Roberts ready to bring positive change to Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique constituency

Gretta Roberts at her official launch in grand Fond

Former teacher and school principal, Gretta Roberts has assured Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique constituents that 35 years as a school teacher and a principal, have prepared her with the experience and enduring fortitude needed to take up the challenge of becoming their parliamentary representative.

“Politics in my view is an extension of teaching. They both call for building relationships with people, for transforming lives and for bringing about positive change in people and in communities,” Roberts told those who braved a heavy shower of rain that came down at the time, to listen to what she had to say. “These I have accomplished as a teacher and principal in the communities where I have worked and this is what I am prepared to do now for my people in this constituency and at the national level.”

She commended the government for its efforts in rebuilding her community which was as devastated as the rest of Dominica from the wrath of Hurricane Maria. However, the Morne/Jaune Riviere Cyrique hopeful said that there is still a lot more work to be done in that constituency.

“We still have concerns and issues that confront us especially in the area of housing, agriculture, tourism, unemployment especially among our young people,” she stated, adding, “all these and more, we have detailed and prepared in what we term a constituency manifesto which we will hand over to you at the official handing over ceremony of the houses in Morne Jaune and Riviere Cyrique.”

The new DLP candidate said she is seeking to work together with all those who expressed their concerns and plans for their constituency .

β€œThis is the type of constituency relationship I yearn for. I can assure that with the work that have already been begun in this constituency and the commitment that have already been shown by this Government, our concerns will be addressed,” she stated.

Gretta Roberts replaces the current parliamentary representative, Ivor Stephenson as the new DLP candidate for the Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique constituency. Stephenson, who has been ill for a more than a year, was present together with with his son and wife, at the function.

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35 Comments

  1. Silver fox
    April 30, 2019

    @The Evangelist, Boy I have read some crap before on DNO from workers supporters but this one takes the biscuits my lord why is it some black people are so stupid why. For a start Pm Skerrit, is the Boss, we the taxpayers “not you” that is paying Ms Roberts Mr Skerrit and everyone else including Lennox Linton and Rabbits get back to bed too early in the day for you 😴😴😴

  2. Door
    April 30, 2019

    The $ 100,000 question is : Is it ‘Beta with Gretta or Greedy Gretta’? You can expand and draw your own conclusions. I have…..

  3. PAY ME 4 MY VOTE
    April 30, 2019

    DNO I realized you had already posted my comment but you pulled it out less than 5 minutes later. I did not defame anyone nor did I say anything to land you in trouble. We are tired of being muzzled by the press, so I am going say the same thing that I said previously and I promise again to check every word to ensure I meet your requirements.
    DNO, my comment is simple. 20 years since I have been voting DLP for free, and I am not seeing the progress on my bank account or in the country. On the other hand my party, the DLP is paying their candidates humungous sums of money to run for office, apart from their monthly salary. Not only that but they are being paid large sums of money when they are being fired. DNO I WANT TO GET PAID FOR MY VOTE TOO! I want Skerrit to pay me 15% of what he paid my candidate to run. So for example, if he paid my candidate $250K to run either she or PM MUST pay me $30,500 for my vote or otherwise I VOTING UWP, my enemy party for free.

    ADMIN: We did not remove your comment you seem to have made that comment under the name “PAY ME FIRST!” – it is still on this page.

    • Man bites dogs
      April 30, 2019

      @Pay me First, My man if you have a problem with Ms Gretta Roberts decision to work with the government of Dominica just too bad you are a loser scumbag and waste of time like your corrupt workers idiotic friends, get a bloody life πŸ‘ΉπŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£

    • Joseph John
      May 1, 2019

      So Admin, DNO, I was right when I say that people are posting under different fake names. I also suspect some are usuing the “like” with thumbs up multiple times to cheat over and over and over. I am not going to mention names or fake names because I do not have hard evidence but time will expose them. But I know you are not to be blamed of those opposition gang bangers under the control of gang leader Lean-oxx.

      ADMIN: The ability to like or dislike a comment is not tied to your posting name. Anyone ,even those who do not comment, can like or dislike a comment. As far as we can tell there is no “cheating” when it comes to the number of likes and dislikes a comment receives.

