UWP’s questions, motions denied from first sitting of Parliament

Linton said the UWP's motions and questions are denied
Linton said the UWP’s motions and questions are denied

The Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) says it will be attending the first sitting of the ninth parliament on Friday although five questions and two motions submitted to the House of Assembly were denied.

Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton said at a press conference at the Prevost Cinemal on Wednesday all its questions and motions were submitted on time, only to be informed that they will not be allowed.

According to Linton, the two motions that the UWP wanted to put forward are a review of the Standing Orders of the House of Assembly and parliament’s reaction to secure free and fair elections through electoral reform.

The questions the UWP wanted to ask parliament had to do with an update on Dominica’s Petro Caribe debt, the alleged racketeering of visas and work permits, the recent development in the Citizenship by Investment Program, a clarification and the government’s position on Bitcoin, and an update on the cost of living grants to senior citizens over 70 which, he said, was provided for in the 2014-2015 budget.

“These are serious questions,” Linton said.

When asked whether he believes that the denial is a move meant to frustrate the Opposition in Parliament, he responded, “I don’t know.”

“We don’t like what we see and so we are raising the issue,” he said, adding that after the UWP goes to parliament it will be better able to formulate an opinion on whether the party is being frustrated or not.

The following is the reason the two motions and questions were denied, according to a letter sent to Linton by the Clerk of the House of Assembly on February 9:

“I am directed to inform you that due to the established custom and practice of the House of Assembly of the Commonwealth of Dominica, your questions and private member motions submitted for the first meeting of the first session of the ninth Parliament shall not be included on the paper. This is because at a first sitting of a new session and a first meeting after a general election these two items are not taken.”

In response Linton wrote to the clerk, “This established custom and practice of the House to which you refer, is no more than a convenience appropriated unto itself by the government side and cannot supersede the Standing Orders of the House especially where the provisions of these orders are specifically required to facilitate the legitimate business of Members of the House.”

He argued, in his response, that the established custom and practice that is being referred to has been to use Standing Order 16 (q) Public Business selectively for the purpose of facilitating government business only when that very same Standing Order clearly provides for private member’s business as well.

He also mentioned that it has been the “established custom and practice” for the government side to “pick and choose” items from Standing Order 16 which suit its agenda for these first meetings, while regularly excluding the few items which allow the Opposition side to present matters for the consideration of the House.

Linton pointed out that the members of government can make statements and present papers, bills and motions at the first sitting of a new parliamentary term, and it is only fair for the Opposition to do the same.

“It is only fair and just that when members of the Opposition have questions and motions, then in accordance with the Standing orders of the House, those questions and motions must be taken in the public interest of proper parliamentary conduct and procedure,” he said.

Linton stated that after giving the reasons for the motions and questions to be included, the Order Paper was received but they were not on the list.

He said he has since written back asking for an amendment to the Order Paper.

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109 Comments

  1. The Facts
    February 22, 2015

    Whatever you supporters state, you must consider that Lennox and yourselves are not (always) correct. You do not comprehend that at a First Sitting there are important issues to address and to take care of.
    If Lennox is a sensible person he should know that. In fact, his members who are familiar with Parliament should have informed him what would be occurring at the First Sitting. His questions could be addressed at another Sitting.
    As I am fully aware, you supporters are as unfair as Lennox. You do not like to read the truth but one day you will have no alternative but to hear and listen to the truth. May it not be too late for you.
    You have your say on this Website; respectfully allow others to do likewise. You are no more intelligent than I.
    This is not a competition. DNO does not offer a prize for comments and putting one’s thoughts down as they see it, according to their intelligence. I maintain I will always speak the truth despite opposition. So help me God!

  2. February 20, 2015

    talking on here and on mat dont get answers lets close don de country like we do in gwada…

  3. zammy
    February 19, 2015

    This speaker should not have been in the house in the first place. Is it not the role n function to ask questions to the government through the speAkers? The speaker must promote fear n balance parliamentary operations.
    This speaker has been forever blocking the opposition, n shielding the government.
    The people need to hear the truth about matters of state.
    Look now, she wants to prevent media personnel from being in da house. Come on, this is pure nonsense in this day and age.
    A move to protect a failed n aimless government

  4. Observer
    February 19, 2015

    The report does not say what it is about the “Standing Order” that the Leader of the Opposition wanted to move such a motion. What is it about the rules of the House that he wants change at the very start of his parliamentary life? The report does not say that those present at the news conference asked anyway. I beleive it is in order to ask the question even now.

  5. Dominican
    February 19, 2015

    Lennox cannot wait to get to parliament to antagonise the government. The man has no good motive. First session of parliament, and he want to jump right into bitcoin and CIP.

