UWP not boycotting Independence – Thompson Fontaine

Fontaine & Prevost at Market Day With A Difference

United Workers Party Candidate for Grand Fond, Thompson Fontaine, has dismissed reports that the United Workers Party is boycotting independence celebrations. He says this is untrue and the party is very much in support of in support of independence.

“I have heard people saying that we are boycotting independence that is not true,” he said. “We are very much in support of our independence, in fact yesterday we were out in town with national colors and our national flag”.

He said they are only stressing that they are not supporting the way in which the current president was elected.
“We believe that it was done unconstitutionally and as a result we as a party have a duty and a right to protest. And we are asking and we are calling on the general public to protest just two events at which the president will be presiding as a show of support to show to the Dominican public that we are not in favor…and hope that the Dominican public will support us as we move forward.

Fontaine and UWP parliamentary representative for Roseau Central, Norris Prevost, were both sighted over the weekend, at Market Day With a Difference which was presided over by President Charles Savarin.

Fontaine says he was there to support the hardworking people of Dominica.
“… I am here to support the people, hardworking farmers, and the hardworking vendors here at the Roseau market and I believe that as a party we are in full support of these people the farmers who brings the produce as well as the vendors who sell”.

Meantime, Parliamentary Representative for Roseau Central Norris Prevost, says he is not happy that he was excluded from participating in the Market Day With A Difference.

“…as member for parliament for Roseau central one of the highlights of my independence has always been to be here at market day with a difference to share some thoughts with the farmers, with the people of Roseau…normally the market would allow me to do this as part of the program since I am the member of parliament for Roseau,” he told DNO.

“This year what we have seen is that I have been excluded from speaking at the ceremony. Only the minister was allowed to speak which is another indication to the people of Dominica that the government is trying to abolish opposition in Dominica,” he complained.

Prevost said one of the reasons for the protest against the presidency is because “by taking Mr. Charles Savarin, Mr.Skerrit is taking control of the presidency and this is not good for or democracy”.

He said he too was at Market Day With A differenec to support the farmers.

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  1. mystical
    October 30, 2013

    For a doctor, I think you need to be more professional with your statements. Believe you could bring some leadership to UWP but seems that you are just a follower. Your politics is confusing. Need to show more statesmanship. Fontaine, please stop that party politics. You are just like the others. No change. Man take a break, reflect and decide if you really want the development of Dominica or the reelection of UWP. The latter you will never see, if you continue on that track.

  2. haha
    October 29, 2013

    at least mr prevost in black and whit with his hat and flag respect to the man supporting independence but d idiot fontaine me nah call u no doc or mr u dont deserve it but anyways u in big blue shirt where your black and white and tour flag your fool

  3. haha
    October 29, 2013

    boi mr does lie his mother virgin wow

  4. Francisco Telemaque
    October 29, 2013

    You Thomson, one thing one need to remember is that a house divided is destine to fall, when people operate in unison it the more effective, their voices, and efforts become. Over the past week we read where it was said the UWP would boycott the Independence celebrations.

    No if, and , or but about that:

    It one thing to be indecisive, nevertheless, indecisiveness, can appear to confusion, and confusion can be a real turn off!

    I believe in Proverbs, it is written ” let your yea be yea, and your nay be nay.” That translate into “let your yes be yes, be yes and your no be no.” If one member of a party called for a boycott of something, before it is made public, the party should have agreed on that.

    If there was no agreement, then the idea should not be published on line, announced in the news on Radio & Television, now here you are stating that UWP will not do what was suggested in the first place.

    Such behavior serves no other purpose than to make people believe that a certain number of incompetents exists, and that can only damage the chances of the party. Once the damage is done it becomes very difficult to be repaired

    I do not care one way, or the other, this is simply an observation.

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Francisco Telemaque
      October 29, 2013

      And I made some errors, I meant “you see Thomson, ” and “it in a couple of cases should be “it’s” or it is!


  5. Roughcake
    October 29, 2013

    Typical UWP…. They all speak with forked tongue.

  6. ??
    October 29, 2013

    Thompson’s attempt to disrupt the independence season will fail miserably. It’s like a man telling his wife that he loves her but have other woman on the side. Thompson actions are very irresponsible. I hope this is not a reflection of his character.

  7. Tanti
    October 29, 2013

    but Fontaine, the National Parade is the climax of the Independance celebrations. LOL. And the Youth Rally is where our Nation youth get awarded for hard work and excellence and they march in style representing their school. So calling to Boycott the two climaxing events is calling for a boycott of the Independance. btw Lennox will good for you for saying that. AND why did you all attend the Market Day with a difference if the Presidents is there? He was there under the auspices of the Office of President. So yall real confused or went to cause trouble. Pick your posion.

