He may have resigned as Ports Minister and MP for the Soufriere Constituency but Ian Pinard has made it clear that he is not going to just ride into the sunset.
At the launching ceremony of the new Dominica Labour Party (DLP) candidate, Denise Charles, in Pointe Michel on Saturday evening, Pinard revealed his future in the constituency.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I can tell you that I am not going nowhere,” he thundered to throngs of cheering Labourites. “I can tell you that I will be with Denise Charles working with her, helping her to ensure that the constituency will always be Labour next election, the election after and I will be there to ensure that.”
The past months have not been kind to Pinard. On Wednesday, March 2 he announced that he was resigning his post as Ports Minister based on “allegations of serious inappropriate behavior” which had been gripping the nation. But he pointed out that he will continue to serve the constituency as Member of Parliament.
However, in a surprising and unexpected move, Pinard announced at a special meeting of the Dominica Labour Party Constituency Association in Soufriere on April 26, that he was also resigning at MP based on the same allegations. An emotional, and clearly uncomfortable Pinard, said the entire matter has had an enormous impact on him emotionally, psychologically and physically and has prevented him from functioning to the best of his ability as MP.
At Saturday’s rally, Pinard had high praise for his successor, who he said, has worked for many years in the constituency.
“Denise Charles walked with me in the last elections and she has walked the streets with Sam Martin the election before and Denise Charles knows and understand your concerns, your needs your aspirations and I can tell you that Denise will continue the work,” he said. “I can tell you that Denise Charles is an excellent candidate for the next parliamentary representative for the Soufriere Constituency.”
He said Charles will fly the Labour flag with pride and confidence “as well as treat your needs and concerns of the residents of Soufriere Constituency with sensitivity.”
“Denise Charles will be a strong and eloquent voice in parliament,” he stated. “Labourites, this constituency will be in good hands with Denise Charles. Together we shall work hard to further the progress and development of the Soufriere Constituency, so today Denise Charles has my full endorsement.”