  6. Hemm
    February 19, 2015

    “preachers kid”which one are you? Note plenty preachers will go down in history as being hemmmm
    You know what I mean. PM will surely go down in history “Yes You Care – NEP – Housing Projects, Roads etc” By the way preachers kid what is your legacy – just repeating and jealous of PM. So rethink what you wrote okay you seem not to know what is History

  7. South City
    February 19, 2015

    Hit them hard Lennox. If it means putting boots on the ground we will not hesitate to do so. Forward ever!

  8. Just Asking
    February 19, 2015

    Are you saying these concerns: Dominica’s Petro Caribe debt, the alleged racketeering of visas and work permits, the recent development in the Citizenship by Investment Program, a clarification and the government’s position on Bitcoin, and an update on the cost of living grants to senior citizens over 70 which, he said, was provided for in the 2014-2015 budget, are not legistimate to ask in parliament? Isn’t the role of the opposition to the keep a check and balance on government re their seemingly abuse of power and their propensity to hide issues of economic and social consequences. Shouldn’t these concerns be addressed in parliament? Don’t Dominicans need answers to these concerns from their elected candidates? Well, if these should not be of concern to Dominicans, we are really living in a fool’s paradise, where ignorance and party-affinity have turned many loopy.

  9. joe
    February 19, 2015

    It was never said that these questions will never be answered Mr. Linton. it is just NOT at the First Sitting of Parliament simple!!!!!!

    I just cannot get all these big talk and cry about… BOSS IT IS ABOUT TIMING!!!! Cannot believe educated people actually follow you… Oh Yes they all HATE ROOSEVELT SKERRIT for his success!!!!!!!

    Bloggers here is a question- What if the cow was on the other side of the fence where it was Lennox who was PM and the DLP posed a few questions and that was the response what would you all say???

    My point is we must be objective!!!!!

    • Jay
      February 19, 2015

      Joe, the point is that it is not mr. Linton, who is occupying the P.M’s seat but mr. Skerrit, so it is for Mr. Linton and his party to pose questions in the House and not the other way round. “Established customs and practices” hardly come into it and are never a substitute for the law (and I include here Standing Orders). In its opening paragraph our Constitution states that our country is founded upon principles of…”faith in fundamental human rights and freedoms” and in case of doubt the Constitution prevails. I hope sincerely that all our representatives, and even more so the Speaker remember and observe this. A Speaker is absolutely entitled to have his- or her personal opinions political or otherwise but this must never be displayed in the House.

  10. A Doubting Thomas
    February 19, 2015

    What questions if any, did any of the media asked the Leader of the Opposition at that press conference? Because someone should have asked him something. I believe the people who are nudging him along those lines want him to look and act silly, because they know this is the First Sitting of the House and he is entering Parliament for the first time. As a Dominican it really pains me to see him act in such a manner.

    I listened to the newly elected Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, saying that his government comprises of many new people entering parliament for the very first time and what must be done and it will take time for them to familiarize themselves and he Thanks God he has had many years as a parliamentarian and a government minister.

    Listen to that in contrast with Dominica’s Opposition UWP. Whether you support the UWP or not, some must be very happy they did not win the election. This group is not ready yet not even as a main opposition. Clueless.

  11. No Nonsense
    February 19, 2015

    This Opposition is showing a lot of promise. I believe they will take this country far by trying to bring transparency and fairness. Lennox is proving more and more each day that he should be our leader.

    • The Facts
      February 22, 2015

      If we are still alive, I and others will be on the outside looking in. We will see how far. It may be, too far to repair any damage which would be done under the opposition leadership, should they ever come to power. God preserve Dominica from that.

  12. mine
    February 19, 2015

    people of Domincia the election was not stolen if Linton was to win he would have. I told you all over and over again about the dream I had don’t let UWP in they are not good keep them out. Acoording to the Bob you never know.

  13. Just Observing
    February 19, 2015

    We jump and shout at every turn. The opposition has a right to ask questions. There are rules, norms and practice. The questions require answering. After all we live in a democracy. But it has been established practice across SUCCESIVE GOVERNMENTS that the first seating of the parliament is devoted to other business and not the partisan lined questions we see. After all, there will be many more opportunities to ask the same questions. The issues will not go away like today. They are good questions. But to suggest that government is taking action at this very first seating of parliament to deny the opposition their right is stretching. The government has a responsibility to maintain their position and to keep the opposition in check. the opposition also has a role to keep the government on its toes. That is our democracy. People elections are over. the government has 58 or so months to lead. the opposition has the same amount of time to ask all its questions. Let us move on.