  4. Abg
    April 30, 2019

    Gretta has a vision for our constituency and we know she can and will deliver. She is winner not a failure. Thanks you Gretta for giving yourself to serve your people. We are rolling with you all the way.

  5. Joseph John
    April 30, 2019

    Gretta hang in there. Let all these insults and accusations strengthen your resolve. Its a long road to travel but your mind set must be the harder they come the harder they will fall. A wise may once said that good people will always face unjustified trials, tribulations, tribulations and challenges. That is what shape our character and make us stronger than our enemies.
    It is well know that being a teacher or educator is the most challenging profession is the world, but you overcame all obstacles with flying colours to make a positive contribution.
    Those quitters of the opposition want to force their attributes on you so they can turn around and boast about how they made you quit. Say no to quitters.

  6. Man bites dogs
    April 30, 2019

    Labour working, Labour is working for us all and I am a proud Dominican as a result of the achievement qualities of Dr Skerrit, and his administration. Keep the fire πŸ”₯ burning :❎vote Labour vote for better health care, education, education, education is wealth no one can take that away from you. Just take a look at the so-called workers opposition leader this guy is a political kickxxs high school drop πŸ’§ out we don’t want our children to be in that position that is why we must not let these bunch of blow monkeys back in power after what they have done to Dominica in 4 .1/2 years some of us was walking one hand in front one hand behind.

    • JBaptiste
      April 30, 2019

      Seems gretta was out of state for twenty years prior.Only now you want to bring change? Only after they gave you dollars.

  7. LaPlaine Observer
    April 30, 2019

    What this incompetent government was unable to do for the past 19 years, do you really think you have the magic touch to do it? It’s a shame that you have to subject yourself to be a member of this corrupt cabal.

  8. Man bites dogs
    April 30, 2019

    Queen Gretta Roberts, what a lady what a splendid speech, and I am looking forward to hearing much more of her in Parliament. This lady will put that clown Lennox Linton, and his idiots to shame. By the way I saw Francis the white powder man tying blue ribbons on the church gate and his loonys supporters covered in blue what was all that crap about I asked you? But a partner told me that those sorcerers looking to see if your blood is red or blue, these lots will stop at nothing to gain power.

  9. Ti Garcon
    April 30, 2019

    I am confused, y is a DLP candidate talking about change? Shouldn’t she be talking about continuing the ‘good’ work the government has done for the past 20 years?
    You cant teach an old dog new tricks, you cant expect change from a 4 term government.

  10. LANGSAL
    April 30, 2019

    imagine that, after gretta got paid to go up, she have the remedy to fix her constituency under the same government that destroyed the farmer, working class, small business, export services financial services and many other departments. gretta now has the answers to fix the failed state… good luck…
    people gretta is just for her family and her pocket… brother, brother in law, sister and niece will be elevated financially.. LOOK OUT

  11. Ibo France
    April 30, 2019

    Every man, every woman has a price. I guess the price was just too temping to refuse. No persons with a good heart or conscience would align themselves with potty mouthed, dark-hearted, corrupt politicians. Birds of a feather flock together.

  12. PAY ME FIRST!
    April 29, 2019

    So is stupid I stupid like that then. All you getting paid a lot of money to run and 5 yrs later all you financial status changing from a poor man’s child to a millionaire, while I struggling to make ends meet. Every 5 damn years all you ministers getting richer and who owning hotel and trucks, heavy equipment on other people’s name, while I getting poorer and poorer every flipping 5 yrs. 20 years ago Skerrit did not even have a bycicle and now Dominica is his and the fullness thereof, while he taking bread from me? Gason if I have to vote DLP this time Skerrit has to give me 15% of what he paid my candidate to run. In other words, if he paid Gretta Robert $250K to run, they have to pay me $37,500 before I vote otherwise I voting UWP. All you buying candidates so buy my vote I serious this time. If I don’t get 15% of what Skerrit paid my candidate I voting UWP for free

