Labour Party Ministers Upset about Thomson Fontaine’s Statement about Dominica

United Workers Party candidate for Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Constituency, Dr. Thomson Fontaine

United Workers Party candidate for Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Constituency, Dr. Thomson Fontaine

Certain Minsters of the Dominica Labour Party have made public their dissatisfaction about comments made by the United Workers Party candidate for Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Constituency, Dr. Thomson Fontaine about Dominica.

Minister for Education and Human Resource Development and member of Parliament for the La Plaine constituency, Honourable Petter St. Jean said, Dr. Fontaine has  painted  Dominica  as lawless  and Dominicans as hostile to the Haitian and Chinese communities here.

It was reported that during the UWP’s 21 in 25 Coast to Coast Tour of Dominica, Dr. Fontaine said and I quote, “We went to a village and young men were asking us for guns, the only things we want from you guys is guns, we are about to kill some people now, we are about to shoot the Haitians, shoot the Chinese, that’s the kind of reaction we get from young people, young men are selling drugs. The drugs come into Dominica, the Government turns away, look the other way and young men load these small boats and try to sell it in the other Islands,” end quote.

 

 

Minister for Education and Human Resource Development and member of Parliament for the La Plaine constituency, Honourable Petter St. Jean

Minister for Education and Human Resource Development and member of Parliament for the La Plaine constituency, Honourable Petter St. Jean

Mr. St. Jean stated, that as a resident of the South East coast of Dominica, Dr. Fontaine’s comments are harmful to the image of the Nature Island as a peaceful and welcoming tourism destination.

Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit also condemned the statement by Dr. Fontaine, saying it was an attack against young people in Dominica and that never has any young person asked him for guns to kill anybody.

However, persons who were present when Dr. Fontaine made the statement are saying, the Government ministers and supporters of the Dominica Labour Party, took out of context, the point Dr. Fontaine was making, in an effort to mislead Dominicans.

 

UWP Candidate for the St. Joseph constituency, Ms. Monelle Williams

UWP Candidate for the St. Joseph constituency, Ms. Monelle Williams

UWP Candidate for the St. Joseph constituency, Ms. Monelle Williams says what Dr. Fontaine was referring to was the violence that the frustrated men and women may resort to.

“They are frustrated by the system, they are not working and these young men have reached the point that they will take any action for them to get some sort of relief because they feel like no one is looking out for them.”

Ms. Williams added, the discussion should move from what Dr. Fontaine said to how we can resolve the issue of violence in Dominica.

 

 

Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit

Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit

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