BRISBANE – STOP THE SALE OF DOMINICAN PASSPORTS

Brisbane

A Dominican businessman has lashed out at the country’s economic citizenship programme while expressing concern that the island’s passports are allegedly being sold to people on the international market who are “not in good standing”.

Businessman, Jerry Brisbane, says he supports calls by a group of US-based Dominican professionals for the programme to be abandoned.

“I support fully the cause and the efforts of Dr Thompson Fontaine (former IMF economist) and all the guys in the diaspora regarding this selling of our birthright … the systemic destruction of our birthright by this present government,” Brisbane told the privately owned Q95 Radio Thursday.

He was referring to calls for a commission of inquiry into the programme by an overseas-based group of “patriots” that includes Dr Fontaine, lawyer/author Gabriel Christian and former Dominican ambassador Crispin Gregoire.

Brisbane said while their critics were suggesting that they wanted to destroy Dominica’s good name, their efforts were intended to save the country from an administration they allege is involved in corrupt practices. “Suspend this programme and come out and account to the people for the monies the passports that are sold … come clean,” Brisbane urged Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s governing Dominica Labour Parrty.

The businessman said the world needed to be informed that “the citizens of Dominica are not in agreement with what’s going on with our leaders and the sale of our passports”.

Prime Minister Skerrit last week described the economic citizenship programme as a very transparent arrangement.

He told Dominica News Online that there was no need for an inquiry because the government had nothing to hide in relation to what critics suggest is the indiscriminate selling of Dominican passports to “unscrupulous” characters on the international market.

“Commission of inquiry into what, what are the irregularities, this is a very transparent arrangement, the procedure is published on our website, the agents are published on our website,” the prime minister responded.

He said all the money raised from the programme is audited by the Director of Audit and submitted to the parliament.

According to the prime minister, every single cent raised under the programme has been accounted for.

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117 Comments

  1. Tj
    January 21, 2017

    I am glad that individual like jerry Brisbane can publicly call for support of transparency in the passport fiasco being led by the skeritt government. All men of good will red or blue can agree that the P.M. Should come clean.

  2. John
    May 24, 2014

    How did Skerrit become a millionaire on a Prime Ministers pay?

  3. DANZIGER
    January 21, 2012

    I wander if u guys really love Dominica.

  4. January 21, 2012

    Jerry..I support you wholeheartedly.. unfortunately, when there is such a level of ignorance as demonstrated by the attached comments.. I can see why you dropped out of the spotlight.. it is so sas indeed.
    SUSPEND THE SALE OF PASSPORTS,period!!! And DNO, I will be curious to see if you post this comment..

  5. Stop It
    January 21, 2012

    Although I understand with your statement re the sales of passport…its time for u to go and rest ya bones…..relax…retire…choops

  6. January 20, 2012

    I DON’T THINK THESE LABOURITES ARE DOMINICANS

    SOMEBODY SHOULD LOOK INTO THIS AND CHECK TO SEE IF THEY ARE IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY.

    PLEASE MR. POLICE COMMISSIONER

  7. Truth spoken
    January 20, 2012

    THE biggest issue in DA is the high prices of food and low wages.

    Breezy is in there both accounts.

    Get this on the q95 and actually make a real difference and help the people of DA.

    I guess not eh?

    • EMILE Zpatos
      January 20, 2012

      JERRY BRISBANE ,A RETAILER,SHOULD REALISE THAT IT IS NOT HIS PLACE TO GIVE GOVERNMENT INSTRUCTIONS ON COMMISSION OF INQUIRY.MANY COUNTRIES HAVE THRSE PROGRAMME ,BUT CALL IT DIFFRENTLY.PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD CAN GET A GREEN CARD IN THE USA AND AFTER 5 YEARS CAN OBTAIN CITIZENSHIP.THIS IS NOT AN UNUSUAL PRACTICE.THAT IS WHY THE FREEDOM PARTY STARTED IT AND THE UWP CONTINUED.
      IF THE OPPOSITION UNDERSTOOD THE WORKING OF GOVERNMENT THEY WOULD BE IN THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY RAISING QUESTIONS ON THE AUDIT REPORTS LAID ON THE TABLE AS IT PERTAIN TO THIS ISSUE.IT IS THRIR PLACE .BRISBANE IS STILL ANGRY FOR NOT OBTAINING THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO IMPORT AND RETAIL RICE ,FLOUR AND SUGAR .HE DID PLAN TO MAKE A KILLING.THEANGER HAS GONE TO HIS HEAD AND IS GETTING WORST.JUST LOOK AT HIS GUNT EXPRESSIONS

  8. Brad Carllisen
    January 20, 2012

    Jerry Brisbane is Clearly in the political ring.
    And he is so adamant that the Skerrit administration has to go.
    Yet he says that under no circumstance, will he Ever go up to Represent a constituency.
    I believe that he may be in the same position like Gabbo, Thomson and expat ‘patriots’:
    Maybe He has a foreign passport that he intends to keep!

    • EMILE Zpatos
      January 20, 2012

      JERRY BRISBANE,THE RETAILER,WANTS TO JOIN THE MERRY GANG OF ‘OVERSEAS BASED GROUP OF PATRIOTS’,BUT WAS NOT INVITED SO HE IS INVITING HIMSELF .NOTICE HE DID NOT MENTION THE LOCALLY BASED GROUPS MOUTHING THE SAME ISSUE.IF THESE HIGHLY EDUCATED SHOW OFFS WITH THEIR OUTDATD ATTITUDE THAT I AM BETTER THAN YOU WHO STAYED HOME REALLY WANTED TO HELP DOMINICA THEY WOULD ORGANISE PROGRAMMES ,PROJECTS AND CONTACTS THAT CAN HELP DOMINICANS DIRECTLY WITH OR WITHOUT THE HELP OF GOVERNMENT.LET THEIR ACTION DEFINE THEM.THE SHOULD STOP TRYING TO MAKE DOMINICANS INTO A PAPPY SHOW SO THEY CAN LAUGH AT US WITH THEIR FOREIGN ACCENT

      • Stan
        January 20, 2012

        You sound very jealous Emile. No need for that man. Deal with the central issue. Are passports being sold to criminials and are the $$$ going to the tresuty??? All of it..That is the central issue that any governent of the day regardless of color must answer—aCCOUNTABLITY STUPID

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      • anonymous
        January 20, 2012

        “NOTICE HE DID NOT MENTION THE LOCALLY BASED GROUPS MOUTHING THE SAME ISSUE.”….very revealing observation. We can refer to these washintonites as the absentee landlords..

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  9. lIL
    January 19, 2012

    Wa happen DNO does remove people comment after a certain time ma? My comment was on there yesterday and right now I can’t see it.. It’s not like the comment was negative..choups..

  10. LATITUDED810
    January 19, 2012

    there is no sale of dominica,s passport. we are in safe hand, what you should be concerned about is the major drop you took from 153 employees to 53 and to sustain your self you must have a flle markert. that must be your punishment for how you treated your workers.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      January 20, 2012

      The epitome of evil!