  13. PAY ME FIRST!
    April 29, 2019

    The only question I have for Ms. Gretta Roberts is, HOW MUCH SKERRIT PAID her to run. So Ms. Gretta Robert since you ready for real change pleased let REAL change start by truthfully and honestly answer this little question: Ms. Gretta Robert, can you kindly tell the people of Dominica how much Skerrit paid you to run for him? That’s all madam. Thanks I await your response because I have been voting DLP for 20 years and before I vote this time I want to put a price tag for my vote. So I am waiting to hear from you

  14. It's My Damn Business
    April 29, 2019

    So after 19 years of the same old same old, finally Gretta Roberts ready to bring real change eh. So she is going to take over from Skerrit as PM? Does Gretta realize that Skerrit has been PM and Minister of finance for 15 years of No Change? So what does it have to take to show the teacher that Skerrit is the problem? For the last 15 years the only portfolio that has not changed is that of the Minister of Finance and PM. Everyone else has been bounced around and every election cycle we see Skerrit paying old candidates to not run and bring in new expensive ones just to give the impression that is the candidates that failed. But if he wanted real change the first candidate he would fire is Ian Douglas, for being the biggest failure and for the loss of Ross University. But he not touching Ian because he knows Portsmouth is a stronghold, their potato garden. But constituencies that are borderline he just blinds people with new candidates he buys cash, and pay old ones to step down.

  15. %
    April 29, 2019

    Very empty message!
    She has already accepted and conceded defeat!!!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  16. The Evangelist
    April 29, 2019

    As the Evangelist let me share two passages with Gretta Roberts with Application:

    “Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart”…Ephesians 6:5

    Gretta you are the servant of who paid you. So Skerrit paid you to work for him and you can only do what pleases him. YOU ARE NOT THE SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE because once you are paid you become the servant of who hires you. How much did he pay you again? U got paid before U even start to work girl? Lucky U

    “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.” 2 Timothy 2:4

    Gretta, Vince Henderson told us that it is Skerrit that chose his 13 candidates. So Skerrit chose you, he paid you so despite you nice words, you know, we know and Skerrit knows your job IS NOT to work for the people, like all those before you but rather, your job is to serve your servant Skerrit with FEAR and…

    • Joseph John
      April 30, 2019

      Somewhere in the back of my mind is the idea that I should not use God’s words in vain. That I should not be a fake witness. That I should be forgiving and not throw the first stones.
      Mr Evangelist , Sir, You are so wise , can you tell me if those thoughts are bad and does not come from God.
      An other thought is that if I am not an imposter or a fake, should I not use my real name when I write or post. If I am talking the truth why hide behind the skirts of fake names like a coward. A grand aunt once told me that all the people in the Bible are real and are identified by their names, and sometimes by their ancestors and even their tribes and families, to show that they were real and brave. Is that TRUE !

      • The Evangelist
        April 30, 2019

        @Joseph Jojn, I agree with you that God’s name or word should not be used in vain like Melissa Skerrit did after Maria, when she painted a false dream of Skerrit having an encounter with God. That’s false bro!
        But I usually use scriptures to show how we were forewarned of evil pratices that we see today and in the case of Gretta I just pointed how Servants must work to please their masters. Skerrit hired Gratta so Gretta is bound to serve him and his evil interest since that’s what she was paid to do. So that you offended for then? Then you called me coward for not using my name and said bible characters always used their names? Boy you so wrong.because up to today no one knows who wrote the book of Acts because the author never disclosed his name. Also in the book of Ecclesiastes from 1:1, the author identified himself as “The preacher.” We conclude is Solomon and might be correct but somehow he referred to himself as the preacher. So you see how you misleading bro

    • Silver fox
      April 30, 2019

      @The Evangelist, Boy I have read some crap before on DNO from workers supporters but this one takes the biscuits my lord why is it some black people are so stupid why. For a start Pm Skerrit, is the Boss, we the taxpayers “not you” that is paying Ms Roberts Mr Skerrit and everyone else including Lennox Linton and Rabbits get back to bed too early in the day for you 😴😴😴

      • Joseph John
        May 1, 2019

        Evangelist I wrote about bible characters not bible writers. Presently I do not know of any Evangelists or preacher who is hiding like a coward behind the skirt of a fake name. Stuff written by ghost writers is usually fictitious.
        Anyone can quote the bible ,but when someone useses the bible to make political accusations and attacks in favour of the opposition gang bangers I have to wonder. Someone once told me I must never use the bible as a weapon to spread hate but to use it to find the trust in God and the power of foregiveness. So my take is that you are not an evangelist but a poser. A wanabee politician and will be treated with due disrespect.
        Are you a preacher ? What church you are connected to ? Or are you a professional LIAR.

