UWP leader calls for DLP to forego Soufriere by-election

The rally was held on Saturday
The rally was held on Saturday

Leader of the United Workers’ Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has called for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) to forgo the Soufriere by-election, which is carded for June 7.

At the UWP’s ‘Purple Rally’, at Pointe Michel, yesterday, he stated that the DLP was “disgraced” by former MP for the Soufriere constituency, Ian Pinard.

“They Labour Party really should sit out this election, you know. The Labour Party shouldn’t be contesting this election, you know,” he said.“Because the Labour party put up a candidate in 2014 that has disgraced himself and the party, and they’re asking you for a victory in honour of and in tribute to him!”

The Soufriere seat became vacant on April 26, when MP Ian Pinard resigned based on what he said were allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against him.

On May 15, Pinard endorsed his would-be successor, Denise Charles, and stated that he will be part of her campaign.

Linton demanded that the people of the Soufriere constituency ask Charles to reveal her stance on the issue of child abuse.

“The people of the Soufriere constituency…must ask the lady standing for the Labour Party what is her position on the defence and the protection of young children in the Commonwealth of Dominica, he urged.“She cannot be allowed to participate in this election campaign, and not tell you where she stands on the reason why we’re having the election campaign.”

He referred to the government’s position on child abuse as “indifference.”

The government was also accused of denying empathy to the victims and families who have suffered because of child abuse.

“What they are asking you to do is unthinkable! They are asking you to stand with them in their indifference to the children of Dominica. They are asking you to stand with them in their refusal to show empathy and support for the victims and the grieving families of child abuse in Dominica.

The Soufriere Constituency consists of the communities of Soufriere, Scotts Head, Gallion, and Pointe Michel.

UWP candidate, Higgs Adams, who lost the seat to Ian Pinard in 2014, will take another shot at representing that constituency.

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56 Comments

  1. All of you people here who are saying that a majority vote for DLP at that constituency, is a vote to support child abuse –YOUR OPINION IS IRRELEVANT–in that you do not understand what you are saying, you are speaking without thoughts.

    You people need to learn to put your own minds to work and to stop repeating what you hear from others, those SO-CALLED others speaks nothing but fallibility–the frail and falseness of their weak mind .

    There has to be a ministry in Government to deal with child abuse; I am sure there is, for there has to a ministry of “Welfare and Social Services” the concerns of child abuse belong in that ministry.

    But the Government of any given country cannot be in the home of every family with children, not even for one hour, far more for 24 hours a day –but children needs to be in constant counselling on the issues of Life ahead of them–who is more likely to be doing that, if not the parents of those children?

    • Child abuse, among all other bad conducts in society, starts in the mind of the doer, who then it must find physical gratification–someway, somehow; that is the reason why that issue is the talk of the day today, all over the world; this news is not only on DNO.

      So are the Nations of the world supposed to blame their Leaders, or men and women of Government, for that growing epidemic, as we leave those who are responsible to fight against it –the parents and family of the children–outside of that conflict? Our men and women are not gods the cannot perform miracles.

      And as for that UWP Leader, his ideology– philosophy, principles, ideas, and thoughts –whatever–they are so out of this world, for me they sound extremely fictitious!

      And regardless of how small, the number of people following him, there will always be some form of unrest in our Dominica –so I pray: O Lord, take vengeance against the enemy of Your God fearing Ones in our Nation! Amen!

  2. May 23, 2016

    MR LINTON i hope u will tell yourself and your party to forego the by election in Roseau South when and if the time arises

  3. May 23, 2016

    stupessssssssssssssss

  4. hashtag
    May 23, 2016

    If Mamo was in the race I wonder how she would deal with this crap politics now

  5. forreal
    May 23, 2016

    hahaha…this one cracked me up….so I guess Joshua seat is in the same predictament!!! :lol:

  6. Bagaila Bande
    May 23, 2016

    Linton is in no position to ask anybody to do anything! As a matter of fact and in the interest of transparency he should publish the names of the people/organizations etc. who provided him with money to pay his libel bills, and he and his followers should be asked to make their position clear on the issue of propagating untruths about people who do not share their political ideology.

    • viewsexpressed
      May 23, 2016

      Behave yourself…..go start with Skerrit to declare Bin Bobol and Fertiliser bobol and many more including our passports.

