New Cabinet sworn into office

Dignitaries on stage at Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – The new 15-member Cabinet of Prime Minister Roosvelt Skerrit was sworn into office on Monday comprising a mixture of new and old faces, including Ambrose George, who had been dismissed on two occasions from previous governments.

Enthusiastic crowd at the Windsor Park Stadium for Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo

George has been given the responsibility for the new portfolio of Constituency Empowerment in addition to Information and Telecommunication.

All the ministers, including Skerrit, took the Oath of Office before President Nicholas Liverpool at a ceremony held at the Windsor Park Stadium that was also attended by Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson.

In a radio interview, Skerrit said that the new Ministry of Constituency Empowerment would facilitate greater interaction between the public and the government.

Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs Ian Douglas takes oath of office/Sean Douglas photo

Veteran politician, Charles Savarin, who did not contest the December 18 general election in which the Dominica labour Party (DLP) won 18 of the 21 seats at stake, becomes the new Minister for National Security, Labour and Immigration, while Julius Timothy, who was the minister of economic development and planning in the last administration, returns as the Minister of Health. Dr. Colin McIntyre has been given the post of Minister of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs.

Among the new faces in the Cabinet is the former parliamentary secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Petter Saint Jean, who defeated the leader of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) Ron Green in the La Plaine constituency. He is the new Minister of Education and Human Resources Development, while Justina Charles, the wife of the late prime minister Pierre Charles, has been named Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Former Education Minister Sonia Williams was not included in the new Cabinet.

The other female in the Cabinet is Gloria Shillingford, the Minister of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs.

Kenneth Darroux takes over responsibility for the Environment,

Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries, while Ashton Graneau is the new Minister of Carib Affairs.

Following is the list of the new government ministers.

OECS Ambassador Charles Maynard and Mrs. Maynard at Monday's swearing-in cereomony/Sean Douglas photo

Roosevelt Skerrit -Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Foreign Affairs and Information Technology

Attorney General- Francine Baron-Royer

Reginald Austrie -Minister for Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management

Matthew Walters-Minister for Agriculture and Forestry

Dr. John Colin McIntyre-Minister for Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs

Dr. Kenneth Darroux-Minister for the Environment, Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries

Petter Saint Jean-Minister for Education and Human Resource Development

Gloria Shillingford-Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs

Justina Charles-Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports

Ian Douglas-Minister for Tourism and Legal Affairs

Ambrose George-Minister for Information, Telecommunication and Constituency Empowerment

Julius Timothy-Minister for Health

Rayburn Blackmore-Minister for Public Works, Energy and Ports

Ashton Graneau-Minister for Carib Affairs

Charles Savarin-Minister for National Security, Labour and Immigration

Alvin Bernard-Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kelvar Darroux -Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Responsible for Information Technology

Johnson Drigo-Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works

Ivor Stephenson-Parliamentary  Secretary in the Ministry of   Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management

Gloria Shillingford takes oath of office at Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo
Matthew Walter takes oath of office at Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo
Prime Minister and Minster of Finance Roosevelt Skerrit takes oath at Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo
PM Skerrit addresses audience at Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo
Ambrose George arrives at Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo
Chinese Ambassador arrives at Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo
Vessels of Honour performs at Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo
Invited guests at Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo
Barbados prime minister with Speaker-of-the-House Alix Boyd Knights
Crowd at Monday's swearing-in ceremony
New Minister of Health Julius Timothy arrives at Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo
Dr. McIntyre takes oath of office at Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo
Entertainer Red Plastic Bag performs at Monday's swearing-in ceremony/Sean Douglas photo

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    January 25, 2010

    Well, We voted for you overwealmingly, and so you started to overwealm us with the size of the government, to include Ministers, permanent secretaries, assistant secretaries, C T O , Votes clerk and the list goes on, transportation, furniture equipments to include computers, photocopiers, and so on.
    But the Country is quiet nothing not happening, and i thought something was happening, Where will the money come from to sustain such extravagance, is it from Cuba, Venezuela, Lybia, or Iran? are they going to full our hotels for us since tourism forms the main economic base for poor Dominica.
    Dont forget the saying says show me your friends and i will tell you who you are.
    the westerm world is watching while our pockets are dtropping,
    Well done Dominica you voted wisely .

  2. atal
    January 17, 2010

    i need my vote back. julius timothy and healh does not go the hospital will be empty with no supplies. please no borball.

  3. someone
    January 17, 2010

    skeritt, am so disappointed in you when u made julius timothy minister of education. now i really want my vote back.are u crazy man? now am scared for the future of our children.

  4. itsamazing!!!
    January 12, 2010

    Only God knows and time will tell. What can I say but I’m just sitting and looking.

  5. bay front
    January 9, 2010

    good luck… look roo roo.. where allu putting sonia williams?.

  6. Anonymous
    January 8, 2010

    we don,t need an international airport in d.a man this is getting tiresome, always asking for one please satisfy with what we have now. our p.m can only do so much for us

  7. precious stones
    January 6, 2010

    Congrats to the Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt and his Ministers of Government. I pray that God will guide and direct your paths. But let me say i want each and everyone of you. PM and MINISTERS to remember what the STARS on our FLAG SYMBOLIZE. It SYMBOLIZES HOPE AND EQUALITY FOR THE 10 PARISHES. May GOD in his infinite mercies impart wisdom and understanding to you all. May God continue to bless DOMINICA and all it’s inhabitant. ONE LOVE MY PEOPLE AND A PRODUCTIVE NEW YEAR TO ALL.

