|Luke Taylor Corriette
Former Cabinet Minister, Dominica
Luke Taylor Corriette was a Dominican politician and former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Luke Taylor Corriette was born in Dominica on 16 December 1943. He held a diploma (1972) in life underwriting in insurance.
Corriette served as sales manager for the state-owned Dominica Broadcasting Corporation in 1974 and held many executive posts in youth groups throughout the island.
He entered politics in 1974, joining the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) when Patrick John took over from Edward Le Blanc as Premier. The following year he contested the 1975 general elections and won the Petite Savanne seat in the House of Assembly. He was made Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Home Affairs, Social Security and Youth Affairs, Isiah Thomas, and was made minister on the death of Isiah Thomas two years later.
In the upheaval that followed the protest demonstrations and constitutional crisis of 29 May 1979, Corriette sided with Oliver Seraphine in the so-called ‘Interim Government’ and became Minister of Communication, Works and Tourism.
Following his one-year stint as minister in Seraphine’s Democratic Labour Party government, he contested the Petite Savanne seat in the 1980 general elections but lost out to Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) candidate R.S. Fadelle. He then returned to insurance work.
Corriette was the father of twelve (12) children Jessica, Patsy, Sharon, Rebecca, Lucia, Irene, Elsa, Nina, Kent, Donald, Robert and Steven.
Corriette died on 26 July 2019 in Dominica. He was 75. He was accorded an Official Funeral on Friday, 9 August 2019 at the Roseau Cathedral Chapel, Dominica. His body was laid to rest at the Roseau Roman Catholic Cemetery.