UWP attends parliament but …

Linton addressing supporters on Thursday
Linton addressing supporters on Thursday

Supporters of the United Workers Party have been told that the opposition will be attending parliament and is prepared to debate the supplementary estimates of over EC$50-million.

However, the party remains unhappy that its members will be unable to ask questions during the sitting.

The leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton, addressed party supporters at the Peebles Park on Thursday 26th November 2015, just before Parliament got underway.

The Opposition and the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alix Boyd Knights are at loggerheads over questions that the Opposition submitted for today’s sitting that were pushed to the next sitting of parliament.

According to the Opposition, this is the second consecutive time they have been barred from asking questions by House Speaker Alix Boyd-Knights, but in response, she argued that she is only obeying the Standing Orders of Parliament.

“Let me be clear, we are going to the parliament this morning to do your business,” Linton said. “We may not be able to ask the questions that we proposed to ask, but we are going to be able to debate the supplementary estimates where they are seeking final parliamentary approval for overspending and underfunded capital budgets, they are going to seek the authorization to overspend it because we have overspent it by over $50 million. So we have a lot of things to talk about.”

Linton also said his team is “tired” of being pushed around in the country’s parliament.

“But let me tell you something, we are getting sick and tired of being pushed around as your representatives in the parliament,” he stated. “We are going to parliament this morning, not to do our personal business, but to do the business of the nation of Dominica. The rules of parliament provide that we in the course of doing your work as your representatives in parliament, will be able to ask questions of ministers of government about the way in which they are running your affairs, the affairs of the nation-state of Dominica.”

He said in all parliamentary sittings in the history of Dominica’s independence, opposition candidates have been able to put forward questions for the specific meeting of parliament to which they were invited.

He added that Dominica does not have a schedule of regular meetings of parliament like other countries in the region, hence the relevance of the questions may be lost when the next date is announced.

“It is totally and absolutely unacceptable that a Speaker, in collaboration with a Prime Minister, could be using rules in the House, the minimum requirement rules against the parliamentary opposition seeking to pursue its right to do the work of the people in parliament,” he remarked. “And that is why we have called you here this morning. That is why I, as leader of the parliamentary opposition, wanted to see people in my face and wanted to hear people respond when I say, ‘the worse speaker, the worse speaker, ever in this house.’ I wanted to be reminded that I am not alone and Pat Aaron and Peter Prosper were not alone in their observations in that calypso some years ago.”

Meantime UWP Senator, Dr. Thomson Fontaine, said the country’s democracy is under threat.

“Dominica’s democracy is under threat this morning and we are determined to stand up to a Speaker that is hell bent on ensuring that the questions that need to be put before the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Government are not asked,” he remarked. “But we will ask the questions when they throw us out of the House, we will go on the street corners because we believe that it is the time that the government listens to the people of Dominica.”

He thanked those gathered for coming and said despite the small numbers, the “hopes and the aspirations of the Dominican people rests upon the fact that we are here this morning, we are here to send a very strong message to this government of Dominica that we will not tolerate what they continue to do to our democracy.”

One of the questions that the Opposition said that they wanted to be asked has to do with how the government going to raise the EC$1.3-billion, needed for the reconstruction of the country following Erika and how given the allegations of the corruption that are swirling around Skerrit, his connection with Ng Lap Seng and how is he going to find the courage to face international leaders and ask them for assistance.

See some photos of supporters below

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65 Comments

  1. November 28, 2015

    WHAT?????????????Dont’t underestimate the silent majority…Lennox we are listening attentively.

  2. dan is the man in the van
    November 27, 2015

    réfléchir avant parler

    réfléchir avant critiquer

    réfléchir avant haylay…

    moi ka verte garçon… ..

  3. MIA
    November 27, 2015

    What’s the objective of this meeting, Mr. Linton to connect with the people first take that shads of and be more of a leader and not a revolutionary as you are portraying yourself as. (you are miss leading the people of Dominica)

  4. Interesting
    November 27, 2015

    What is the reason for this hatred. I have been warning about this thing. DNO are you a political leaning news portal or it it that one side is more active? Tell those of us who look to you for Dominica news stories.