  8. Irie
    January 6, 2010

    That is why our treasury will always be empty, our government just too top heavy, all those ministers man? Ever so often we completely rearranging ministeries why we cannot have fixed ministries and finish with that…stamp have to change, letterhead have to change staff have to be transferred and new positions have to be created, new equipment, remodelling the old ministry building to change around office space. And is not just this government, all governments that come in power doing the same crap. Me self just now I will revolt and stop paying tax, because I feel when we voting is whip we going for to beat us. All of them is de same….it doesn’t seem they respecting people sweat and hard earned tax dollars.

    Some of those ministries is just redundancy. Man the country too small for all that wastage, is taxpayers that feeling it. And i not hearing nothing about consumer affairs, which ministry making sure the merchants not bleeding dominicans dry?

    We have to get more innovative and efficient with out government structure, them man say is Cabinet they have but right now it look like is a whole storeroom.

  9. Chicago Chicka/Laplaine
    January 6, 2010

    People!!!!! now we can have our High School Ron gave to Castle bruce back!!!! what about that now Ron?then now to those out there that tried to polute the minds of the Laplaine voters……….come down come up from where ever you all are and help build our Village’s Education System.Our Kids can do with the help .Just wondering ….had Ron Green Won the Elections what position would he keep?minister of giving all the village people hope for to some other village?like he did when he had the chance forour high school?now Ron seat/sit/cit and look at what Honourable Perte St Jean has in stock for Laplaine /Boetica and Delices..

    Thank You Ron Green for not working hard enough to WIN your (CIT) HaHaHaHaHaHaHa

  10. FACTS
    January 5, 2010


  11. The way I see it
    January 5, 2010

    This is a sad day for ethics in Dominica

  12. The way I see it
    January 5, 2010

    where are the voices of righteousness that speak up for moral aptitude and ethics in leadership? Where are the principles of integrity that makes a country great? Isn’t it still true that righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people?

    Where then are the voices of the Godly men? Have they been silenced by the bribery ?? have they sold the birthright for a morsel of meat and have caused truth to lay bare in the streets of our nation?

    Our nation is becoming destitute for good christian leaders; men and women who refuses to align themselves with corrupt politician who refuses to be accountable to the those who invested in them the responsibility of governance and equitable rule

    I caution, power in the hands of the arrogant will lead to self destruction!!.

    Let’s pray for God’s mercy for our nation………. and that God would give us pastors after his own heart to set the spiritual compass of this nation.

    Besides that I do not have an opinion

  13. Anonymous
    January 5, 2010

    The way I see it
    December 30, 2009 • 9:47 pm

    where are the voices of righteousness that speak up for moral aptitude and ethics in leadership? Where are the principles of integrity that makes a country great? Isn’t it still true that righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people?

    Where then are the voices of the Godly men? Have they been silenced by the bribery ?? have they sold the birthright for a morsel of meat?

    Our nation is becoming destitute for good christian leaders; men and women who refuses to align themselves with corrupt politician who refuses to be accountable to the those who invested in them the responsibility of governance.

    I caution, power in the hands of the arrogant will lead to self destruction.

    Let’s pray for God’s mercy for our nation………. and that God would give us pastors after his own heart.

    Besides that I do not have an opinion

  14. abama
    January 5, 2010

    18 divided by 3 is 6 makes 666 watch out 4 more signs

  15. January 5, 2010

    I want the p m to give us the three lane high way they promise us last year .Blackmour sign that contract .We want that international air port and we want the belles road fixed it/s to small all so the Carib Territory to Silvinar road .I am a Dominican residing in the B V I . what about market for our agricultural produce .

  16. ping
    January 5, 2010

    bish plzzzz. shut up about get rid of negative comments. smone mkes a constructive criticism / pose their own opinion and yall get vex…plz.. dominica is a democratic country …(still!) if we were to burry all negative comments we wont challenge ppl to do better and there wud be no point in the first place in having different political parties. cus we mke comments u dont like its negative… choops. and tha dnt mean peps aint willin to tke country forward. let ppl pose their opion …danng! its in debating that we get to broaden our thinking. but wen ppl mke low mided comments and resort to name calling..its just plain silly and these ppl kno themselves they got low standars.

  17. ripley's believe it or not
    January 5, 2010

    just an advice to WANTA MINISTER: ur parl rep dont have to have a ministry to represent u. He is an elected member and will DEFINITELY have his voice heard in parliament.

    so dont be discouraged and sam is not being selfish i guess that’s a decision he had to weigh in dat most of the electted memembers didnt have because u cant be a public servant and run for government. u have to give up ur job.

    so ur parl rep is in a better position to keep his job and allow de others to have a job.and further more dey are already complaining de cabinet is too big.

    so u want ur parl rep with out a job.
    come on , educate urself with the constitution of the island.

    one love!

  18. January 5, 2010

    There are people who are saying stop the criticiisms, and let’s move on. let’s forget our differrences and let’s build Dominica. Yes, team effort is a good idea; however, it is impossible to avoid the criticisms, because we are all different people, with different values. Besides, if there is a country where everyone agrees with what the governemnt is doing then you have a dictatorship. Additionally, I hope you all are realsing that we have no oposition in parliament. Therefore, we the public must be the oppostion and keep the government in check and balnce.

  19. just observing
    January 5, 2010

    Dignitaries are on stage at the swearing in ceremony but look closely…..isnt Kelvar on his cell phone. Talk about professionanlism…he needs to learn a thing or two…Good grief!!!

