Isaac promises objectivity, transparency and balance as new House Speaker

Isaac giving remarks after his election as Speaker of the House

The new Speaker of the House of Assembly, former Roseau Central MP, Joseph Isaac has promised objectivity, transparency and balanced debate in the House.

Isaac who, shortly after the 2019 elections, was announced by Prime Minister Skerrit as the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) choice for that position, was elected at the First Meeting of the First Session of the Tenth Parliament on Monday.

Isaac takes the oath as incoming speaker of the house

“I will give my best in the service of Dominica. I can tell you that I will give my full commitment to ensure objective, transparent and balanced debate in this honourable house,” Joseph said after taking his oath.

In his congratulatory remarks to the new speaker, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told Isaac that, “we need to start ascribing to this high office, the respect which it truly deserves in our country.”

He said many times people take “lightly”, the importance of the office of the Speaker of the House of Assembly.

“I hope that our country can grow of age and maturity to recognize the importance of the function, the role and respectability of the office and its proceedings here,” he said.

Skerrit said he is confident that Joseph will carry out his function in total respect and recognition of the standing orders which govern the management and administration of what happens in the House of Assembly.

He also gave the assurance that his government will continue to respect the rules of the house.

“And I give you the further assurance, we respect your decision as we seek to guide the debates which will take place here over the next 5 years,” he stated.

Phillip Rolle (right) New Deputy speaker of the house

The grandson of former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alix Boyd-Knights, 24-year-old Phillip Rolle, was elected as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

He also took his oath this morning.

“His election is a very important recognition. I have absolutely no doubt that this will serve as an impetus, a motivation to the young people, not only in Dominica, but the region, of their need to come forward to serve,” Skerrit said.

The prime minister said that this is also a major achievement on the part of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP).

“…Through its education resolution and a desire to see at least one university graduate in every home, that there are people who have seen the benefits of that vision and have placed themselves in positions to take advantage of the opportunities created by the Dominica Labour Party,” Skerrit said.

President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin, also congratulated both the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

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35 Comments

  1. TeteMorne I From
    February 12, 2020

    Edison never grew eh? My ex classmate. :mrgreen:

    Issac is dishonorable, therefore he cannot serve honorably. De end!

  2. up den dung
    February 12, 2020

    That oath is a lie from the state. Now, tell me, whether Dominica is still a Democratic commonwealth. This oath they are taking is a joke. This guy is skerrit mind and soul so he should not be close to that desk, nor should he be sitting on this chair. I mean the tax payers chair. But again, “I run things in Dominica.” Until they run me out or put me in.

  3. SMH
    February 11, 2020

    But why is he even there? He is not neutral. He is a Labour Party supporter

  4. Marina
    February 11, 2020

    Transparency? You and particularly your Master do not even know the meaning of the word. But if that’s what you want to stand for, ask your Master to come and stand in Parliament and be transparent about the missing CBI money and the missing PetroCaribe money and account for it! Wishful thinking I guess! See, once again you have be exposed as a liar.

  5. zandoli
    February 11, 2020

    Is the new speaker admitting there was a lack of objectivity, balance and transparency from the last speaker? Just asking.
    I shall hold my breath on that one.

  6. Zammm
    February 11, 2020

    Bad conduct, bad pronounciation, bad enunciation, bad attitude, bad manners,
    This house of assembly is just a joke.
    Its a place where they redicule others n laugh..
    Its the best place to seee do called politicians speak bad English…
    They alll need some training and manners,
    They think parliament is place for map weeee especially this aloof with the wig from pointe Michel-she is very disrespectful….
    Mr Speaker, do like other countries, bring in experts to train the pal reps n senators..
    Class is class…. Standard is standard…
    Bus drivaaa, buss drivva while trying to redicule folks ain’t cutting it…
    Go on YouTube…..

    • TeteMorne I From
      February 12, 2020

      I have to agree. I thought I was the only one shaking my head at their atrocious, BAD MANNERS, and poor grammar. Even the dear leader, sounds like a second grader, yet, they try and ridicule others, le ban sot!

      Skerrit mocking the gentleman from Salisbury, ws NOT funny! Low class idiot! I was soooo embarassed.

    • TeteMorne I From
      February 12, 2020

      I agree.
      They sit there looking sleepy, lazy, uninterested, then stand to make fun of others. Their atrocious grammar, bad manners, and NOT FUNNY JOKES had me shaking my head in disbelief. Who elected Roosevelt, and why?
      I am certain the man suffers from mental illness: narcissism.
      Get him some help, before it is too late. I bothered me to see him and the swine from Animal farm, Austrie , belittle people. The world is watching. Shame of ALL of you so called leaders. Alas, poor Dominica.

