Linton says UWP is ready to govern Dominica

Linton at the microphone during the presentation of the UWP candidates

Leader of the Opposition United workers Party (UWP) Lennox Linton told thousands of party supporters gathered on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard where the party presented its election candidates to the public that his party is ready to take over governance in the country.

The UWP, Linton said, will focus on nature island citizen engagement and participation that brings government, people, businesses, civil society groups and neighborhoods in a collective effort “to make our Dominica the real, authentic one and only Nature Island of the world.”

“We will focus on good transparent and accountable government with a bias to solutions, fair treatments and positive results and just rewards for all. Your United Workers Party is the real change that Dominica is looking for,” he said.

He said the party is ready and equipped to receive the people’s mandate to lead and manage the affairs in government and they will do things differently in order to bring about real change.

“We will reduce the size of Cabinet by at least 40% and we will pursue the required constitutional amendments and enact legislation to limit the time in office for any Prime Minister to two-five year terms and we will establish a fixed date for general elections every five years,” Linton said to loud cheers and horn-blowing from party faithful.

He said a UWP government will bring an immediate end to the practice of using the resources of Dominica to benefit outside interests with multi-million dollar contracts that Dominicans are ready, willing and able to do.

Among other things, he promised to upgrade the salaries of all public officers to make them competitive to those of other OECS countries immediately, and “ensure that it makes personal economic sense to be a nurse, teacher and police officer serving the Commonwealth of Dominica.”

“All public officers serving for more than one year without an appointment will be appointed immediately to the public service. We will create a new suitable nature island economy with agriculture, tourism, renewable energy, information communication technology, and the cultural and water industry as the major pillars and grow the economy by 5-7 percent per year on average and create 12 thousand new jobs by 2025 and increase the minimum wage and old age pension by 50%,” the UWP leader stated.

He also promised to reduce the cost and maximize the ease of investing and doing business in Dominica with enactment of legislation and regulation to legalize, grow, process and export cannabis as a health and wellness product.

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46 Comments

  1. Change is coming
    May 22, 2019

    These are the plans and initiatives we need to be invested in our country for us to progress. This is what people should be looking at, when deciding which party should be voted. Red, blue, green or yellow does not run the government. The people do. Make the right choice! Look at systems, your own quality of life (are you able to flourish, live out your dreams, or expand in your own country?), the economic and infrastructural improvements, tourism, housing, public access and road networks. Look at them all without color in your eyes. It’s not about what blue or red did before. It’s about what wasn’t done, and the current state of affairs within our country. We need leaders who are innovative, with a foresight for progression, and leaders who hunger for a progressive state. Unless everyone stops caring about who wear blue, red, green or yellow, and makes an independent decision free of bias, the stupid cycle of a color election will not stop. This time the right votes should be blue.

  2. TeteMorne I From...
    May 22, 2019

    In order to “run a country,” doesn’t one have to grow up—first? Skerrit and Linton go at it like Trump and Hilary,yet they expect to gain respect and run a country. (?) Ehbeh, good luck.

  3. All That Glitters
    May 21, 2019

    There is a definite buzz and blue wave of excitement which is permeating the atmosphere. Curiously though, I sense a lack of passion and fire coming from the UWP Grand Pouba. Could it be that I am underestimating the sublime power of a quiet brilliance of a sublime leader.

    I must confess that I have often been blinded and bamboozled by some bold, brash and ultra charismatic leaders whose bark was much more impressive than their bite.

    This time, I must be careful in resisting the urge to follow the path of my past missteps and at least give a chance to he who walks quietly and carries a BIG STICK.

  4. Lin clown
    May 21, 2019

    Ibo .Linton has plans all in his head.He does the brain to make his plans bear fruit.According to you ORATORICAL big words,big body 10cents brain This man is not fit to hold cleaners job.Ibo you are a smart man,what does Linton mean by GLOBAL ECONOMIC CITIZEN VILLAGE,99% of you do not understand him,and you clap like idiots.He does not even understand himself.

    • Ibo France
      May 22, 2019

      Are you confused, Lin CLOWN? You meant Skerrit, right? Linton is erudite, visionary, perspicacious and quick on his feet. He will offer astute leadership, government-citizens symbiosis, sunlight in government, a consultative approach to governance unlike what obtains at present. Your incessant excoriation of Linton does nothing to cure the numerous ills of the country. It does nothing to deter his supporters, only strengthen their resolve to see him through to the end. Your curse words will boomerang back at you in the near or distant future. The man’s spirit which you are trying so hard to crush is indomitable. The harder they come; the harder they fall.