      In all of the comments I read, though they are all trivial, or absolute nonsense, I chose yours to respond to because I view you as an evil person.

      You need to understand even if you hate or dislike a person, ( in this case Brisbane) because of his political views or concern about anything that is of a national interest, that is not a good enough reason to make you happy about a down turn in his/her business.

      It is sort of out of order to be happy over the failure of any business in our country; for your information the operating businesses in Dominica, are what keep the economy of the country solvent!

      When O. D. Brisbane & Company, or any other import goods, (commodities) into the country, they pay duty, and taxes on evereything they import okay!

      Ask me about that because I was once employed by O. D. Brisbane & Company in Antigua, I worked with Charles Brisbane the uncle of the man you seem to hate so much. I knew his father Ivan also, I do not know if he is yet alive, and although I was fired, by his uncle, I can’t hold any grudge against Charles.

      While it lasted, I was happy to be employed as a Pharmaceutical sales man, and tariff clerk in their business.

      I was fired because I defy Charles orders!

      The Brisbane’s as I knew them were not people who would just fire people for the hell of it, so for you to enjoy the mans business descending from employing one (153) hundred fifty-three employees to fifty-three (53), proves to me you are either an ignorant, or very dumb person.

      A hundred people out of work, and you are happy: only an idiot would be happy about that, because the revenue that the treasury would earn from the wages of the hundred sacked, or laid-off people is no longer forthcoming.

      What happens when company’s layoff people and fail? Incase you do not know the whole country suffers, because the revenue earned from the companies and employees is what the government use to maintain the infrastructure and pay the salary of civil servants, so before you open your silly mouth, just because you can, I advise that you think before you babble about people who make the country run through finical proceeds from their business.

      As for the crap you are talking about passport not been sold ,and all that crap about in good hand: your vocabulary in that sentence tells me that you are not an intelligent person, so just shut-up, because not too long ago, I saw a collage kid here in Los Angeles with a green Dominica passport.

      They are not Dominicans born by the way!

      If the reason for the sale of our passport is to facilitate economic citizenship; I demand that you explain to me what is a collage student doing with a Dominica passport!

      How can a foreigner in Collage help Dominica economically!

      As for the other person who believe that Brisbane is mentally ill, perhaps you need to examine your mental health before you talk about someone else.

      Some of you people are so evil, that if the truth leaps out of the ground and smack you in the face you will ignore it, and continue to embrace the crap that is within you!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Really
      January 20, 2012

      I agree with Francisco Telemacque. I don’t think you thought well before making that rude comment. For a man to release a possible 100 families from bread is not an easy decision to make. But economies determine this most of the time. Let’s focus on building nation and get out of that political ring just boxing each other silly while the politicians are the spectators just laughing at the drama and toasting their glasses.

  11. Martin DePorres
    January 19, 2012

    Here we go again.

    This guys is mentally unstable.

  12. roughcake
    January 19, 2012

    Saint Eugenia Charles started the passport and citizen sales programme. She chose her own Chinese honourary consul to sell passports and raise money so as to sell her hotel and land at Layou of which she was the major shareholder. Over 52 million dollars raised went down the drain.

    Because it was Eugenia it was OK I suppose. But because it is Skerrit its wrong, although its more transparent than before?

    And name the hotels that got passport money under UWP. It is OK for them too I suppose! Double standards all over.

  13. tash
    January 19, 2012

    That douche again… brisbane go take a back seat and keep it moving.. Every week is something new with ya’ll, all that damn energy why is it not spent on doing some productive? why not come together and try to move the country forward? it’s annoying day after day with the same *****….

  14. Vex and concerned
    January 19, 2012

    The Mad Man has already put his hat in the ring by further informing Dominicans and the world that it is not right for us as Bona Fide Dominicans to lose our priveledges to travel on a Dominican passport as in the case of Canada imposing visas on us to enter there and the UK is still contemplating doing the same.

  15. Is That So!?
    January 19, 2012

    EN BIEN LOOK!Jerry Brisbane trying something to enter the Political Arena too.He trying to do like Lennox now.

  16. forreal
    January 19, 2012

    my my here goes this mad man once again,this time defending his his people,his kind in the US,who are US citizens living like fat ***,who can not run for office in dominica,because they dual citizens,who are only trying to save their necks by asking for an inquiry,i say no way,do it in the courts,do not let them getaway prime minister,pursue the case.

  17. Concern Dominican
    January 19, 2012

    I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS *** IS STILL GOING ON. WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY AND WETHER ONE SEE’S IT OR NOT,THERE’S ALOT MORE DEVELOPEMENT THAT NEEDS TO BE ACCOMPLISH.IF WE CAN’T SUPPORT AND MAITAIN CERTAIN ASPECTS OF OUR ISLAND,AND TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE LIKE MAKING SURE THERE’S AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE PLANS AND MORE IN PLACE, WHY ACCEPT MORE IMMIGRANTS AND AND HAND OUR PASSPORTS OUT TO THEM. ITS A JOKE. EVERY WHERE ELSE SEEMS TO BE CRACKING PROMOTING IMMIGRATION LAW,AND EVEN MAJOR COUNTRIES WHO CAN AFFORD TO TAKE THEM DRAW’S BOUNDARIES, WHY CAN’T OUR GOVERNMENT STEP UP AND DO THE SAME.

    • Truth spoken
      January 20, 2012

      Imagine that the US Canada and Britain thought like that … what would have happened to the Dominica youth who left?

      • van
        January 20, 2012

        The countries you mention are big enough to tackle problems caused by such.

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  18. DANZIGER
    January 19, 2012

    Every week is a different story with these guys. Something is in yr heart eating you and yr apostles well I guess its JEALOUSY. There are poor ppl in Dominica when last did u help them thats what we call love give to those who are in need we say we love Dominica and we just bla,bla bla. Go help the poor then come and talk.

  19. Cassandra
    January 19, 2012

    I trust Roosevelt Skerrit is not naive enough to believe that because the stipulations for economic citizenship are published on the Govt. web site also means that they are strictly complied with and adhered to in practice, in every case.
    Unfortunately we have a culture of non- compliance and non- enforcement even with regard to routine legal requirements. One does not have to look that far for examples such as the Physical Planning Act 2002 and the Noise Abatement Act of 1993 to name but two.
    It is true that we don’t sell passports. Passports remain the property of the issuing country and those, whom they are issued to are merely holders, not owners. What we do sell, however are citizenships, which may or may not entitle one to a passport.
    As for the argument that the income derived from this programme is crucial for our economy the latest figures available (for the fiscal year up to the end of June 2009)show that the treasury received a mere E.C.$.5.6 million from this
    controversial activity during that period (against a budget of E.C.$.4 million). This would represent a min of 27.6 single citizenships (at U.S.$.75,000 each) but because the figure is an odd one, I suspect more citizenships were in fact granted, possible as “family packs”, althoug based on this income I doubt it could have been more than 40.
    When we apply for a property title, it is a legal requirement that the particulars of the same are published in the local press to enable anyone to object if they think they have reason to do so. Even an application for a simple liquor licence is treated in the same way.
    I would have thought that the granting of Dominican citizenship is as least as important so why don’t we adopt a similar legal procedure of disclosure
    in these cases also?

