Linton calls for immediate cessation of diplomatic passport distribution

A diplomatic passport from Dominica

Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton, has called for the immediate cessation of the distribution of Dominica diplomatic passports, saying that there is evidence they are being sold.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday he said the “indiscriminate distribution” of such passports is the biggest threat to the island’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CBI).

“I stand here today to say to Dominica, it is time to wake up,” he said. “And it is time for us to demand immediate cessation of distribution of all diplomatic passports in Dominica pending a full independent inquiry as to what has gone on in the last 17 years under this Labour Party administration…”

According to Linton, investigations by CBS 60 Minutes have found that “the sale of diplomatic passports, though it is not part of the citizenship by investment program, it goes on under the table particularly in Dominica which has had a most impressive corp of dodgy diplomats.”

He claimed that 227 diplomatic passports have been issued between October 14, 2010, and January 11, 2016.

“The question we have, the question that remains unanswered who has these passports?” he said.

He said as a responsible opposition, on October 19, 2016, a question was posed in parliament to the minister responsible for the matter but it was ignored.

“And after it was ignored, you hear talk around the country like the opposition not standing up for Dominica because it doesn’t know what’s going on, they not doing anything, what are they doing,” he said.

He noted that similar questions were asked in 2006 and 2012 and answers were received but when asked in 2016, the government’s response that it does not reveal sensitive information was ‘curious.’

“The answer this time around was curious: ‘ The government has never, as a rule, publicized sensitive details of appointments outside of corresponding countries to which persons are engaged.’ “I stop here,” he stated. “Question. What sensitive details did we ask for? We only requested the names of the holder of the passports and if such passport has been revoked or canceled, the date of such revocation or cancellation. What sensitive details are you talking about?”

Linton said the response of the government shows that something is amiss.

“And I will tell you what is amiss people of Dominica,” Linton noted. “This for me is evidence that diplomatic passports are being sold because what the information would have disclosed is that people who have found themselves in trouble with the law but had our diplomatic passports still continue to hold on to them. They should be revoked, they should withdraw them. If you found out that they are involved in international banditry, money laundering or terrorism or so, but they still have the passport. Why do they have them? Because they paid for them and the people who received the money are not willing to refund it. So if, what you have paid me, you are not willing to refund, then you have no authority to ask me what I have taken from you in exchange. And that is what the answer to the passport question is all about, they are hiding information in order to prevent the public from knowing the truth…”

At a press conference last earlier this week, Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit said diplomatic passports are not sold under any circumstances. 

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109 Comments

  1. Shepherd's voice
    April 10, 2017

    I have a Citizenship by Investment passport. I underwent a rigorous application process which included full disclosure of my finances (I had to prove I was fully compliant with all tax laws, had no delinquent debts, and were fully solvent/gainfully employed); a full government/police background check; medical exams; professional references; and a personal interview by Dominican government officials . I hoped that the fee would be used to benefit the people and economy of Dominica and am deeply saddened to hear otherwise. It is also disturbing to think that disreputable individuals may have allegedly been granted passport privileges. No one should be granted a passport without undergoing the extensive background check that I did. Dominicans have a right to assurances that only people of good character are issued passports, as well as a right to know how much revenue is generated by CBI and how it is being spent. CBI can be a win-win program with more transparency. God bless you.

  2. Jason Parillon, M.Litt (economist)
    January 10, 2017

    Don’t listen to Linton. He is a bitter, negative ….who is jealous of Dr. Skerrit’s achievements for our country.

    Here is the deal regarding diplomatic passports –

    1) they are great passports to have, so applicants have to put up top dollar to get them. So we are looking at anything from $750,000 to $2,000, 000 for one. Just ONE passport;

    2) on top of that, the holder will have to put good investment deals Dominica’s way, just to hold on to the passport. Most just introduce their friends into the CBI program. Some have introduced hundreds;

    3) if the diplomatic passport holder gets into trouble, the diplomatic part of the passport is always revoked. This way, Dominica gets the money and is always seen to be doing the right thing.

    THERE ARE NO CRIMINALS HIDING FROM THE LAW BY USING OUR PASSPORTS, NONE WHATSOEVER, SO LINTON STOP THIS BAD MOUTHING CAMPAIGN.