  14. Harry Mack
    February 19, 2015

    Is this request by the opposition unreasonable? If it is, I live in the wrong country. Since the last election the government has gone into silent mode, mute, they do not respond to the Bitcoin fiasco, no response to the Labor Commissioner scandal, no response to the BAM Money that the EU might be taking back in March, no response to the $200.00 promised to the elderly, no response to the TABLETS that were due in January, the back pay to public servants.
    Yet the elected representatives are denied the opportunity to ask questions in parliament. A government must not provoke its people to anger, because when a frustrated people rise injustice trembles and dictatorships crumble.
    Be warned all those who support that crap. Is Alix Boyd Knight the only one among 22000 laborites who is capable of being Speaker? What a shame!

  15. Zuma
    February 19, 2015

    Lennox, you are back again with your quest to divide Dominicans by instigating trouble… I am very happy that your impertinent questions were flushed… My reason

    1. This is no place for these questions. If you believe that they are legal matters to deal with find a lawyer and debate this in court.. If you can’t then move on

    2. Parliament is not for asking questions primarily, instead it is where issues of the land are dealt with. How persons lives must be improved, socially, financially, etc.

    3. You should be able to bring to the table constructive ideas/ suggestions to improve Dominica, your sole objective is to help the Government to improve the Nation.

    Your constant rampage of seeking to disturb the peace is what is causing you these rmbarresments

    When you become more serious and began to seek betterment for Dominicans, then and only then you will be taken seriously. In the meantime you will be seen as a joker in the house of parliament, in the event you continue…

    • Lucia
      February 20, 2015

      zuma it is for asking questions. ytune into bbc question time in the uk and you will see. that is the function of the opposition to keep the government in check…………..

  16. February 19, 2015

    Is this what Dominica has become? Skerrit believe he owns Dominica and behaving like a colonial slave master. Dominica is a democratic country or Caribbean states.If the process was fair Skerrit would not be PM now that is for sure. We are seeing first hand how this labour party are abusing the power they have.Take it to an International court for justice.

  17. west bank crew
    February 18, 2015

    Everybody knows skerro n his Boys corrupeted to the bone lets See How much they Can hide …they have to See UWP hand befor they sitdown n play

  18. west bank crew
    February 18, 2015

    Everybody knows skerro n his Boys corrupeted to the bone

    • The Facts
      February 22, 2015

      You are lucky you reside in D/ca to get away with this by not being arrested and charged and not taking down this Website with you that allow you to make such a comment, a derogatory one against the Dominican government. You are too free with your fingers. You should pay for that.

  19. A Doubting Thomas
    February 18, 2015

    Have all the members of the Opposition been sworn in? Will they be taking their Oaths? Have they been allotted their seats? The First Sitting of the House after a General Election and a person who has never sat in Parliament as a Member thinks he knows better than the Speaker how the schedule of the proceedings should go? And he takes it to the media? SMH.

    I think the UWP people parliament should be re-opened or is that what it was today.

  20. anonymous2
    February 18, 2015

    What else would you expect from a dictatorial govt.?

  21. Shaka zulu
    February 18, 2015

    Skeritt ask for Linton to come to parliament. His wish was granted. It is clear that the pm and his gang do not want to be questioned on their actions. These are legitimate issue. Lennox you are in the right place to enact change in good governance. No more quitting parliament. Even if you have a minority, one voice for justice, truth, and honesty is sometimes all you need. Skerrit only cares about his own adgenda and not what is best for Dominica.

  22. too late
    February 18, 2015

    FAST N FURIOUS must be a tebeh that cannot get out of the red clinic and plywood mentality

  23. ?????????
    February 18, 2015

    I love lennox’s approach….. he is not making a big horah about it and not boycotting parliament…. lennox i like this new calm approach…. keep it up.. dont give them the satisfaction theyvlooking for by getting angry…

  24. youth
    February 18, 2015

    Sell they have to sell d country business seems lik most Dominicans don’t care and are not concerned… Other Caribbean countries are looking for development but Dominicans beg they looking to begg

  25. The Facts
    February 18, 2015

    Those questions he wanted to ask at the First Sitting of Parliament appear to be abnormal, strange and out of place for the commencement of Parliament. There is a time and place for everything. He should choose another time to ask these questions, if they are accepted; surely not at the First Sitting.
    Linton is not interested in matters that really concern Dominicans especially those who voted for him and elected him. If he were, he would ask other questions which truly concern Dominicans. It appears he has nothing constructive to ask.
    Linton has projected that he wants to put the PM in a corner. He is out to embarrass the PM and nothing else. Why did anyone vote for you in the first place? You are a warmonger. You create lack of peace, divisions and disunity in the land.
    Change your style and do something good for Dominicans, especially those who elected you. Some of them are too blind and deaf to notice your adverse attitude which is full of animosity.