  20. Exterminator
    January 5, 2010

    The cabinet master need a make over in ethics and political hygiene not clean at all. If the cabinet keeper so unclean then it’s just a big big cabinet with rodents, roaches(KackRoaches too) Peenez and Mopyon. Big cabinet with empty drawers

  21. 18 of 21
    January 5, 2010

    DNO – Excellent job as usual. Can we get more pics please? maybe each candidate swearing in etc

  22. January 5, 2010


  23. we still want more dats why we voting labour
    January 5, 2010

    how all u sort so nah..each of dem get a ministry fine they the head…but is one to help the other..the issue of minister of health put a soak in it lol…and come back to reality like it or not comment or not …labour in power and dat is d cabinet for d time…skerro is a boss he knows wat he doing….choops please Dominicans choops

  24. ripley's believe it or not
    January 5, 2010

    not sure y we are getting all angry and so negative. Just keep the cool and to all the curious ones or better words, angry ones or maybe concern ones who are asking about the parl reps for soufriere and colihaut. lets first look at thes guys job status. if u were in there positions would u leave it to go come sit in carbinet ministries.

    i know they are thankful to the persons that voted them and will do their best to represent them in a very meaningful way.

    mind you, not all elected members should be ministers. that’s not constitutiional.

    so hearts of to all and lets pray and hope our country will be what it should be. the Supreme overseer sees and knows all their moves and action. trust me He knows exactly when to eliminate them.

    love to all

  25. January 5, 2010

    To balance: why are you still sucking up ? the red clinic is still open , your hand out is waiting … let me express my views thank you.

  26. Henry Williams
    January 5, 2010

    Can any one help here? am not seeing any portfolio for the ministry of Agriculture. What are coming to?

  27. Neg Lawi
    January 5, 2010

    More red clinic….mor big gov’t….more begging for the next 5 yrs!

  28. sirmydia
    January 5, 2010

    I sick with how u D/cans act.. it’s a new decade… please get rid of all u negative comment, and try to think positive to bring Dominica forward. The Pm alone can’t bring D/ca forward, and he is not the only one crippling the country,,,it’s the negative remarks from you D/cans that make damage to the country. If u all have anything positive to say..why u all don’t keep it to you’all selves. When u think of it, that’s the way the world view the country, from the negative remark on all the comment you’ll post. It’s a new Decade show the world that we are not what they think of us…. I love my country, and believe me, when all what u all post is negative comments, it makes the student from D/ca that way studying wonder whether to come back and develop their country. So this, new decade, stop bringing down the country,criticizing Gov.. Cause all it paint sis negative picture. No one is perfect…no not one! So whoever she choose for the different ministries..just pray With God’s guidance it will be done to bring D/ca forward. If you love your Country…. stop bringing it down, rather work with those in power to bring it forward in this decade and beyond..

  29. Jean gwahbay
    January 5, 2010

    For the people who saying they voted and they have a right to talk about and question the ministries, start alu start to talk..ko-mah-say-zaw-ko-mah-say! allu self tha was running around shouting LABOUR LABOUR! Skerrit is a god and can do no worng so what alu questioning what he doing with his ministries for? take alu concerns to the dictator!

  30. Jean gwahbay
    January 5, 2010

    To Leslie
    …Neither of them have the capacity to fulfil the duties of minister of health. Take some time and eplore what the job description of Minister of Health entails. Dr. Collin McIntyre would have been the best person for that ministry.

    I agree with staffy…
    …must have some real dirt on the labour party cause I dont understand how after the man was fired and his name in all kindah scandal they still giving him a ministry this time around

    Im suprised that some of you call this a strong cabinet..just goes to show y’all aint got any idea what y’all talking ’bout. And for those of you who want all dog, cat sheep and goat to have a ministry, come on! It’s bad enough that the pm had to severly disect the ministries in order to give people position..also, someone made a comment about Toulon won and he wasnt given a ministry..It is NOT about who won and who contested. It’s all about who is BEST QUALIFIED for the job ! Be open minded people

  31. Charles N Charge
    January 5, 2010

    For those of you who are saying you are lost, look for the guiding star and you will find your way “back “straight to the PM.” He is the bright and shinning star.

  32. sense
    January 5, 2010

    dominicans who voted have a right to speak their minds about the ministers and ministries and besides the ministers are just figureheads the permanent secretaries and staff of the ministries do mostly all the work.

  33. laplaine princess
    January 5, 2010

    why don’t you all stop being negative and try to come togehter to build Dominica. I am sure if you all were in the Prime minister’s place you all would not be able to do the job.. I am so Proud of the Prime minister and his cabinet members.. I will keep praying for all of you… To my Pal Rep and Honourable Minister Peter Saint Jean I say God be with you and lead you to do well as always.. To My Pm I say God blessings on you and your cabinet…. Who God bless no man curse and God is good all the time…. I love you all

  34. ping
    January 5, 2010


  35. ping
    January 5, 2010

    ohh btw seaman you should be appointed the minister for jackasses.

  36. ping
    January 5, 2010

    too many cooks in the kitchen will spoil the soup! u narrow down the ministries so much that people are confused! becuse more than one ministers are responsible for wat we see as similar categories

  37. Anonymous
    January 5, 2010

    The minister of health doesn’t have to be a doctor or nurse. It’s not like he/she will be attending to people’s health needs personally. What is needed is someone who is capable of managing the ministry effectively. The nurses and doctors are already employed to get the job done and with good management, the system will work well.

  38. bianka
    January 5, 2010

    well done mr pm wish u d best and to ur cabinet keep focused and work wit the pm and finally trust in God an everything will work out.God bless Dominica

  39. January 5, 2010

    lol lol. SEAMAN u’re the minister of what?? BULL…?????? choopss… u sound like u’re full of it

  40. magway sa
    January 5, 2010

    earl do wat he do but uwp did wat they did by expressing…that he should step down. ambrose george did wat he did and look wat the labour party did for him in response! they put mr der again! if it was uwp that did that with earl allu will hear daybah wii

  41. GET REAL
    January 5, 2010

    Why are we complaining about the formation of the 19 man cabinet?

    Didn’t we give Skerrit the mandate to do what he want how he want and no dog bark?