  3. Why should the issuance of a diplomatic passport to “our so called diplomats” be considered, or even be classified as something sensitive? Shouldn’t the people of Dominica know precisely who are our diplomats, and to which country they are assigned?

    One of the purpose a diplomat serve is to negotiate the release of people from their country in custody, or jail in a foreign country, assuming there is proof the arrested, or captured is innocent of a crime. We know that one of the definition of diplomacy is the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations, typically by country’s representatives abroad.

    A diplomat should be trained in the art of dealing with people in a sensitive, and effective way. It is one thing for politicians to play with the English language, and make something when heard; one should be amazed. “Sensitive” simply means, quick to detect, or respond to slight changes, signals or influence okay!

  4. bigger
    January 10, 2017

    With Linton at the helm of the opposition the Labour Party’s election campaign is done and dusted

  5. Marcus Hill
    January 9, 2017

    “The CBI in its current form will be suspended immediately by an incoming UWP administration”. That should be the policy position of the UWP.

    The Dominican electorate is a simple, unsophisticated one in these matters. They see things in black or white. So it becomes difficult for us to understand that the passport selling programme is so bad yet UWP would continue to sell passorts when they get in power. Your opposition to the CBI will never be understood by Dominicans unless you take a radically opposed position and stop the sale of passorts entirely. I don’t know why this is so difficult for the UWP to understand!!!

    • Just Passing Through
      January 9, 2017

      The UWP want to be in charge of the CBI that is abundantly clear; however, they cannot see how that can happen? Do you really believe they would stop it? Of course not and if they were to say they would no one would believe them. The UWP better realize our eyes were opened wider than ever on January 1st. We saw again their true colours.

    • Truth Be Told
      January 10, 2017

      While I fully understand your point of view, I am left to wonder what happens next. For instance, and then how will the new UWP Government pay salaries if they stop selling passports? And this is what every Civil Servant is thinking, because in Dominica the entire economy is now fully dependant on sale of passports and Government revenue from such sales! Sad but true!

  6. Jenny Tempere-Brown, MA (cantab), Banker
    January 9, 2017

    Dr. Skerrit must be nominated for our highest honour, the DAH. That is because of his very hard work to bring our country into the worldwide stage of premier passports is unparalleled in our young history as a country.

    CBI now brings in more than $20 mllion a month ($240 million each year) which is well-spent on rebuilding our roads, schools, hospitals, renewable energy and tourism infrastructures. In addition, this money goes towards the payment of our public service employees and diplomats/ special envoys abroad. It’s not that much folks, when you consider that cabinet salaries and staff amount to around $6 million per month.

    Dominicans have had it too easy and fail to realise the blessings that are being endowed upon them by one of the most brilliant political leaders in the Caribbean, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit of whom we should be proud.

    • Me
      January 10, 2017

      You sound indeed like a brown storm. Unfortunately Cambridge University has never heard of you.

      • Jenny Tempere-Brown
        January 10, 2017

        Like most married women, I now use my husband’s name which is different from my graduation name.

        It seems that you are not only unemployed, but also non-existent as you describe yourself as ‘Me’.

        Find something to do with your life, if you have one and in particular, if you are a Dominican, help your country by volunteering to be a CBI salesman.

        Now, I bid you good day Sir/ Madam.

  7. STUPES !!
    January 9, 2017

    Boss..why don’t fly away and leave us Dominicans in peace nuh? Fly to Allepo nuh…they need you there…your mouth will be a machine gun……

    • STUPES !!
      January 9, 2017

      Get a job…get a job….lazy fello…..use your hands and legs for once….

  8. January 9, 2017

    I agree 100% that the distribution of our Country’s Diplomatic Passports need to stop immediately, however, I know for a fact that under the current administration it will not happen. I know that it will take the PEOPLE to bring their concerns and grievances to the feet of this “One Man Government” in order to bring about any kind of change in this Island Nation.

    • The Truth Be Told
      January 10, 2017

      Little people go about telling the government how to operate Dominica.
      Governments decide how to run their country. This does not mean it is a “One Man Government.”
      Stop criticizing and dictating to the government. Be obedient and respectful.

