Linton made that promise while speaking at a public meeting in Lagoon Roseau on Thursday night (12th April 2018). He stated specifically, “When we get into government, one of the first orders of business will be to outlaw floor crossing in the Commonwealth of Dominica”. That floor crossing by Joseph Isaac was the third experienced by the UWP, since it formed the Opposition in the year 2000.
Linton contends that there are many countries in the Caribbean where floor crossing is illegal. “In Antigua, you cannot cross the floor of the parliament from one party to the next because there are laws protecting the people’s interest. In Trinidad, you cannot cross the floor either, but in Dominica, you can cross the floor.”
He added, “You cannot come to people saying you are part of a political organization that believes in this and that, or stands for this and that, or will do this or that; and that you don’t think the other party is doing a good job; and then mid-stream, while people are suffering, while after a disaster there are so many people waiting to have their roofs covered, so many people awaiting the assistance of the government, you take the vote of the people of Roseau Central and go across. It should not happen. It should not be allowed to happen, but it has happened. The people have to decide what to do when such things happen”.