  20. EMPLOYEE
    January 19, 2012

    Lennox try something pretending to be an investigative journalist.Now he is a politican going to contest election.Brisbane(Jerry),you too,want to try something to enter the Political Ring.All we(employees)telling you,if you want our support/vote you have pay us better.

  21. Anonymous
    January 19, 2012

    :mrgreen: :twisted: :oops: :?: :-x :-P

  22. %
    January 19, 2012

    I fully support the call by Jerry re the sale of our passports.I have always supported DR FONTAINE, but my love for him has grown 1000 000 000 000 times, recently, since he has demonstrated that he loves Dominica, HE LOVES DOMINICAS NAME,and he is not, despite efforts to have him shut up, going to stand idly by to see the good name of his country get a battering on the international scene.
    Well Done Jerry, DOCTOR FONTAINE AND THE OTHERS.
    This is the worse leadership we have gotten governing this island, but all this is for a season.
    Hope at the end of it we WILL AND MUST conduct Commission of Enquiry.

    • +
      January 20, 2012

      …the only ppl battering Dominica’s name on the international scene are those who are creating the scene themselves. Destroying the name of Dominica among yourselves, then tell me who will want to be around us. Read up on the other islands and what is happening….as a matter of fact, tune your ears and eyes to the international scene around you. GROW UP DOMINICANS!!

  23. DA lover
    January 19, 2012

    Oh boy you again?

  24. Gwen Fig
    January 19, 2012

    The PM should really call Brisbane’s bluff. Appointment a Commission of enquiry, and then subpoena Thompson Fontaine, Gabriel Christian, Gregory, Brisbane, Matt, Lennox and Angello Allen to testify.

    They should be asked to bring all documents they have in their possession which would be necessary to help the Commission reach a truthful conclusion.

    These gentlemen should testify before any government official. The hearings should be carried live on Tv and Radio in its entirety.

    After let the Director of Audit, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Spraggs John and the Chief Immigration Officer testify last.

    Then we will know whether what PM Skerrit said is true or who exactly is speaking the truth.

    Bet a lot of people would sing a different tune long defore the hearings begin. All and sundry should be told that the DPP will be asked to institute charges for perjury if anyone is found to be misleading the nation.

    Give the people who claims their the disciples of truth an open opportunity to hang themselves.

    • Anonymous
      January 19, 2012

      A Commission of Inquiry has already been set with Thompson Fontaine and the PM. Let’s allow the High Court hear the evidence and adjudicate. this is the real thing

  25. Curious
    January 19, 2012

    ok…so Skerritt said that the operation is transpartent.

    Did the people who are alleging deceit go through the auditor general’s report and see how much money was made from the programme?

    How to they define failure? Is it by not knowing the amount of $$$ raise or # of passports sold?

    Should the Opposition not have all the numbers corresponding to this?

    I read somewhere that all this information is discussed in parliament …

    I find it strange that the auditor general would have this information available and the politicians are not aware of the numbers….

    Come on – if allegations are going to be thrown, at least let the people know what background work has been done to investigate whether it is true or not.

    If there is nothing to substantiate a claim, then rantings and ravings cannot be the basis.

  26. shut up
    January 19, 2012

    Y don’t you take all your millions and shut the hell up Mr Brisbane,the time of master done.
    Use that same persistence for the domestic workers you and your friends abuse on a daily basis.

  27. lovely dominica
    January 19, 2012

    The government has explained the procedures involved in the economic citizen programme, so tell me Brisbane, what more are u asking for? Well Thompson will have his day in court shortly and may need your help Mr. Brisbane?

  28. Brad Carllisen
    January 19, 2012

    Mr Brisbane also said on Q95 this morning that he would under no circumstances, go up for elections.
    He would not invest any resources in any development project and other Dominicans and overseas investors should not invest in Dominica at the present time.
    According to Jerry, Dominica is in Chaos and the removal of the Skerrit led administration with immediate effect is our only hope.

    I listened with interest to Jerry’s program and although he sometimes preached LOVE, his underlying sentiments of Hatred, Arrogance and Jealousy were not fully masked

  29. My2Sense
    January 19, 2012

    I like this comment from @Interesting.

    But a few of the biggest issues Dominicans have with the programme are: (1) the number of citizenships being sold; (2) the ultimate resting place of the government’s fees; (3) the fees charged by the agents and; (4) possible kickbacks to government ministers and party officials.

    • Interesting
      January 20, 2012

      DID IT EVER OCCUR TO ALL READERS AND DOMINICANS ALIKE THAT THE GOVERNMENT MINISTERS OF DOMINICA ARE IN-FACT EMPLOYEES OF THE PEOPLE OF DOMINICA?!!!!

      IF YOU HAVE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE NOT PERFORMING SATISFACTORILY YOU CHALLENGE THEM GIVE THEM A CHANCE AND IF NO PROGRESS OR CHANGE OF ATTITUDE SACK THEM.

      YOU ALL HAVE THESE GUYS THINKING THAT THE SUNS RISES AND SETS FROM THEIR BEHIND AND YOU HAVE NO OPTIONS BUT TO ACCEPT WHEN IT SHINES IT SHINES…TAKE A LOOK AT ALL OTHER COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD EVEN GRENADA NEXT DOOR THEY TAKE TO THE STREETS AND ENSURE THEY GET A RESPONSE. SOMEBODY TO RESIGN SOMEBODY TO SPEAK UP OR SHIP OUT.

      YOU ALL WHINE AND WHINE AND WHINE THEN THEY GIVE YOU A CYLINDER OF GAS AND A PLYWOOD HOUSE AND YOU SEE THE SUN SHINING AGAIN. PLEASE.

      THERE AGAIN THE PM AND HIS OFFICE IS TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE APPROVAL OF DIPLOMATIC PASSPORTS IF ANY ONE ELSE DOES IT THEN WE HAVE ISSUES. HE MUST AND YOU ALL MUST GET HIM TO SPEAK UP OR SHIP OUT. THERE’S A DIFFERENCE IN APPROVING A DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT AND BECOMING AN ECONOMIC CITIZEN. TAKE NOTE ALL READERS. PERSONS WHO HOLD DIPLOMATIC PASSPORTS HAVE TO ANSWER TO THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF DOMINICA AS THEY WILL ALSO BE PAID BY THE TAXPAYERS OF DOMINICA FOR SUCH A PRIVILEGE THEY HAVE TO BE REPRESENTING THE COUNTRY OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY. IF HAVING THE PASSPORT AND NOT DOING ANYTHING THEN WE HAVE REASON TO ASK QUESTIONS AND GET ANSWERS QUICK

  30. 101st airborne
    January 19, 2012

    bravo jerry you a solidly in defence of d/ca
    and i am with you 100%..you are a real marine my boy!!