  9. life is sweet
    January 9, 2017

    Greetings Linton, I like you sir and I want to continue doing so but I have a few concerns please help me. Do you work for CBS now? I had to ask cause I don’t recall CBS saying that they are carrying out an investigation into sale of Diplomatic Passsports in Dominica?? I see you are the one that dicclosing for CBS now. Sir if CBS have an investigations let CBS release their findings NOT YOU? Now hoe CBS or you know the number of Diplomatic Passports issued for that lengthy period and cannot gibve us ONE name of a crook, suspected terrorist, murderer or child molester who hold one of our passports? I think you continue to throw out hot air and you have NO evidence of what you are claiming. How is it people have paid “under de table’ and CBS knows that, is CBS part of the transaction? Sir pls don’t say Skerro buy me but I am confused and you need to clear my confusion as it is you that I hear talking not CBS. ,

    • Tjebe fort
      January 9, 2017

      You are a creepy character brother. ughhh. You are trying to get mr. Linton to divulge his sources but you know what. mr. linton not born yesterday. he outsmarts “Dr.” Skerrrit any time.

      • Arte El Labore
        January 9, 2017

        Tjebe Fort, are you for REAL? or just plain stupid anyway learn to spell Skerrit. :lol:

      • The Truth Be Told
        January 10, 2017

        Do not be presumptuous. Time will tell about that.

  10. Just Passing Through
    January 9, 2017

    Isn’t that the same program the UWP was approached about but they offered it to St. Kitts instead of sharing it with Dominica. I guess they cared so little for Dominica because they lost the election they took it and literally gave it to St. Kitts. I mean we heard the then Prime Minister told us about it.

    And now I guess without their help, Dominica CBI is doing well, so now once again they want to deny Dominica the benefit. Maybe if they had told the government and not selfishly, say if I cannot be in charge I am not letting them into the secret.

    They did not want Dominica to have it and now they want to do everything in their power to wreck it for Dominica.

    It is so crystal clear.

  11. The Truth Be Told
    January 8, 2017

    Prove it Linton and ask CBS to prove it. Show proof of your words and assumptions.

  12. KID ON THE BLOCK
    January 8, 2017

    Lennox, you still not learning? You seem to forget what you paid at the Privy Council for your loose tongue? 227 Diplomatic Passports were given to whom? Can you name them ALL followed or rather backed by evidence? Begin with your name first!

  13. Freelance
    January 8, 2017

    The leadership of the country could have avoided all this Fiasco if they had just accepted the challenge by the people to debate current issues. The call for debates have been deliberately avoided at the expense of the people’s right to know. Rapheal is right there has been poor public relations and discussion on so many of the important issues affecting Dominica. He has done to improve that. The private sector, the churches, the bar associations the hotel and tourism association etc seat on the side lines while Lennox and others called for more open debates on the issues. I guess they were comfortable with the status quo. One debate took place at the DSC where Ambassador Aron was humiliated by Josh Francis since then there has been no other organised public debate on any of the issues. Now that shit has hit the fan all of them are running for toilet paper to wipe their faces and to cast blame on others. Their silence has been deafening until now. Stay strong bro Linton.

    • Silver fox
      January 8, 2017

      Freelance: The prime minister does not stand idle on the side of the road or in a rum shop like you lots so why should he take on Linton and Fontaine +these at Q95

  14. mine
    January 8, 2017

    He is only helping himself no dominica time will tell.

  15. The Govt One Man
    January 8, 2017

    Lenpro and others: Why does the opposition, the parliament and the People have to depend on a CBS investigator to tell us who are the holders of Diplomatic Passports? Our minister of Foreign Affairs, Francine Baron, with the help of her PS and other staffers should be the ones responsible to answer such a question. When the leader of the Government will allow his ministers to freely answer questions asked in the House of Assembly, only then will we see a semblance of a return to true democracy. Otherwise hell break loose. The Government – one man will continue to run things and the majority will continue to suffer.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      January 8, 2017

      It’s just like the Opposition-One Man, is destroying Dominica’s image because of his quest for power.