  5. garcon negre
    November 27, 2015

    Bro remove the sunglasses next time to connect with the people ok. Next you say you understand the House Rules why did you not read them to us at the Park so we could understand what we fighting and coming out for? Bro I really don’t get it, I have a copy of The House Rules and you are soooooooo wrong I feel sorry for the people who made you their leader. Anyway you have no respect for the elderly allowing your supporters to call a human being Lady Penguin its is distasteful, you had a mother son. Why did you not condemn the threat made to The Speaker on Face Book. Are you ok with that too? Of courde you are its right down your alley. I pray for you Sir Linton.

    • MIA
      November 27, 2015

      As am reading am saying the same thing, that’s how he wants to lead Dominica……..

    • mine
      November 28, 2015

      Why is he hiding in this sunglasses? let people see the truth in your eyes.

    • December 29, 2015

      Do u live in DA?why didn’t u go on stage and read the rules.the pot should not call the kettle black

  6. November 26, 2015

    “The other day I was speaking to a dear loyal and dedicated Labourite comrade of mine and he was saying that he was worried that there might be violence in the Country — He said he feared for his wife and children and even a little for himself as these people may well drag the Country into a civil war. I laughed! I told him”,–@LabourOfLove November 26, 2015

    I would like to take comfort in your response to your friend, but even if I can choose to die in Canada, I don’t want to; I want to live my last days in my homeland, where God has work for me to do–and I am sure His Will be done

    But the situation with Lennox Linton and his comrades–just about a year that he was appointed as leader of the opposition– is quite bothersome. Those people have no conscience from where God feeds peace to His people; I am saying that those people are not of God–that is the scary thing! And not only that, the question is, when or how will that kind of conflict end?

    • November 26, 2015

      Lennox is stirring up a CIVIL WAR in our country; he has been on this long before he became a parliamentary representative, what his supporters do not realize is that they will also be the victim of such actions–much more than us, the God fearing people in Dominica.

      Question, question, question; why all the questions; why not ideas for the benefit of our country and her people of the future?

      One think I know is that, there are two kinds of question–one is legitimate and the other is nothing but a gesture which is meant to provoke discord and disdain.

      But there is consolation, that God will always have the victory; hence He will not allow His Authority to be defiled by proud, vile, evil, and wicked minds–He wants nothing to do with such people.

      The humble will be exalted–that is why Lennox is so much against PM Skerrit; but whom God has blessed no man can curse–Lennox need to give up his attribute of jealousy before it completely destroys him.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 27, 2015

        Elizabeth, you are a very bad example of those who called themselves Christians, that is why church only of three people. Two sitting in front of you, and you the preacher.

        You do not know what you are talking about: I consider Lennox to be an Investigator Reporter. As such he exposed the dishonesty of the from the prime minister down to the last crook in his cabinet. One who calls herself a Christian, should be happy that a Lennox Linton exists in Dominica, he is filled of integrity, we have yet to catch him in a lie.

        You are talking nonsense about civil war, you worship people like Dominica\’s first known terrorist who instigated a civil war on the people in 1974, today he is playing President of Dominica, after he overthrew Patrick John. Be reminded he overthrew his own party, the Labor Party of which John was the first Prime Minister. You need to get out and find a job, or return to school and get an education, college ed; that is!

        Shut your mouth; you wicked…

  7. Danziger
    November 26, 2015

    Every time is the same old story Country hard, LAZY LAZARDS SIT ON THIER A every day complaining is on freeness they live their lives. When the clock stike 4 in the morning im on my feet trying to make a living. I prepare lunch,breakfast at times snacks before I go to WORK. I’m self employed and im happy cuz im an Independent woman.

  8. Kinta
    November 26, 2015

    Alas. The cruise ship they come and see?

