The Leader of the Opposition Jesma Paul-Victor, has publicly stated her reasons for seeking to have the appointment of Sean Douglas as a Senator revoked.
In accordance with section 35 (2) of the Dominica Constitution, Jesma Paul-Victor advised Her Excellency the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica on Monday, November 6, 2023, to take this action.
Victor-Paul said in a statement issued today that as a servant of the State, responsible for the senatorial appointment of Mr. Douglas on January 13, 2023, this was a particularly difficult decision for her. However, it came after weeks of careful consideration of the importance of protecting the dignity and credibility of democratic governance processes from individual excesses.
The Opposition leader expressed deep regret for this course of action, “which became necessary because of a significant breach of trust, callus disregard for the principle of collective responsibility in the Parliamentary Opposition, and a refusal to be responsible for unilateral actions that undermine the work of the team.”
She said these behaviours conflict with the values that are essential to the effective discharge of oversight and representational responsibilities in Parliament.
“Further, this severely frustrates upholding integrity, ethical conduct, and the commitment to the highest standards of national service that they strive to honour and uphold at all times,” Paul-Victor added.
Jesma Paul-Victor also noted the verbal abuse directed at her, the calls for her resignation, the double standards, and the misogynistic disrespect for her decision that have flooded the airwaves and social media in recent times.
“First and foremost, I serve the people of Salisbury, Coulibistrie, and Morne Rachette as their representatives in Parliament. It is because of their votes that I also serve at this time as Leader of the Opposition. I serve faithfully to the best of my ability and absolutely at the pleasure of the constituents of Salisbury, Coulibistrie, and Morne Rachette who have the democratic right and responsibility to terminate my services at any time,” she said. “Until such time, I will continue to discharge my duty as a creature of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica with great honour and pride, without fear or favour, affection or ill will according to law.”