Leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has said that his party is committed to being part of the National Reconstruction Advisory Committee which was organized by the government following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.
However, he said at a meeting with members of the diaspora on Thursday there are issues that must be addressed.
“We are focused on those things but we want to be clear how we will contribute to that process if we are allowed to do so because we are still in a democracy. We have been reminded that the government did not have the guarded responsibility to run the affairs of the country because they invited us to an advisory group,” he said.
“But we are committed to being part of the process of rallying the citizens of Dominica around the new vision of hope which is inspired by a national commitment that we can use this disaster as a platform for effective development operation that will secure our nature island a thriving exemplary green space in global civilization.”
Following the devastation caused by Erika, Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, organized the committee which included all 21 elected parliamentarians.
Linton noted that although the opposition is willing to work with the government, there is a problem.
“But we have a problem … the problem we have is that this government believe it can continue business as usual,” he noted.
Linton revealed that opposition members have not met with the advisory committee since September 21.
“We met four times,” he explained. “We have not met since the 21st of September more than a month ago but we came into this faithfully. We came into this because we believe that the devastating blows to life and property suffered in Tropical Storm Erika give us a national reconstruction challenge that can create a social transformation success story from the adversities of misfortune.”