Ronald Charles officially appointed as UWP senator

Charles (l) being congratulated by UWP Deputy Leader, Joshua Francis, on his appointment. Facebook photo

Attorney, Ronald Charles, has been officially appointed as the replacement for ousted UWP senator, Dr. Thompson Fontaine.

Dominica News Online (DNO) first reported on Thursday, January 9, that the UWP had chosen Charles to replace Dr. Thomson Fontaine who, according to Prime Minister Skerrit, was removed as senator because he missed three consecutive sittings of parliament without “the expressed authority of the Speaker.”

Charles, who is the UWP’s candidate for the Roseau Valley, received his instrument of appointment on Friday, 11th January, from His Excellency, Charles Savarin.

Opposition Leader Lennox, in commenting on the appointment, said the President responded in quick time to his  recommendation and Charles will be taking his oath of office at the next sitting of Parliament.

Charles’ instrument of appointment from the President can be seen below.

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43 Comments

  1. Ti Garcon
    January 14, 2019

    These guys are clowns, the moment Fontaine took that overseas job with a foreign govt he should have resigned as a senator. The odds that the govt would arrange the house dates to when he was out of the country was 1000% guaranteed. This is a major lapse on the govt part and UWP sympathizers acting like its not… I just dunno what to say. If allu want change, why UWP doing these petty uncalled for errors.
    They coulda proactively gotten a new senator and then call for a by-election, now who cares. If DLP called a by-election now is Fontaine going to quit his job and run?

    • Neville
      January 15, 2019

      Why do you keep on worrying about Thomson? You should be worrying about Stephenson now. Truth of the matter is, if they can’t attend the house they should be replaced by someone else who can, it does not matter one little bit WHY they can’t attend. same measure for everybody

  2. Frank Talker
    January 14, 2019

    Respect to you, Bingsworth, but I know you are quite capable of leading a campaign against Dr McIntyre without the need to be in Parliament. With your community spiritness, and your roles in cycling, music, law, etc., I think you are blessed with a platform to route Dr Mac. This being said, I would have appointed someone who needs that elevation and pedestal to confront their rival in their constituency.

    • January 14, 2019

      dem guys just have a few letters after there name – that is all. Don’t be fooled by this nonsense. Dr. Fontaine is another one. They cannot match up with dem lawyers in America.

    • be honest
      January 15, 2019

      Frank talker there is no competition between Dr McIntyre and ronald charles,Mr McIntyre is wiser,smarter and capable of handling all affairs. What u need to tell bing to do is start paying his rent with the extra income he is now getting,if u can’t handle ur own affairs its not the affairs of others or the country u will be able to handle.

  3. January 14, 2019

    Dem guys do not look dressed up like professional lawyers. All they do is green their teeth. Hungry lawyers in DA.

    • Pipo
      January 15, 2019

      The gripes of a sore looser. No wonder, P.M. outfoxed by opposition, that’s why. Money is not everything you know. Even the smallest gangster craves respect but real respect is not for sale.

    • Jahchild
      January 15, 2019

      How does a lawyer look? Hmmm

  4. Bouden Mabouiya
    January 14, 2019

    Is this the same Ronald Charles?

  5. Ibo France
    January 13, 2019

    The UWP has attracted some decent, erudite candidates to its slate. When one compares the caliber of candidates on the UWP team to that of the DLP , it’s like chalk and cheese. Dominicans have a clear choice between decent and indecent, law-abiding and corrupt, competent and inept. The choice between the two major parties cannot be clearer. When the time to vote arrives, let your conscience be your guide, allow common sense to prevail. Send the dishonorable, scandalous, insatiable gluttons through the EXIT door on election day.

    • viewsexpressed
      January 14, 2019

      We support that observation and analysis fully. There is first no comparison between the leaders of DLP and UWP. The former has failed us in the past 18years showed any level of decency in politics, on intellectualism, done nothing of substance for the country that has really stood out in job creation, employment. Has killed our agricultural business and exports, has abused the sales of our passports to all Tom, Dic and Harriette. Apart from all these failed activities we recall the denial of the Bin Bobol and the Ferlizer Bobol and in addition the abusive Red Clinic where rather offer and create jobs for our struggling families and young people this political clown who is a big failure, offers patronising handouts to our people just to say “I Love My PM”. Love “PM” my foot. Skerrit Go. He has been a big failure, now hear of some immature, flashing woman whom we “Scare-it” of want to be Parliament Represent fr Roseau Central. Calamity. Joseph Issac manager lol..lol. What a…

  6. Joseph John
    January 13, 2019

    It’s amazing the confusion. Just a few days ago opposition forces tried to impose on people their take of unfair political treatment by implying that Dr Fontaine was being treated with discrimination. That the imposition placed on him was unacceptable.
    But the ink is sill wet on this and low and behold the opposition leader recommend a replacement and the President makes the appointment in accordance with the democratic laws and the Constitution of Dominica. Go Figure.