  9. truth
    November 26, 2015

    you labourites who comment should be ashame, for not wanting to know what is happening in your country where your children is gonna grow up and need to have a life, it is better to be thought of as a fool,than to open your mouth and remove all doubt,if some of you will only hear what i hear while traveling,to other countries what a shame, is this really the dominica i once used to be proud of ?
    Are we really satisfied ,creating a dictator?
    dont never sell your saddle, Never owe another man, watch where you spit on a windy day ,Dont use words you dont understand , Thank the lord ,for you need him , and never lose your pride , dont never sell your saddle ,for life is a long long ride, Life for you and your love ones ,is a LONG,LONG ride

  10. 4-cars
    November 26, 2015

    Ask me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies. My poor country, ehh! You see, the knowledge deficiency leaders of this country (Dominica) were elected by knowledge deficiency people, resulting in disaster.

    • sacafete
      November 26, 2015

      Way papa… What a crowd. All of these people I see benifit from **RELIEF SUPPLIES” and there children have TABLETS. ME PAPA, mine do get no food , no tablet. I finish with that.

      • Boldface
        November 26, 2015

        What that have to do with anything, please let me remind you the relief supple is not a labour thing . It wasn’t a labour relief supple because labourite living away weren’t the only ones sending stuff home.
        You out of place

  11. November 26, 2015

    The other day I was speaking to a dear loyal and dedicated Labourite comrade of mine and he was saying that he was worried that there might be violence in the Country given the rhetoric that was coming from the Uneducated Wicked People and their brainwashed supporters. He said he feared for his wife and children and even a little for himself as these people may well drag the Country into a civil war. I laughed! I told him, “Comrade, don’t you see these idiots have been talking their rubbish for over a decade and are yet to even stand up for themselves in Parliament”? “Don’t you understand that the Uneducated Wicked People’s party is a bunch of loudmouth empty barrels that will never gain power in this blessed Labour Country of ours”? I said’ “look at how we crushed them in Salisbury, look how they ran like cockroaches back to their holes and licked their dirty wounds like dogs”. Then I whispered in his ear, “we are ready for them Comrade, and waiting”! He laughed…

  12. Kyla bontiff
    November 26, 2015

    Awa wii

  13. November 26, 2015

    The “Novice” it seems was one of those children in school who always had to show off how smart he is. The type of child who always raised his hands to answer questions prompting the Teacher to say: “little Novice, give someone else a chance to answer the question…you’re not the only student in the classroom”! The type that alienated the other children with his attitude of being too smart and mature to mingle with his peers. The type of student who, despite being smart, annoyed the hell out of his teachers with his constant need to prove his intelligence. He is certainly not a down to earth, grounded adult today. He still feels the need to be “the smart one” even in his own party. It is this same “smarty pants” attitude that has alienated him from the Dominican people…including his own supporters. The novice loves platforms rather than villages, shops, bars and street corners where the true sufferers reside and hang out. He is out of touch and too smart to see it!

  14. Concerned
    November 26, 2015

    I did not have cash to pay the bus to come to town or I would be there. Sorry! No work, no money.

  15. Jesus_Was_A_Captalist
    November 26, 2015

    One strong cultural trait of Dominicans, is submission to rulers. They lack
    any strong cultural tradition of self-government. They are people who suffer injustice without rebellion. They knuckle under.
    Compare this to English and Scottish culture, where over 1000 years witnesses a steady string of rebellions against high-handed rule. From the earliest times through the American Revolution and the South’s Second War for Independence, the American
    descendants of English, Scottish, and Scotch Irish settlers would go to war defend their rights and maintain their social order. Even at the lowest local scale, as “Regulators” or “vigilantes” they would ready to maintain order and their rights at whatever cost, by their own hand. Their love of freedom was virtually genetic. :mrgreen:

  16. mine
    November 26, 2015

    Desperate Linton just want a title.

  17. afraid of victimisation
    November 26, 2015

    Dominican are really afraid to stand up people dont want to be tear gas as was the people from salisbury

  18. run but can't hide
    November 26, 2015

    That sitting of Parliament was hastily scheduled to coincide with the same date the Commonwealth summit is being held in Malta.

    Two possible reasons for the absence of Skerritt at that summit.