  8. Negbawi
    October 29, 2013

    Fontaine is such a joker its not even funny anymore

  9. Sports Lover
    October 29, 2013

    Fontaine says he was there to support the hardworking people of Dominica.
    “… I am here to support the people, hardworking farmers, and the hardworking vendors here at the Roseau market and I believe that as a party we are in full support of these people the farmers who brings the produce as well as the vendors who sell”.

    As an educated you man, I read Mr. Fontaine comment and I see that you are not true to the things to opening speak able. On one hand you will turn your backs on the youths and on the other hand you will support the farmers. Is it that the youths can put you in power but the farmers can. The youths of this country cant vote so why play politics with them. Come on man, we have common sense. Stop playing politics with the people of Dominica. When the dust settle your true colors will surface and it beginning to surface. I you want to make a difference rise above the old politic and embrace what is good. Stop playing the games of if he can do I can do. If the President boycott back then, then I can do it now. If it was wrong then in your eye, then it is wrong now.

  10. Dcauk
    October 29, 2013

    DNO y r u not posting my moment?

  11. info
    October 29, 2013

    so i’m confused. wasn’t it two weeks ago that the uwp called for the youth of dominica to boycott independence activities presided by the president? how is it that he expected to be a part of the program he and his fellow angry blue men threatened to boycott in the first place? they changing their tongue because allll dominicans whether red, blue or green seeing that it is utter nonsense to ask the public to boycott their independence celebrations because of dirty politics.

  12. I'mWondering
    October 29, 2013

    So, to not attend the two events, who are you not supporting? Is it not the children? the future?

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  14. Doc. Love.
    October 29, 2013

    Skeritt and the Labor Party supporters are aware of the UWP’s decision to boycott only two activities during the Independence Celebrations. Mr. Prevost was seen at the creole in the park and at the Roseau Market. Many top brass of the UWP were seen meeting the people in Roseau during their meet the people tour, by the way, a first in Dominica at that time of the year. Mr. Linton, leader of the UWP and Prime Minister in waiting, on several occasions, has made the UWP position clear as regards to the boycotting of the celebrations. The propaganda, the mapuis will never stop, as far as I am concerned, this is the culture of Skeritt Labour Party.

    • dog bite
      October 29, 2013

      I guess if you really know what love is your views on this matter would be different. At this point we dominican are tired of the BULL that you and others are preaching, it make no sense what so ever.

  15. cloo
    October 29, 2013

    really fontain that was untrue wake up dominicans.
    and open all you eyes.

    • dog bite
      October 29, 2013

      Uwp message is clear. Absolutely nothing to offer to dominica and dominicans, BUT HATRED. Yes I said it. We are not that stupid

  16. Dcauk
    October 29, 2013

    Yes you have your duty and right to protest but not talking about boy cutting a national event… Big mistake!
    Now you guys trying to cover up by taking part and wearing national clothes to fool ppl like me? Well that’s my opinion, from your leader suggested boycotting a national event that leaves me to believe he have no interest in my country..
    Regardless who the prime minister put for president. I don’t like the decision but that’s politics for you I have to live with that.. But that would never stop me from celebrating my culture…so for that reason I’m saying a definite no to UWP!!!!

    • dog bite
      October 29, 2013

      They don’t even deserve to be consider much more my VOTE.

  17. the sage
    October 29, 2013

    Compromise is a virtue to be cultivated, not a weakness to be despised.

  18. truth
    October 29, 2013

    uwp never said to boycott the indepencence but the leader called for the boycott of the rally where our children have to salute those corrupt men and the gunpoint president.

    i in dat too

      October 29, 2013

      Pure jealousy agianst our President. We love you Charlo.

  19. Me again
    October 29, 2013

    It is a downright shame that the Parliamentary Representative for Roseau Central was deliberately excluded from addressing the people as is customary. That is his constituency, for God sake!

    • me
      October 29, 2013

      Because President, Charles Savarin, was going to be there and since uwp had made a decision to boycott every event that the President was part of it would have made no sense to invite him. But since then, the uwp had changed their stance on the boycott.

    • Who the cap fit!
      October 29, 2013

      Yeah right, like anyone with any political sense would give him another platform to disrespect the president and lobby for their confusing boycott.

      Its clear that the temperamental, dictatorial decision by Lennox to boycott the elections did not sit down well with the more mature and experienced leaders of his new party.

