste my time in …………

  17. REAL!!!!!
    November 13, 2019

    There is a social service department with policies and protocols to help needy people which you dismantle and made them spineless so folks have to come directly to you for HELP.

    It should never be ” If I can help, I help. if I cannot help, I will tell you I cannot help”

    So let me correct you, It should be if the GOVT can Help , the GOVT help …not I( meaning Skerrit).

    So you are making it very clear in your statement , You HELP folks for VOTE!!!!!!

  18. Ras B
    November 13, 2019

    Dr. Skerrit, I have two observations in this posting (a) It was the launching of M/s Denise Charles, it is either obvious that she said nothing sensible or you have a narcissistic personality which dictates except in the case of your wife, you must take center stage! and (2) You are beating up your chest claiming that you have introduced these wonderful programs to Dominica: prime minister pointed to programs that his government has developed programs that are geared to addressing the concerns of people, whether it’s the ‘Yes We Care’ program, the school transfer grant, transportation for students or housing.

    He contended that some programs and projects have been implemented for the first time in Dominica’s history since he became the prime minister of Dominica. An analysis of the type of programs could be captioned “poor relief,” So Dr. Skerrit, are we to understand that under your reign, poverty has increased so significantly in Dominica, that these programs are warranted?

  19. Gouvelma
    November 13, 2019

    Tell that to the marines!!! Skerrit look at pictures of you taken five years ago and some taken during this elections season. You look so distant and troubled. You have aged quicker over the past two years than an American president during his term. Why? Your lies are catching up with you. Your corrupt practices are catching up with you. The end is near for you. Change is a must.

  20. Steuuups
    November 13, 2019

    Ummm. First of all, you like to talk about who YOU have helped. That money is not yours. Yeah. It may be in escrow and not in the Treasury but make no mistake CBI money is Dominica’s money, NOT yours. Dominica money is to help Dominicans. So this sentimental bull 💩 you’re talking about “it is within me, and my heart, my conscience, to help those who need help”. Man GTFOH with that.

  21. Insomnia
    November 13, 2019

    Watch it Dominicans, the longer this man stays in office as prime minister the more disillusioned he becomes.

  22. Danziger
    November 13, 2019

    Batte core zor con di massisi la bat li batte li cuz we voting LABOUR AGIAN AND AGIAN,

  23. dissident
    November 13, 2019

    These lies are coming from the mouth of a man want to be referred to as Dr…. and de man never came close to a PhD

    Skerrit black heart won’t build a hospital in Marigot to serve the airport and the entire northeast

    I was raised to know that a liar is a thief!

  24. Ibo France
    November 13, 2019

    Every word that escapes from this man’s mouth is a lie even ‘the ‘, ‘is’ and ‘a’. Everything he does or says is painstakingly calculated for maximum political advantage for self. Instead of empowering the people to earn for themselves and become self reliant, he has created a mushrooming set of mendicants. Just Too many people have to beg to live. It’s a burning shame and a national scandal to see the large number of people at the Red Clinic, trampling each other for pittance in order to survive for another day. Skerrit and his putty-like missionaries have to go. They have subjected Dominicans to the lowest quality of life in the western hemisphere barring Haiti.

  25. Amarossa
    November 13, 2019

    Lie dat!! Big man like you boss?

  26. cd
    November 13, 2019

    Alas Skerrit lying so much he even forget how to lie. They should change your name to Pinocchio. After 19 years people should be voting based on the development they’ve seen. Stop begging people for vote.

  27. HI FIVE
    November 13, 2019

    “I give you a house so you have to keep me in the House” (House of Assembly).
    Can you explain that?

  28. Jonathan Y St Jean
    November 13, 2019

    So what was Skerritt inferring when he addressed the folks at Belle View, even exhorting them to throw hot water on the opposition. This once in a lifetime stain on the image of Dominica, passing for a prime minister and acting like a Christian, and who is the biggest liar this side of Trump, and who isn’t ashamed to lie over and over again, has the gall to now say he doesn’t do anything to secure votes. Man go and say one our father and 7 Hail Mary’s in absolution for many lies to the nation. Then why do you give cool-out? if not for patronage? Liar, liar your pants have caught on fire.

