The man who led a former Labour Party government until it was toppled by a popular uprising in 1979 is urging the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) to bring a vote of no confidence against the current Dominica Labour Party (DLP) administration of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
Patrick John says such a move would help the opposition expose the alleged ills being perpetrated by the Skerrit-led DLP administration.
Former prime minister John made the suggestion while encouraging the UWP to end its boycott of the country’s parliament.
Dominica’s first prime minister, John took to the airwaves on Friday to advise the UWP that in his view that policy was flawed, and that the party should return to the House to give effective and credible opposition to the governing DLP.
“My suggestion to the United Workers Party is to return to the parliament and make noise in the parliament, bring out the issues,” John advised while being interviewed by Q95’s Matt Peltier Jr on his morning talk show programme.
The former PM said the opposition party’s thrust for electoral reform should be fought in the House of Assembly.
UWP politicians have been pressing the government to provide the necessary finances to allow the Electoral Commission to introduce voter ID cards in general elections as part of proposed electoral reform.
Former PM John says the UWP should move a resolution in parliament asking for a recommendation by the Electoral Commission on this to be accepted.
According to John, such a move would “open the door for all Dominicans to see whether the government of Dominica really and truly want election reform”.
He agrees with UWP claims that Speaker of the House Alix Boyd-Knights is biased against the opposition party, and he had some advice for the Edison James-led UWP on how to approach that matter.
“The United Workers Party should move a vote of censure against the Speaker, which gives them the opportunity to expose all the wrongs that the Speaker has done against the opposition,” John suggested.
He said while the party would lose such a vote because of the government’s parliamentary majority, it would allow the population to get from a parliamentary perspective, the opposition concerns about the Speaker.