    • Really!
      October 29, 2013

      @ Me again, I would think that the President Savarin and P.M. Skerritt are holding higher offices than Mr. Prevost. Lets not get it twisted here !! The P.M and the President were not included on the programmer to speak and they did not speak. The Roseau market vendors are not in Prevost Constituency as they all come from all parts of Dominica. How many people in Roseau are farmers and are vendors. The people there are mostly Haitians and Country folks; so if someone had to speak then it would have been the P.M. As he represents the citizens of Dominia.

  20. Political Observer
    October 29, 2013

    Thomson, this a very bad way to start your political career if you want to survive. Be your own person,operate independantly.

  21. Rule
    October 29, 2013

    The longest rope has an end. Patrick John did some bad things and see where he ended up.(IN JAIL)
    Skerrit does everything as a dictator, but his reign is beginning to dwindle and we will have some form of normalcy in Government after his departure.

  22. Anonymous
    October 29, 2013

    I thought you guys were asked to boycott activities presided over by the president? So why cry now?

  23. Anonymous
    October 29, 2013

    I don’t think that’s what your leader meant Mr. Fontaine. You realize all you make a big boo boo and now you trying to save face. Who you trying to fool?

  24. Anonymous
    October 29, 2013

    Why the back flip Mr. Fontaine? Which are the two events that UWP is asking Dominicans to boycott? Does the president take the salute at the Youth rally?
    Please guide me sir.

    • dog bite
      October 29, 2013

      Peoples with no sense of direction can’t guide.

  25. Views Expressed
    October 28, 2013

    Good move Prevost and Fontaine……I heard on that Heng Programme that Norris Prevost may have embarrassed Lennox Linton as he presented himself at some independence function. The Heng apparently got it wrong without, as every good professional and educated journalist would do is clarify the misinformation and lie and that the UWP Only asked that Dominicans boycott ONLY two specific activities…
    Get it right Heng…whoever youu are

  26. mac
    October 28, 2013

    bunch of idiots,the president has been in so many events why just 2 events,and don’t you know that the people that are going to be at those 2 events are the people that always go if you know what I mean.wait when you c the prime minister waves his hand an you will hear the crowd going wild as usual .show of support for him.

  27. Slipperywenwet
    October 28, 2013

    Politricks.Ping pong politics :-D

    • antedote for fools
      October 29, 2013

      flip flop politics dat

  28. Grand Bay Girl
    October 28, 2013

    Confusion in d party! lol

  29. Anonymous
    October 28, 2013

    Way Papa look confusion! Lenox say one thing. Prevost said another thing. Then Thompson and Prevost contradicted themselves The Leader of the Party says Nothing. Confusion in d Party! But Dominicans are smarter than u all think. We have
    a brain and we can think independently for ourselves and we will not include our children in this confusion

  30. Jimi Hendrix
    October 28, 2013

    UWP…you guys keep shooting yourselves in the foot. Stop doing things that people can misinterpret as being unpatriotic. As a people we take our independence very seriously. You can choose to stay away from events where the president is in attendance but don’t encourage people to boycott anything to do with our independence.

    I hope you guys learn from this experience and DON’T DO IT AGAIN.

  31. Original Observer
    October 28, 2013

    Insulting my intelligence. That is the sum total of what the UWP agents are doing in thia article. The UWP has mounted a campaign to show their displeasure in the manner in which President Charles Savarin was elected.They have a legitimate right to dissent. So by taking advantage of their right to dissent they have asked the public to show disrespect and to the President and so slected two high profile activity, one of them the President does not attend. in the two weeks of so of that announcement, an avalanche of public criticism and denunciation of the action descended on the UWP. They have now reviewed what is actually a failed strategy of the newly elected Political leader and so are attempting to change the tide employing another must fail feeble explanation to thier call to boycott activities where President Charles Savarin is in attendance in his official capacity.

    So what is Mr. prevost’s beef. He is known to exclude himslef from official activities whether it is the official opening of theDominica Chinese Bridge or the Morne Bruce Storage Tank to name just a few. So what is he crying about. He wants to pick and choose which government activity he attends even in his capacity as Parliamentary Representative for Roseau. Mr. Prevost cannot have his cake and eat it at the same time. he cannot refer to President Charles Savarain as an illegal President and at the same tiem go to the official opening of “Creole in the Park” and associate himself with or recognize “the protocol that has already been established”.

    Dr. Fontaine mustclean the mess he helped create the mess and he has to clean it. Walking around Roseau in the rain with UWP aspiring politicians and a political leader that is yet to learn the virtues of socializing with poor people on their turf will not assist.