  31. Whistler
    January 19, 2012

    Hats off Brisbane well said…

    i still of the view that Fontaine,Gabo and the Rest overseas needs to squeez the grip tighther on the corrupted regime i think they still a way too timid by their actions they should try to carry this to Bigger Networks and Agencies, thats how they can help to force this regime out of office..

    But they playing a hide and seek game, while this regime sit in office smiling..

    the need to be tougher with their actions as they have enough evidence to carry the flag forward, come on guys you all still need to crack the head of the darksiders in Govt, at any cost possible…just too much chatter..

    thats why a regular caller who is a rootsman has decided to remain mute till he sees some form of seriousness!

  32. good girl
    January 19, 2012

    I think interesting you are so bias and mixing oranges with mango stop singing for your supper stupid comments. the prime minister knows well that the programme is not transparent so who are you to open your mouth. Look at francessco corallo the F A O did not know he was ambassador to dominica so you all can fool people that can’t understand, but dominicans seeing the light now, thhanks to lennox,and noe the big fishes on all you like Thomson and others.

  33. Morihei Ureshiba
    January 19, 2012

    U people wasting your time, u all make noise of all kinds of issues, and nothing happens.
    So what if they have an inquiry? All they have to do is appoint their supporters for the inquiry, we have had tons of inquiries in Dominica and nothing ever happens, we have an ipo paying fellas a salary for NOTHING!

  34. Empire-State-Of-Mind
    January 19, 2012

    oh brother *WHY* am I *NOT* surprised? bondieu oye..mr doh have a business to run..struuuuuuuuups toneh!!!

  35. Solon
    January 19, 2012

    Why Jerry thinks the personal opinions he expresses and the things he says are truthful and factual. One of the things that we must remember, is that, what we imagine and what it is, are two different things. What makes it worse is the political overtones and biases coupled with ignorance of not checking to make sure that what is said is a fact and this I think is irresponsible by Jerry.Here you have Matt who calls himself a journalist and sits there not challenging Jerry for the facts. I
    wonder if Matt in the morning show is based on finding the truth, spreading propaganda or just just following a political agenda.

    It is time we know by now that what we call politics robs people minds from reasoning genuinely regardless of one status. One of the things that bothers me is the admittance by Jerry of not reading the judgement verdict which was handed down in the recent case, but he criticizes the judgement, what more ignorance that shows on his part.

    Jerry says he throws in his support to Dr Fountain.Well I would like to ask Jerry why does he not ask Dr Fountain to come down and give his evidence in a court of law as to what he alleges to have said and believe regarding the Economic Citizenship programme so that we can all put this to rest and know the truth.Finally this i will say, We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be.

  36. mad as Hell
    January 19, 2012

    Welcome Mr. Brisbane we missed your resounding voice..

    The operative mantra in Dominica:

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
    Joseph Goebbels (Propoganda Minister)

  37. Stan
    January 19, 2012

    Mr. PM/AM Please let a Commission of Inquiry see the facts for itself. Mr. PM/AM If you don’t what will the history books say……This PM (allegedly) sold Dominican passports—that will be your legacy—a hard way to go Mr. PM/AM…….Is this what you want? Instead of taking this advice you are telling the people of V. Case that overseas Dominicans in DC want to destabilize your government. This issue is much larger than you Skerrit, Edison James and the others. This is about our country. Please be a leader Skerrit and stop fighting all the time.

  38. yes irie
    January 19, 2012

    Do u know how long it takes to get a green card or a us passport, and the things people have to go through. As far as i am concern. The DOMINICA ADMINISTRATION, Should put a damn stop to just throwing citizenship…Make some money on giving temporary residency, let them renew every year, give a work permit every six month, to renew as well. Make that money for the country..don’t just throw our citizenship like that. What is wrong with these people in authority, what the hell is wrong with them.

  39. FIL
    January 19, 2012

    JERRY STRIKES AGAIN.

  40. 4progress
    January 19, 2012

    The opposition seem to be bruised and battered by latest legal battle with the PM, so someone/group need to take on the task of investigating and reporting.

    It is quite clear that the PM is in no rush to answer the sceptics. If as he states “this is a very transparent arrangement, the procedure is published on our website, the agents are published on our website……..the money raised from the programme is audited by the Director of Audit and submitted to the parliament”, then it should be “easy” to obtain, compile and present the facts to us.

    A group unaffiliated to any political party should be formed and funded to carry out this project and let us all hope they are not frustrated in their endeavour to determine the truth. WE NEED AN END TO THIS AFFAIR FOR ALL OURSAKES.

  41. tiny
    January 19, 2012

    @interesting…..is it such a small number of applicants that you can say you personally handled/ processed/read each and every application form? Can you say that you handle each and every single passport that has been processed? And do you verify these application forms with the passports?if you cant say yes to these 3 questions then your long comment is useless… Because the name on the application form information on the application could be totally different from the name and the information on the passport…..over and over….this is how it has been said that the fraudulent activities are able too take place….so you might just be processing fraudulent applications without even knowing it

    • Interesting
      January 20, 2012

      I answer yes to all 3 questions. And if so for the rest of your comments then you should be concerned as too how genuine the Immigration Department of Dominica is..because hey they are Dominicans who work there you know. So if someone is getting these officers to prepare these documents with different names then we have serious problems with our Immigration Services and our country National Security. Then I suggest you start campaigning towards the Ministry of National Security because I am hoping that someone in one of these offices have to prepare a report. And the list goes on. AND I will reiterate that the Economic Programme in itself is transparent but from all accounts the agents performing the processing the applicants AREN’T. I feel sorry for this country if this is the case because my office is doing everything above board and there have to be some greedy so and so Messing it up. Diplomatic Passports must be approved by the PRIME MINISTER OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA or Whomever is ACTING PRIME MINISTER AT THE TIME NO ONE ELSE.

      • tiny
        January 20, 2012

        Ok Man ..it’s all good…..thanks for responding

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  42. Anonymous
    January 19, 2012

    when is not Thompson is Ron now Jerry but all u taking turns man alas we tired.

  43. VOTER
    January 19, 2012

    SAME OLD MELODY DIFFERENT LYRICS, NO WONDER AFTER PRIME TIME AIR PLAY ON QFM YOU STILL CANNOT PASS THE ELIMINATION STAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. shirley
    January 19, 2012

    Amazing that our people are allowing our country to be sold to foreigners who can do Jack for the country. Selling our passport is not a very good idea, making Dominica a safe haven for the criminals. The day eugenia Charles decided to sell us to chinese was a bad day yet many thought it was a good thing. When foreigners buy our passports and go to other places committing their crimes we all pay for it because they are carrying a Dominica passport. Pray that terrorist dont think to buy them too or that will be bad on the island’s economy. I know dominica is a developing nation but there are other ways, don’t seel it to who ever has the money to pay. Don’t let them come in and take the country from U all because U are to lazy to fight for it. The day the chinese entry parliament or Haitians get in office is the day for born Dominicans to leave and run. Mr Brisbane is so right many don’t agree because they are to lazy to fight for there home. You may not want to fight for it for U fight for your children to come.