    • anonymous2
      February 18, 2015

      Do you really think that he would get the answers to ANY questions that he asked? All this is is a game. And the Dominican people lose.

    • February 18, 2015

      Do really know the meaning of constructive?
      COLA(cost of living for seniors over 70,
      is constructive.
      The alleged pirating of passports belonging to the people of Dominica,
      is constructive.
      The debt to Petro Caribe from the citizens of Dominica,
      is constructive.
      Any issue that affect the people of Dominica is
      constructive.
      Dominica is not a managing Company of
      Skerrit and his cohorts.
      Look at St. Kitts, they took all the bribery
      paid with the tax payers money and did the
      right thing.
      Do not be complacent and sacrifice your
      rights, to receive some low grade galvanize,
      some cheap mattresses and some refurbish
      gas cookers.
      Any government that build loyalty by
      creating dependency is an evil government .
      Change will come!

    • Francisco Telemaque
      February 18, 2015

      Facts, since you have the authority, to dictate what questions Lennox should ask, why don’t you put those questions into writing so that the next secession Lennox can use your words, perhaps the House will appreciate your questions better than even that of love boy Skerrit.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! You people are so smart, that the nonsense you speak is nothing less than your Dominica badge of honor according to the late Pirie Charles. One so educated that the best comment that scholar can make is “Lennox think he is in St. Kitts.” I ask that academia Scholar why they believe St. Kitts is a far more developed place than Dominica? The answer is the voting public in St. Kitts are not as dumb as our people they do not accept bribes to vote to for people to keep their country backwards! One time an Astaphan, of Dominica parentage try to bribe some Kitticians with food, dem Kitticians throw it in front of him and trampled on the food!

    • Helas!!
      February 18, 2015

      you are not making a point based on any principle, simply showing your allegiance , that is so sorry for the country.

    • Views Expressed
      February 18, 2015

      Get your Facts right and stop talking or writing nonsensical issues. If you do not understand the language of Parliament be quiet and listen to the arguments and debate. What you are saying NO to has been the norm ad practice.
      So get your Facts right and come better than that. You are too labour partisan

    • February 19, 2015

      you know sometimes I wonder if some of you people really think before you put your thoughts in print and also whether you re read your comments before submitting it for other people to read. weather you are a labour supporter or a UWP supporter or a Freedom supporter you cannot continue to allow yourself to be blinded by party colours. you say that Mr. Linton is not concerned about things that affects Dominicans. I would like for you to tell me and the rest of the DNO subscribers which questions submitted does not concern Dominica or Dominicans or why they should not be asked at this sitting of parliament. why is this sitting of parliament any more important than any other. seems to me that no matter what Mr. Linton says or does to you is the wrong thing. it is people like you who will stand there and see your friend or relative kill some one and will say nothing because of allegiance. right is right and wrong is wrong no matter who is doing it. it’s about time you open up your eyes.

    • February 19, 2015

      @The Facts February 18, 2015 “He should choose another time to ask these questions, if they are accepted; surely not at the First Sitting”.

      This is amazing! I was thinking the very same thing.

      This is the man’s fist sitting in Parliament–the first time meeting since after the election; I was saying to myself that it should be a meeting to become acquainted with the procedures of the House–why those questions which would create a pack of contention–no doubt?

      Actually Linton should wait for at least two or three Parliament meetings before he start with his acts –he needs to acknowledge that arrogance will continue to be the cause of his failure–or else he ain’t going to get nowhere–that is for sure!

      • Francisco Telemaque
        February 20, 2015

        Liz, what difference would it have made if he asks the same questions five years from now? The issues he concentrated on are issues which has affected Dominica for as long as Skerrit is in power. If you agree with that other waste of time Dominica/Canadian woman, you might simply be saying Lennox has no right to speak in the House.

        If you contend that Lennox should have waited for another secession to ask such questions. Then I submit to you that anything the Skerrit and the rest of his cronies had to say in the first secession of house they could hah waited to present it in another session of the House: would that make sense. Let me say this I like the Speaker of the House, of obvious reasons, (I know my reason but I doh talking), except to say she is somewhat bias, and is protecting Skerrit from being held accountable for the mess that is going on in the country. Three years down the line if Linton submit the same questions my loveable Speaker will simply say denied!

