DOMINICA

Contact Information

Address: Address: House of Assembly Victoria Street, Roseau
Phone: (+1 767)266 3291
Fax: (+1 767)4498353
Email: houseofassembly@dominica.gov.dm
Website:

 
 

Profile:

 

Profile:

Dominica's parliament dates from the year 1763 when the British established a Legislative Assembly. This legislative assembly was however only representative of the white population. In 1831, the Brown Privilege Bill granted political and social rights to free coloureds. The following year, three blacks were elected to the legislative assembly.

Dominica was the first and only British Caribbean Colony to have black controlled legislature in the 19th century.
The colonial office changed the composition of the elective assembly in 1865. Half of the members were elected and half were appointed.

In 1871 Dominica became part of the Leeward Island Federation and in 1896 Crown Colony government was re-introduced. This move meant that most members of the population lost their political rights.
During the post World War I period, there emerged a greater awareness of the precepts of Representative Government in the Caribbean. Dominica was transferred from the Leeward Island Administration and joined the West Indies Federation.

Dominica became an associate State of the United Kingdom in 1967 when the federation dissolved. In 1978 Dominica gained full independence and became a Democratic Republic.
Dominica's present electoral system is derived from that of the Westminster system of parliamentary government and elections are held every 5 years. The President and the Prime Minister comprise the executive arm. The president is elected by the parliament for a term of five years. The Leader of the majority party in Parliament is appointed as Prime Minister who in turn selects members of cabinet.

The House of Assembly is made up of 32 members; 21 which are elected and 9 nominated, 1 Attorney General; 1 Speaker of the House.

Branch Profile

Seat of Parliament: Roseau
Date of First Parliament: 1 January, 1967
Population: 71,293 Constitutions: Republic
CPA Branch Formed: 1946

Political Party Distribution

Dominica Labour Party 18 Seats
United Workers' Party 3 Seats
Date of Last Election 18 December, 2009

Officers of the Branch

Honourable Alix Boyd-Knights, MHA
CPA Office: Branch President
Parliamentary Office: Speaker of the House of Assembly

Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, MHA
CPA Office: Branch Vice President
Parliamentary Office: Prime Minister

Honourable Hector John, MHA
CPA Office: Branch Vice-President 2
Parliamentary Office: Leader of the Opposition

Mrs. Vernanda Raymond

CPA Office: Branch Secretary
Parliamentary Office: Clerk of the House of Assembly (Ag.)

 

MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

NO.

DESIGNATION OF MEMBERS

1.

The Hon. Speaker of the House of Assembly (Mrs. Alix Boyd Knights)

 

GOVERNMENT

2.

The Hon. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Foreign Affairs and Information Technology (Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit) (Member for the Vieille Case Constituency)

3.

The Hon. Attorney General (Mr. Levi Peter)

4.

The Hon. Minister for Tourism and Legal Affairs

(Mr. Ian Douglas) (Member for the Portsmouth Constituency)

5.

The Hon. Minister for Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management (Mr. Reginald Austrie) (Member for the Cottage Constituency)

6.

The Hon. Minister for Education and Human Resource Development           (Mr. Petter Saint-Jean) (Member for the La Plaine Constituency)

7.

The Hon. Minister for Agriculture and Forestry (Mr. Matthew Walter) (Member for the Paix Bouche Constituency)

8.

The Hon. Minister for Carib Affairs (Mr. Ashton Graneau) (Member for the Salybia Constituency)

9.

The Hon. Minister for Health (Mr. Julius Timothy) (Member for the Roseau North Constituency)

10.

The Hon. Member for the Colihaut Constituency(Mr. Ronald Toulon)

11.

The Hon. Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs                        (Mr. Alvin Bernard) (Senator)

12.

The Hon. Minister for Public Works, Energy and Ports

(Mr. Rayburn Blackmoore) (Member for the Mahaut Constituency)

13.

The Hon. Minister for Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs    (Mr. Collin McIntyre) (Member for the Roseau Valley Constituency)

 

14.

The Hon. Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs (Mrs. Gloria Shillingford) (Member for the Wesley Constituency)

15.

The Hon. Minister for Information, Telecommunication and Constituency Empowerment (Mr. Ambrose George) (Member for the Roseau South Constituency)

16.

The Hon. Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports (Mrs. Justina Charles) (Member for the Grand Bay Constituency)

17.

The Hon. Minister for Environment, Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries (Dr. Kenneth Darroux) (Member for the Petite Savanne Constituency)

18.

The Hon. Minister for National Security, Labour and Immigration                    (Mr. Charles Savarin) (Senator)

19.

The Hon. Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports (Mr. Johnson Drigo) (Member for the Castle Bruce Constituency)

20.

The Hon. Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of  Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management (Mr. Ivor Stephenson) (Member for the Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Constituency)

21.

The Hon. Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information Technology (Mr. Kelver Darroux) (Member for the St. Joseph Constituency)

22.

The Hon. Member for the Soufriere Constituency (Mr. Sam Martin)

23.

Senator the Hon. Tammy C. Jean Jacques

24.

Senator the Hon. Bentley Royer

25.

Senator the Hon. Dayton Baptiste

 

OPPOSITION

26.

The Hon. Member for the Marigot Constituency (Mr. Edison James)

27.

The Hon. Member for the Roseau Central Constituency (Mr. Norris Prevost)

28.

The Hon. Member for the Salisbury Constituency (Mr. Hector John)

29.

Senator the Hon. Ronald Green

30.

Senator the Hon. Claudius Sanford

31.

Senator the Hon. Ezekiel Bazil

32.

Senator the Hon. Ronald Isidore