Athenia Benjamin blasts Lennox Linton in first national speech

Benjamin said she is honored to serve the people of Wesley
Benjamin said Linton’s actions are disgusting

The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) newest kid on the block, Athenia Benjamin, has joined her colleagues in condemning leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Lennox Linton, describing allegations of plagiarism against him as disgusting.

Recently Benjamin was officially named the DLP candidate for the Wesley Constituency and she delivered her first major national speech last Thursday in Lagon, Roseau.

She wasted no time in going after Linton.

“The actions of the United Workers Party political leader are absolutely disgusting,” she said. “Here is a man, who built his career on preaching trust to power, honesty, integrity and accountability… anytime one would hear these words or phrase mention, Lennox Linton would come to mind because that has been his mantra. But this political leader, on the night of his acceptance speech as the political leader of the only other active political party in Dominica plagiarized writings from another person.”

According to her, this type of behavior might be so extensive that “we are just beginning to unmask something bigger.”

Benjamin assured the people of Wesley, Woodford Hill, Palm Tree and wider Dominican public that in her candidacy, her every action and utterance shall be guided by, “the highest levels of honesty and decency.”

“Which is not to be a problem for me to maintain because that is how I live my life,” she said.

The DLP has accused Linton of plagiarizing the speeches of Allen Chastenet, the leader of the United Workers Party in St. Lucia, and others.

Linton subsequently said both he and Chastenet have worked together and share similar philosophies and ideals.

The UWP has now accused prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, of plagiarism but the DLP has dismissed the allegations saying the examples cited are “standard practice.”

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92 Comments

  1. October 9, 2014

    I would rather vote for Handsie, Tension,Rosie and Perryman.

  2. SKRIT
    September 18, 2014

    Who is Athenia to judge Lennox, where has she been for all these years and what was she promised or given to return to Wesley and wants to be their representative. Her first public speach and she wants to attack someone who has done her no wrong. She is in this race only for prestige and her house, she would think twice about attacking or questioning people’ morals. She claims that she lives her life honest, she forget is Wesley she grew up Athenia, you better check yourself because you are walking down the wrong path. Be a lady and stand for what is right and justdon’t stoop to gutter politics. You have been away for 30 odd years doing what baby sitting , I think you should be taking are of PM SON YOU WOULD DO A GOOD JOD did not go to any university SO YOU ARE JUST LIKE THE OTHERS Do you think bashing Lennox will make you more popular with the PM or your constituents? No Athenia let me plagiarize you: THESE ARE YOUR OWN WORDS FOOL
    “Here is a man, who built his career on preaching trust to power, honesty, integrity and accountability… anytime one would hear these words or phrase mention, Lennox Linton

  3. BlueBlue
    September 16, 2014

    Trying to imitate Monelle Williams.

    • Anonymous
      September 17, 2014

      ….Monelle writes her own speeches I believe.

  4. Monelle Supporter
    September 16, 2014

    Please please Athenia do not use Monelle’s tone .Be original. Can you ever walk in Mr. Linton’s shoes? You CAN’T.

  5. Concerned Citizen
    September 16, 2014

    “It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are a fool than open it and remove all doubt.” Mark Twain

    • Anonymous
      September 16, 2014

      Is actually the bible which say that, so mark twain plagarized

  6. franko
    September 16, 2014

    Somebody ask me is this Rebecca Theodore. i say no boy ms theodore not in that nonsense. ms theodore in washington frying big fish. skerrit cannot afford her. that one is from wesley. the classy educated one is from bense

  7. Wesley man
    September 16, 2014

    So I hear Athenia sharing money already, You people think is by buying people votes to get in office for you all personal gain that is running an election. Wesley people don’t want you get that through your head. Do yourself a favor and step down, Mr. Grant is more respected in society than you are and leave Linton alone.

  8. young
    September 16, 2014

    Miss Benjamin, as a young person from the north east i was veryyy disappointed in you!!!!!! Instead you speak on the issues such as unemployment among young people as myself and how you plan to address it, or speak of fixing the Marigot hospital for wesley, marigot and other environs. Ms Benjamin what about the high school; where repairs are needed?…… what are your plans for the wesley?woodfordhill people. How many scholarships are you going to give to individuals who want to further studies?……… I guess lennox linton is the only plan on your mind. Disappointed in you.