      • looking
        February 20, 2015

        Lady or man stop making a mockery of Jesus

      • The Facts
        February 22, 2015

        Thank you! You are correct. I stand up for the truth and they cannot stand that. They are on the side of Linton and his party. This has been ongoing since before I commenced accessing this Website which is also noticeably a pro UWP supporter. Linton can do no wrong in their sight. They want more right for him than for the PM. Whatever he says goes. Whatever he does they approve of. They will never see and understand the truth. The day will come when they will see it but it will be too late for them. They are all vindictive. God will take care of them.

    • THEY ANTI DOMINICA
      February 19, 2015

      its a shame that you who are fairly educated seem to try and distort the true essence to the story.. the questions Lennox put forward are genuine questions any opposition should ask a sitting government because of its timing. if he had some intent of putting the prime minister in a corner he would ask questions about the bin bobol and villas which are pass issues…
      so I am urging you to be fair and truthful in your utterances because you will reap what you are sowing.

      • The Facts
        February 22, 2015

        You will never live and let live. Always bringing up past occurrences which are long gone, dead and buried. Live for the future. Look to the future and for Dominica and other nationals.

    • No Nonsense
      February 19, 2015

      You sound awfully a lot like a communist.. what do you even think democracy means? Are you that dense??

    • Please?
      February 19, 2015

      @The Facts , who are you talking about that is too blind and deaf ? it must be yourself ? i cannot imagine you have a brain to start with . The Constitution does not state which questions you can start parliament with , it is your government and you who have decided that . but as the say birds of a feather flock together , wicked you wicked ,

      • The Facts
        February 22, 2015

        You are one who has no common sense. The First Sitting of Parliament is to acquaint themselves with each other and their surroundings and to discuss important matters; not what Lennox wanted to ask about and question.
        Lennox himself has no sense whatsoever. Only with you people, his supporters he could get away with that type of attitude. Those who support him are like him. Do not expect those who do not support his adverse attitude and arrogance to agree with him.
        If Lennox was correct, I would support him but he is not. Time and again he projects his true colors which are not worth complimenting.
        Some of you would rather see a lot of raucous, division and disunity in Parliament, in Dominica and among Dominicans. This is what your character is made up of, discord and enmity. His day is coming and so are all of you with him.

    • Lil
      February 19, 2015

      Go ahead, The Facts and post questions which ‘really concern Dominicans especially those who vote for [Linton] and elected him”, as you state. Furthermore, use the data/evidence and knowledge you have and provide an “update on Dominica’s Petro Caribe debt, the alleged racketeering of visas and work permits, the recent development in the Citizenship by Investment Program” and other questions that Linton asked. They are not relevant to parliament according to you, but for the rest of us local people, that information is hard to come by. Don’t argue or rationalize with me, just provide me and others like me with “The Facts.”

      • The Facts
        February 22, 2015

        Keep beating up yourself and expending and losing energy, sleep and time over it. See how far you will get.
        It is a good thing Lennox was not elected. Sensible people knew why he was ever so eager with his inflated ego, to be elected and is disappointed that he was not. He knew what he was up to – no good and was not on behalf of the people of Dominica and to build up and enhance it.
        Dominicans are fortunate that he was not elected. I hope he never will. He can never make a fair PM and a model one. You cannot lead a country with discord, animosity and hatred.

    • Peter Potter
      February 19, 2015

      Those questions are not abnormal, but you, for sure, are.

    • out of south city
      February 19, 2015

      The Facts, get out of here.

  26. preachers kid
    February 18, 2015

    united we stand. I really think mr. skerrit should resign. he is going down in history as the worst prime minister ever to lead dominica. Alix knight I hope you sleep well. thank God labor loose in st. kitts

    • Hemm
      February 19, 2015

      “preachers kid”which one are you? Note plenty preachers will go down in history as being hemmmm
      You know what I mean. PM will surely go down in history “Yes You Care – NEP – Housing Projects, Roads etc” By the way preachers kid what is your legacy – just repeating and jealous of PM. So rethink what you wrote okay you seem not to know what is History.

      • looking
        February 20, 2015

        All those you have mentioned were plagiarized from the late Hugo Chavez.

  27. jim
    February 18, 2015

    why are u all in dominica so byass

    • PS
      February 19, 2015

      Jim, please learn to write English properly (both grammar and spelling) and perhaps you’ll get a deserving audience. I will just mention “biased” instead of “byass”. Good luck.

      • The Facts
        February 22, 2015

        Note the words. If you look at the word carefully, I think he was being sarcastic, rude and insulting. Whose side he is on or not, we will never know by his comment.

  28. real possie
    February 18, 2015

    I don’t see nothing wrong in the man asking and putting his question forward, when they don’t work and walk out we complain, let the man put his motions forward. The house will be in session after this house sitting so he will just have to refile on the next sitting, no biggy.