  29. Child of Itassi
    November 13, 2019

    If you were doing your job, people wouldn’t have to beg you for help.

  30. Xammmmm
    November 13, 2019

    Pm Skeeritt, nah man, now I know n believe that you are not a real person n that Dominica is not a real place.
    Man, like really, n you don’t help for votes?
    Pm It’s election season but thou shalll not lie…
    Everything you do has a motive… You help the people so that they can hold u uppp like a Lil god.
    You are so filled with, pride, arrogance, that you no longer realize your behavior..
    Pm Skeeritt, stop fooling the poor people, my brother, when God ready for you n your government, your laba gov..
    Why do you pretend that you are the one helping people? It’s the state helping its people, are out of place man.
    Next point, why is it on God’s earth you brought your wife in politics, to the surprising silence of Dominicans.
    You bribe people for vote, n you pay people to vote you. You buy votes.
    Please we don’t want bajans in our elections. They in the southeast in ac house.
    Pm we don’t want bajans buying votes.. After you let dem get Ross they coming for US?
    Nasti…

  31. Look it.
    November 13, 2019

    Some day when you understand what it is to be honest and fair you will be free from stress.Scratch my back and I scratch yours. But as a leader you don’t look for these petty things. Some are illegible for a loan, those who cannot afford a loan are given a small assistance. Live and let live

  32. LifeandDeath
    November 13, 2019

    Didn’t Skerrit blatantly tell the people at Bellevue Chopin that Labour put them in House so they should keep Labour in the House?

    What happen, Dominicans run out of Yams man?, He say is yams they does bring for him in the red clinic..lol. So, now all they remain to trade is their votes..

    Alas, Skerrit has really solidified his bad ways of lying to the people. Right now he will do anything to avoid his secrets coming out. Skerrit, the pressure is on bro. U gotta let go. Trust!!..

  33. oh plz
    November 13, 2019

    we put you in a house, so you have to keep us in the house (or whatever was said).

    now what was that?

  34. My2Pence
    November 13, 2019

    There is no need for you to ask since that has already been taken care of for you during pre-screening.

  35. Camo
    November 13, 2019

    I strongly believe this time around God is in control of all skerrit and his gangsters dirtiness!!

  36. viewsexpressed
    November 13, 2019

    “Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that he does not provide assistance to people in exchange for a vote.” That is a damn lie, I have seen heard enough to know that it happens. The words of “vote for Skerrit and DLP” is mentioned in style and deceitful and camouflaged. Its a game played by th acolytes of the failed, corrupt Labour Party. The leadership is exceptionally hopeless, immature, visionless and has not solid lace of how to develop our country. If Skerrit had this knowledge he would not have killed our banana and agriculture rather than creating and selling our passports as our main revenue.
    Skerrit and Melissa must not be in our government after this election. They may go, or stay to see how decent processionals of the UWP Team Dominica will manage our island with decency, care and appreciation for all Dominicans.
    Dominicans, please support strongly the UNITEED WORKER PARTY, with a formidable Team led by Hon Lennox Linton & highly professional UWP Team and…

  37. Braindamage
    November 13, 2019

    Skerrit who is in charge of the red clinic??? Only people with red shoes can go there…
    Skerrit has a Dr. Degree in Lies..

  38. #DeEgyptian
    November 13, 2019

    My question is why all help provided from National funds seem to be viewed as from PMs private coiffures? Why do social service agencies for assisting citizens seem non existent and folks are continually climbing the stairs if financial center or red clinic????

  39. LifeandDeath
    November 13, 2019

    Skerrit really think he helping people? SMDH, the people have been helping you escape your judgement for too long..soon soon.

    Skerrit only there to share food, but he must be reminded that the pot and the food is not his. You don’t help one jack!!