  17. Best Buy Candidates
    April 29, 2019

    Gretta, if you still have concerns and those you highlighted are major concerns, why you have to wait until the handing over ceremony to hand them over to Skerrit? So Gretta, the hurricane Maria was in 2017 you know. So since Maria the government did what any government would do which is to ensure that people are sheltered. But if we didn’t have Maria are you saying there would be nothing to point to as what the government did the last 20 yrs? Also Gretta, when did Mr. Stephenson fall sick? Do you remember what caused him to get so sick? Have you asked Skerrit and Mr. Stephenson, whom you are replacing to tell you what happened to the parlrep? Ms. Gretta Skerrit has miserably failed your constituency and Dominica so realize is buy he has to buy candidates to run and no doubt in your case the price is right so you sold your heart and soul to him. But you don’t stand a chance of winning and I know if the people would make a mistake and vote the DLP, you will play for another franchise.

  18. Best Buy Candidates
    April 29, 2019

    I have no doubt that Gretta has the ability to help her community, just like her beloved mother did. However, Teacher Gretta needs to understand that her mother was on a different team and far different captain.

    β€œWe still have concerns and issues that confront us especially in the area of housing, agriculture, tourism, unemployment especially among our young people,” she stated, adding, β€œall these and more, we have detailed and prepared in what we term a constituency manifesto which we will hand over to you at the official handing over ceremony of the houses in Morne Jaune and Riviere Cyrique.”
    So you mean to tell me those before her on team DLP for the last 15 years, were just incapable? No Gretta, it’s not the players but the CAPTAIN. The same problems you have in your village and constituency is the same in every single village, including Vielle-case.
    You got paid already like all others so you have to say what you said to give the impression is the former parlrep that was…

  19. dissident
    April 29, 2019

    Seriously your DLP should have had a delegates conference for election of new executive of the party and for you to challenge Skerrit for the position of political leader.

    You highlight all of the flaws of the party you chose to represent. You talking from UWP script……ALL OF YOUR CONCERNS HAVE BEEN HIGHLIGHTED BY THE OPPOSITION FOR YEARS…… you ready to come across?

    35 years as an educator.
    20 years of DLP governance look at your concerns and issues. Are the Freyal and To Grand Fond BAM farm access roads complete?
    I honestly don’t think that you will work with all those who express concerns about issues in the constituency.

    DLP has a miserable record for bipartisanship. If you were to win…… nothing would change when you get instructions from your boss.

  20. Hmmm
    April 29, 2019

    Tell Gretta Roberts why didn’t her Government heed to the call of the Rosalie Bay Resort which begged for attention after the devastating Hurricane Maria. The Resort ensured the employment of at least 85-90% of the persons in that constituency. Had the Government been pro-active and interested in the welfare of the people of the Grandfond constituency, today the Resort doors would still be opened. We do not want to hear from them now. It is much toooooo late..

  21. Ibo France
    April 29, 2019

    Anyone who associates him/her-self with the DLP is up to no good. This is a severely and relentlessly corrupt political party that deliberately keeps the masses poor in order for them to remain parasites. They would have to come begging at the RED CLINIC, so these hapless citizens would feel obligated to vote for this shamelessly exploitative regime. The ruling oligarchy is adamantly opposed to everything that will bring some sort of relief to the poor man or woman. A raise in salary for public servants, increase in the minimum wage, top up on pensions for the poor elderly persons, funding of sporting and recreational facilities for poor people’s children are vehemently rebuffed by these uncaring producers of misery. Plus, the thirteen neophytes who were just arbitrarily handpicked by the leader, will have no power of authority. A vote for the DLP is a vote for Tony Astaphan,, he is the de facto leader of the Dominica Labour Miscreants.