      That is state money, our tax money. Hon Lennox is not your issue. Skerrit is the issue of Dominica.
      You al are just scared of good government, honest government.

      • Bagaila Bande
        May 23, 2016

        A man that owes everybody cannot lead anybody!

  7. %
    May 23, 2016

    Woman you shut the hell up…You lack morality,and have a dark heart.Wicked soul!!!

  8. Black Man
    May 23, 2016

    That guy is just foolish – nothing to do with politics its just stupidity

  9. May 23, 2016

    hahahahahaha…this man cracks me up….pure comess

  10. 1 800 CONCERNED
    May 23, 2016

    Wow!!! Wrong move!!!

    Will you do the same for Joshua Francis’ seat?

    Just asking!!!!

  11. Jaded
    May 23, 2016

    I have never heard such nonsense from a politician. Asking the opposing side to not contest an election!! Asking your opponent to voice her views on child abuse!! What does he expect her to say? That she supports the abuse of children? Incredible! Is that the best UWP has to offer?

    • Face the Facts
      May 23, 2016

      As the Jamaicans say, “He is fasty and bold-face.”
      He is annoying, putting it mildly. He is out of place and wants the seat at all costs. I hope he does not get it.

  12. Floridian Diaspora
    May 23, 2016

    Immorality and laziness defines this labor government. Their actions represents all what is wrong and ignores what’s right. I forbid any Christian to follow this satanic demonic party as it will cause them to lose their soul salvation. They are wolves dressed up in sheep’s clothing. They come to you as a cheerful giver offering all types of gifts for a vote then notoriously disappears into the darkness after they get their manipulated election victories leaving the residents to endure another 5 years of mass unemployment. When will these fools ever learn? It’s simple; take whatever deceiving communion and offerings that’s being passed about from the begging bowl then vote them out!!! How hard can this be???

    • kay
      May 23, 2016

      You are living the American dream and you are jobless my boy. Linton continue denigrating the character of the lady. You do have a wife too, and it will backfire on you. Mrs. Charles will not stoop to your dirty level so continue braying. It is only a psychopath would use children to gain political leverage. Now you are truly using your pathetic plot. DNO you could choose to print comment that favor your political ideology , but the votes will count, my boys.

    • tidel
      May 23, 2016

      Floridian…..why don’t you ask the corrupt leader that you support in the us….that legalized borga….removed prayer in schools…and trying to destroy our region…bunch of hypocrites you all are

  13. May 23, 2016

    The vote in this bi-election comes down to condoning, supporting and accepting the abuse of children, especially young girls, verses gifts, handouts, bribes and blind partisan loyalty. It is, however, quite unfortunate that handouts and bribes will prove to be more important to the good people of Point Mitchel, Soufriere, Scotts Head and Gallion than taking a moral stance against the abuse of our children. In the last decade or so Politics has become less and less about the issues and the betterment of the Country and more and more about SHORT TERM PERSONAL GAINS. A great amount of our Citizens could care less if the Government is burying the Country in scandal and economic mismanagement as long as they can get a few building materials , a new refrigerator, a new flat screen television etc..

    • Like really
      May 23, 2016

      So are we just pretending that Joshua Francis isn’t still part of cabinet or did we actually forget?

  14. Y Y Y
    May 23, 2016

    Calling on all my faithful UWP supporters. The time has come when we have to take swift action. It’s regretful, but it has to be done. For the safety of our comrade he has to be placed in Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU).

  15. queenzy
    May 23, 2016

    What Crap , so the people of Point Michell dont need representation to like every othere village. UWP just want d sit without working for it thats crap.

  16. Say What
    May 23, 2016

    Garson, you doo tired drink foolish bush tea! Why would you use the children in your political gimmick. They are being victimized by your party again. DO YOU HAVE REASONING SKILLS. Mr. Francis, PR, for Roseau was also arrested in connection with that allegation. Why do you think Ian alleged indiscretion is worst than Joshua? How often do you take your medication. You are actively campaign in my village, we had too chase you, now because we refuse you, you are spewing filth. Why would you give us a male, whose life style isn’t conducive to that of a nucleus family? Why would you give us a woman who leaves her minor children ages 3-10 at home to be on the campaign trail with you? Have you ever say, you are on the road for 3 day who is taking care of your children? Isn’t that triple child abuse? You should also be arrested, because you are an enabler to the mother who leaves her children and return days later. Satan cannot correct sin. That is expected of you, HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT!

