United Workers Party leader, Dr Thomson Fontaine is calling on UWP supporters to unite behind them & engage in planned initiatives to educate the Dominican people on the significance of electoral reform
United Workers Party leader, Dr Thomson Fontaine is calling on UWP supporters to unite behind them & engage in planned initiatives to educate the Dominican people on the significance of electoral reform. He stated that Dominicans must now take a stand and declare enough is enough.
He added that the party's supporters and the public at home and abroad have been pleading with the leadership to address the issue of electoral and campaign finance reforms, and as a responsible party, the UWP is asking their supporters and the Dominican public to unite behind them as they engage in a number of activities to help educate the Dominican people on the significance of electoral and campaign finance reform. In that regard, a rally is scheduled for May 31, 2023 in Roseau.
Dr. Fontaine is of the view that because electoral reform is a struggle for the very essence of Dominica's democracy, it will need a determined effort from all Dominicans, including the supporters of the incumbent DLP, as well as the DFP and all other civic organizations and NGOs.
United Workers Party leader, Dr Thomson Fontaine
President of the UWP Lennox Linton contends that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is misleading the Dominican people by claiming they are the ones who have been & will continue to be deceived
President of the United Workers Party, Lennox Linton, claims that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is misleading the Dominican people by claiming he is unperturbed and inserting the word "no fool" into the dialogue. He asserts that the prime minister is attempting to mislead the public by claiming that they are the ones who have been and will continue to be deceived.
Mr Linton is concerned about the lack of disclosure regarding Dominica's cryptocurrency trading activity. He is also concerned about Mr. Skerrit's current comments re Justin Sun while he is still seems unperturbed about the DMA coins, which are no longer available on the market.
Lennox Linton, the president of the United Workers Party
Justice Dr Irving Andre is concerned about questions and allegations that are being raised about Sir Dennis Byron's impartiality and stresses the value of professional integrity
Justice Dr Irving Andre has questioned Sir Denis Byron's impartial, expert viewpoint. He suggests that the outcome of the reforms being proposed might either be a compromise to pay the piper or to give the piper what he has been paid for. Dr André also stresses the value of professional integrity, wondering whether the results so far are a logical outcome of what was paid for.
Dr André continues by saying that a person needs to be able to argue their viewpoint using the best electoral reform ideas. He also emphasizes the need for them to be able to claim that their integrity, knowledge, and expertise should be the foundation of their professional judgment. He notes that if this is impossible, it begs the question of why would one accept that assignment in the first place.
Justice Dr Irving Andre
Financial economist & UWP leader Dr Thomson Fontaine advocates for more aggressive measures to entice foreign direct investment into local essential oils industries & indigenous entrepreneurs
Financial economist & UWP leader Dr Thomson Fontaine, is strongly advocating for more aggressive measures to entice foreign direct investment into essential oils industries & in indigenous entrepreneurs, as well as in the necessary infrastructure to assist these entrepreneurs. He highlighted the value of lending a helpful hand and aiding the community rather than building a wealthy estate for the incumbents and their enablers.
He goes on to say that Mr Skerrit is trying to ensure that no Dominican ever attains his level of riches, completely forgetting that it was on the backs of the Dominican people that he got to where he is now. Dr Fontaine describes Dominica’s current government as a tragedy.
United Workers Party's leader and financial economist, Dr Thomson Fontaine
Roseau Central MP Melissa Skerrit says government's decision to pass the Children Care & Adoption Bill is a firm commitment to deal with longstanding issues affecting Dominican children
Parliamentary Representative for Roseau Central Melissa Skerrit says Dominica is not unique in its need to revamp old laws and procedures- calling this long overdue.She says the challenges faced as leaders and lawmakers are numerous, but they are determined to not let the needs of the smallest and most vulnerable voices go unheard.Her comments came following the government's decision to pass the Children Care & Adoption Bill.
Parliamentary Representative for Roseau Central Melissa Skerrit
Meantime Opposition Senator Laurie Victor asked a few pertinent questions during the debate on the bill.