  22. carlty
    April 29, 2019

    I sincerely love this lady given my experiences with her outside of the political arena and throughout her teaching career. She is a very efficient and effective worker and I believe that she can make a very positive and resounding impact especially if she is given the opportunity to do so in the education sector. I do not get why people (some who was so vehemently in support of her during her years as a teacher, went as far as protesting against her transfer from one school to another) are now subjecting this woman to some very distasteful name calling and bad wishes simply because she supports the party that she does not.
    We need to remember that at the end of this entire process, we are all DOMINICANS, exercising our democratic right to support the party we think may work in our best interest. We are different people with different views and must learn to respect each other despite this. With that said, I wish her very good luck.

    • My Little Take
      April 30, 2019

      But @carity does democracy you to say what you want, support who you want but when someone else does it in support of someone different from the one you support you feel they are not respectful. Like you I love Gretter as a person and as a teacher. However to see he her take money to join an evil person whose record shows that he has done everything to destroy Dominica, including trying to jail innocent people, I must say she has disappointed me. I still love her and respect her but her move has sent a very negative message of distrust.

      • carlty
        May 1, 2019

        I am not insinuating that anyone is being disrespectful. It is clear that they are being disrespectful. Here you are claiming that the lady was involved in bribery. Was there a public handing over of that cheque or suitcase of money that I missed or you are just going what you think may have happened? You love her but is publicly making claims you have no proof on. I have no objections against anyone who supports the opposition. I have people close to me who ran for the opposition. It is their democratic choice. As I say I do not support the UWP because they have not proved to me nor have they shown during their years that they are proactive or are able to work. All they have done during the time is opposed and have been reactive to everything of the DLP. There are people who believe that this is the purpose of the opposition and they do not have to do any work and I respect their opinion and their choice may not agree to it, but I respect it, my dear.

    • just Me
      April 30, 2019

      @cartly……
      You just don’t get it…… You don’t understand.
      We all love the lady, she is a nice lady. But if she cared so much about the people who love her this much, she would have stood with the people for the people.
      Her move to run for the Labor party, was and is a very selfish one. It’s all about personal gain, knowing all the injustice that’s going on in the island. She must be walking with her eyes close.

      • carlty
        May 1, 2019

        If you think she is a nice lady, why isn’t her intentions to become a politician pure? It was pure as a teacher, pure as a principal, pure in all other walks of life but now she is taking the next step it is not pure? You are right I do not understand. And save me from the “she joined the evil party” nonsense. I am too old, experienced and wise for that excuse, save it for a newbie, I have been here long enough to know that both parties have people who have done things in their lifetime one may question from the leaders to come down. So we need to stop the hypocrisy.
        We need to be frank and say things as it is. I do not support you because you do not support my party and that is simple as that. Quit beating around the bush with things. This is the only fault that anybody can claim in this woman. I would vote for this woman no matter what party she was apart of because I know that woman is one who truly has been and is devoted to Dominica’s future.

  23. %
    April 29, 2019

    Stuppessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssdssssssssssssss..So after the seat was stolen by DLP in 2014, you believe you will win in 2019?..You will be the first to be discarded at the polls!!!!
    Wonder what the children you taught are saying about you!!!!!!
    To you hell with everything but the $$$$$$$$.!!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  24. Gouvelma
    April 29, 2019

    Gretta, can you be hint or are you stained line all labor supporters? What work do you do now? Have you retired from teaching and being a sschool principal? Are you collecting a monthly salary or were you paid a lump sum to be the candidate? Where did that money come from, the treasury or ???? If according to you your mother represented exemplary with the UWP why have you decided to join the enemy and overturn her legacy? You said that teaching has molded you to becoming a politician and compared yourself to Skerritt. Does that also apply to Teacher Sica and Teacher Ernie? You boast of wanting to bring certain things to the constituency. How is that going to be achieved when Skerritt continues to be the pm? Remember he has been all through the representation of your brother in law yet the constituency has seen nothing from him. You hailed Skerritt leadership. Are you satisfied with government’s attention to the constituency? What makes you more suited for the job than Dr Cuffy?…

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