  7. Pipo
    February 11, 2020

    I was witness yesterday to Joseph Isaac’s baptism of fire in his new role as speaker of the House, and a miserable baptism it was. Guess he must have wished he was somewhere else. No respect for him from the floor with the P.M. addressing him as Madame instead of Mr. Speaker more often than not and chiding his previous leader for using the term vai-ki-vai because it is not standard English but patois. I am sorry but this was a pathetic performance. Next time better J.I.? I do hope so but it is going to be an uphill struggle, especially with P.M. being your sponsor.

  8. viewsexpressed
    February 11, 2020

    Who the hell is Skerrit who attempts to make decent congratulatory message. From my understanding, all I know is that “Satan cannot forgive sins”, the matter is already well established and stained.
    In his congratulatory remarks to the new speaker, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told Isaac that, “we need to start ascribing to this high office, the respect which it truly deserves in our country.”
    It`s either Skerrit is forgetful, out of touch and really lost to the decency in politics that we are concerned about. Skerrit is not of leadership material to plot the way forward for our Dominica. Skerrit is a failure as far as development is concerned. My God, My people please go about and visit our Dominica that is stained and in deep poverty and deprivation because of Skerrit.
    Joseph Issac knows of Skerrit well as he pontificated many times the failure of Skerrit while he was well seated and open within the UWP, a Professional Team with good leadership he knew of and proudly spoke…

  9. Ministers of Satan
    February 10, 2020

    2 Corinthians 11:14-15 King James Version (KJV)
    14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

    15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

  10. dissident
    February 10, 2020

    Skerrit your actions are like a loudspeaker drowning your own words.
    Both de deputy speaker and the speaker know what you did to get Dem where they are…. to benefit YOU Skerrit. And not all of us are as naive as you wish us to be.
    De new speaker said so many criticism against the former speaker in this very same parliament… and Skerrit was head of government…. first hand witness.
    My opinion is… where does Isaac truth lie? Was Isaac lying against de former speaker and now he licking his wounds.
    Is either de new speaker was lying then or he lying now. It’s a good thing that you were never an independent candidate.
    Dat new speaker proved himself to not be a uniting force. Last December election Roseau north people got to see and know him for what he is and stands for and support…….he was rejected boldly.

  11. Satan is a Liar
    February 10, 2020

    Here is what Jesus said of Judas: Jesus answered them, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 He was speaking about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. For although Judas was one of the Twelve, he was later to betray Jesus.… John 6:70-71

    ” one of you is a devil!” 71 He was speaking about Judas”. Then later he said this:

    And Jesus would say “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44.

    Gason, when Satan owns you boy you must do his work. You were bought for that to do the will of you buyer, Satan the fATHER of lies.

  12. My little Take
    February 10, 2020

    “ I can tell you that I will give my full commitment to ensure objective, transparent and balanced debate in this honourable house,” Joseph said after taking his oath.

    The day Joseph Isaac tries to be objective he will be out!
    The day Joseph Isaac tries to transparent, he will be out!
    The day Joseph Isaac tries to be balanced, that same day he will be out!

    Joseph Isaac aka Judas Iscariot, just remember that Skerrit sent you to the labas where he knew you didn’t have a chance to win. So what you are doing now is nothing short of a job given to you by Skerrit to do his work.

  13. conscious
    February 10, 2020

    how did this role guy get to be deputy speaker of the house? I am confused.

    • Me
      February 11, 2020

      You are not the only one!

    • TeteMorne I from
      February 12, 2020

      Grandma pulled a string for him. Just don’tr forget his milk and crackers, and his pacifier. He’s going to be hungry, that little boy. 8)

  14. Jake
    February 10, 2020

    @Man bites dogs: What is this all about insult- Monkey……. why… I am assume that some of us are uncivilized?

    • February 11, 2020

      @Jake, you must be speaking about your own friends here, because they are the only ones on this comment board–well except “Man bites dog” and “me”.

      And not only “some of us”; all of you sound like uncivilized individuals.

      I will be glad to receive the “thumbs down” because I will know that you all saw my comment, which is always my objective. Better still for the “thumbs up”

  15. Man bites dogs
    February 10, 2020

    Well done my man, Congratulation my good friend I have always said that monkey so-called Workers party you were in was not for you get away from that lot which you did now the fruits of life is in your hands grab it with both hands and don’t allow that so-called Edison James, clowns party to run rings around you put those crocodiles in their places.

  16. Roger Burnett
    February 10, 2020

    “…a desire to see at least one university graduate in every home..”

    If we had a hands-on creative person in each home we’d be getting somewhere.