  40. Frank N Stein
    November 13, 2019

    Mr PM, if you really have a degree, you need to get your money back because you sound like an idiot. Your job is not to help anybody. You are a friggin servant working for the people for a salary. You are to serve us not master us and “helping” us. You are either stupid or very wicked. The reason why you talk so much nonsense is because your base is made up of too many illiterates and semi literates. Sad situation we have here.

  41. dee
    November 13, 2019

    Denise
    Do you know that the people of Soufriere are aware that jetty you have been talking about (on the side of your mouth), is a project to be undertaken by the Germans , I sincerely hope they don’t think and act as if it is theirs , just because they built it for their use .
    If you had any shame , you would point out to dat Skerrit fella if the sea was rough in Scott’s Head he wouldn’t have been able to drive through the village . That sea took the life of a lady ( a mans wife , childrens’ mother, a villager , a humble woman ) and neither of you have the guts to tell people you have failed to recognize the necessity for a sea wall to protect their lives.
    None of those lame people down there now, have the guts to tell both of you, that you will be held responsible PERSONALLY if GOD FORBID , some one were to lose their life again to that sea .
    Denise see how Pointe Michel is expanding in the heights of Pointe Michel , what about Scott’s Head, all it would take is a road…

  42. jeanplay
    November 13, 2019

    the man is a generous man he helps everyone case closed!those other ministers that need to do their job so everybody would not be dependent on one pm,Ian,Regie what all u doing?

  43. Jack Sparrow
    November 13, 2019

    I am surprised you can say that with a straight face.
    YOU LIE!!!!!!
    YOU LIE!!!!!!
    I wil tell you a third time… YOU LIE!!!!

    • Man bites dogs
      November 13, 2019

      Prove prime minister Skerrit is telling lies sick crocodile 🐊 get a life of your own loser.

      • %
        November 13, 2019

        He Lie!!!!!!
        King Liar!!!!
        Skerrit be
        Whey is di money?
        Whey is di money?
        Whey is di money?

      • viewsexpressed
        November 14, 2019

        “I don’t help people in exchange for a vote. I help people because it is within me, and my heart, my conscience, to help those who need help,” he said. “This is why when people come to my office to request assistance, I never ask you who you voted for. I am not interested in that; I see you as a Dominican.”
        This is a devious lie, you know why, because people like woof woof “Man bites dogs” is ignorant of th proceedures of the states resources. This BS Skerrit wrote is a lie, devious and corrupted with the abuse of state funds to gain popularity. As a civil servant the procedure and Protocal is to refer all those in need t the welfare Division and the Minister who is responsible for that ministry. Skerrit is a fake,with nothing of substance to say or do but abuse the office of Prime Minister.
        Ministry of Community Development and the welfare Division are the ones to address this issue and when people ask for help that is where we refer them and it works. Skerrit has abused his…

  44. jamie
    November 13, 2019

    Denis more weave will be coming too you and high heels,give me a break girl.

  45. %
    November 13, 2019

    I do hope that our parents talk to our little children about lying and Inveterate liars like Skerrit.
    His utterances should not be heard by our children, because in addition to Skerrit’s (his) wreckage of the country’s economy, we will be nurturing a lying nation.
    What a compulsive liar Skerrit is..
    A very BAD example for our young people!
    Skerrit
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?

    • viewsexpressed
      November 13, 2019

      My Friend, our friend %, please continue asking Skerrit and his gang. What happen nd where is our money? We need answers. You al better answer because Hon Linton is a straight forward disciplined , professional, no nonsense man and a politican with a high level of dignity and respect for states matters.
      We need Skerrit and failed Labour members out and we do not want Melissa in, not at all. Melissa is too immature, lack knowledge of how a government runs, but will have her husband run, or he makes run away. We will wait, watch and see.
      Skerrit and Melissa, stay away from our government and our politics.
      We Welcome Hon Linton and his highly Trusted, Professional United workers Team (UWP)Team

    • Views Exposed
      November 13, 2019

      % lying % , the old saying goes let lying dogs sleep. When you paraded your Kalinago candidate on stage like a 🏆 what were you doing, lying%, the letter she wrote to the PM is it a lie? You Not knowing the White nationalist was that a lie, until the picture surfaced. The brief case that was dropout through your back yard was that a lie? Cut and paste. The children of Marigot are also holding you and your brother responsibility for the threats on the radio station. As you addressed the PM as a compulsive liar, in my opinion you behavior is beyond narcissism. Queen Kalinago was rejected by the people to be their chief, she was rejected by Skerrit to any other job deem necessary. You picked her up thinking you got a trophy only to scratch your head. Lenox the man out maneuvered you again%, the Doctorate degree is working, get yours.