  45. Truth spoken
    January 19, 2012

    This is not about passports this is to keep the ‘momentum’ (ahem :-D ) that those US citizens (which of course means they cannot run for offiice … right?) that are in Washington pretending to care about Dominica started.

    They want power and so does Breezy. It will all become clear soon enough.

    First thing they will do is start rolling around in the money from passports … promising to end it one day …. just NOT … yet.

  46. Truth spoken
    January 19, 2012

    All Governments and wannabe’s must sign a declaration that THEY are not going to sell in the future. One rule for all.

    The signing must be backed up with huge million dollar fines for UWP, DLP (plus whatever the ‘Traitriots’ want to be known as when they finally tell us what their agenda is) and so on.

    I agree IF the passports are being sold to people such as Ibrahim …

  47. Marian Jno-Finn
    January 19, 2012

    As a citizen of DOminica – i would like to add my signature to this move to stop the sale of DOminica’s citizenship. My imput in simply for the love of counrty and nothing else no political gain/issues.

    I love my country and really hate the fact that our citizen is for sell and we all know who are able to buy such — CRIMINALS!!!!!!!

    Marian Jno-Finn

  48. anti-corruption
    January 19, 2012

    To you Jesus Christ, Allah, Jah, Buddha, are all “Mad Men” for condemniong corrupt practices and sinful behaviours.

    To you No problem for some to make millions from the controversial sale of our passports, while the majority of Dominicans, including yourself, witness their standard of living going down and down and down.

    To You, no problem for the top public official to urge Dominicans to boycott Brisbane’s business, but you feel offended when brisbane expresses his right to condemn corrupt practices. Is so Dominica come?

    To you, no problem when innocent citizens homes are firebombed? It is he who condemns such heinous acts who are “Mad?” is so Dominica really copme?

    Have you replaced the BRAINS in your cabessa with TRASH?

    There is a popular saying, “He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a …….., Shun him.” (Fill in the blanks) Do you fit in this group, nuh?

  49. prostitution
    January 19, 2012

    Passport selling is one of the worst forms of prostitution.

  50. Wine and carib beer
    January 19, 2012

    The time is ripe to get rid of this burdensome, corrupt and useless Labor Party in our government. However I am somewhat very uncomfortable with the position of those in opposition Re- the measures that need to be taken to stem the trend of corruption. It would be very important that the oppiosition start telling us what they intend to do with corruption. That includes the measures that will be taken to prosecute the current politicians who have blatantly reaped off the treasury through garbage bin fraud; passport sales irregularities; miscarriage and obstruction of justice; money laundering; illegal gifting in excess of the regulated values; investigation of Villa ownership;
    The responsible Dominicans must begin to put the pressure on any opposition or those aspiring to be in government to present a solid plan of action to stop this corruption. It seems to me that those aspiring to be in government are conveniently avoiding this very important factor so that they too can continue the trend. We have been burnt before when Rosie told us that he was going to prosecute UWP corruption. As a responsible Dominican I bought into the idea that Rosie was serious about curbing corruption. We all know what came out of that- ask Tony. Rosie went as far as to promise us that a jail would be built and painted blue just for the UWP perpetrators those who were also selling our passports.
    When the opposition can convince me that those hooligans will be put behind bars for the atrocities against our state then I will be in the front line stoning this government out of office and making sure that they don’t runaway to a safe haven. For now all I can see is “ thief don’t like to see another thief holding the bag” In my opinion this is the ground upon which we the true patriots must stage our fight. Dominica is in a deplorable state and as long as there is corruption there will be poverty and retrogression be it Labor , UWP or DFP.

  51. Hmmmmm
    January 19, 2012

    Thats why Dominicans almost going on pwee pwee now to have their kids abroad so they will not have Dominican passport,including those who support the sales of it. I see they dont even want their kids to have it

  52. Mad as Hell
    January 19, 2012

    Welcome back Jerry, we missed your resounding house! Truth crushed to earth will rise again!!

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels (Propoganda Minister)

    This mantra is so much alive in Dominica today!

  53. gug
    January 19, 2012

    You should be glad your father got one, that brought wealth to your family.

  54. Femme kweyol
    January 19, 2012

    I Don’t know why Dominicans think that you have to run for public office to make a contribution to society or to criticize Government (positive or negative) on developmental issues.
    A man may be dedicated and work hard in their communities together with the people and by the time he gets into public office, protocol, meetings and travel obligations get them so tired and frustrated they don’t have time to give the kind of service that is deserving to the the people who elected them.

  55. Morihei Ureshiba
    January 19, 2012

    :-P Jerry apple just announced the new Ibooks 2 Re-inventing the textbook, making school books more interactive for children.

  56. tiny
    January 19, 2012

    I’m having difficulty posting my comment on the family fued article so I`ll continue my preaching on a related article aight

    • tiny
      January 19, 2012

      And concerning this article…Brisbane is right…

      • DANZIGER
        January 20, 2012

        tiny tell him to employ u.

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  57. MAY
    January 19, 2012

    NOTHING YOU DOES’NT WORK. HERE YOU COME AGAIN.

  58. Michael Davis
    January 19, 2012

    Dear Editor:

    I have a problem with this repeated statement; – (overseas-based group of “patriots” that includes Dr Fontaine, lawyer/author Gabriel Christian and former Dominican ambassador Crispin Gregoire etc).

    A Patriot is a person who loves, supports, and defends one’s country and vigorously supports his/her country’s way of life.

    When those guys call themselves “patriots” – they seem to be saying the rest of us are not patriots … it sounds like the right wing nuts in the Republican Party in America who constantly attack President Obama as “foreign” or the “birth-ers” argument that he was not born in America or Obama does not love America the way they do or Obama does not know the American way of life etc etc etc.

    Well, we all love Dominica. Because we don’t agree with you or we may think the PM is doing a good job or we think that you guys have PRESENTED NO OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE to support your usually endless and reckless talking points – that does not mean YOU all are Patriots and we are not?

    From all appearances – the PM is a Patriot because he is a person who loves, supports, and defends his country and seems to vigorously supports his country’s way of life. Most Dominicans based overseas or on the island (including the lawyers who defend the PM) are patriots because they are persons who love, support, and defend their country and some of us vigorously supports his/her country’s way of life in many different ways.

    So, these OVERSEAS BASED POLITICAL ACTIVIST who try to distinguish themselves as Patriots – is is a guise to defend their constant, reckless and irrational attacks on the PM – by extension an attack on Dominica’s reputation – they are in fact insulting the rest of us Dominicans as not being patriotic.