  29. Oh Yes
    February 18, 2015

    One’s character is built on knowledge, research, humility, resilience, obedience, courage among other positive attributes. As long as there s sincerity in one’s motive that individual, or institution should be given the benefit f any doubt that may exist.
    I oftentimes wonder why the government side frustrates the efforts by the opposition to pursue their goals of participatory democratic ideals. These ideals include asking questions, counteracting what may appear to be evil, costly or counter-productive. Neither the oppostion’s nor the government views and opinions should be allowed to monopolize our way of thinking and subsequently our private and collective decision making.

    Civility should be given a chance in Dominica. This will breed fairness, co-operation social justice and a productive enterprise called The Nature Isle of the Caribbean. I think Dominica belongs to all of us, yes all of us. This means no one side should deliberately deny the other from justice.

  30. Abel Mocker
    February 18, 2015

    Lennox Linston actually stated – “I don’t know” … well – a first time for everything. Mr. Know it All is no more?

    • Views Expressed
      February 18, 2015

      Stupid…….real stupidity……..that’s a real Mockery attitude…

    • Just Observing
      February 19, 2015

      Wow! that is astounding! finally, finally e have arrived at some recognition of our fallibility. One cannot know everything. His/her opinions on any and every matter cannot be the authoritative view. Lennox is learning.

    • Papa Dom
      February 19, 2015

      Dottish! How can he know what is on the mind of those who made the decision? Had he said it is because they hate UWP you would find that he cannot read people’s minds. Let’s wait and see because time is the revealer.

    • Bee
      February 19, 2015

      Stupid! You cant even read between the lines!

  31. Peter Potter
    February 18, 2015

    The UWP is well within their rights to ask these questions and demand answers. It cannot be that Skerrit chooses the questions he wishes to answer. We live in a democracy and questions the opposition asks need to be answered by the government. Fellow Dominicans, we need to monitor this situation and I tell you, if Skerrit does want to answer these questions, we as the citizens need to make him answer the questions and if needs be demonstrate until the questions are answered. We cannot let that tyrant continue there where he let of in December. It has to be made clear to him that we, the electorate, are the state and he and his ministers are the SERVANTS of this state and not the other way round.

    • anonymous2
      February 18, 2015

      But you don’t live in either a democracy or a republic. You live in a dictatorship.

  32. Lougawoo Mem
    February 18, 2015

    The Labor party government is so accustomed to do things its way and not like playing by the rules, so, it’s going to be quite interesting to see how they’ll react to the new elected guards in the House who’re bent on good governance and transparency. Every citizen on the island come to the realization that they’ve gotten a rotten deal, as far as the known blatant lies and deception that continues by those who run things. In any other civilized country, these are current and burning issues the public has a right to know. However, Dominicans are all into cover-ups, fix up, screw up and move up. Remember, God doesn’t like ugliness.

  33. %
    February 18, 2015

    Love you Lennox. Good questions. KEEP ON ASKING THEM FOR THE PEOPLE. Include one on HSBC. The Swiss Bank. We need answers.

    • Grawbay
      February 19, 2015

      Well said %. Lennox and TEAM Dominica should keep the pressure up. No time to relax. There are many more questions to be answered. We need answers. Dominica should not be treated as private property. We definitely need to know more about HSBC and all those deals. No time for complacency.

  34. Malgraysa
    February 18, 2015

    And you blame people for being cynical? So much for unity, burying the hatchet and offering olive branches. The opposition represents 47% of the voters and yet Skerrit dismisses them as no more than a nuisance. Did he not say we are all his children and if something goes wrong we must blame him first? Were these just weasel words? Should we believe and trust anything this man says? How imperial and arrogant can one get? Did he forget his origins perhaps? Malgraysa!

    • anonymous2
      February 18, 2015

      You know the answer to all of your questions.

  35. %
    February 18, 2015

    These are really important questions that concerned Dominicans would like to be answered. The opposition needs to keep on asking for answers to these quesitons.I reiterate,THEY REALLY NEED TO KEEP ON ASKING THESE QUESTIONS

    • anonymous2
      February 18, 2015

      You can ask all you want. Getting truthful answers is something else.

  36. out of south city
    February 18, 2015

    I’ve been saying that soon we’ll have to ask for permission to speak in public. Is this becoming a dictatorship country or what?
    Just asking
    ONE LOVE

  37. Efficatious
    February 18, 2015

    LINTON BEHAVES LIKE he is in ST.kitts well take your blows boy and much more to come.You have attacked every body in power so who do you turn to now a vote of no confidence.you are beat take that

    • February 18, 2015

      Being a beggar and in the corruption pit is what and how you believe Dominica and Dominican should live, is that how little you believe and trust your fellow man , I surely wouldn’t want to be associated to you your PM of DLP party.. but on the other hand Dominicans get what they deserve a PM who is a dictator.. God help us all..