    We accepted the blatant theft of $500,000.00 from the Ministry of Finance NBD account through a fraudulent bin transaction.

    We accepted a further blatant theft of $240,000.00 from the same account through a fraudulent fertilizer transaction.

    We accepted the “disappearance” of Felix Chen’s 20 Million US and the attempt to get it back from M J Lapseng to “get him out of the picture”.

    We accepted a candidate nomination of someone who was born in June 1972 , acquired French Citizenship in 2008 which is against dominican law.

    Must I go on??………

    So why can’t we accept this little minor petty but boldface move by King Skerrit?

  42. hmm
    January 5, 2010

    its true they should hve maybe appointed him to minister of health… he was a (medical officer???)but his job in the health department maybe wasnt all that effective since i can see no break through ANYWHERE in the health centers/hospitals in dominica … imagine that no practice of health and safety in any of the centers except now maybe after swine hit dominica. pft

  43. hmm
    January 5, 2010

    ‘needanswers’ wen somone has ‘Dr.’ attached to their name it doesnt necessarily mean he is or used to be a MEDICAL doctor. people earn that title wen they obtain a certain degree!. my bio teacher is Dr. Brown. n he’s earn his degree wen he did genetic engineering at uni. u kno..wen u form ur own codes for a particular gene (characteristic). yhh .n tht had nothin to do with him learnin medicine. Geeesh!

  44. January 5, 2010

    Congrates 2 all of u, may our good lord take control of every step u guys make. MR P M,u are truely blessed. MR Peter ST Jean keep the faith, we are with u always.GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD.

  45. January 5, 2010

    I am trying to figure out how Forestry, Natural Resouces, The Environment and Water Resource Management be under seperate Ministries? I suspect that this Cabinet is for feedback for a possible resuffle in the near future. What constitute a Natural Resource? The last time I checked it includes things like Forest which is the foundation, Water, Rocks,Fish and other marine species,wildlife,etc.Will there be collaboration between Ministries or will there be a fight for control or the passing of the buck. Waiting to see. By the way I voted Labour. LOL

  46. idi amin
    January 4, 2010

    all i want is to see the west coast road they said they would break ground on in july last year.they cannot give us that and they talking about new hospital ,hotel and marina i want all in 5 yrs . as we are going to the next level i hope we get all in 5 yrs and i doh want no cheap chinese …

  47. spirit
    January 4, 2010


    January 4, 2010

    hay mister pm i think a better job could have been done wit de position u gave some ministers. i beleive its a shame 4 ambrose to come back in office after all the alligation he brouhgt himself upon i mean a local thif would thif a packet off smoke or something small but de man was one off them who first brought white color crime to DA. wat about kelver daroux and my padner COCUT from colihaut. hay bredrain IAN i do hope u come down on de ground wit ur people these term around . BUT DAT WAS DE SAME THING U DID IN DE BEGINING OF DE LAST TERM AND AFTER EVERY ONE WAS RESHUFFLE. I MAY BE WRONG BUT I BELIEIVE UR JUST RUSHING THIS TO FULLFILL UR PROMISE BUT IT WOULD BE OFFICAL LATER. BUT HAY MAKE IT MORE REALISTIC. WAT TIM TIM KNOW ABOUT HEALTH ONLY HEALTH HE MAYBE KNOW IS HEALTHY MONEY.

  49. January 4, 2010

    ANONYMOUS,what proof are we missing when Ambrose Goerge was dismissed twice from two previous governmen?

  50. Prophet2
    January 4, 2010

    How come St.Lucia has 100,000 more people than DA but with a smaller cabinet, anyone?

  51. Lester
    January 4, 2010

    I am displeased with the selection. I do not believe that it was well thought.

  52. Seaman
    January 4, 2010

    So Hector John is Minister of Gabbage Collection, Edison is Minister of Anger Management and Norris Prevost is Minister of How to stay Untidy.

    Lennox was given the Oscar for Scar Face…

  53. bigsexy
    January 4, 2010

    Wooosh! Now am Certain that the DLP camp confused. I certainly hope they get around to building the international airport soon.
    Time will tell!

  54. Leslie
    January 4, 2010

    ummm…..i still shocked eh!!! Watch d facts people, dr darroux went to medical school for 7 yrs, worked as district medical officer for 5 years, does he still need more experience to be minister of health??? What about nurse Charles now??? She is a nurse for so long, how comes she doe get minister of health??? STUPES!!!! Anyways we not goin to cry over spilled milk!!! To Dr Darroux, we know you can make it, We believe in you, Here is another opportunity to show them what you are made of!!! To nurse Charles, the people of grand bay have your back!!!

    Remember………what God has for you NO MAN can take it away from you!!!! You ALL are in my prayers!!!

  55. newtral
    January 4, 2010

    I not interested in no Cabinet… i want to know if the RED CLINIC opening on Wednesday.

    the money Skerrit give me to vote for him finish.

    Time for me to get back to my job of begging.

    Can someone tell me please when the clinic go open? i brokes brokes

  56. Wisewoman
    January 4, 2010

    who has Social Security portfolio? SAM

  57. deecee
    January 4, 2010

    Normally each ministry must have a staff. What about the expensive burden on the taxpayers. 15 Permanent Sec, 15 Asst Sec, 15 support staff, at least 15 vehicles, 15 of everything. Good luck.

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  59. wooti possi
    January 4, 2010

    mr pm i thought you said the UWP would have increased the burden on tax payers of this country with a large cabinet had they that your idea of lessening the burden?well if more means less then i guess you have my was no need for you to try and please everyone mr pm. i think you could have had a smaller more effective cabinet.but lets see how this one progress.

