Member of Parliament for Roseau Central, Joseph Isaac, who recently shocked the nation by resigning from the Opposition United Workers Party will be part of a new look cabinet of ministers.
On Tuesday evening Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced a cabinet reshuffle which will include Isaac, although he said that Isaac at this point has not joined the ruling Dominica Labour Party.
Skerrit said Isaac has been named Minister of the Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal.
The ministry is a new one which the Prime Minister stated was necessary to create in order to craft and coordinate Dominica’s focus on climate resilience in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Skerrit said he met with Isaac last week Thursday and “discussed with him and his delegation from the constituency of Roseau Central their plans and vision going forward.”
“In my statement last Wednesday, I made known my intention to foster a meaningful working relationship with Hon. Isaac, as he had expressed a desire to adopt a more open and objective attitude and approach to the issue of governance in the country and the policies and programs of the government,” he stated. “Consequent upon our meeting last Thursday, and after consultation with senior members of the government and governing Dominica Labour Party, I subsequently contacted Mr. Isaac and extended to him an invitation to serve in the government of Dominica in the capacity as a minister of government. Hon. Isaac, after consulting with his key advisors, accepted that invitation and will therefore feature in the new look Cabinet of Ministers that I am about to announce.”
He stated that at this point Isaac has not joined the Dominica Labour Party, “but he has satisfied me of his focus in wanting to help the people of Roseau Central, and to put his skills and services at the disposal of the government in the building of the new Dominica.”
“He shall, therefore, as of Thursday, 12th April, serve as a Minister of Government in the service of the people of Dominica. I take this opportunity to publicly congratulate Mr. Isaac and to wish him every success in his new posting,” Skerrit said.
On Wednesday April 4, Isaac announced that he was quitting the United Workers Party to become an independent member of parliament. He said this was based on the desire to move away from ‘tribal politics.’
Meanwhile, Skerrit announced what he described as the “new look Cabinet of Ministers.”
The list is as follows:
-Roosevelt Skerrit: Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Investments, Housing and Lands
-Reginald Austrie: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture Food and Fisheries
-Levi A. Peter: Attorney General
-Dr. John Collin McIntyre: Minister for Public Works, Water Resource Management and Ports
-Joseph Isaac: Minister for the Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal
-Dr. Kenneth Darroux: Minister for Health and Social Services
-Senator Miriam Blanchard: Minister for Planning and Economic Development
-Senator Robert Tonge: Minister for Tourism and Culture
-Catherine Lady Daniel: Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Affairs
-Justina Charles: Minister for Youth, Sports, and Constituency Empowerment
-Rayburn Blackmoore: Minister for Justice, Immigration and National Security
-Senator Francine Baron: Minister for Foreign and CARICOM Affairs
-Ian Douglas: Minister for Trade, Energy and Employment
-Petter Saint-Jean: Minister for Education and Human Resource Development
-Roselyn Paul: Minister for Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development
-Kelver Darroux: Minister for Information, Science, Telecommunications and Technology
Minister for Kalinago Affairs
-Johnson Drigo: Minister in the Ministry of Housing and Lands
-Ivor Stephenson: Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services