  7. Me
    January 13, 2019

    How come all the smart people seem to be on uwp ? Why can’t the reds get anybody half decent on their team?

    • Man bites dogs
      January 15, 2019

      @ Me, Ya man that’s why those smart-arse like you keep on losing in other words second to Labour and the greatest prime minister ever in Dominica Dr Skerrit Young with brilliant ideas long live king Skerrit we love you forever. Linton is an embarrassment, Linton must Go.

  8. L power
    January 13, 2019

    Congratulations, you will do well. Mr Charles you are a very honest and loving man, i respect you.

  9. viewsexpressed
    January 13, 2019

    Welcome Hon .Ronald Charles. You have worked hard, you will continue the work and you will continue to proudly represent your people in the valley as this community leader and Parl. Rep., and hard worker. We look forward to hearing you in the House.
    Keep up the good work

  10. Yes!
    January 13, 2019

    So long Lennox have that man on the sideline. Waw! A Sikiri/Ronald coalition. Lennox must go for the survival of the party.

  11. January 13, 2019

    According to Crazy T “more fire” brilliant replacement Mr Linton the “same Ronald Charles”he is no “JI” and as such the continued solid, honest and real integrity of the opposition will be on full display; guess what, just make sure there is an ambulance outside the Parliament at every sitting because double (Dr) PhD your pressure just went up another notch it sure gonna hit the roof this time.

  12. LifeandDeath
    January 13, 2019

    Now what to do with Ivor Stephenson? Sorry to say but Skerrit is not the brightest bulb in the ceiling..now he has brought more attention to the ailing senator’s long absence from the parliament.
    ..but maybe it’s for the best, Dominica is better off upholding the Rule of Law, except that it is purely hypocritical when it’s applied only as a matter of convenience.

    Forward Ronald Charles ..Make your contribution on behalf of the people of the Valley and for the better ment of Dominica as a whole.

    • Anonymous
      January 15, 2019

      I feel sorry for Ivor now that he has become dispensable in Skerrit’s plan and will be consigned to the scrap heap. No way he can win again in that constituency in his state of health. I hope Skerrit gives him a pension though if he is smart to make it look good. Nothing against Ivor but he has been used as a pawn to keep Thomson out.

  13. dissident
    January 13, 2019

    to admin: i have been sending posts for over 2 weeks and none appear to reach you,,,,,,,,i hope you get this message

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    • Joseph John
      January 13, 2019

      Dissident, why are you so surprise ? This is not the first time, nor the last of their negative harbits. ‘ It is my thing and I can do what I want with it, so who vex lost’ Says Massa and Boss La . Go figure. I am sure they will not post this comment, but they will get the message that eyes are looking closely and taking notes so one day full disclosure will be made.

      ADMIN: You are correct. We do have the right to run our site as we choose. We have chosen to provide a forum open to everyone, where people can criticize those with authority – including us. The ongoing attempts by some to cast negative aspersions against us, due to their own bias or agenda will not change that.

      • Joseph John
        January 14, 2019

        Thanks DNO for admitting that I am right. I am surprise that you ever allowed my post much less admit I am right.. But you are wrong in one aspect. You have no right to control public opinion. The term free press mean that no entity should attempt to control the press , neither should the press be in control of peoples self expression unless its considered untrue of fake. All those insults, fake accusations and attempts of intimidation posted to motivate fear, shame and belittling violate the code of ethics in journalism. All these are connotations of dictatorship in which you are given your opinion. “jump and when you are up in the air I will tell you how high”
        “Own bias or agenda “. Is the chief bias in agender calling the pot black. I have reviewed your policy statement several times (Which is quite an impressive statement in theory, but not put to practice). Like a wise man once said ” the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The practice is the proof.

      • RandyX
        January 15, 2019

        Look, shut up JJ. Who do you think you are? What gives you the right to tell DNO how to run their forum. If you don’t like it I suggest you stay out of it, your contributions are totally irrelevant anyway and nothing but propaganda for YOUR PM. Alternatively you might consider to establish your own forum somewhere perhaps naming it: THE DAILY WORSHIPING OF DR DR SKERRITS FOR MEMBERS OF THE RED CLINIC

  14. Ibo France
    January 12, 2019

    Skerrit’s regime is like a skunk. The odour of corruption is overpowering. I hope that Mr. Charles will try his best to bring back some respectability and decorum to parliament. The DLP Ministers of government have made parliament odorous with their polluted politics. The place needs a breath of fresh air.

  15. The eagle
    January 12, 2019

    My PM is king …

    • %
      January 12, 2019

      Yeah!!
      On the crown is written “LYING”.
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now. He “LIES” too much!