  5. May 21, 2019

    The man incites violence when he cannot get what he wants, yet he says he is ready to govern. What kind of politician is he? The last time UWP governed Dominica, they left the country in shambles. The coffers was empty and left behind a large debt that was out of control. Lennox is just not educated yet to run this country. As Chalkdust would say, if can’t run the country, then call in Coupalani. A reference to Chambers and the Indian business man in Trinidad. All those so-called professionals he has on his dream Team, means nothing. Some of them call emergency conferences to air out their dirty laundry to the nation – because they have Gwo-Pwell. What kind of politician is that? They are lawyers with no boundaries.

  6. Lin clown
    May 21, 2019

    Viewsexpress I once lived on Didier Lane.I worked at DCP.I went to the Grammar School When Mr.Goodrich was Headmaster.Mr.Gough replaced him.I spent a long time in Marigot.Linton’s father Mr.Mishack Linton was one of my best friends.Tell me about Linton.People like you are uneducated uninformed ……

  7. Man bites dogs
    May 21, 2019

    Linton, you guys believe we are all monkeys like your followers feed nuts and bananas to us and will fall for your rubbish and crap. Time is running out you and others are in desperatetion situation to get your hands on Dominica money to help pay your debts in America, Dominica, and Europe but you lots so-called Workers clowns will suck salt and pepper before any of you guys get any of Dominicas 🇩🇲 money… Labour one love 😍 Skerrit one love – Dominica one love 😍

  8. Island peeps
    May 21, 2019

    I am a Dominican residing abroad, I attended Mr. Linton meeting in the Bronx on Oakley St and I must tell you that party is not ready. These guys think running a country is like running a lemonade stand. People are not interested in gossip they are interested in facts and UWP just cannot present facts. We are not interested in who Skerrit sleep or don’t sleep with. We are interested in the affairs and the future of Dominica not the crap spraggs and the rest put on facebook. Linton and that party is about confusion and gossip not the interest of all Dominicans. You have a leader that cannot keep a job and you proud of that. You have an adviser that ran out of Dominica for stealing and cannot go back to Dominica. I am not a politician and I don’t care for Skerrit or Linton but if I had a choice I would be on the band wagon with Skerrit. I think we should be better off but I would give Skerrit a pass because of all the natural disasters that hit my beloved country Dominica

    • Looking
      May 21, 2019

      I was listening intently at this meeting. I never heard any of what you have mentioned. You are only being spiteful. Speak honestly and truthfully.

    • %
      May 21, 2019

      @Island peeps
      Utter rubbish..
      You must have a lot of difficulty understanding English like Skerrit do.
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • May 21, 2019

      @Island peeps, you forget to say “and we survived” through those stormy blasts, so I have said it for you.

      That is so, because of the person PM Skerrit is; I don’t even think that he, himself knows the kind of “influence or power” that is behind his God-fearing attitude.

      And yes indeed! He is appointed by the Most High God, through the people, to rule over our affairs, for at least another 5 years; who can stand between that appointment? I say NO ONE.

      The opposition needs to stop their huffing and puffing before they suffocate through that process. PM Skerrit will be here, following the next election–as our NEW Prime Minister; this is my vision and I am holding onto it.

  9. MR DOMINICA
    May 21, 2019

    The idea of term limits in office is long overdue as overstaying confuses being an employee with being the boss thus creating confusion and mismanagement

  10. May 21, 2019

    Mr. Linton, Sir how are going to get the financial resource to facilitate all of those promises that you mentioned here:

    12 thousand jobs in 5 years? Who will be the employer of those workers, pray tell us nah! For if you could do it when you are in government, you could also do it before that–especially that you are the leader of the opposition; those kinds of production could ever leave you without the great role in parliament, which you are now seeking.

    Old age pension by 50%, say what?

    And all the other vague promises that you have spoken here. Do you think that this is the first time Dominicans have heard all of these talks, and when the time comes to deliver, there is nothing in the stock chamber?

