Opposition Leader Hector John has assured that the recent appointment of four male does not mean that the United Workers Party (UWP) has isolated female members of the party.
The men who will join the three elected UWP members of Parliament at the House of Assembly proceedings are Ezekiel Bazil (Wesley), UWP’s Political Leader Ronald Green (La Plaine), UWP’s Deputy Leader Claudius Sanford (Carib Territory) and Ronnie Isidore (Mahaut).
John who addressed a press conference this morning, said that his party stands in favour of appointing female senators but after proper deliberation, was not seen as the best option for the party at the moment.
“If you look at the situation that we are in as we have three elected members, and we have to bring in people to continue to speak for and behalf of the people for Dominica and do that effectively… As I said earlier on, we would like to have a woman but we cannot bring everybody, we can’t represent every demography right now in the present situation…”he said.
“We would like to bring a woman, as I said, but right now as we continue to, as we say, bring effective representation. As time goes on we will be looking at our senatorial positions and evaluate, assess and see how we can continue to give members of the party a very good opportunity to continue to learn and gain the experience to prepare themselves to give effective representation for and behalf of the Dominican people.
John further stated that “it’s not in isolation, at this time we haven’t brought in a woman but we are not isolating women. We continue to push forward with the case of women and equal rights for everybody.”
Meanwhile the opposition leader expressed confidence in his newly appointed senators- Ron Green, Ezekiel Bazil, Ronnie Isidore and Claudius Sanford. He was optimistic that the chosen few would work effectively in the representing the populace.
“Our party has moved as a step in the right direction to prepare our self as we said. We have named the leader of the opposition and to name our three senators. That we are ready to make effective representation on behalf of our people of the commonwealth of Dominca and we ask the government to start to prepare, make concrete representation in the right direction for us to have that enabling environment in parliament so we can make our contribution for and behalf of the people of Dominica.
John said that though he stated recently that the party would be seeking outside expertise, the senators chosen are proficient and can effectively handle their parliamentary tasks.
“Of course we would like to go out….but we have to look from within…We know that Mr Green is very capable,Mr Sanford is very capable. Mr Ezekiel Bazil and Ronnie, the people that we bring are capable individuals from within who can go out there and represent the cause of the people of Dominica. and that is what we are looking out for. We are not looking for just bringing in anybody but people we know who can go out there and deal with the issues on their own, independently, as a group… he stated.
John described his new senatorial team as being a mix of “experience and freshman.” He said, “we bring a true balance and people we know.”