    First: He fears embarrassment re. his stubbornness and egoistic behaviour, irrespective of most CARICOM and OECS countries’ public support for one candidate, Ronald Sanders, to represent the region. He doesn’t care two hoots about Caribbean unity. His actions speaks volumes. OECS leaders were dissapointed and felt stabbed in the back.

    Second: At that Commonwealth Summit in Malta, the countries are expected to sign a communique in support of Guyana in its fight against the claims of Venezuela and its seeming recent aggression. He doesn’t want to be part of that news release.

    So Skerritt call Parliament meeting. Is by coincidence or ducking the Commonwealth meeting?

    No questions to be asked. No answers to be given. Dominicans waiting anxiously for answers…

    • run but can't hide
      November 26, 2015

      That sitting of Parliament was hastily scheduled to coincide with the same date the Commonwealth summit is being held in Malta.

      Two possible reasons for the absence of Skerritt at that summit.

      First: He fears embarrassment re. his stubbornness and egoistic behaviour, irrespective of most CARICOM and OECS countries’ public support for one candidate, Ronald Sanders, to represent the region. He doesn’t care two hoots about Caribbean unity. His actions speaks volumes. OECS leaders were dissapointed and felt stabbed in the back.

      Second: At that Commonwealth Summit in Malta, the countries are expected to sign a communique in support of Guyana in its fight against the claims of Venezuela and its seeming recent aggression. He doesn’t want to be part of that news release.

      So Skerritt call Parliament meeting. Is by coincidence or ducking the Commonwealth meeting?

      No questions to be asked. No answers to be given. Dominicans waiting anxiously for answers…

  19. Boldface
    November 26, 2015

    Well if Dominicans at home feeling the heat and faill to come out because they scary well well this place is not getting better. All they can do is call on the radio station and when is time to show action they don’t show up . How do you expect for anyone to take all you serious and yes keep laughing at the crowd because when one person fight for a country all who was laughing get to benefit in it too. I hope all you will keep laughing when all you get a slap in all you face.

    How much products are we exporting compare to the import in Dominica?
    What’s our unemployment rate ?
    I guess you don’t know because your bread butter so to hell with everyone else right

  20. Count the cost -Luke 14:25-33
    November 26, 2015

    When we think of the effects the call to “Get rid of UWP at all cost ” had upon Dominica and will continue to have on us for the next 50 years, regardless of who is in power, the question that we all must answer is, was it worth it? Was it worth getting rid of Eddo and UWP at all cost Dominicans?

    We sowed mischief and we are now reaping mischief in abundance. As a strong supporter of the DFP for their first 15 years in office, when I realized we were going in the wrong direction and decided to support UWP, I constantly have to ask myself why we did this to Dominica? Why enemies had to get involved in an unholy and unloving marriage, just to get rid of UWP.

    Where is Rosie today? Where is Pierro? Where is Mamo? Where is the DFP? Where is the true DLP of Leblanc? They are all dead and will never come back. On the other hand, where is Dominica? Still here but 10 times worse off than in 2000. Where is UWP? Still here and we depending on them to deliver us from Skerrit. Was it worth…

    • Con Tole
      November 27, 2015

      Foolish. You living on Q95

  21. Count the cost -Luke 14:25-33
    November 26, 2015

    As I look at the mess that Dominica found itself in today, I cannot help but go back to 2000, when Dominicans responded to the call of Mamo, to get rid of UWP at all cost. We blindly yielded to that call without thinking of how it would affect us later.

    To make that call effective, Freedomites that hated labor to death, laborites that hated DFP and Savarin to death, and laborites who could not stand a bone in Rosie Douglas, decided to come together just to get rid of Eddo. But what Eddo and UWP did to Dominica is the question yet to be answered.

    Rosie became PM, but died within a year; Piero, his deputy died before their first term, only to sell Dominica over to Skerrit. I applaud the likes of Arthie and others for their courage, but they too need to bite themselves for joing with their enemies just to get rid of Eddo.