    Ready, you say! Action is louder than words, and you should have put those actions on display long, long, before now

  11. Ibo France
    May 21, 2019

    What a colossal difference between the two presentations on Sunday. One was replete with sensible policies and solution oriented (Linton’s), the other was like an empty bag of charcoals (Skerrit’s) nothing but dust and pollutants. Linton had a firm grip on the relevant issues and sounded statesman-like, Skerrit cursed like an inebriated madman who had just escaped from a mental asylum. The choice cannot be clearer this time around. UWP offers a government-people symbiosis type of governance, DLP is handcuffed to personal destruction, serial lying and demonic hatred. UWP appeals to our better angels, DLP to guttural demons. Linton has surrounded himself with the best and brightest of Dominica while Skerrit is chaperoned by ultra selfish, uncaring , demonically coarse men like the Senior Counsel, potty mouthed Astaphan. Everyday, every hour, more and more people surfing with the Blue Tidal Wave.

  12. Aa
    May 20, 2019

    Linton do not make promises because you are not 100% sure of the State of the economy. Yes everyone would like To be appointed but if No funds are available How you gonna pay.
    Be opened and honest.
    I am not into politics and i do not vote but can only say i feel sorry for our People.

    • Looking
      May 21, 2019

      I agree that promises are to be made depending on the state of the economy. But, doesn’t that tell us that something is definitely wrong! Can you imagine a teacher working for $1000 less than what he/she is qualified to receive? That is a monthly mortgage payment or living expenses etc. Imagine someone being deprived for almost 20 years!. In order to qualify for a gratuity payment one has to work for a certain number of years. Most people would be in their mid 30’s to early 40’s. Sadly they may never qualify for a gratuity payment. This is inconceivable. Yet millions are being shared during elections!. WOW. Shouldn’t we be focused on the future? This is just a sad situation and i feel for those public officers.

  13. Braindamage
    May 20, 2019

    Great ideas by the next soon coming Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon Lennox Linton.

  14. Lin clown
    May 20, 2019

    Linton the people of Dominica will never vote you into office.Your past stinks like a pit toilet We don’t want to be the laughing stock of the CARIBBEAN.Your Deputy is even worse DNO is a supporter of the UWP and hate the facts.

    • Ibo France
      May 21, 2019

      What are you talking about? Dominica is regarded as the most backward and depressing place of all the islands in the sub region. It is light years behind its OECS counterparts in economic and infrastructural developments. It’s a monumental embarrassment. It has to be that you have not traveled outside of the country or you hardly read.

      • KID ON THE BLOCK
        May 21, 2019

        Ibo MALAPROP France, One would believe that you seem to be more like the MONUMENTAL embarrassment. You are the one that has not traveled out of country and hardly read. ( Not that you don’t know the truth; you are just politically bias and week).

    • Susan
      May 21, 2019

      You are clearly in a state of “Loosing Your Total Senses”. Do we really need to start comparing peoples past, because if we do, then THE HONORABLE PRIME MINISTER must go FIRST. We are already the laughing stock of the CARIBBEAN FYI, “Mr Not So Informed.” So its very apparent that you do not keep up with REGIONAL nor INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS. Time for SKERITT TO GO………..Sorry But His Time is UPPPPPPPPP!!!! DNO SPEAKS THE TRUTH, which is clearly a BOTHER TO YOU……..

  15. Didymus
    May 20, 2019

    man bites dogs is a direct beneficiary of skerrit. in politics a fear person will know when things are not going well and switch parties to try new things because he loves his country.I can see how attache he is. skerrit is the tractor and he is the trailer, the tractor going into the wall so is the trailer. myself I don’t have any favorite I am for country.I will switch if you not working for the people.skerrit to stop Dominicans from depending on him. he is going to fail and see his supporter stupid like (Man Bites Dogs) and he taking them with him to the wall. bale of now,exit now Man Bites Dog silly fellow

  16. Last Chance
    May 20, 2019

    After 15 years of failure it’s time to move on. My party had 20 years to prove themselves worthy of my vote this year and they failed. PM had 15 years to prove himself and he blew it big time. So it’s time to move on and try someone else. Skerrit served as a government minister for less than 3yrs under the late Pierre Charles and he said if he had to serve under Pierro again he is done. Imagine that just 3 yrs and he felt Pierro was not ready. We gave him 15 yrs and I don’t believe there is one laborite that can convince me that the last 15 yrs of Skerrit Dominica was better off than we were after the 3 yrs of Pirro. I prefer 100 times where we were in 2004, than where we are today 15 yrs later. He met Ross swinging, bananas selling, people working, people building, crime rate low, three hospitals in top shape, Bello, DCP, Breezes, Public Works and more swinging. He killed all of them and crime rate is sky high. We need a change man. Barbados benefitted from Skerrit but not…

