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PM Proposes Changes To Further Empower Parliamentarians

by: - December 11, 2019
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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

Hon Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit does not think that Government services are reaching the people of Dominica who have real need.

He says as a result, high expectations are placed on the parliamentary representatives.

Hon Skerrit those expectations are often legally unrealistic.

Prime Minister Skerrit stated, “There are three branches of government: the legislature, there is the judiciary and there is the executive. Now a member of parliament is part of the legislative branch of government. But the way things have happened to evolve in society these days, is that a parliamentary representative now is expected to do everything, for citizens. Which really should be government’s responsibility, the executive responsibility.”

The legislative branch of government makes and passes laws and policies, while the executive arm runs the state affairs.

The Prime Minister says that if this is the case, then some changes must be made to allow parliamentarians to operate in greater capacity.

He hastened to add, however, that parliamentarians must also consult more closely with their constituents.

“We have to empower parliamentarians more if we expect to have the kind of demands that we want to place on them. If you come to a member of parliament and ask him for a house, he really doesn’t have the resources to give you a house. He has to go to the government, the executive, to give you a house.

“We have to look at how the government services are delivered at community level, and where changes have to be made. We may very well find where we [can] divert these resources to legislature, and let them have the staff, let them have the resources, to treat the constituents.”