  60. JJ
    January 4, 2010

    Please grow up – elections are done and the people spoke and appointed the DLP for the next 5 yrs
    Grow up and lets build this country together
    Stop being silly and sour loosers.

  61. fondcole watch dog
    January 4, 2010

    we work so hard for timothy in fondcole what a shame is he a doctor in heathy or money. i am still glad he will have to work hard now and others too
    but i am still watch in from fondcole hill top. he has to help us with the landfeild. many of us will be vist in him when we get sick.

  62. January 4, 2010

    look storie in dominica. everybody askin wat position does toulon hold.. what about SAM MARTIN who was elected?? lmbo.u puttin ambrose george (category 5 ….).charles saverin (never contested) and alvin bernard (not elected) ministeries and those who won not getting.. thats a shame. now what is dr.darroux gonna do in fisheries??an julius timothy in HEALTH?? hmm.LORD HELP OUR LITTLE DOMINICA.

  63. shelli
    January 4, 2010

    I took some time before responding to the choices of portfolios assigned to the various ministers and their natural competencies.

    There is a strategy that I have discovered in PM Skerrit deliberate decisions about his choices.

    A. To almost every elected minister there is another minister shadowing his /her portfolio!!! The most capable and competent as well as the individual who keeps in touch with his constituency and remains politically relevant will retain his ministry and prospect to run again for the DLP in 2015.

    That ladies and gentlemen is a brilliant political strategy. For it gives Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit some insurance about his continued leadership as Prime Minister and keeps all the ambitions of his fellow DLP ministers on ice for quite some time.

    B. The Prime Minister has surrounded himself with his loyal members and has prevented leakages of political power to his natural challengers like Mr. Julius Timothy. Thus for example a loyal minister of Hon. Skerrit will not encounter problems from the likes of Hon. Timothy if he were Minister of Finance or Minister of Public Works – the two most crucial ministeries that constituents islandwide look towards for many social services.

    Thus key ministerial portfolios like Public Works, Agriculture, Lands, Water Resources, Trade, Culture, Education, Ports, Information Technology, Social Services, National Security, and Finance are within his inner circle of power and influence and can reward him with another re-election victory in 2015.

    C. In the event the other elected members continue to remain loyal to PM Skerrit then he would have a pool of talent for future responsible positions and that he will be able to judge the abilities of these new Parliamentary Representatives capabilities of thinking outside of the box and bringing to bear their previous experiences from their core competencies to their new areas of responsibilities and assess their redness to cope with change and shifting paradigms in the 21st century. It cannot be business as usual.

    D. Hon. Timothy if smart will utilize his competencies as a qualified accountant and bring all his managerial accounting experiences to rationalize healthcare in Dominica. We all know of Hon. Timothy closeness to key health practitioners that stand ready to assist him.

    E. Hon . Justina Charles is well known in culture and has tremendous capabilities in influencing the youth of her constituency and will remember her late husband in his younger days prowess in sports – especially basket ball (playing for Pros) and it is very refreshing to know that she will put her best foot forward to deliver an impressive list of accomplishments including a Dominica contingent at the Brazil’s Olympics.

    What would bring me personal joy and satisfaction is to see the day when Hon. Justina Charles will be given the opportunity to act as Prime Minister when Prime Minister Skerrit will be on an overseas assignment on behalf of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

    The election campaign is over and we all Dominicans of all political affiliation must now lend a hand towards Nation Building; but we know the radio talk shows will dissect for days and weeks ahead the various ministries and the ministers assigned as well as the cost to the treasury and the reinstatement of Ambrose George as a Minister of Government.

  64. Power to the People
    January 4, 2010

    Good job Prime Minister. You can never please the haters. Some of those writing comments saying they are Labourites but who they fooling. We know they are opposition forces trying to demean you in any way possible. All they can do is criticize and anything you do will never please them. Just do what you have to do and the masses will work with you. We have no time for boycotters and persons who are not ready to work with you. Our country is moving forward and we are 100% behind you. You are the PM and you know who you want to work with you and in what ministry they are best suited. We trust your judgement. Thats why we elected you with a massive mandate to lead us. Let the others follow…………. if they can.

  65. Chris
    January 4, 2010

    The Minority will have its say. Let them criticize everything. However the MAJORITY 61.34% must have its way. Just remain forcus.

  66. January 4, 2010

    Marigot what possition edison james and run green has?u guys need to give the cabinet a chance their are always challenges.Not because a man is a dr. he has to be given the health ministry.Dr mac was not a minister back then but he was doin his job as wat?Rayburn was no minister back then and he was still working for the people of his constituency.You guys need to use the brain that god has blessed you with.You think the PM had in mind that he would become PM of d/ca so soon.U have to learn to flex with the times and it is better you are a jack of all trade and master of none.

    Mr Darroux wanted to help the people of his constituency with thier fishing and i know he is happy with that ministry.We are put into possitions sometimes without any knowledge and sometimes we do better than people who have some knowlege in it.We come with new ideas and see things differently so lets just give the cabinet a chance to see wat happens.Mr PM just keep the faith and let the almighty be your guide and he will direct your path and your new cabinet.Peace

    January 4, 2010

    Could Dominicans stop criticizing and see what is going to happen. The Cabinet has already been selected and sworn. All we have to do is pray for our country. If we claim to love our country let us work together and forget the past. Like the PM said mistakes were made they will not be repeated. Let us see how that goes.

    Peace my brotherz

  68. tilly
    January 4, 2010

    yes my people its not even 24hrs an the complains starts,u just can please our people,PM GOD BLESS U AN YR TEAM ,U KN WHAT U ARE DOING,AN STRIVE TOO BE THE BEST,JAH BLESS MY COUNTRY DOMINICA,WHICH WE ALL LOVE,JAH GUIDE!