  38. Francisco Telemaque
    February 18, 2015

    Such questions will never be allowed: Most people with commonsense realize by now what may have happened to the money owed to Petro Carib. All one have to do is ask themselves “where did the labor party get more than thirty-million dollars from to buy the votes in order to secure the election in the Labor Party favor. Close observation may revel the reason Petro Carib cannot get paid is all due to what we saw took place in the last election. As for the passport fiesta that has made many Dominican politicians rich.

    The sale of passport is a gold mine for private citizen who have become multimillionaires from the sale of passports, some of that money might well be in a Swaziland Bank. As for the bitcoin thing, no need to take that up un Parliament, it is what it is, we know what it is, only time will tell some government minister will leave Dominica one day, and will not return!

    • Bomboclat
      February 19, 2015

      You aself!! Hmmmmmm. Once is politics you there! It had how many carnival post why didn’t you tell dominicans enjoy their carnival! But trust you with your dirty talk!

      • The Facts
        February 22, 2015

        He is not a positive person. He has never commented positively. He pretends to know everything but he knows nothing. He is bad news and on the wrong side. If I had a relative or a friend who was consistently negative, I surely would get fed-up of that person.
        He never compliments anyone. He does not appreciate goodness and kindness. I would expect he also never thanks anyone who has done him a favor – never says thank you. All his writings project the type of person he is, consistently critical. I do think he is one bitter and miserable man.

  39. February 18, 2015

    Jour pokor overt zor komacey than idiots once again only in D A

  40. Time will tell
    February 18, 2015

    i
    15 to 6 we all know was not fear,it was a stolen election, with 30 mil but God is alive He will act in His own time.

    • Bomboclat
      February 19, 2015

      You right is fear! Damn stupid

      • The Facts
        February 22, 2015

        :lol: :lol: :lol: You made me laugh. They have computers and keep writing and commenting without learning how to spell. They call others who are more intelligent than they are idiot, stupid and ignorant. Oh yes! I have experienced this on this Website which DNO allows to post.
        There are times all of us make errors but some of them are because they do not know how to spell but they keep on commenting and trying to project that they are smarter than others and know what they state. Well, their writing and spelling project they are not.

  41. Not a herd follower
    February 18, 2015

    Skerrit and Alex Boyd Knight still continuing their bull…?! The Opposition is acting within the rules of the House. Yet, their questions and motions are being denied. Skerrit and his ruling gang are seemingly provoking the people of this country.

    • DEAL or NO DEAL
      February 18, 2015

      How can the people who spoke can be provoked?….15 to 6….where does the majority stands?

      • February 18, 2015

        Today it is your party and your prime minister and you see nothing wrong but we all shall find out when it is too late to correct what went wrong.
        More power to you, Skeritt and your speaker.

      • OVerseas
        February 19, 2015

        The majority went back to whence they came from. The majority was made up by the diasporas.

    • tender heart
      February 18, 2015

      Power corrupts , but absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  42. Asterix
    February 18, 2015

    We have been known to all have brains and some use there’s better than others do, but some comments really leaves you to wonder if some people really do have. The opposition is well within its rights to ask questions of the administrative side of government. It seems that some people are clueless to the fact that the opposition is indeed part of the governance system of Dominica and so have to play an active role in the business of the country’s parliament, where questions and motions are tabled

    • Liberty
      February 18, 2015

      The opposition are in deed well within their rights to table these motions and questions.
      The correct process has been followed and the clerk of the house should include these on the order paper.

  43. Pedro
    February 18, 2015

    The objective of the Labour Party is to create a ONE PARTY STATE. They will do all they can to silent decent.
    They are even trying to control what is said in calypso.

    • Intransugent 1
      February 18, 2015

      Well , as I have stated many times over. That’s who we are cowards. It’s the same cycle accepting BS. We drank our rum jump -up and are recuperating some taking cooling. Others don’t worry about taking cooling no more. While were are in cool out mode they will just push thru with their BS unless the intransigents take a serious stand-one which will make may 29th 79 look like a picnic. People are rising all over the world and more aggressively each year We on island just party bla,bla while these crooks enjoy life with the help of the so call professionals.

  44. Hemm
    February 18, 2015

    Note St. Kitts and DA Diffferent Okay?