    • Lorraine
      February 10, 2020

      According to self-declared kool aid king, “His (Phillip Rolle) election is a very important recognition. I have absolutely no doubt that this will serve as an impetus, a motivation to the young people, not only in Dominica, but the region, of their need to come forward to serve”. Wasn’t this same person who said Clement should not have bothered entering race against him.

      If only Vielle Case voted for Clement “Clemo” Marcellin as the voice of young people who has achieved much and will continue to be a big part of Dominica’s future.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      February 10, 2020

      One of the problem in Dominica for a very long time is that we hear people use words, we pick it up and run with it.

      What is; or who is a creative person?

      A degree in any subject matter does not actually cause one to be a creative individual. 

      Here are the traits of some people whom one may classify as creative! 

      Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.

      Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.

      Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

      Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.

      Creative people tend to be both extrovert!

      I can think of another five traits, and say because one earned a university degree is going to make them a productive person. There are people in places like the United States, with all sorts of degree in their hip pocket sitting on them without a job!

      • Man bites dogs
        February 11, 2020

        @Francisco, Google is a wonderful thing don’t you think? Otherwise people like you would be dead in the water 😂😂😂lol

        • Lorraine
          February 11, 2020

          Mr. Telemaque shows his real name not like you hiding behind pretend name always nasty comments,

      • February 11, 2020

        Telemaque, you are the one claiming that people simply repeat what they hear–pertaining to vocabulary and others–but where did you get all that definition of the creative person; are you not repeating something you read?

        If all of this came from your mind, then which one of those creative persons are you?

        “Creative people tend to be both extrovert! Did you mean to say “extrovert” and “introvert” Which one of them are you?

        I am an “introvert”; my mind cannot receive anything from the outside–especially negative things. But I am very creative–there is a lot of people out there gaining from my creative works.

        A “creative mind” person has that gift from God. There is nothing negative about the “creative mind”. What that person can do is all from the guidance and teachings from God’s Holy Spirit–I know what I am saying. So does Joseph Isaac.

  17. Shaka zulu
    February 10, 2020

    JI is where he is because of one man and that is the only person he is going to serve. This is how skerrit gets loyalty to him. Take despicable folks who have no moral balance and brains put them in places of importance so the will be forever indebted to him. Issac aint going there serve Dominica

  18. Sookoo
    February 10, 2020

    Iconic… Historic…
    move over mas camp, we have a new place for SHOWDOWN!!

  19. HI FIVE
    February 10, 2020

    Dictatorship sugarcoated

  20. D/can to d bone
    February 10, 2020

    Thanks for giving us our lady to stand for us in parliament thank you. But how philip rolle reach dere na…mmmm alix will be his puppet master he gan be just like alix eh watch out

  21. jamie
    February 10, 2020

    Judas in high robe,Isaac so kissing Skerrit but cheeks did work,just like the other,your new name,Butt Cheek Speaker.

    • Ahaz & Jezebel
      February 10, 2020

      If we say Jazebel was terrible and yes she was wicked, evil, terrible and he’ll bound for sure! How do we expect objectivity from Judas, who was bribed by that same Satan, whom Jesus refereed as the Thief, Liar, murderer in John 8:44

  22. LifeandDeath
    February 10, 2020

    So allu not catching on yet?..All the elections in the house is a staged charade..Isaac of all persons, who crossed the floor under guise of being “INDEPENDENT” was elected in the house, after being nominated as the DLP choice for the position…

    GTFOH!! pure jokes.

    Don’t expect transparency or objectivity. Isaac is pure damaged goods, Skerrit whipped him into shape, so don’t expect impartiality..He will serve his master for his bread and water depends on it.

    • Galileo
      February 10, 2020

      Why do you guys come on here to speak nonsense. In the house the majority carries and the government has the majority so what do you mean by the election is staged. The government’s nominee will always prevail since they are in the minority.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 11, 2020

      “He, “Issac” will serve his master for his bread and water depends on it.”
      This is the man Issac who who while a deep member of the UWP tok us daiky of the faiurre and incompetence of failed Skerrit. Mayve he should whisper the tone and language of what he tought then of Skerrit! The questin now is, What in hell is he doing in the commpant of faled Skerrit andhe highly xorrupted Labour government that Joseph Issac kbows well. There is no way that issac is in a position to address and talk of the o gong Bobol of Skerrit`s corrupted Labour government. Well, Issac is in company because he wants to be in this fake questionable company. An educated man like Joseph to align himself with this trash DLP, is shocking and to this day people are still wondering what did it take ($) to have Issac well embedded within the corrupted framework of this corrupted labour Labour arty and its failed immature incompetent Leader, known s Skerrit. This Skerrit after19 years has reduced Dominica to…

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