    Just my opinion. Peace.

    • Michael Davis
      January 19, 2012

      DNO: Eight hours later;

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      ???

      • Michael Davis
        January 20, 2012

        Michael Davis
        January 19, 2012

        Your comment is awaiting moderation. Like or Dislike: 0 0

        Dear Editor:
        I have a problem with this repeated statement; – (overseas-based group of “patriots” that includes Dr Fontaine, lawyer/author Gabriel Christian and former Dominican ambassador Crispin Gregoire etc).

        A Patriot is a person who loves, supports, and defends one’s country and vigorously supports his/her country’s way of life.

        When those guys call themselves “patriots” – they seem to be saying the rest of us are not patriots … it sounds like the right wing nuts in the Republican Party in America who constantly attack President Obama as “foreign” or the “birth-ers” argument that he was not born in America or Obama does not love America the way they do or Obama does not know the American way of life etc etc etc.

        Well, we all love Dominica. Because we don’t agree with you or we may think the PM is doing a good job or we think that you guys have PRESENTED NO OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE to support your usually endless and reckless talking points – that does not mean YOU all are Patriots and we are not?

        From all appearances – the PM is a Patriot because he is a person who loves, supports, and defends his country and seems to vigorously supports his country’s way of life. Most Dominicans based overseas or on the island (including the lawyers who defend the PM) are patriots because they are persons who love, support, and defend their country and some of us vigorously supports his/her country’s way of life in many different ways.

        So, these OVERSEAS BASED POLITICAL ACTIVIST who try to distinguish themselves as Patriots – is is a guise to defend their constant, reckless and irrational attacks on the PM – by extension an attack on Dominica’s reputation – they are in fact insulting the rest of us Dominicans as not being patriotic.

        Just my opinion. Peace.

        DNO – 24 odd hours later – this above comment is still awaiting your moderation. WHY???

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      • DANZIGER
        January 20, 2012

        SIR I AGREE WITH U.

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    • gorillaz
      January 20, 2012

      Mr . Davis ,
      Whilst I as a citizen and holder of a legal D/can passport and I’m D/can by birth and partiotic as well respect your opinion , I will disagree with you somehow . We can’t be kept in the dark all the days of our lives . Thank God for these men who have helped us to know what’s going on with our passports under-the -citizenship program , and listing the names of these criminals to whom it’s being sold and the price at which it’s sold .Shame on those both present and past ministers and PS who got involved and took our lives for a game . Shame on this regime that I supported in 2000 and then in 2005 , not again unless they come clean and do things by the books . Stop the program , revisit the procedures and consider our nationality cannot be sold just like that . Alas magwe-sa . It aint about who your support people , it’s our our country , our birth-right , our children’s future and our’s too . So if people play politics let them but I say to Mr . Skerrit , if God is good all the time sir , then al the time he is then you must honor and respect him and his people , they speak though few cause majority won’t agree due to their affiliation , but stop that program immediately sir .

      Take no offence …it’s the truth .

    • Grand Bay Girl
      January 22, 2012

      I SHARE THE SAME SENTIMENT! AWESOME

  59. Mistery
    January 19, 2012

    Hawa John you come back again? Where mister come out nuh he just wake up from sleep man

  60. patriot
    January 19, 2012

    AH HA I SEE THAT JERRY IS BACK FROM HIS MEETING WITH TOM AND THE BOYS IN HOLLYWOOD.

    WHAT’S UP JERRY ?

    A NEW TOM AND JERRY CARTOON ?

  61. look
    January 19, 2012

    I am a laborite and I am in agreement with Jeffery Brisbane. I think we should stop the sale of our birth rights or at least if they are being sold the citizens have the right to know where the monies are going..Selling our passports to criminals out there are gonna put DA in serious jeopardy.
    Sometimes we have to put politics aside and see things as they are no matter what party we support..

  62. Hmmm
    January 19, 2012

    TO DNO ADMIN

    Please check the LIME article. When I click on it it takes me to the site index and not the article. Not sure if it is just me.

  63. ron rainbow
    January 19, 2012

    don’t you love your family mr. brisbane, so too does tony.

  64. the come back
    January 19, 2012

    Today must be world “comeback day”!Brisbane you come out! But,brisbane you late !What they forget you in the cayplsos man?Ok i will make a song on you !i once thought that you were getting mad.I guess you must have taken time out to to take your medication.Are you ok?just a conerned dominican not a diasporan .I am happy for you.You look ok,i guess just before skerrit make your pressure go up again!Be careful. Skerro ok, you know!

  65. Marcel
    January 19, 2012

    Admin, it’s JERRY not Jeffrey. Jeffrey Brisbane is the former head of the World Creole Music Festival.

    ADMIN: Thank you for the correction

    • Marcel
      January 19, 2012

      You are most welcomed, eventhough you do not publish my comments when they are critical of the Skerrit Regime.

  66. Interesting
    January 19, 2012

    Mr. Brisbane for your information I work in that field of the economic citizenship programme and there’s no way criminals or persons who have had run-ins with the laws of their country even get an appointment TO OBTAIN DOMINICAN PASSPORTS. Sometimes failing to pay a parking ticket goes against an applicant. An additional member of the family being born while the application process is on going delays it even further to a year plus. Most economic citizens have to go through a rigorous background check that is very frustrating for them and us the agents sometimes, just to ensure that they the applicants are who they say they are. AND ALSO INTERPOL IN EUROPE AND AMERICA IS INFORMED JUST TO HELP YOU ALONG WITH YOUR SEARCH AND STUPID RANTINGS. If you don’t understand the programme why don’t you educate yourself about it first. If you don’t want to go yourself and ask the government offices who offer the programme do something called “Secret Shopper”. Call or ask someone you know from overseas to call the numbers AND TRY TO APPLY, or visit the websites of all the registered agents here and then you can come and make such requests.

    You should try and concentrate on getting an additional FRIER for the fast food section of BREEZIMart. Because as a vegetarian I totally can’t have my fries being fried in the same oil as the chicken. WHICH IS WHAT IS HAPPENING CURRENTLY DOWN THERE.IT’S UNHEALTHY AND DECEITFUL TO YOUR CUSTOMERS TO ALLOW SUCH UNHEALTHY FOOD PREPARATION PRACTICES. THAT SIR IS WHAT SHOULD CONCERN YOU. AND CONSIDER PAYING STAFF A BIT BETTER THIS YEAR. SOMETHING THAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE ECONOMIC CITIZENSHIP PROGRAMME. DID YOU KNOW THAT THE US, CANADA, UK, AUSTRALIA AND EVEN CHINA HAVE ECONOMIC CITIZENSHIP PROGRAMME? THEY ARE THRIVING COUNTRIES TOO.