Opposition Senator, Laurie Victor
DDA Festivals & Events manager Nathalie Walsh promises this year there will be thousands of patrons at the Jazz n Creole Festival at the Cabrits in Portsmouth, the biggest since its inception
Festivals & Events manager at the Discover Dominica Authority Nathalie Walsh says this year there will be thousands of patrons at the 12th edition of Jazz n Creole at Cabrits. She says ticket sales are adding up by the dozens daily, and there are very few VIP tickets left. Walsh joined the DDA team just in time to plan the event this year.
DDA Festivals & Events Manager, Nathalie Walsh
Meantime, Venezuela's Ambassador to Dominica H.E Jose' Moros says a Venezuelan band to perform at the event on Sunday are excited to exchange culture with the other bands and Dominica.
Venezuela's Ambassador to Dominica H.E, Jose' Moros
UWP Leader Dr Thomson Fontaine noted that April is ending, yet no public discussion or tabling of Electoral Reform Bills in Parliament, the most critical issues to Dominica’s democracy & development
United Workers Party's (UWP) leader, Dr. Thomson Fontaine, stated that April will soon be over and that despite DLP regime promises to the Dominican people that they would receive electoral reform legislation recommendations for discussion during this month, there has been no discussions or even any hints about it.
He claims several bills were recently approved in parliament, but electoral reform—which is crucial to the country's governance and the people’s democracy —is the critical issue that is not being prioritized. He was speaking on the Workers Voice Program on Q95 last night.
Dr. Fontaine stated that the Dominican people must continue to push for appropriate electoral and campaign finance reform legislation, which is what the United Workers Party (UWP) has emphasized, and that every Dominican should prioritize.
The United Workers Party's (UWP) leader, Dr. Thomson Fontaine
Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) President Steve Joseph says employees in the health sector have made enormous sacrifices to offer good health care to Dominicans, but they are not valued or recognized
President of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), Steve Joseph, claims that despite making significant contributions and sacrifices to provide Dominican citizens with high-quality healthcare, health care professionals are not respected, valued, or acknowledged for their efforts by the appropriate authorities. According to Joseph, those in positions of authority must start respecting those in the medical field since they work together to give the public access to high-quality healthcare.
Joseph highlighted some of the assumptions in the union's strategic plan, which he claims is quite potent.
Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) President, Steve Joseph
Q95 Global View On Q host Sheridan Gregoire argues that it is of critical importance to account for money spent on political campaigns prior to elections, & not after the campaign period to avoid bribery & cheating
Q95 Global View On Q host Sheridan Gregoire argues that it is of critical importance to account for money spent on political campaigns prior to elections, & not after the campaign period to avoid bribery & cheating.
Mr Gregoire is of the view that it should be unacceptable for individuals or parties to spend $50 million prior to the campaign period before the date of the election is made public by the incumbent, and when the election date is announced, as is done customarily the case, other political contenders are instructed to spend whatever they have within a 21-day time frame to election day. He insists that the 50 or 70 million dollars that may have been spent prior to the campaign reporting period has to be subject to severe punishments under the new electoral and campaign finance laws.
He contends that it is more important to account for the money you spent on the campaign trail before the election than the money you spent afterward. Gregoire also contends that Dominica is not yet ready to supervise and control any electronic voting from overseas.
Host of the Global View, Sheridan Gregoire
Dominicans must take precautions to prevent being taken advantage of, as their meager pay is the only thing to stop banks from seizing their property, says UWP President Lennox Linton
Lennox Linton, the president of the United Workers Party, claims that it is the duty of the Dominican people to take precautions to prevent being taken advantage of. He notes that young people are forced to take out loans while their parents are left to put up their land titles as collateral. He emphasizes that their meager pay is currently the only thing keeping a bank from seizing their property. Linton argues that although this is shameful, only the people can stop it.
Lennox Linton, president of the United Workers Party
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