  69. Thoughtful
    January 4, 2010

    Seriously, do you need a 15 member cabinet to run the affairs of a country with a population of merely 72,000 people?

  70. January 4, 2010

    I am big supporter of de PM but I am not very happy with this cabinet, first of all why should Ambrose be added? why should Timothy be leading Health? this is very confusing to me. I would encourage the PM to go back and reduce the number, mix it up and he should lock himself in the toilet without the advisors while he redo the list, I know he can do better. The advisors must have been …. when they submitted their recommendation. a LP supporter contribution.

  71. Anonymous
    January 4, 2010

    do u have any proof of Ambrose behaviour give the man a break
    u guys love to much politics
    lets just pray for the betterment of our country

  72. taxicreole
    January 4, 2010

    Indeeed the best cabinet in the world. Could not have been better! All aboard! WOOOOOoOOoow what a cabinet. heeeeeepeeeeeep joraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Dominica has what it deserve a goood cabinet! Let the party begin! Its gonna be party time! As Mc hammer would say: Hammer time! De action now start! Let it begin man ah can’t wait to see the world’s best cabinet start working!

  73. Big Bannan
    January 4, 2010

    ….. What kind of example are we teaching our youths. And how are we to remain quiet when Skerit treat us like that? Skerit make us stupid

  74. jah bless
    January 4, 2010


  75. jah bless
    January 4, 2010

    I didnt want to be the first so i let all my fellow people go first i dont understand the cabient in a heart beat they all be gone and yes they need to build the international airport

  76. st thomas usvi
    January 4, 2010

    why is not a docter in charge of the health ministery ?, timothy could be more valuable some orther ministery, still that is only my opinoun.

  77. Rabbi
    January 4, 2010

    That cabinet needs a reshuffle….the Pm needs to go back to his drawing board…in these hard economic times instead u reduce u adding ministries…..alas Mr. PM that not right…do not kill the taxpayers like that.

  78. disappointed youth
    January 4, 2010

    ambrose again……………….guess its only in dominica ppl are given so many chances in office after being fired 3 times for questionable actions in public office

  79. Thoughtful
    January 4, 2010

    I was expecting a more lean mean cabinet in such harsh economic times. Can we afford to pay such a huge cabinet?

    Many of these ministries are useless. Why do we need a Minister of Carib Affairs when there is Carib Chief handling the affairs of the Carib people? Why do we need a ministry for Constituency Development?

    Why give new faces such as Kenneth Darroux multiple portfolios while veterans like Julius Timothy a single one?

    Why have two separate ministries for Employment and Human Resources Development?

    I think this cabinet is to bloated but I am giving them the benefit of the doubt.

    Let’s see how they perform.

  80. Fed Up Of All the Negatism
    January 4, 2010

    Annoymous…I quite agree with you. As a young Dominican woman I am embarassed to see the amount of gibberish that we Dominicans post on this website.Whether we are RED, GREEN, BLUE, YELLOW we should ALL work TOGETHER towards buiding our “BELOVED NATION.”

    All Dominicans can do is complain.Lord have MERCY on us ALL. We are BLESSED in this country. We may not have all the luxuries as the Great US of A or the European countries but still we ought to give GOD thanks and praise for the little he has BLESSED us with.

    Stop complaining and crying down DOMINICA. I Speak Blessings and Financial Increase for us all and I pray that GOD continues to BLESS, GUIDE and Protect the PRIME MINISTER and everyone else who has been given a mandate to run this country.

    May God Bless Dominica and may he PROSPER us ALL.

  81. January 4, 2010

    what is charles savarin doing there he never contest any seat give the people their minister post. i won my seat and u putting me p secretary no way .i hope all u Dominicans start working i mean all .i would like to see Dominican/s on d out side and other caribbean countries coming in to d a to work and not d a people running from it saying things hard.Ashton should have a say to do with tourism all so not carib a lone .I hope d p m don/t push Ashton a side and let that woman rule .

  82. west coast massive
    January 4, 2010

    What a buffet? I thought it would be a cabinet. Well ALAS! for the tax payers of this country, who has to pay for that buffet….. but my God NOT HEALTH. After rall give Alo to help you run the purse. In high school i was taught that Agriculture was the growing of crops and rearing of aninmals. Why all that break up? Agriculture ran to Walters and fishing to the doctor. Alas nothing for the Colihaut parl. rep. that good for the people, tell them to demonstrate now. Oh I forget: Is he not deputy speaker? That is a position ha ha.

  83. medler
    January 4, 2010

    newtral, you may have an A in maths but F in english for spelling right – wright.
    Now you Dominicans election is over and we are at the beginning of a new era. Let the PM do his work. As Dominicans we need to pray for those who have been given the mandate to go ahead and work for the betterment of the country. How can we criticize them if we don’t give them a chance to perform. Now let’s work together with them to move our nation forward.

  84. loyal
    January 4, 2010

    We Moving forward wit our PM

  85. January 4, 2010

    My fellow Dominican , before you raise your hand plez sandblast your under arms it very disgusting to look at . thank you

  86. Anonymous
    January 4, 2010

    I find Dominicans are just too negative. All they can do is criticize. All those who vex get lost. all you have another five or even ten years under labour rule.

    Congrtas Mr. PM and your Cabinet. Continue the good work and may God continue to bless and guide you.

  87. January 4, 2010 plz tell me what is ronald toulon position,what is timtim doin in health,why is kelver not a secretary in ma charles ministry and 4 god sake why is ambrose george holdin a ministry,ambrose have smetin on all u man stupes

  88. Prophet2
    January 4, 2010

    LOL..Newtral, 18×18= 324 that’s just too many fools running around, have

  89. Ron
    January 4, 2010

    Good job Mr. PM! You will never be able to please the haters because all they do is criticize. Good luck with your new cabinet.