    As a result of our mischief, not only is Dominica in trouble, but it is responsible for the death of the once powerful DFP that served us well

  22. love
    November 26, 2015

    ALAS poor-p-tee

  23. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 26, 2015

    \”However, the party remains unhappy that its members will be unable to ask questions during the sitting.\”

    You are doing the right thing by going to the meeting of the House; hence, you are fulfilling your responsibilities to the people who elected you. Last election generated more opposition in the House, four years from now more people will discover the demons in that dictator Skerrit, he might well be on his last-lap.

    We have a lot of dumb people in the sleeping Giant (Dominica): (Paul Southwell the Late).

    But even a Giant does not sleep forever, and when Giants awaken they can be dangerous, When Charles Savarin woke the sleeping giants Patrick John went into oblivion! If the opposition cannot ask questions of the government, that means we are operating under a dicatorship!

    • mine
      November 26, 2015

      You have more demons than the PM.

    • Fly
      November 26, 2015

      Francisco ,you hiding in texas writing crap all day long when i was in the US army ,bumboy what has linton, or you done marigot your home town please tell me?

      • November 28, 2015

        Woooooooooooooooosh! A multimillionaire! Living in Luxury!

        And you are at the neck of Prime Minister Skerrit for not giving your sister a house, when can cough up a few hudnred thousand dollars to build one for her? How can you lie so openly and boldly?

    • forreal
      November 26, 2015

      man Francisco the turnout was tremendous :-D can’t you see that you are wasting your time behind your computer stateside wherever you are being spoonfed misinformation from hearsay,you are like a secret propagandist hiding somewhere dispensing vile information,hahahaha come of de people them politics brother,you in a gun fight with a piece wood hahahaha

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 27, 2015

        You need to shut your damn mouth, because you do not know me! As I just told someone I live in Luxury, I am a multimillionaire in every sense of the word. I am very visible, I drive across country from Los Angeles to Canada, I am recognized by every Dominican who crosses path with me.

        Every single sports car I own and drive cost over a hundred thousand dollars each, my name is written on my registration plate, encircled with the words \”The Commonwealth of Dominica W. I.\” so watch you damn manners, I want nothing from Skerrit you nor Dominica politics, I am not hiding because I am not thief okay!

        I lived off my academics before I went into my business investments; because I write on DNO does not mean I am in the same category like you! Say you heard it from the horses mouth directly!

    • Con Tole
      November 27, 2015

      Mr. Multimillionaire Dods. What have you done for your village lately?

      • Barbara Saunders
        November 30, 2015

        Boy look an idiot! He must be Dominica’s version of Donald Trump?

    • forreal
      November 27, 2015

      hey Francisco,all I need to know about you is that ,you are a telemaque and that is enough,all telemaques I know besides troublesome he wqs my friend on river street,is a bunch of loud mouth,talk shit,think they know everything about dominica and it’s politics,ask for troublesome uncle,he supposed to living somewhere in the virgin islands,he used to the worst

    • mine
      November 28, 2015

      @ Francisco, people don’t boast of what they have and criticize others. Enjoy your cars but material things are just for awhile. You go to sleep with everything next morning you wake up with nothing.

  24. waypapa
    November 26, 2015

    According to the speaker, you dont have to wait for the announcement of parliament to bring your questions. Bring it any time and leave it there and it must go through. Disappointed once more with the turnout.

  25. s6
    November 26, 2015

    chewpsssssssss

  26. November 26, 2015

    No lie will live forever and you as well as others will reap what you sow.. I’m Dominican who think for myself and I spend time to check all the facts before I vent, I don’t support any party and I don’t buy what they have to say instead I seek out the truth I make it my duty to go over policy, procedure , law in Dominica to get to the truth, can you say that of yourself, My parents sent me to school to educate myself they gave me a chance to be some body and I am and no one can fool me not even with their money or power, Dominicans you have to decide what you want it’s not about Lennox Linton or the PM not even the Speaker of the house, it’s about each of you so stop being afraid So I believe those who showed up today knows what is it they want for all Dominicans regardless of the Villages.

    Q95 is doing a good job by playing parts of Dr. Martin Luthers speech and I do believe they should play some of FARACAN speech when he visited Dominica. All of us need to get ready…

    • Yes I
      November 27, 2015

      Did you go to school on Sunday or Saturday?