    • seasoning pepper
      January 19, 2012

      not true, my boyfriend obtained his own very quickly and no problems , no back ground check nothing, stop it!!!!!!

      its very easy to obtain a Dominican Passport after all see how Chanderpaul is going to get his own.

    • Gee
      January 19, 2012

      ****SO NOTHING FISHY GETS PASS YOU?

      SO ALL THE PASSPORTS WHICH WERE APPROVED SINCE YOU STARTED WORKING THERE WERE DONE ONLY BY YOU AND YOUR TEAM AND NO ONE ELSE?

      YOU’RE 100% CERTAIN OF THAT?

      IF SO THEN MY RESPECT TO YOU!!

    • is so then?
      January 19, 2012

      If someone commits corrupt acts or behaves badly, unless he admits that he is doing wrong in the first place, there is no way he would do anything to change those bad ways. So Nothing is being done wrong in Dominica? Nothing has gone wrong with the sales of our passports? after all. How comes some Dominicans think we are all Fools?

      Didn’t many people claim that there was no Rubbish bin Bobol? How comes somebody or some people paid back thousands to the Treasury?

      But is so Dominica come. The home owner who sees a thief at his home and shouts out against him stealing his TV set is wrong, not the thief who break and open his home. Is so Dominica come?

      As time goes on, I am getting to understand more clearly why SATAN has so many followers all over the world.

      A mother hides 10 cents under the table cloth. The child takes it without permission. The mother says nothing to that child. She puts $1.00, the child also takes it. $5.00 gone as well. Nothing. No scolding. $10.00, $20.00 gone. That child just takes money in the home and buys all kinds of things. Tell me truthfully if the parent is not condoning theft and causing that child to be a big time thief as he grows older. So no problem in that?

      That same child grows into an adult with that same irresponsible behaviour. He breaks and open a supermarket, steals goods worth $2000.00 plus a large sum of money. police arrest. Jail sentence. Crocodile tears. Parents bawling. They now claim is people that put evil on their child. They claim that people do not like their child. Is jealous they jealous of their child. Sounds a familiar scenario?

      • Interesting
        January 20, 2012

        I support your feedback. My office don’t sell diplomatic passports and I will agree with all comments with that regard and expect all those respondents to be concerned as I would be too, to challenge the government heads to come clean about this diplomatic passport sale. But the programme in itself is transparent.

        I am not in anyway a supporter of any political party but myself and my pension and the future of my children. And I would expect all persons of Dominica to have the same attitude towards their future as well. Politics and the government of Dominica does not put food on my table if anything all they’ve been doing these past ten years is set up Roadblocks and nonsense stories that prevents me and most other young people-I’m supposing-from progressing. They tell you one thing on the radio…show up at the banks especially AID Bank and that’s a whole different story altogether.
        AND as most persons are saying if there has been sale of our Diplomatic passports then we should go all out and campaign for proof and evidence and reasons for such activities and what benefits it have for us taxpayers in Dominica. And I stand by my initial comment that it is not so easy to get into the economic citizenship programme and also believe that we Dominicans need to do more research instead of hear-says. The Top brass of the government are the ones destroying the reputation of the country when they approve these things and don’t think it will be found out. I speak through knowledge and not hear-say eh

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    • Hot Shot
      January 19, 2012

      Hey! Interesting! Are you following the news on the economic citizenship programme? Arent you hearing about the people of bad character who are either holders of economic citizenship or doplomatic passports frm Dominica? That these strange people do not even get an appointment is nonesense; they end up with passports in the end. Maybe someone broke into the bond of new passports and are selling them on the internet or maybe, just maybe, Ministers and cronies of the Govt are passport salesmen. The end of the matter is that people of bad character, who were not born here, are holding Dominican passports.

    • Yeah Right
      January 19, 2012

      Even if you dash the truth about the program right into the faces of these anti-Skerrit fools who are supporting Brisbane and others in their ignorance and biasness towards the program they still will not believe since as far as they concern its ANYTHING TO GET RID OF SKERRIT; so they jump at anything percieived negative to rant and rave about the government and to try to destroy the image of the country in the process.

      These people will stop and nothing to get to the ultimate objective. they’ve made up their minds to continue to push their destructive propaganda. We have to be equally determined to continue to fight them!!!!

      • real possie
        January 20, 2012

        @ yeah Right boy dont say that these people will hate u,just check one point the news came out about the tourist ships that are making thier way back go look to see who commented on that site.Now check any thing thats bad being said about the PM the thing is if u call election today he would still win so the few that ranting on here are just that ranters.

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    • Evolved
      January 19, 2012

      Interesting instead of remaining above board you chose to get personal and attack Mr. Brisbane on a totally unrelated matter. It really makes one wonder how competent you really are in the sale and vetting of applicants for Dominican passports. If the program was free of irregularities, the Govt and the PM would have quickly made all information available to stop once and for all all the speculation.

      Let us not be stupid. It seems that it will require a first world country to impose very stiff sanctions on Dominica before the general public will understand the seriousness of the situation.

      When D/cans will not longer be able to access countries like the US without serious vetting and processing – lengthy at that is when we will rise up. By then it might just be too late.

      Come clean Skerritt and let your people know what is rightly theirs to know

    • Rocks
      January 19, 2012

      @ Interesting, these illegal, corrupted activities happen above your level. Instead of attacking Mr. Brisbane personally, every passport has a number. Go to your boss and ask him for the passport log and reconcile the log to passports issued legally, I guarantee you, you will find large gaps in the number sequence that can’t be explained. But that will never happen because you not at the level where you will ever get acces to that log. Breezimart is Mr. Brisbane’s personal business but DOMINICA BUSINESS is all of us business and the current admin can’t give a full account of the “citizen program.” WE COMING FOR ALLU…..Dr. Fontaine for Prime Minister…

    • Stan
      January 19, 2012

      Small minded “interesting”

    • Asterix
      January 19, 2012

      @ interesting : Eheh? If you work there how comes you do not know of names like Rudolph King, Bobbie Wahi and Francesco Corallo to name a few? Isn’t it true that these individuals for a fact had Dominican passports? What do you know about these individuals?

      • Malatete
        January 19, 2012

        They all had/diplomatic passports. Not part of the economic citizenship program.

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    • Malatete
      January 19, 2012

      Glad you got your priorities right. Vegetarian fries more important than passport sales, definitely! By the way, I assume that Brisbane doesn’t force you to buy their fries, even less consume them.

    • Asterix
      January 19, 2012

      As usual this is typical of those who cannot defend the indefensable with facts and good debate, so in their shame and embarrassment brought about by those they follow, they resort to persnal attacks. This is a trait of shallow minded people who fail to see the problems that such a program can cause for the citizens. When will you all learn to separate partisanship from the national issues? You have a choice where to buy food from but when restrictions can be placed on our travel your problem will be much greater that where it is you can choose to eat.