    • January 9, 2016

      Miss Benjamin, you should be a shame of yourself and comments I believe in constructive comment but yours fall short just as your Boss for it takes a fool to know one, I would encourage you to debate Mr. Linton since your Boss refuses , you all said he is not educated to you all standard so that should be easy to do, Tell how much education did you get while you were away taking classes in collages or universities don’t mean you attended those institutions so stop prepending maybe if you public your degree or certificate that my vindicate you but don’t buy one down on young street in Toronto., you better start combining your little education and common sense together and be a honest and truthful person who is willing to work for the people instead for an individual stop humiliating yourself.
      Dominica and Dominicans have never in time seen an active Opposition party like the one we have and they are really keeping the Government administration on their toes well done UWP & Linton.

  9. joking
    September 16, 2014

    WOW. they just saying bad thing about the opposition and not show us their plans for the country.
    these ppl need to get their degree in political science and learn how to influence people.
    To me that is stupidness she is doing.
    Workers i want to win election
    Skerrit and the labour party thug gang have destroy this country and we can’t afford these thugs in power again
    Change is a must for sure

  10. Meg So
    September 16, 2014

    Athenia is now in Toronto securing the plane load of voters to win the election.

    • Wesley man
      September 16, 2014

      oh you know is so alone she can win but I will be waiting for them on voting day. I will embarrass them in the line. Last election some came straight from airport into the line. Didn’t even go home first.

    • Anonymous
      September 16, 2014

      Well, is not me they getting to step on that super old being 737. No Sir, for no money in the world and certainly not to risk my neck for Skerrit and Anthenia.

    • Anonymous
      September 17, 2014

      :twisted: :mrgreen: :roll: :evil: :-o :!:

  11. rosa parks
    September 16, 2014

    but wait are we throwing stones? don’t you all have a man who was involved in money laundering serving as a minister? hmph Kettle calling the pot black. you all need to stop putting you all’s foot in your mouths.

  12. Steven Harper
    September 16, 2014

    Athenia, As Prime Minister of Canada. This is a shame and this is not how we conduct ourselves as Canadian Citizens. First, know what is going on in the country before you start attacking your opponent, so the people will show you respect. Take an example of the Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford. Do no make us look like fools.

  13. Malgraysa
    September 16, 2014

    Ms. Benjamin, you are disingenuous if not bold. On your Facebook entry you state that you studied at York University.
    Pray, what subject did you study, when and what degree do you hold from this respected institute of learning?

    • Irma Francois
      September 20, 2014

      why don’t you ask your leader where he studied and where he got his degrees from

  14. anonymous2
    September 15, 2014

    Well, she knows what side her bread is buttered on. Would you really expect anything different?

  15. anonymous
    September 15, 2014

    Athenia PLEASE crawl back under that stone .Do you really wanna go down that road? Do us all a favor and shut your trap. Stop trying to be what you’re not. I know you are CLUELESS but politics is a dirty business and since you got skeletons in your closet, you should not throw that first stone

  16. debitor
    September 15, 2014

    We all know that r. skerrit bestman is his speech writer and his speech writer is his bestman. “Please, please, my man after my own heart, write me twenty more speeches for the coming general elections. I kiss your long toe. By the way, googoohoohoo sends a kiss too. He is starting to baygay and talk; so I need you to write a short story book for him. Oh how, I adore you.”

  17. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014

    stupes. Lady go back America or Canada wherever you come from and it will make you better

    • Irma Francois
      September 20, 2014

      there are many of you that should go back to where ever check your spelling

  18. warma
    September 15, 2014

    Here is Athenia’s endorsement of Lennox Linton

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtA4sXXiCTQ

  19. Looking in
    September 15, 2014

    Aaaahhhh,,,so this is the reason Wesley people doh want you…now it is clear. Book close.

  20. money worries
    September 15, 2014

    The DLP has been stealing all uwp plans and ideas., claiming them as their own. That is plagiarism. Even, in DLP own camp there is a human (f) plagiarism. That says a lot. So Atheina, close your orals.

  21. realist
    September 15, 2014

    people in this constituency you all need to teach skerrit a lesson, he taking all u for granted and feel he can do as he likes and feel all u must accepts.

    • September 17, 2014

      The DLP is trying to get rid of Athenia once and for all so it’s up to u to grant them their wish.
      Change is a must VOTE for Team Dominica UWP so we can get moving, if they don’t keep their promise we vote them out like wise but with so much damage done by DLP it will take the new GOVT to clean up the mess so we need to get moving .

  22. ACE
    September 15, 2014

    Athenia , SHUT YOUR MOUTH. I am from neighbouring village and did not even know you in the village of Wesley, which means that you are NOBODY. Mr Linton is from a well known educated family. You step in Marigot and his parents are highly honoured. Take a bow and go hide your hide damn face in a sackcloth. You could never walk in Mr Linton’s shoe. As far as I know you are a well trained Nanny, and you should go babysit your PM son, You talk about honesty?