  45. FAST N FURIOUS
    February 18, 2015

    Boss,You start real early with your bossy attitude; but it ain’t gonna be an easy road. So you better know your how you coming…Zero tolerance for your BS!

    • Tamika Dorival
      February 18, 2015

      What bull? It’s people like you that have the country the way it is. These are serious questions and they need answers. What does Roosevelt Skerrit have to hide that he has to take cover under the speaker’s skirt. No wonder we are where we are. But GOD does not sleep. It took Kittians 20 years to wake up and smell the coffee and he’ll allow Dominicans to do it in his own time. SHAME on you fast and furious.

      • Intransugent 1
        February 18, 2015

        I heard of a guy called( inT&T) underwesr man in DA he is singing 4 his supper. I thought he was a chef the way he was dressed for Carnival action thought he was transformed into Medard’s chef. Morphed from Educator to chef lol!

      • civil servaht
        February 19, 2015

        Tamika while the questions and motions may be legitimate, the timing is totally out of odder because of settled practice, norms and customs of the Dominica House of Assemble. I have followed the House for a very long time well over thirty five years and there has never been any such questions and motions from the opposition during the first sitting or during the opening of parliament.

        Such opening after an election are more pump and ceremony and are very short generally half a day. the Government generally take short matters to the house and that is it. This is when the President address the House and Parliamentarians take the oaf of Office. You need to check the HANSARD and educate yourself my dear.

        These questions and motions could be easily be placed on the order paper at the next sitting of the House.

    • February 18, 2015

      Dont hide behind a fake name u coward. The guy has a right to ask these important questions.

    • DEAL or NO DEAL
      February 18, 2015

      @ FAST N FURIOUS, What else do you expect from dem UWP vampires? You gonna be slaughtered mercilessly. They will drink your blood and eat your flesh since your comment is not in their favor.But you are right. He start off real early.

    • LANGLu
      February 18, 2015

      doh worry. i hope when the HSBC filth hit the fan you will come an defend the BS you condoning

  46. whoistoblame
    February 18, 2015

    UWP Team, continue going to parliament at every sitting and present the same questions and motions. Lets see if Skerro will refuse them each and every time Parliament meets.Keep on keeping on. Dont get frustrated and dont give up .Lets see and establish the reason for the rejection. One Love Bros

    • The Facts
      February 18, 2015

      No matter what Linton says and does some of you will always support him. In your opinion, he can do no wrong.
      If these are all the questions he has to ask he might as well resign.

    • February 18, 2015

      The sad thing is we will become the first bitcoin nation before the next parliament sitting. It is so sad because our government is telling us nothing about it.

      • The Facts
        February 22, 2015

        The people do not have to accept Bitcoin. You have a mind of your own, don’t you? You can do what you feel like with your money.
        Keep in mind the foreign banks in Dominica as Canadian and British ones. They may not be in favor of Bitcoin.

  47. Dominican again
    February 18, 2015

    here we go see what happened in stkitts sir at all cost get answers for the people do all it takes the novice ok proud of you all

    • The Facts
      February 18, 2015

      His questions are not legitimate, in that, they are vindictive. He is out for a fight and to create a raucous in Parliament. He did not accept the olive branch which the PM extended to him and his party. He is on the warpath as always. Can you not see that? Cantankerous I would also call him.

      • February 18, 2015

        No one is asking you to stop supporting the DLP or to stop loving your PM, but you need to understand the role of the Opposition especially in the House, the guide lines are there for all the members of the house to adhered too So don’t be so blinded of your hatred for Mr. Linton rub you of what is right and what is wrong.
        It would be so good if people like you would ask themselves what cause the people of St.Kitts to decide to reject the labor Government and just maybe you will gain some knowledge and will be able to think for yourself.
        Remember what you don’t want to hear or know about will come back to hunt you later on.

      • Views Expressed
        February 19, 2015

        Get your facts right….you are talking absolute rubbish..
        Go read and listen to Lennox

      • Papa Dom
        February 19, 2015

        I would like you to explain what accepting the olive branch entails. I was under the mistaken belief that it means we meet each other half way.

      • THEY ANTI DOMINICA
        February 19, 2015

        are you reading what you write or your fingers typing and your brain don’t know what it is doing.

      • Visionary
        February 19, 2015

        Do you really want to say that. You should change your name. The people need answers to these questions. Mr. Skerrit needs to be careful because he could be burying the DLP for the next election. Be open and answer the questions

      • Ma Moses
        February 20, 2015

        May I suggest you join the editorial staff at PRAVDA (which means Truth) in Russian, the communist party newspaper in Russia that is also never wrong, just like you. And if they will not have you there is always GIS in Dominica.

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