  17. Straight Shooter
    May 20, 2019

    A real man, real leader and a real human being. I don’t know Linton as well as I know PM Skerrit but judging by Linton’s consistency despite what he has endured, it is clear that he has shown us that he is ready. I liked UWP last election in 2014 but I voted for PM Skerrit because I felt he needed a little more time to prove himself. However what he did prove is that he is a failure and one who does not care a damn about Dominica. The best time to judge a person is during a storm and clearly Skerrit failed the test BIG time! After Maria he got the money to build a first class country but instead he used it to make us poorer. I shall never forgive him for letting Ross go to Barbados and I will die believing that he played a significant role in that move with all his Bajan advisors. He lied to us in just about everything, whether it’s about the Dominica Strong trucks, the influx of Haitians, NG Lap Seng, Monfared affairs, Departure of Ross, the hotels, and the very long list is too…

    • May 21, 2019

      Dominicans I just want someone to respond to this question and I quote” What happened to the money that PM told us we have received to build the Hospital in the North ( Marigot ) and look so long what or where are those funds. And what about the funds we received for roads where are those funds, My people it’s not the men it’s what they are saying to us that matters, Dominica and Dominicans can do better than that and that’s what it’s about, mapwee cannot and will not help Dominica,our beautiful Island is what at stake and we all have a roll to play so I ask that we put DOMINICA first and may GOD help us to make the changes that are neded.

  18. Lin clown
    May 20, 2019

    Linton has not been employed for years.Other than being leader of the opposition he makes money by begging here and abroad.The man’s character makes him unfit to be Prime Minister.Expelled from school.Deported from Antigua.Dismissed from DCP.Paid almost $ 1 000 000 for lying.We are too smart to vote UWP into office.

    • viewsexpressed
      May 21, 2019

      Lin Clown, your name really suits you and the company that you hang about with. Your thoughts are immature, disastrous, impecunious. You know not of the professional life and works of Hon. Linton and where he came from and started his profession who has been successful with endless experience and exposure in politics, social-economic Develpoment and qualified leadership to be the Prime Minister and at some stage even to be President of Domininca. That is where Hon Linton comes from and you just, or no one is able and can compare the intellectualism, decency in politics that of Hon Linton to that of Failed Roosevelt Skerrit. Skerrit does not present as this intellectual and his experienced needs to be scrutinized, examined to prove that he is this failed poppy boy who became Prime (Odd) Minister. Skerrit is a big failure and disappointment and he has no records to prove, show that he has made a difference to Dominica. Red Clinic has been this corrupted and abusive scheme. Skerrit mustGo

    • Susan
      May 21, 2019

      Lin Clown you are a real clown,but guess what I will not be pulled into your “Rage Of Attack” that you have launched on the Next Prime Minister Of Dominica Hon. Lennox Linton. BTW, you need to get your facts straight because THERE IS EVIDENCE to prove that although was small situation happening in Antigua and his exit from that said country, Mr LINTON WON HIS CASE, which means what……………………………….I hope you can figure that out…….I hope you do “Lin CLOWN.” :-D

    • SandyEgan
      May 22, 2019

      The Dominica, I grew up in, is no more. I remember a Princess Margaret hospital with clean sheets and private rooms, available doctors, and nurses who were well trained and cared for the well being of it’s people, a library stacked with books.
      Schools , parks , soccer games, moonlight picnics. Music lovers band. Frans bakery , frozen joys , and coconut cheese. , people with moral values. Now, this is where we have arrived a Prime Minister looking for a paycheck. A low life………. Isle of beauty , Isle of Splendor oh how I hanker over the days gone by…

  19. Scotts Head
    May 20, 2019

    Team Dominica and its supporters want Dominica to develop and improve .

  20. Man bites dogs
    May 20, 2019

    Linton you are a king of fools you are a loser and never you will be ready to govern Dominica 🇩🇲 seating on your head while your brains is being flush down the pan go away and take your brother Letang with you.

    • Ibo France
      May 21, 2019

      You cannot attack his well thought out plans for a better Dominica so you have resorted to the one thing in life that you do very well, CURSE. Consider all the plans that Mr. Linton has so beautifully articulated. Which ones do you object to? Stop bringing emptiness and inconsequential ramblings to this forum. For once in your life offer something of consequence. Perhaps, it may just be too much to expect of you.