    • November 13, 2019

      % Keep the gas on the pedal. I think the PM would have looked more credible if he had given the nation an account of the 1.2 billion and implemented Electoral Reform. That is too much money to ignore.

  46. jamie
    November 13, 2019

    Skerrit the lies are catching up too you man,you target those whom do not support your regime,have an entire list man,we can get started,when your ready.Have you given any homes in SALISBURY,out of the 32 you gave in SENJOE?

    • St. Joe
      November 13, 2019

      Yes you have ignorantly decrying St. Joe on a daily basis. During Ericka the river in St. Joe passed all through back street, were you there! You lies and innuendos are baseless, most of the government workers are Salisbury people, they were not fired by the DLP. When U P P came to power what did they do with the workers they met there ? Check you history! U P P are ungrateful people who is Monell Williams, ask her who helped her with the seizures her daughter was having. Overseas medical attention was provided. Just like Dr. Christian, yes Skerrit has to help the people who elected him. He isn’t your father to hand you food, housing and toilet. JAMIE your horse is dead move on. Yes he is so popular because he helps all the people all the time.

    • St. Joe
      November 13, 2019

      Yes you have ignorantly decrying St. Joe on a daily basis. During Ericka the river in St. Joe passed all through back street, were you there! You lies and innuendos are baseless, most of the government workers are Salisbury people, they were not fired by the DLP. When U P P came to power, what did they do with the workers they met there ? Check you history! U P P are ungrateful people, who is Monell Williams, ask her who helped her with the seizures her daughter was having. Overseas medical attention was provided to her by who? Just like Dr. Christian, yes Skerrit has to help the people who elected him. He isn’t your father to hand you food, housing and toilet. JAMIE your horse is dead move on. Yes he is so popular because he helps all the people all the time.

  47. My little take
    November 13, 2019

    You right slave master because you don’t help people; you simply buy poor needy and vulnerable people but sadly, you use their own money to buy them

  48. Shaka zulu
    November 13, 2019

    Liar liar…. Why did you switched alligence to party for offer of a car and money. This showed you lack principles and values. You have a record Skerrit. Your actions and words indicate exactly what you have done. Did you before becoming a prime minister or parliamentarian ever did the following: visited the grotto, visit sick in hospital, make donations to charity, feed homeless and poor in community? With your own money. If you were sincere you would not be parading these folks on tv to give you praise for using state resources. It is not your money. The funds should go through the welfare department set up by parliament and instead of having folks loose thier dignity coming financial center to beg you should put system in place where people become self sufficient. Just lime you lied in 2014 about building Inter. Airport and having funds you cannot help yourself today. A compulsive liar is a sign of deeper psychological problems.

  49. indirah ghandi
    November 13, 2019

    Mr P M in all due respect to your position, I am indeed baffled about you quality of candidates.
    you just dumped one for the CB constituency.
    everyone knows that for years she has worked in the area. she has never affiliated herself with the people.
    she does not mix with the people. she thinks she is above and beyond them
    she has said that she does not like the people. how can she go now and ask for their vote?
    Everyone knows that she is a pathological liar.
    you do not want such a person in your circle because she will make up lies about you.
    she disrespects the people.
    she is a confusion.
    As for the Austrie you have in the cottage area. he is so stupid ,’so dumb, so disrespectful.
    is that the best you have to represent the people.
    he needs to be dumped.
    I will not say in Labass.
    is utter trash and rubbish that comes out of his mouth.
    Shame.

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