Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has defended the office which the Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd-Knight holds.
Before moving a motion to have the House which was in session be adjourned sine die on Tuesday 31 July 2018, Mr. Skerrit said, “I think people don’t know or understand and not through any mischievous reasons…I don’t think there has been sufficient education of the public on the extent of the responsibilities of the Speaker of the House.”
He said many think that the Speaker only shows up dressed in her black and gold robe to sit at her chair however said she is also an administrator.
“I think in Dominica we never really accorded the Speaker of the House with the seriousness with which that office is.”
He explained that in the United States the Speaker of the House is third in line to be President if a sitting President and Vice President dies.
“In many countries it is like that and even in our constitution too I believe, in respect to President that the Speaker can in fact become the President.”
In Dominica Mr. Skerrit said, the kind of respect and authority due to the Speaker is not given.
“It’s a very demanding job.”