    • September 15, 2014

      Athenia you were in Canada doing what don’t try to speak for us in Wesley or in Canada, I watch you on stage and you couldn’t even read clearly what the administration gave you to read not even that you could do , when I think of teacher Gloria and Mr.Linton you don’t stand a chance. You run to Canada hopping to recruit those who are just as lazy as you to come home to vote, tell us the church were you were yesterday did you offer him money for his new church so he could come down to vote, why don’t you want to meet the real Wesley folks up here is it because you wouldn’t be able to answer there questions.
      Let’s start with your education since you said Mr.Linton didn’t go to university but taking some classes does not mean you went to university, which university did you attend in Canada
      By the way aren’t you one of those ladies that is trying to destroy the Dominica association in Canada.
      Athenia do you really seriously believe that people will vote for you.
      DLP is done with and you will be going down with the sinking ship no amount of money will not save you or your party . Change is a must.

      • Irma Francois
        September 20, 2014

        who the hell do you think you are calling people overseas lazy look around you and tell me who is lazy you all expect to get barrels from these lazy people are you even working is that why you are always in v/c on thursdays looking for hands out shut the front door

    • Irma Francois
      September 20, 2014

      thought no body in marigot knows your leader he thinks he is a town boy came back to country to fool all of you his parents may have been true country folk but not him at least our lady friend went away and better her education there is no shame in being a nanny better than waiting on handsout

  23. natural dominican
    September 15, 2014

    you can fool some people sometime but you can’t fool all the people all the time…oops i plagiarize lol…you are new to the political game miss Benjamin; try stepping it up a bit; stick to the issues that affect the people.

  24. Rob Ford
    September 15, 2014

    Hey Athenia! this is Rob Ford, former Mayor of Toronto …take a page from my playbook…step aside and come join me in Toronto.

    • September 15, 2014

      For drinks? crack? Medical marijuana or recreational?
      I prefer a nani as am a professional Nanny.
      Imagine Ford and I intoxicated and high same time.

  25. Say what............
    September 15, 2014

    Lady please!! Change is a must…………….. Get out of that color blind mentality you and your friends are in. And start speaking the truth. Lennox will be the next PM of DA because he is smart ,he loves our country and its people. Can you imagine if he had a degree what would happen. Lord we thank you for Mr double LL.

  26. ON THE FENCE
    September 15, 2014

    Heeeheeehee Papa Met. Labour falling. Where’s her originality

    • Anonymous
      September 16, 2014

      Yes Athenia, who wrote that speech for you?

  27. FOOL
    September 15, 2014

    FOOL

  28. Maypwesan
    September 15, 2014

    Wheel and Come Again Athenia. We were not impressed. You started on the wrong foot. What a shame.
    DISAPPOINTED BIG TIME

  29. way papa
    September 15, 2014

    so this is the Canada she is taking to Dominica? (she stated that in her acceptance speech or official speech on DBs a few days ago)

    So the class, educated responses, the environment of respect and nurturing, the empathy and openness of opinions that exist in Canada – she could not take that back with her?

    After hearing this woman speak is best she had never leave wesley all these years ago, because not one bit of Canada civility has robbed off or rather, didn’t stick!!

    Shame Shame Shame!!!!1

    As they say…you can take the woman out of the ghetto, but you cant take the ghetto out of the woman’….anonymous…is not play-jah-rise i do!

  30. FOOL
    September 15, 2014

    I was so disappointed in the lady. She lives in Canada or USA for over thirty-years, the experience of government and electorate democracy in those countries mean nothing to her? She has nothing new to offer? Her style after living for 30 year in a metropolitan country added no class, knowledge and intellect to her being? She sounded like a j’en Lagon. What a shame, at least raise the bar, lady from that Labour gutter politics and show those guys you ahead of them intellectually, maybe she you are not. Maypwe? that’s what it is about? That’s what you had to offer? Girl, teach Skerrit and the rest that muddling in the mud is things of the past, girl, come out of that low class politics, you have just shown us Dominicans that you have no class. I am ashamed of you as a woman, I was expecting you to make a difference. And stop that imitation of Monelle, stop trying to sound like her, she has too much class for a jean lawie like you. Put the two of you together you could never stand in the shoes of that lady. Monelle in the meantime stand out as the most classy female politician. Congrats Monelle, keep it up

    • The Facts
      September 15, 2014

      Who do you expect to believe that? Lady? Do you not know the meaning of lady? What lady you are talking about? Give us a rundown of her life and lifestyle.
      :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  31. mmmm
    September 15, 2014

    The way the DLP continues to shoot themselves in the foot leads me to believe they have a more sinister plan ahead…. I hope am wrong!!