  90. January 4, 2010

    what about the toulon guy now?

  91. January 4, 2010

    how about toulon what is his post?

  92. newtral
    January 4, 2010

    Prophet2, the answer to your question is easy, 18 fools added together = 18 fools to the second power.
    I got an A in maths at school, trust me that answer wright.

  93. Anonymous
    January 4, 2010

    16 Ministers and 3 Paliamentary Secretaries. No place for Ronald Toulon? Poor fellow!

  94. Way papa
    January 4, 2010

    Zor isn’t that the St Joe guy with a huge sun glasses in the back ground. Heaven help us. By now this guy should understand the he cannot present himself to the public as ha has been doing. The Dude should ask the Diasporans who voted for him to ship some cheap suit over to D/ca. I guess his responsibility is to serve cold water to The Bajan and Tony Astaphans.

  95. observer/listener
    January 4, 2010

    This is material for us to laugh for the next few months.
    The seat they fought for so hard, Soufriere, what did he get??
    What about Colihaut, which was bought out, lot, stock and barrel…….what did he get?
    Did Charlo run? oh no he didnt……..
    Scambrose? back in the house!!
    Timothy?? is that a slap in the face or what??
    Did someone say the PM is on top of things???
    Well, the only thing he is on top of………well, this is not the place to discuss that.
    Let me assure you people, that the joke has just begun…….sadly though it is the country and us in it who will suffer through this blunder.

  96. shabin
    January 4, 2010

    please show some respect adress the pm appropriately.There is no reason for this level of disrespect.yo have nothing to gain or lose.I BELIEVE YOUR PARENTS THOUGHT YOU BETTER THAN THAT.

  97. Mr cool
    January 4, 2010

    “ No on is expected to be there for five years “- Is this a trial and error thing. Mr PM the people expect you to provide a solid cabinet. I guess the PM is right to assume that no one is expected to be there for 5 years cause we expect Ambrose George to be dismissed again (lol). We also expect that all these ministries with so identical portfolios is destined to create confusion. What we expect therefore is some unhappy parl reps, a tug of war and conflicting interest. That is not my wish – This is just the reality of the situation. In the interest of Dominica I do wish that my predictions are wrong.

  98. Prophet2
    January 4, 2010

    Now I have a big problem with maths, I cannot find the results when I added 18 fools together, help anyone?

  99. LCM
    January 4, 2010

    Congratulations to the ministers and the new government. Remember Dominica first.

    The PM may have his reasons but I think he should have put
    Environment, Natural Resource, Fisheries Water management and forestry under one ministry

    physical planning should be with Land, housing and settlement

    and Agriculture should be on its own since it is still dominicas biggest source of income. I Think we should focus on adding the aspects of agro processing etc to the agri ministry. In other words expand on agriculture. Not just planting and harvesting but also processing packaging advertising etc etc.

    Natural resources includes our water fishes ,and forest which makes up our environment

    Agriculture and forestry has always been in conflict so i think they should be independent of each other.

    Physical planning involves housing and settlement so they should go together.

  100. Grand Bayrian
    January 4, 2010

    Charlo, in charge, keeping the union under heavy maners ……. Minister of National Security and Labour? wooooooshhhhhh..

  101. dgjhgjgjk
    January 4, 2010

    41% cabinet (7/17) where does sonia, honychurch, simeon and vincy come/fit into d 18 man squad?

  102. comess
    January 4, 2010

    This cabinet is a confused mess of portfolios,that the PM alone can understand..Is Darroux incapable of holding the Ministry of Health? Is Justina Charles incapable also? Will Ambrose be dismissed this year?
    You have all the power to do what you want with Dominica and the Dominicans PM.

    January 4, 2010

    Ministry of Constituency Empowerment and Telecommunication – Ambrose George-Isn’t it ironic that the same man ……. internet sting is in charge of telecommunication- What a joke. Note though that Skerrit is in charge of information technology. I wonder what’s next for ambrose- how is he going to mess up

    Charles Savarin, Minister for National Security, Labour and Immigration- What a waste of tax payer dollars just to give Charles Saverin a job. Why didn’t he give Charlo a *** job in public works or security officer job. Minister of national security- in charge of the air force and military- Napolitano of Dominica. Hey hey

    Julius Timothy, who was the minister of economic development and planning returns as the Minister of Health- Magwey Sa. I guess the intent here is “ let one man run the money show- interesting”
    Dr. Colin McIntyre has been given the post of Minister of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs. Well well well – more trade more Dopwell contracts more Bin Bobol. Isn’t Collin a medical doctor- Hellooo does Ministry of health ring a bell. Doesn’t it seem obvious that the ministry of employment coincide with the affairs of the ministry of Labor and immigration?
    Ivor Stephenson-Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resource Management
    Reginald Austrie -Minister for Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management?- Isn’t that the responsibility of the minister for Environment, Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries
    Alvin Bernard-Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Checkout Skerrit’s ministrial portfolio – Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Foreign Affairs and Information Technology. So Skerrit’s ministry has the prime minister and another minister. “ What about special advisor to the prime minister excluded uh.
    What a comic show- what a waste of tax payer dollars. 15 ministries with over runs in portfolios

  104. Senator Blagojavich
    January 4, 2010

    The ministries that fall under the same category but assigned to different people simply means that they will be working together, hence Mr. George will be right under the PM just in case.

  105. rassulfur
    January 4, 2010

    Bway, I am lost, all the redundancies, and square peggs in round holes. What a thing? Well i will play the wait and see game. If the Pm means what he says, then i will be seeing you ministers out there toiling with the people to make life better so that diaspora can now move back home for good, instead of a day or two to be paid to vote…lol.