  17. smh
    May 23, 2016

    I think this article should have a different title. Maybe something like “UWP calls four DLP stance on abuse.” or “UWP refers to gov’t position on child abuse as indifference”.

  18. Too Hard Too Long
    May 23, 2016

    There are no words……………….. I table a vote of no confidence in Linton.

    • cameron
      May 23, 2016

      You have no confidence,right,your a supporter of child molesters,but dont YOU WORRY THEY HAVE IT COMING.

  19. D.L.P
    May 23, 2016

    Mr Linton why isn’t your brother Mr. Joshua Resigning as well???????? Just wondering…..

  20. Doc. Love
    May 23, 2016

    Ian Pinard was missing in action at the Scotts Head rally. I wonder whether it was by choice or Skeriit has come to the realization that the man is a hazard. Case in point, UWP rally on Saturday. All the big talk about Ian and who is standing with him and who isn’t going to send him under the Soufierre Constituency bus or to the wolves, they didn’t even want him on stage on Sunday. Remember when Mr. Linton asked Joshua to stand down as deputy political leader of the UWP and he refused, Skeritt and his DLP gang called Mr. Linton all kinds of names and accused him of not being able to control the people in his party far less his ability to manage the country. See what is happening presently, they are hiding Ian. It would appear, he is not only thrown under the bus, but the bus is rolling all over him. I am beginning to wonder when Ian said he was going no where, whether he was sending a message to Skeritt, because he has suspected they are beginning to ignore him.

  21. Dominican
    May 23, 2016

    Lennox what is your position in having a child molester “alledged” in your cabinet? As parl rep of the south whats your position on that? Unless you can answer take several seats.

    • Say sa mem
      May 23, 2016

      They should not participate because they have not denounced child abuse. They have not told us where they stand on child abuse. The UWP is clear on that. Point blank. Period.

    • Dominican
      May 23, 2016

      This post was not written by this Dominican!!! Lennox Linton does not have a cabinet. Secondly it is up to Joshua Francis whetr to resign as an Mp.P. or not.

      • Dominican
        May 23, 2016

        And you are quite a RETARD to be coming here screaming everyday about a screen name everybody can type. Hahahahaa Dominican can be used by all and sundry, idiot take a hint :mrgreen:

  22. Chappie
    May 23, 2016

    It’s called democracy. It’s a process where people get to choose their representatives. Fairly basic stuff to get your head around.

  23. me
    May 23, 2016

    that is the dumbest statement ever

  24. Joe
    May 23, 2016

    I want to know what will be Lennox platform when the table turn to the Roseau South Constituency!!!!

    • Say sa mem
      May 23, 2016

      They should not participate because they have not denounced child abuse. They have not told us where they stand on child abuse. The UWP is clear on that. Point blank. Period.

  25. Lisad
    May 23, 2016

    Nonsense Lennox. We know better than that.

  26. May 23, 2016

    All politics aside the man has a point

  27. viewsexpressed
    May 23, 2016

    Well said Hon Linton, Leader of the Opposition and UWP Team Dominica. Good luck on your campaign, may the people vote right and kick out this DLP corrupt government.
    It is a disgrace to have Ian as campaign leader, if he is or even participating as s key person in this election. This is pathetic and a real abuse to the children and families and communities suffering from abuse of all kinds.
    This current Labour government is unfit to be in office let alone lead the cause for the protection of children. It is time our people wake up.

  28. May 23, 2016

    All is fair in love and war. If the conduct of Pinard is reason for the DLP not to contest the by election in the Pt. Michelle what of the Roseau south constituency? Joshua of the UWP is charged with the same conduct as Pinard. So I guess if Joshua resigns, according to the UWP leader the UWP will not contest the by election to r?eplace Joshua……..Ohh what a tangled web we weave as we work to deceive….

    • Say sa mem
      May 23, 2016

      They should not participate because they have not denounced child abuse. They have not told us where they stand on child abuse. The UWP is clear on that. Point blank. Period.