  32. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014

    woman be more classy don’t join the band wagon. find more informative and visionary topic to discuss come on . i am so fed out WITH PM AND ALL TONGUE LASHING BE MORE GODLY PEOPLE. HE THAT IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE.

    • Anonymous
      September 15, 2014

      Isn’t she entitled to her opinion on the plagiarism matter? She was simply expressing it. What’s the problem then?

      • rosa parks
        September 16, 2014

        Nobody is against her expressing her self but her first big speech should be addressed to her ppl letting them know of the plans she has for them.

  33. Maniquin on platform
    September 15, 2014

    Seems like she wants Mr Eddo to degrade himself and take out her picture. Tony will hand you to farmer. As loud and boldface as you are, hope he will be able calm your nerves.

  34. Ras B
    September 15, 2014

    That is not what we want to hear!
    Tell us what you did in your thirty -odd years away from Wesley.
    What have you done for Dominica and Wesley, apart from fighting with Mr Samuels and then being expelled from Wesley primary school.
    What have you done to improve yourself?please tell us!!!

    • The Facts
      September 15, 2014

      What have you done for your country and yourself? :twisted: :mrgreen:

  35. September 15, 2014

    Next plane back to Brampton next year or before.

  36. September 15, 2014

    Aren’t they family? All ahfouahwee is One

  37. BORN DOMINICAN
    September 15, 2014

    i think we should allow miss benjamin to speak her mind and make an a of herself like her leader and all the other candidates on the DLP party as a former supporter of this ruling DLP i am happy that MR LINTON came in the race so my eyes could be opened to what is really going on in our GOVERNMENT its a shame and i think we should open our eyes and minds think about our country and our children,they can’t tell us how they are going to create jobs and make life better for us but they can find all kind of thing to say about MR LINTON.

  38. watching
    September 15, 2014

    Come good Athenia because you have a BILLION reasons to defend Plagiarism!!!!!!!!! I shall pause for now. You want to swim in pit latrine becareful what you ask for. You know damn well Lennox didn’t steal anybody’s speech, but when all you maltwavye is so

  39. too late
    September 15, 2014

    you just come you already start in that foolishness?

  40. Peter J
    September 15, 2014

    I thought I was listening to Monelle, the only thing that was left out is: I Rise! but for one who come from Canada she appears as one with no class and a lauwtaw (vulgarish), lady you should bring some level of decorum to a failing Labour Party that has lost all decency, and you choose to bathe with them in the mud.
    Shameful!

  41. September 15, 2014

    She did not even try to be different, same song and nothing about jobs. Shame Athenia and disappointing thought u would set the example as a woman, but what can I expect when is Labour you following. SMH. CHANGE IS A MUST ABSOLUTELY.

  42. Ras
    September 15, 2014

    i was really looking forward for the new candidates of DLP to be of better caliber than what we already have……BUT now I can conclude 2 things…….1….is either no matter how decent and honest you are, once you join the DLP they give you some of astaphans tea and it dotish u one time or……2…..mem bet….mem pwell

  43. YH
    September 15, 2014

    A A

  44. papa Dom
    September 15, 2014

    Disgusting you say, what if i told the world THE DISGUSTING thing you are capable of ,would you be pleased?, before you throw stones, be sure your house is not made of glass Ms Benjamin.

    • Papa Dom
      September 15, 2014

      Why are you impersonating me? Please find your own handle ok.

  45. Country First
    September 15, 2014

    So disappointing in you. You should have come to the battle with a different strategy. Your own is coming then they will put you out as they put teacher Glo.

  46. September 15, 2014

    are way e come fram e wah fu ha good life pan poor naga tell ee northing tal go so. ee kah tark de language ah we nor want aur.

  47. ?????????
    September 15, 2014

    But where she come out nuh…. girl clean ur backyard b4 u come and talk about ppl eh… instead u talk bout bazil is on lennox back u want to be…

  48. IFF I WUZ
    September 15, 2014

    Parry, I would tell Miss Bengimin she is on the wrong track. As a novice politician, she must come with something new, something fresh, a certain amount of love and understanding. She should take a leaf from the book of Miss Monell Williams. Leave the political mepuis to her boss, Tony, Reggie and Blackmoore.

  49. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014

    R u all politians or kids. Concentrate on developing Dominica and not how to bring Hon. Lennox Linton down.

  50. September 15, 2014

    Decency how did she get to be chosen as MP elec ? Lets not go there or even talk about decency hay lol. The truth is going to be spoken.All will know soon trus.