    All the best guys and do what you where employed by the people to do, perform and not run up and down in SUVs.

  106. confused
    January 4, 2010

    congrats mr petter Saint Jean!! its wit no fear or favor

  107. LMAO
    January 4, 2010

    Let’s just wish them all the best.. Politics in todauy’s world is not as easy as one might imagine. they have a tough road ahead of them… all the best..
    as far as i’m concerned i just hope that they minister with competency. THAT’S what d/ca need. Competency of leaders……………..!


  108. confused
    January 4, 2010

    congrats 2 peter st jeAn but d best ministry is culture, youth and sports. Education??? u can’t sit in MR RONALD GREEN’S SHOE BUT D HUMBLE MR. RONALD MICHAEL GREEN he is always available wit constructive advise concerning d portfolio of education and human resource development so dont b ashamed but release some of d pride.

  109. hisperan
    January 4, 2010

    Congrats.. Mr. Prime Minister…well done and lets move forward. We love you and we a praying for you..JOB WELL DONE

  110. one big problem
    January 4, 2010

    hon. ambros should seat back and watch. bad move pm.

  111. Grand Bayrian
    January 4, 2010

    Ok People lets be objective about the Cabinet put together by the Prime Minister:

    1) Why does the Prime Minister have a super Ministry? .LOL

    2) Why is leagal affairs not under the AG? what does Tourism Ministry have to do with Legal affairs?

    3) Why on earth is Ambrose back in Cabinet? I

    4) We talking about tough time, and you have a 15 cmember cabinet, “Its looks like for the first time in Dominica history, there is money in the treasury all you look it”!

    January 4, 2010

    congrats to our pm and his carbinet i wish u guys luck for the next five years and more i know your carbinet is willin to work with u n our dominican people congrats once again.

  113. Ha Ha
    January 4, 2010

    confusion, you just start to get confused. You that put them there.

  114. Dominicanprincess
    January 4, 2010

    When you consider the many cross references of some of the ministries, it sounds like a perfect opportunity for the ministers to identify the linkages and work together to accomplish the goals of each sector…………….thats taking it to the next level!!!!

  115. dgjhgjgjk
    January 4, 2010

    aye mr. PM is this cabinet jus 4 a month?2 months? or 6 months? well if not, plz reshuffle by 18th of february.
    Wat does Tim know bout health …?

  116. January 4, 2010

    Mr. PM you are a visionary and I know you are on top of things. This cabinet came by because of your vision for this country. This is a well balance cabinet. I wish you and your cabinet god blessing and all the best for 2010 and be on. Well done sir. You have been ordained by the great almighty.

    We are with you sir.

  117. Big Bannan
    January 4, 2010

    Hey, where did the Karams originate again? Oh…. we are suprised you do not see things in a different light.

    January 4, 2010

    Hon. Prime Minister you have a very strong Cabinet and I am hoping that you all will continue to work as a team. Job well done. Congatulations to your Cabinet and I am looking forward to working with you guys.

  119. Sunshinegual
    January 4, 2010

    I am disapponted I wish Gloria was the Min of Education, MAKE HASTE WITH THE RESHUFFLE

  120. Hello
    January 4, 2010

    Bravo!!!!!!!!! Well done. Development time now.

  121. charmer
    January 4, 2010

    Well done, Dom- news-online for such speedy info. I wish the cabinet ministers all the best in their term of office. Hope the returning parl reps are much more productive, and that the fisrt timers have a smooth transition.

  122. Cnfusion
    January 4, 2010

    Too many square pegs in round holes. Lts not be bias many of the parl reps are disappointed. The first one to be disappointed is Dr. Darroux. There is a well crossing of ministrial portfolio. Ambros George Minister of Information, yet PM is Minister of Information and technology. What is the difference? Agriculture cannot be divorced from the environment. This should be one ministry. Johnson Drigo worked all his life as a social worker. What is he doing in public works? Water Resource Management is part of Environment, hence should be part of the same ministry. I voted Labor but I am confused and need to know how ministries are assigned. .

  123. Big Bannan
    January 4, 2010

    Sounds like a bunch of Third Hand Communist Puppets to me. Funny we talk about how good Skerrit is but more migration out of Dominica continues to increase.

  124. concerned
    January 4, 2010

    Congratulations to all the Ministers on your portfolios.

  125. Duan pin
    January 4, 2010

    to all the negetive comments, please am asking let us burry all differences, forget about politics for now, let us move Dominica, where our parents, sons and daugthers live.
    stop the critics, we are bigger than that dominicans.congrats to the new carbinet.

  126. Dominican Student
    January 4, 2010

    Why is Ambrose back as a Minister? Guess we love corruption!!!

    I’ll play the wait and see game…

  127. lola
    January 4, 2010

    Good luck to all the Dominican men and women in the new Cabinet. Although isn’t Fisheries, Agriculture? And isn’t diaspora relations, foreign relations etc.? I find too many redundancies but otherwise, do your thing MR. PM!

  128. Nadia Karam
    January 4, 2010

    Congratulations To the Hon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerritt and His New Ministers of Gov’t in their new role as leaders of our beloved Country. May God’s Grace and Wisdom be your Guiding Light. Seek the Lord in all you do and He will direct your path and take this Country to the Next level of Greater prosperity. Amen !

  129. juicy
    January 4, 2010

    Well selected have a solid team with you.I wish you all the best for the next five years

  130. January 4, 2010

    MR PM WHAT IS MR DAYTON BAPTISTE POSITION?We would like to know . lmao

  131. January 4, 2010

    sounds like a strong, capable and well experienced carbinet.. i wish de best in their term of office..

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