    • RandyX
      January 13, 2019

      Your PM is an aspiring dictator and a thief in reality. Of course, to certain DLP supporters he’s the king of beggars.

    • dissident
      January 13, 2019

      the last time i checked Dominica is not a monarch………..i can imagine the flock of people going to hospital with a severe heart attack on account of DLP losing the next election. That hospital will be overwhelmed …….dem cuban doctors wont be able to help the flock like skerrit was surprised by the number of people who turned up at the Red Clinic .
      I really think that the people whose names were taken will be scrutinized to see their political bias.

    • Pipo
      January 13, 2019

      Yeah, King Prawn !!

    • viewsexpressed
      January 13, 2019

      Who is this PM, failed Skerrit you are referring to? Well, he has failed us and he is on his way. This has been a political clown in office for 18 years and cannot proves where the development has taken place in our ailing poverty Dominica. Skerrit must Go…he is the biggest failure and the worse Prime (Odd) Minister in Dominica. Get lot, go away,…you have failed us. 18years of Prime Minister has been wasted where we see our island reduced to high poverty and no job creation. Shame in Skerrit and his blind supporters.

  16. %
    January 12, 2019

    One man in the Valley is giving rum and warning Workers people don’t come and “mop’ the rum, because they don’t have money. The other is working with the constituents particularly the youths, and is trying to keep them away from rum because of the deleterious effects it can have on the body.
    I clearly prefer the latter!!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go by

  17. %
    January 12, 2019

    Senator Dr Thompson Fontaine is a fine son of the soil, and a brilliantly educated gentleman.His skill are in very high demand in the region and even on the international circle..
    His replacement as senator is a man I have high regard for..I have been looking at him since after the stolen 2014 stolen general election, and I am impressed that he has done what was required of him to send him straight to parliament as parl rep. It’s not over but the people in the valley have felt and have seen what he has within to offer.Well done Senator Honourable Charles,the man for the valley!!!!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Frank N Stein
      January 14, 2019

      DR Fontaine skill is in such high demand that he has been jobless for ages and could only get a job that was advertised on the internet for ages with nobody showing interest? You need to behave yourself.

      Congrats Mr Charles good choice.

      • Man bites dogs
        January 15, 2019

        @ Frankenstein, You talking crap in a matter of fact you Thomson Fontaine, Linton, Joshua and the rest of clowns and idiotic supporters you all has the same Dna and issues against the superior Labour Party high in ranking status of quality, beat that you suckers!!!

  18. The eagle
    January 12, 2019

    So now what about ivory stephenson? What next?

  19. Man bites dogs
    January 12, 2019

    Apples never falls far away from it trees, Linton must go Linton is a loser and a wicked liar, we must not allow terrorist groups from South Sudan into our country don’t trust Linton and his calamity sidekicks get them out completely.

    • viewsexpressed
      January 13, 2019

      Man bites Dog, need Anti Biotic medicine to cam hi down to some level of decency in thinking. Thi man who bites dog is unable to comprehend the bigger picture also he is stuck in this name of no return, no repute and lacks consistency in failing to analyse the bigger picture before our ailing Domininca ailing economy and our suffering people in deep poverty because of failed Skerrit ably supported by his bind loyalists and corrupt Labour Government. You have nothing good to say or present to us of this inept failed immature Skerrit of yours, unable to walk in the shoes of Hon. Linton, so the easiest thing for you is to go at Hon Lennox Linton. Well, we are saying that will not work. Hon. Linton and his professional UWP Team are solid, courteous, sufficiently intellectual to govern our ailing island Domininca created by failed inept Skerrit and his failed corrupt Labour Government. Skerrit must Go. Corrupt Labour must Go.
      We welcome e the UWP Team into government.

    • Joseph John
      January 14, 2019

      Man bites dogs…..you are missing the irony . Opposition forces like to make accusations of people “singing” for their supper. But this new sanator (no typo) has been singing for breakfast, resess, lunch, afternoon snacks and SUPPER. Now his belly full up to his throat he will not be singing, writing or talking anymore.

      • Pipo
        January 15, 2019

        Yes Joseph John, you have irony but Ronald Charles have not only iron but steel. Our Ronald is no Donald.

    • Joseph John
      January 14, 2019

      Oh Mr Big Man bites Dogs. So that dos will not bite you do not let their barks of shame on you and guilt promotion intimate or bite you. Their fake accusations have no teeth.

    • Moi
      January 14, 2019

      To be fair, you’re sounding a little paranoid and whacko right now… hoping you haven’t contracted rabies from the dog you bit..

  20. Pipo
    January 12, 2019

    Silly Skerrit. More grease to your elbow Hon. opposition.

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