  32. Erasmus B. Black
    October 28, 2013

    … “Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on. “I do,” Alice hastily replied, “at least I mean what I say, that’s the same thing you know.” “Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “Why, you might just as well say that “I see what I eat is the same thing as “I eat what I see!”
    Alice in Wonderland

  33. October 28, 2013

    Dr.Fontaine thought you were a smart man, but you act very much like those your collegues, It appears that you guys have a special water drinking boy. A man do not have a job talking about creating job for peoople, give me a break. Fontaine and Prevost possing shame on you guys.Fontaine did not get what he wanted from the red party he turned blue. shame on Jokers party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. me
    October 28, 2013

    It was a failed attempt.

  35. Malgraysa
    October 28, 2013

    First of all, the good Dr.’s name is Thomson Fontaine (without a P).
    Secondly, like him I will not boycott our independence but most certainly will avoid any occasion where I would have to acknowledge Mr. Savarin to be our President.Just couldn’t bring myself to do that.

    • Really!
      October 29, 2013

      @Malgraysa, Why would you not want to acknowledge the President at any event, when Mr. Prevost embraced the same stage with the President at Creole in the Park,and addressed him publicly “. You Excellency, President Charles Savarin”. What a joker. Prevost is telling the public to do one thing and he is doing another. Double standards!!!!

  36. st.joe massiff #2
    October 28, 2013

    The boycott is on am standing for my constitution hence standing for my independence.. they can give holiday my kids shall not be part of this nonsense neither shall I.

  37. DA in TX
    October 28, 2013

    I do hope Dominicans finally understand the right to protest and protect the land of our birth it makes absolutely no sense what skerrit and Charles severin has Dominica to disrespect the nature isle lets give the opposition a chance to get our lovely island back

  38. "O" STRESS"
    October 28, 2013

    The two “Boycott” or not to “BOYCOTT” sadly mr Prevost you got a taste of your own medicine. They boycott you and kept you from the proceedings at Market Day with a difference because you seems to use that platform for so called politicking. I saw that coming more than a few years ago,but you didn’t “WHY”? You all never ready and that will cost you all dearly. You read it first on D.N.O.

    • "O" STRESS"
      October 28, 2013

      D.N.O. is slow, slow, is there something wrong? or every body is tired after working so very hard.

      ADMIN: Sorry we had technical issues over the past few days.

      • "O" STRESS"
        October 29, 2013

        welcome back, D.N.O. Keep up the great job, you are all we have and there is a platform for all views that’s the way it should remain, then we will see and learn from each other rather than go at each other. Some persons only love the ROW, ROW, and the drama, those I just ignore and pay no attention too.

  39. JR
    October 28, 2013

    The UWP leaders are a bunch of jokers, they all are saying different things, wonder who is really leading ???…..

  40. Anonymous
    October 28, 2013

    Why u guys dont attend parliament and stop boycotting , now u no u are a representative only now. Y dont they get represented in parliament sittings .. stop fooling the ppl and do ur jobs

  41. Who Fool ?
    October 28, 2013

    Thompson, you aint fooling anyone. The heat is on and your planned boycott backfired so you all are just trying to make amends. Tom no fool.
    Based on the response of Dominicans you all have just realized that a major blunder was made, so you and Prevost have gone rogue against the wishes of your leader who is just to arrogant to admit a error was done.
    No matter how you try to explain, this is a classic case of you eating your own vomit.
    People are going to show up to that military parade on Sunday to teach allyou a lesson. Zort tros hadi.

  42. Daughter of the soil
    October 28, 2013

    Fontaine and prevost I love your national colors. you mean that is your creole outfit.. You guys are killing me.

  43. La voix
    October 28, 2013

    While I

  44. Anonymous
    October 28, 2013

    those guys are just not serious. there decision back firing on them so they changing there tune. come Friday and you all will see what support is.

  45. Bazoodi
    October 28, 2013

    The President was present in his official capacity at the event that Prevost wanted to speak. I guess the organizers excluded him for fear that his name would be called as a speaker and he would not show up. Well, he brought that upon himself because he was one of those calling for boycott.

  46. Friend
    October 28, 2013

    That’s been my understanding all along…

    Some Dominicans are to quick to talk and not understand nor listen – just jump!

    Anyway, I am now a workers supporter and they’re not loosing my vote because they choose to voice or show their disappointment and frustration through asking for a boycott of two events!

    I think Dominicans like to trivialise things to much, they already right off the PM and his president, that on back burner… I just hope they don’t forget the other inadequacies of the current administration.

  47. anonymous
    October 28, 2013

    I m confused. should I be?

  48. Mizz J
    October 28, 2013

    Allu don’t know what allu about. Hopeless

  49. Jejep
    October 28, 2013

    If it is deemed undemocratic, the manner in which the President was elected and you believe that you have a case, take the matter to court and stop all of the damn pussyfooting.

  50. Yes Yes
    October 28, 2013

    Just stop with it please!!!

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