    • concerned
      September 16, 2014

      The question we need to ask is , where does her loyalty lie? What is her ultimate motive? Last election she packed up and left because she wasn’t the chosen candidate. Why didn’t she stay around and work in the community if she had our best interest at heart. What happens if she lose the election in Wesley! She will pack and go back to Canada again. What did Skerrit promise this woman? Why? Uummmmm.

  51. judas
    September 15, 2014

    hmmm imagine t a woman which talks of character and helping her constituency hmmm for her to focus on that the first thing which comes out from her mouth is attacking lennox linton really lady… I wouldn’t even let you run for my class captain

  52. Frank Talker
    September 15, 2014

    Take a good think-through of your values and morals! What is your conclusion, Athenia? And be honest or we may just open your closet right here n DNO.

  53. CONCERNED
    September 15, 2014

    There is an old saying “when you lay with dogs, you will wake up with flees. Who is Athenia to judge Lennox, where has she been for all these years and what was she promised or given to return to Wesley and wants to be their representative. Her first public speach and she wants to attack someone who has done her no wrong. She is in this race only for prestige and if she had any shame, she would think twice about attacking or questioning people’ morals. She claims that she lives her life honest, she forget is Wesley she grew up. Mrs. Shillingford never once defamed anyone during her tenure as the parl. rep for Wesley, I guess that is why they are tossing her aside. Athenia, you better check yourself because you are walking down the wrong path. Be a lady and stand for what is right a just and don’t stoop to gutter politics. Do you think bashing Lennor will make you more popular with the PM or your constituents? The tone of your voice is not even honest because you are trying to emulate a certain lady of the UWP.

  54. Sweets
    September 15, 2014

    Just because u are on the Opposite side doesnt mean you should criticize the other party especially when you know that the member of your team has done the same so called wrong doing; Athenia as a woman even After you heard your team leader has plagerized himself you should have just stayed quiet but by you opening your mouth to give such a statement your character comes into play into condoning a wrong; As a woman myself it speaks volumes for your character ; in the future know when to speak ; and when you speak , speak. With integrity instead of harmonizing with untegrity;

  55. Colored Shades
    September 15, 2014

    Athenia let me plagiarize you:
    “Here is a man, who built his career on preaching trust to power, honesty, integrity and accountability… anytime one would hear these words or phrase mention, Lennox Linton would come to mind because that has been his mantra. and let me add this is who he is. On the other hand I am not sure the same could be said about you.A woman willing to sell her soul for a little taste of power who would give up pride and dignity for a few kisses from the devil himself.
    My girl the people of Wesley don’t even want you what make you think the rest of Dominica wants you either?…….Please…al sokway sac ou la ou van shebon’w……

  56. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014

    I Would much rather her first speech be on what value she bring to the team, her party’s accomplishment in her constituency, how she is going to follow-up from where he predecessor left off, her plans and vision for her constituency etc…
    I GUESS THE ANSWER MIGHT BE LENNOX LINTON as well.
    The CRAP we call POLITICS…

  57. hahaha
    September 15, 2014

    A A athenia…I find u come out!!

  58. grell
    September 15, 2014

    Benjamin your a woman become a role model for labour,dont bash Lennox,yours will be coming soon,take a good look @ yourself before you call some disgusting.The plastic weave you have is disgusting.

    • Lmbo!
      September 15, 2014

      Good one! :-D

    • Peace
      September 15, 2014

      Whoshhhhh! LMAO. I was not expecting the last sentence.

    • Child of God
      September 15, 2014

      @ Grell, you are correct she is a woman, she had nothing to do with that, but being a woman does not make you a role model, and please please don’t ever accuse that (Woman) of being a Lady…. because that’s who is the role model.

    • Poor taste
      September 15, 2014

      It is typical of the male chauvinists to degrade your opponents especially women. Remember you came from a !!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. September 15, 2014

    A woman wesley people donot want as there parl rep she talking about MR LENNOX LINTON.. tell th e people what you are going to do for them when you get elected .you coming there and about double L what a shame lady

  60. Ma Moses
    September 15, 2014

    Decency Anthenia?

  61. September 15, 2014

    These statements made by benjamin are the true reflxtion of Linton

    • Ma Moses
      September 15, 2014

      You can not even spell properly, you ignoramus.

    • Dominica
      September 15, 2014

      @concious,

      I could NOT have said it beter than you! 8)

  62. Jayson
    September 15, 2014

    These DLP candidates are becoming national embarrassments.

    No independent thought process regardless of how ridiculous or ludicrous the ‘script’ they’ve been given to follow.

    ‘History will not be kind too these politicians…’!

  63. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014

    She start well early. ‘Meme bet meme pwel…’

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