    • mine
      November 29, 2015

      Martin was a true and honest man they people on Q are haters.

  27. truththe
    November 26, 2015

    This ofcourse was successful, the message was sent. I have seen one man demonstration and the message was heard. Go to the House say what you have to, do not stop going be persistant like the woman in the Bible, justice will come some day. “We shall overcome”. God will answer at due time”. Rome was not built in a day. When you are tempted by the Speaker just quickly in your mind count ten, it do work or give a smile in the name of Jesus. There is power in the name of Jesus, there is Victory and deliverance in the name of Jesus. God is real, Jesus is real and the devil is also real but God is the powerful one, he is the great ” I Am” and he is alive.

  28. island girl
    November 26, 2015

    What a crowd!!!!! lol

  29. joli
    November 26, 2015

    What an embzrrasment and dissapointment.

  30. Maria
    November 26, 2015

    This guy does not give up!! You are not PM. Face the fact that you lost and move on already.

    • November 26, 2015

      Tell us how much money PM and Dominica got from donators in the outside world to help rebuild Dominica we would like to know do you? .. Can you explain to us Dominicans why donors are contributing to different projects in the rebuilding process and not putting the funds in the hands of the Government do you understand what is really going on, or you just see colors and you don’t give a d–m with anything else, If that’s what it is I’m very sorry for you because the handouts you are receiving will come to and end sooner than expected.
      Dominica needs help now the diaspora will and can only help their own family they don’t have any more to give.

      • kingman
        November 26, 2015

        did you not hear the independence message????

  31. Y
    November 26, 2015

    Charity begins at home. Before you and your supporters call the lady derogative name take a look at your home first! That is all you could put out a such a Hugh demonstration? that looks like friends and family affairs

  32. Passing Cloud
    November 26, 2015

    I am happy the opposition took the decision to go to parliament to do the business of the people. Staying out is exactly what Skerrit and the speaker want so they could continue to keep the nations business as their secret.

    Dominica is in a serious crisis and unless all of us, whether red, blue or green, decide to come together to rescue our country from the wicked oppressor, who has oppressed all of us for many years now, we will not have a Dominica to pass unto our children.

    I am also disappointed with the amount of persons that turned out for the protest because it also confirms that while all are affected by the policies of Skerrit, the majority feel it is the opposition that must set them free while they do nothing to help the cause..

    Having said that, I also feel the opposition needs to rethink their strategy. They should have spent the last 7 days keeping public meetings at key locations to sensitize people, which would help get them fired up for action today.

  33. Lol
    November 26, 2015

    Sorry want to ask

  34. Lol
    November 26, 2015

    That is the question that the UWP what to ask, Linton is already being sued for that and he still want to ask question about that again, that man not leaning.

    • My View
      November 26, 2015

      After 15 years in power, labourites and their leader do not understand the term GOVERNANCE. The people have a right to know in a democracy.

      • Fly
        November 26, 2015

        My view, you are a jocker ,you asked a question and answer the question the same time ,wa wa wa .

  35. %
    November 26, 2015

    Honourable Linton, I can feel the frustration, but when you all guys are in tbe house, why do you all allow those nobrainers of the DLP and the Speaker to treat you all like babes? You all are men and HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE TOUGHNESS MAN!. If I were in you all position, I would find a way to bring question, eSkerritSkerrit refuses to answer.Example I would likeSkerrit to tell us wwhat is it that he was signing in Macau on August .

  36. Sad
    November 26, 2015

    Do you really want us to sympathize with you when you and your followers are blatantly disrespecting Mrs. Knight ! Are your really expressing your dissatisfaction against the speaker by calling her a penguin? You ego and despicable behavior is appalling. Your sunglasses isn’t quite appropriate .

  37. Lol
    November 26, 2015

    Boy look people, papa met.

  38. Powyier
    November 26, 2015

    Linton get a life and stop wasting people’s time.

  39. ZUMA
    November 26, 2015

    sacray support… .. just a few bored housewives and girlfriends who really have no meaningful purpose to dominica’s productivity .. bored really and looking for row row…

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