  29. From My Conference Room
    May 23, 2016

    I hopè when it comes to Roseau South he will forego the election. We will be waiting and watching.

    • Say sa mem
      May 23, 2016

      They should not participate because they have not denounced child abuse. They have not told us where they stand on child abuse. The UWP is clear on that. Point blank. Period.

      • Dominican
        May 23, 2016

        Ohhhh so all DLP has to do is say the word? hahahahah well that’s easy isn’t it? OK skerrit just denounce and you will be allowed hahahah biggest joke on the net, but a bigger joke is the joker keep posting that all over lord ha mercy :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  30. Jeam Simpson
    May 23, 2016

    If the reason for standing down as stated by Mr. Linton is good for the Soufriere Constituency, it must be good for a neighbouring constituency – the Roseau South, when that time comes, sooner rather than later. Come it must. And we go see.

    • Say sa mem
      May 23, 2016

      They should not participate because they have not denounced child abuse. They have not told us where they stand on child abuse. The UWP is clear on that. Point blank. Period.

  31. Reasoning
    May 23, 2016

    I am in agreement and with your statement Mr.Linton and the people of that constituency should reject the candidate of the Labour party and the Labour party.

  32. faceup
    May 23, 2016

    Well Linton should know by now that in DA whenSkerro come with his money and Gove it away to electors, they get tebey and stop criticising like the problems never existed and vote Labour, you see the big majority of his voters are very poor.. So you see Mr Linton to win your election you have to have more money than Skerro :lol:

    • Joe
      May 24, 2016

      So Face up are you saying that MOST OF THE UWP SUPPORTERS ARE RICH??? Then why aren’t they contributing in a big way to help the party payoff the so-call poor DLP supporters????

      Help us understand your comment…

  33. Cyrique
    May 23, 2016

    Have I missed something? Is this a case of the pot & the kettle? Was a UWP MP not a disgrace also?? Please!!

  34. Discombobulated
    May 23, 2016

    Well that’s nonesense. When has that ever happened in any country? I just don’t get the logic behind the statement

  35. Zandoli
    May 23, 2016

    Linton must be a mad man to even suggest DLP should sit out that by-election.

  36. MIA
    May 23, 2016

    Linton is smelling power and will continue to do so…………….. focus and make us stay on the objective of the By-Election……………………… One more sit in the house is or will be an advantage of the party (UWP) but at the way things are going it looks like Linton is giving it to the MP he don’t like but the country likes him………………

  37. JoJo
    May 23, 2016

    Truthfully I don’t know what to make of this but I am sad that my old labour party has become so vulgar and tainted with sleaze. A vote for labour know would be like a vote for child abuse. Is this what my party really has become?

  38. Face the Facts
    May 22, 2016

    Politics in every country is practically the same. I reside in a country/city. I do not expect the government to protect my children from pedophiles and rapists. It is my duty to do my utmost to protect them. Parents do this by also counseling their children and living up to certain standards and examples so that their children will obey and follow.
    Where does the government come into this other than to implement a law against the abuse of children? It is currently being tabled.
    The government is not everywhere. Parents are in the home. They have custody of their children. It is their parental duty to instruct their children and also monitor them who are considered minors.
    I do think you, Linton have exceeded your boundary. Stay within it and inform the constituents what your plans are for them, to enhance their life and to make them productive. Other than that you are wasting your time and their time.

  39. Face the Facts
    May 22, 2016

    Linton, you are prejudice, discriminating against DLP. What you insinuate is that all DLP politicians committed the crime and are guilty? This is stupidity! Do you have any common sense? You are making a fool of yourself. I have never heard such nonsense.
    It is not your business to ask constituents about the plans of the DLP candidate and on child abuse, expecting her to respond. You should stay away from that. Do you not know there is a time and place for everything?
    This issue concerns every Dominican, throughout Dominica and not only Soufriere constituents. This is not the time to address this issue. As I have stated, address it to their parents who are the primary protectors of their children.
    Constituents want jobs and there are other pressing matters of interest to them.
    You might as well address the issues of the illegal drug trafficking and all these guns that are in Dominica. This is of concern to Dominicans. So change your style

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