It is unfortunate that the Opposition does not sit in Parliament

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first_img 7 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews It is unfortunate that the Opposition does not sit in Parliament by: – September 1, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Dr. John Colin McIntyreMinister responsible for the portfolios of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs Dr. John Colin McIntyre believes it is unfortunate that the Opposition Party does not sit in Parliament.Dr. McIntyre who addressed members of the media yesterday says, while this action may benefit the government, it is a bad move which will affect the country.“It is unfortunate that we have an Opposition that does not sit in Parliament. They have no say, there is no interest, there’s no representation to the people, they are just totally not interested in Dominica or the people of Dominica. I mean no Opposition is good for a government to a certain extent but it is bad for the country. It is bad for the country in that you expect to get some form of input from the Opposition in terms of looking at programs as well to form a national point of view in pushing this country forward. When you have an Opposition that seat out completely with no say, with lack of representation to their own people, though it is a slim margin I must admit, there is no direction.”The Minister explained that irrespective of which party is in power the national program and plan should continue.“I want to enforce here right now that irrespective of which government is in power, we have to look at the national program and continuity. We cannot say that because one time it was the Freedom Government, one time it was the UWP for a very, very short time I remember that very well and now that you have the Labour Party in government; for a reasonable time now and to be honest with you for a long enough time as well, we must continue the program and I speak here of the national program for Dominica. It cannot be the Freedom Party was in power they had this program, the UWP got into power the program should be changed, the Labour Party is in power right now so the program should be changed? No, it should be a continuation of the plan,” he said.According to Dr. McIntyre a proper national plan should continue whether the government which initiated it remains in office or not.He noted however that for continuity to take place this would require the input from a functional opposition party which is sadly lacking in Dominica.“What would be ideal to balance this whole program is a program where you have a functional opposition but in Dominica’s case we don’t have that and it is sad for the country,” he said.This decision to abstain from the Parliament Dr. McIntyre thinks will “just help to strengthen government’s role and maintenance of this Labour Party in power for a very, very long time.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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