“I am sure the people will make that drastic change” – Bentley Royer


The Salisbury constituency has been lacking proper representation for over a decade and on Friday its constituents will have another opportunity to avoid this from happening by voting for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) at the bi-elections.

This is according to Bentley Royer, the DLP candidate who will come up against United Workers Party’s (UWP) Hector John, for the chance to represent Salisbury, Morne Rachette and Coulibistrie in Parliament.

“I know I can make a change this time around because the United Workers Party has not represented the Salisbury constituency…  They failed to do that 10 years ago as opposition and this time around the new parl rep has failed to represent the people in Parliament … I believe the people need representation,” Royer remarked in a telephone interview with Dominica News Online Monday night.

The former school teacher said he is confident and satisfied with the constituents’ responses. “I think I’m well prepared. I have been going house to house speaking to the people,” he informed.

John defeated Royer at the December 18, 2009 General Elections. However, John did not attend any sittings of the House of Assembly following his victory because of his party’s decision to boycott Parliament.

According to Royer, the constituents should do the right thing and vote him because if John is victorious he will boycott Parliament again.

“I think he said so on several occasions. People have told me he said that… I foresee us going into another bi-election which we all know that we cannot afford; we cannot afford to be involved in bi-elections over,” Royer noted, accusing the UWP of using the constitution to sabotage everything.

He believes John has not provided proper representation to the community since he vacated his seat intentionally, adding “It’s more than 20 years the people voting UWP and nothing has been done substantially because of lack of representation.”

His immediate plans focus on the youth, development of sporting facilities and enhancement of feeder roads. Royer also intends on placing emphasis on care for the elderly in the constituency.

He recognized the basketball courts in “Salisbury and Coulibistrie are in need of repair.

“Work has to be done and I think I am in a better position to get these things done… I believe the UWP’s aim is to get the people to suffer so they would say is under Labour Party they suffered …

I can recall even when the roads were bad [UWP] supporters had to go about begging for money so that they could repair the road … I have not seen that under Labour Party …The feeder roads have not been repaired as it should have been … all roads are in a bad condition everywhere,” Royer said.

However, despite UWP supporters cry that the DLP administration has not done anything for the constituency, Royer said that is not so.

“Social needs [and] health-care were catered for; [ITSS] students have free transportation to school, farmers received subsidies and after Hurricane Dean all farmers who sustained devastation got compensation. This Government has done a lot for this constituency despite the lack of representation by elected members of parliament all under UWP,” the DLP senator remarked.

“I am sure the people will make that drastic change … this constituency has been held back … we need to mobilize our people; we have to bring unity and that will not be done with the UWP because all they’ve been preaching is division,” he stated.

“I think I’m well prepared. I have been going house to house speaking to the people

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  1. July 6, 2010

    I hope the people of Salisbury take going to the poll very seriously ask yourselves why is that everything have a price why cant the Govt do for Salisbury and Marigot what they are doing for all the other Villages that voted for them why are they deviding the Island, the two Villages that were known as the Bananas villages were Salisbury and Marigot and what happen they are not DLP supporters so they are left off their gravy train.

  2. Bugsy
    July 6, 2010

    Something wrong you asking the man to let them write better speech for him and you have to go to spelling class.boy people must take out lar-c in thier eyes before they talk………..

  3. True Patriot
    July 6, 2010

    Interest comments by a man who has not been seen in Salisbury since December 2009… Are you serious Royer? Boy go back and teach.

  4. A Victory
    July 6, 2010

    A victory for Royer is a chance for Skerrit to bow out as representative for Maynard Joseph to take over and for a vacant senator seat to be filled by Skerrit and come back in as a minister with Tim Tim or Austrie or Dr Mac to become PM!!!!

    If u loose u will spoil and upset the plans of d party.

    Meanwhile UWP not leaving anything to chance – almost appearing to lack confidence in Margot and Salisbury and as a result doing house-to-house campaign.


    The time is now right to take a new and combative approach in parliament since UWP have not seen any major developmental plans unfold since the December elections of 2009. There is strong suspicion that there will be a small increase in taxes and forfeiture of assets not only from drug dealers but from businessmen and individuals who have been hiding monies in overseas banks.

    These people will seek refuge in the UWP and will lead to alliances between farmers and civil servants, trade unions and the Diaspora with a community to save Dominica or community for national salvation within the next 28 months.

    This Labor party administration if Skerrit does not remain as its leader will implode

  5. miss salibury
    July 6, 2010

    toe lo. boy u not easy u know 4 you 2 b tellin dat 2 salisbury people o god wat happen 2 u.

  6. July 6, 2010

    good luck mr b royer.

  7. Observer
    July 6, 2010

    I would really love to see you give de gois tet blows in the bi-elections. Good luck.

  8. sum fing wrong
    July 6, 2010

    man amount of time u are saying I THINK. i know that you are a great thinker but not a good implimenter.so there will be no difference in a person who is a thinker only but no action is as good as no representation . you blame the uwp for not doing much but your gov is the one in power they should have take care of the people of salisbury. they are dominicans like any one of us . pls make sence of your comments. Tell them to write a better speech then that..

  9. child
    July 6, 2010


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