    • viewsexpressed
      May 21, 2019

      Man Bites Dogs is politically poisons and desperate and scared that Skerrit is on his way out, because he has failed our Domininca and our people big time. The abusive corrupted, questionable Red Clinic ahs failed and was ony to prompt immature Skerrit to a level that he could not manage himself. It means that he is not intellectually sound and will never fit the shoes of Hon Linton, who has worked for years in two Caribbean islands. Where has Skerrit been? Try addressing this question. Skerrit is not an intellectual and will never be in the shoes of Hon Linton. Skerrit has placed Dominica high up in the ranking of a failed corrupt state. There is nothing of socio-economic development that can be seen under the failed leadership of Skerrit. To manage a “Red Clinic” and to dismiss the Welfare Division and its professional workers, Skerrit opened his office called the “Red Clinic” That is a mistake, fraudulent, deliberate to gain the loyalty of our poor people who are beggars…

  21. Massacre
    May 20, 2019

    Most formidable Team ever assembled on a political stage in Dominica’s history. I am giving my full support to this Team.
    I love Dominica, do you?

  22. Police HQ
    May 20, 2019

    UWP has been proven, tested and tried, in all qualifiers they came out on top with flying colors. You all are more than capable of running the affairs of Dominica to take it to a level of respectability on the world stage. I’m waiting for the bell to ring. My X will be in the box to the saw.

  23. %
    May 20, 2019

    This well delivered,well articulated and lucid development plan made Skerrit’s stale left over soup delivery at CastleBruce look laughable. Linton is not just intellectually smarter than the left over soup man, but he is more analytical, sharper and understands development better than lazy Skerrit . You could feel the tension in the air interrupted ever so often with thunderous applauds, as Linton outlines his party’s plans for development. This man matured so quickly that even his staunchest haters are joining his team ..Wow!What a launch it was on the boulevard..The only problem was that the space was not large enough,!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Ibo France
      May 21, 2019

      Preach it %! The truth may be an offence but not a sin. Linton, in his oratorical style, commanded much attention, respect and admiration for his address which was solution oriented. How refreshing it was to get a respite from the nasty politics of abuse, rancour and polluted politics that has become a staple at the DLP’s market place meetings. Imagine, in this era of modernity, a Prime Minister referring to his own Dominicans as stale soup. It’s very perplexing that this empty vessel, foul mouthed nonentity sits at the apex of government. How was this allowed to happen? Let’s rid the political landscape of Dominica of these weird characters next election, once and for all.

    • May 21, 2019

      @%: “This man matured so quickly that even his staunchest haters are joining his team”

      % I don’t think that I have ever responded to your comment, as they always seemed so irrelevant. But I am not leaving this one out; I am asking what do you mean by “this man matured so quickly”? And when did the maturing process start, may I ask?

      Are you saying that all of those times that you have been cheering Lennox Linton, you thought about him as a man in the maturing process?

      Should Lennox not be a fully matured man long before he entered the political ring, even to be chosen as the Leader of the Opposition?

      So now, do you really believe that Dominicans are prepared to waste time by putting Linton on the Prime Minister’s Seat, simply to see how mature he is? Well I don’t think so!

      • RandyX
        May 21, 2019

        You are a hypocrite, nobody listens to your opinion.

        • Susan
          May 21, 2019

          All them kinda people do is sing for their dinner. I hope they can work cause workers going to be in power soon and it will be time to REBUILD OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY………WatiKubuli……As Tall As Her Body!

        • May 21, 2019

          @Ibo France, so how can you are always responding to what I write?

          And by the way, you do not know anything about me, but you are right to say that I am a Christian. How do you claim that I am a hypocrite because I do not follow your rules?

          If this is the strongest weapon that you have against me, then you have been destructively beaten, wee!

          I challenge you to stand up and use another weapon

          • Ibo France
            May 22, 2019

            Elizabeth, I just talk the truth and you think it is hell. Stop supporting corruption, selfishness, greed and loose language. History is going to judge you harshly for you’re always on the wrong side of it. Come over! The DLP only attracts shady characters and people with an insatiable appetite for fast but questionable wealth. Come surf with the Blue Tidal Wave.

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      • Susan
        May 21, 2019

        Lady ElizabethLinaXavier, might I ask, where did you resurrect from? The individual’s comment was rather forceful. He didn’t say that the gentleman wasn’t mature, but maybe in his eyesight he lacked a few qualities which would have allowed him to be mature enough to hold the Prestige Position of The Hon Prime Minister. The man has delivered and you all are FRIGHTENED. Skerro Need 2 Go.

        • May 23, 2019

          @Susan and Ibo France, all I am saying to you both is: Your minds are carnally burdened by the darkness which your human or natural senses are feeding to it

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