    • Concern Dominican
      January 19, 2012

      YOUR RESPONSE IS SO DEFENSSIVE,WHAT DOES A FRYER HAS TO DO WITH THE TOPIC AT HAND.I GUESS THATS WHY CANADA DEMAND THAT DOMINCA AMONG OTHER ISLANDS NOW NEEDS VISAS TO COME THROUGH RIGHT???? WHERE AS IN THE LASTE 1990’S IN 2000’S MORE ORIENTALS CHINESE TO BE EXACT WERE COMING WITH MORE DOMINICAN PASSPORT THAN DOMINICANS THEMSELVES. AND MAYBE ITS NOT HAPPENING AGAIN, BUT DAMN WE AS A PEOPLE NEED TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS WITHOUT GETTING IGNORANT AND DEFENSSIVE.

    • JUSTICE
      January 19, 2012

      Talk about STUPID Rantings…. Conversation about passports and you spin it into something about Frying French fries in chicken oil. Get a life!

    • DANZIGER
      January 19, 2012

      YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN TAKE OFF THE LASSEE FROM YR EYES FIRST SIR U ALL UNDER PAY PPL WHILST U PRETEND THAT U LOVE US. THATS WHY I REFUSE TO WORK FOR PPL I AM INDEPENDENT I WORK FOR MY SELF TO MANY HIPPOCRITES ON THE ISLAND THATS MOCKERY.

  67. Gee
    January 19, 2012

    ******I really think so too*****

    This is something we should all agree on as Dominicans. It should not matter what party we support!

    Our citizenship should not be for sale!!!

  68. gorillaz
    January 19, 2012

    Well said Mr . Brisbane , I do believe our governments has been mis-managing this program without proper supervision and knowledge of the applicants . Government need to take heed , stop , pause , rewind and then when things are put in place properly for this program then they may . All governments not only here in D/ca only but it’s a blunder worldwide and it demoralizes and tarnishes our image internationally . We won’t like to travel to all our neighboring islands using visas .

  69. TRUTH
    January 19, 2012

    Jeffery tell us along with Thomson and the bandits ways to raise revenue for the country. We are a small developing state and need the revenue to assist our people in every aspect. The program is a transparent one are you guys not listening, the Prime Minister is not the one investigating the potential clients, there are reputable firms doing this. In any event, if someone received a passport and after the fact commits a crime his citizenship can be revoked. The US, Canada, Australia and a host of other countries have similar programs not forgetting our sister Island St. Kitts where the Brisbains have property where they sell to this people who are Economic Citizens of St. Kitts for the investment program in that country. So he of all people is aware of the program, I guess there are benefits. Let him answer that question regarding St. Kitts. Is he benifting in any way in the St. Kitts program, when he answer he can talk as loud as he wants. The Government must raise funds and they are doing this legally, to help our citizens, farmers need roads, school children bus fares have to be paid, someone need funds to go and have surgery, and I can go on and on. Let Thomson, Jeffery, Christian and all these bandits help this people. Wise up Dominicans and all others Internationally SUPPORT the efforts of the GOVERNMENT for our children’s future. Jeffery did not succeed with the State House he is trying something new it will not work and will go straight to hell where it came from. :oops:

    • Paul Corinthians
      January 19, 2012

      After 12 years in power you laborites or Skerritites are asking for ideas – what happen reality hit home now that the Chavez , China and Gadaffi money are no longer available. That epitomizes the the cliché – a house built on hay will crumble” The flashing of the gifts give rise to the phrase putty and paint makes the devil look like a saint. All along we were listening to lies – our economy was doing good. Now that the putty and paint is no longer available the true nature of the devil is in our faces. No lie can live – fortunately or unfortunately the lies of this government cannot even survive for a few days as everyday those lies keep blowing up in their faces.
      You should have been asking YOUR government to demonstrate that they can man the economy – you shouldn’t be asking Jerry Brisbane. Truth stop making a fool of yourself. Identify the problems deal with the realities, stop being a coward , stop lying to yourself and accept that the present administration is lost. They have not created an environment for a sustainable economy. Ask yourself the honest questions – infrastructural projects , housing revolution is suppose to stimulat the economy , create jobs and boost the buying power of the citizenry – have you seen that. Stop being a sucker for lies and deception and be a man or a woman whoever you are.

    • ....................
      January 19, 2012

      Why is Jerry that must tell you how to raise money for the country?. Why did you vote for people who are incapable of knowing how to raise money for the island?
      You are sounding so absurd and stupid. Go ask the government which you adore why did they kill agriculture, why we still have not diversified, why the manufacturing sector is dead, why they have created such a lazy citizenry that only know how to stretch their hands while on both knees and say ‘Thank You” in their red uniform. Go and ask the government which you adore why they cannot come up with innovative ways to use the resources of the country to the comnmon good of all the citizens.
      And don’t compare other programnmes with ours, the others are good,but ours have a serious problem. ALL BECAUSE OF BAD GOVERNANCE OF THIS POOR COUNTRY.

  70. kalinago territory
    January 19, 2012

    If there was nothing to hide they would have called for an inquiry, Dominican need to demand an inquiry for the people to know what is going with our passport.

    • Anonymous
      January 19, 2012

      Commission of inquiry is not free of charge.

    • SOUL QUEEN
      January 19, 2012

      An inquiry requires money. Lots of it. We might have to sell passports to get it going.
      Just thinking lol :lol:

  71. Yeah Right
    January 19, 2012

    The ‘Mad Man’ is at it again!!! I wonder when we are going to hear you formally declare that you are putting your hat into the ring like the ‘investigative journalist’ recently did?????…..Or maybe you just don’t have the BALLS (testicular fortitude)?????

    • 1979's HOPE renewed
      January 19, 2012

      MAN ALL YOU GARBAGE IS GOING TO GET DOMINICA NOWHERE…..I TRYING TO BE POSITIVE PLEASE CUTTTTTTTTTT THE CRAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP, SEE THINGS FOR WHAT THEY ARE AND STOP YOUR \****************

    • God's Property
      January 19, 2012

      You are really a dom- in -a- can..go and educate yourself….

    • Anonymous
      January 19, 2012

      Why are you so ignorant? Why are you calling the man names? People like you make all Dominicans look foolish.

    • January 19, 2012

      Yes sa. Unbelievable. You claim that Brisbane is a “mad man” for expressing his views as a Dominican on the controversial sales of our property, but to you the madness going on with those sales is alright. To you stealing, cheating, corruption is alright. It is he who condemns those wrong deeds who are at fault. Is so Dominica come?

      To you the Top Public official who urged Dominicans to boycott Brisbane’s business is correct to say so. But Brisbane should not talk about our diplomatic passports reaching the hands of questionable foreigners.

      Do you love yourself? Do you love Dominica? Have you replaced the brains in your Cabessa with TRASH? Why do you lower yourself to such imbecile positions and even exposing to the world how ignorant you are of the issues which has caused the country’s name to be tarnished in the regional and international spheres? There is a popular saying, ” He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a …….. Shun him”(Fill in the blanks) Do you fit in that group?

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