      • January 9, 2017

        Image?? dont make me laugh, Skerrit destroyed that long time ago, the only thing thats hurting now are the pockets of a few vultures and parasites

  16. January 8, 2017

    Dominicans allyou sick sick sick. Do you people believe that with the intelligence the US Canada and the UK have they will allow that to happen and risk passports falling into criminal hands. You guys look stupid and as usual it was the UWP that cause Canada to require visas for Dominica. i can she the rest of the of the world doing the same.
    linton keep on beliting the PM perhaps you feel good for doing what you did,

    • Be Good
      January 8, 2017

      very true the US and all those other big country know who has all those passport

  17. Real recognize Real
    January 8, 2017

    So we Dominicans really do believe everything is being done by the books and the government cannot do wrong n yet we do not believe our loved ones… The government is more important than our loved ones :-D

  18. The question we have, the question that remains unanswered who has these passports?” he said.–News Article

    Mr. Linton Sir, you have defeated your purpose right here in that statement above.

    You have an investigation going on; you find out that a number of people (227) holds diplomatic passport. Are you saying that that number is of Dominica? So whom do you expect to answer that question for you, if not your investigating team?

    And now you have no crucial facts or evidence, except a number and the time period, but you come here like the Lord of the World, ruling over Dominica, and making demands IMMEDIATELY as usual. Well you are not who you think you–especially that you have no documents to show for it.

    If you want peace and harmony for our people in Dominica, as I have said before, you need to make the U-turn, unto the path of Light. Come out from that path of DARKNESS on which you are walking–it is bad for all of us!.

    • When people who do not know what the heck they talking about, they should shut up especially when the say they are Christians. All of your comments I read a garbage!

      One cannot serve God and maman! On DNO you are here cutting up Lennox, in the other forum, you are there posting all kind of spiritual comments talking about God, to even Lennox who is a recipient of your mess!

      How much more hypocritical can you be?

      I do not know if you are human anymore; one cannot serve to masters, because you will love one and hate the other, I don’t have to tell where you can find that quote because you are the authority. That is why I am not reading anything you write about God and disseminated to us, now or ever.

      And as for that birth day thing you posted, be informed that since he rejoined the Cabal him doh talk to me since, so I doh can wish him happy birthday on his 76 birthday!

  19. riley
    January 7, 2017

    LOL This guy has no evidence of anything. No one sells Diplomatic passports. They are given. He will pay for his mouth again…..lol

  20. Da4real
    January 7, 2017

    The question is what juridiction does cbs have over Dominica to carry out such investigation. What business does cbs have over the affairs of Dominica. When are you staunch supporters of Lennox gonna realize that he is just like a child who throws tantrums everytime things dont go his way. Lennox doesnt act or have any interest in the well being of Dominica. Why don’t we hear the other members of the opposition behaving in this manner? Its quite clear that Lennox needs to grow up.

  21. Real!!!!!
    January 7, 2017

    1. Again, I ask why do we only find out who are our INTL diplomats when they get into trouble?

    2. Is there a non- disclosure agreement between the GOVT and appointees to take up the diplomatic position and if so the question would be why?

    3. Why can’t the GOVT provide the list of all our INTL Diplomats and their positions if the diplomats are serving Dominica?

    SMH!!!!!!

  22. Caille Ladd
    January 7, 2017

    I see no reason why Mr. Linton’ s question went unanswered. How could a member of the ruling party refuse to give a member of the opposition an answer to a question on the grounds of ” sensitive material”?
    I don’t support to UWP, but our people have the right to know the number of foreigners who carry our diplomatic passports. We the people also need to know the number of regular passports that were sold and a list of the countries whose citizens carry our passports. Please tell us. It’s called TRANSPARENCY.
    I am so tired of all these allegations of corruption surrounding this present administration. Mr. Blackmoore, I love you but I am having serious doubts about supporting this Government next time around.
    It’s still early in the year and we have the opportunity to turn a new leaf and start conducting state business honestly and above reproach.

  23. January 7, 2017

    Since the Tony like the courts, maybe he can file suit and the passport sale fiasco can be revealed and and we the people will get the information we deserves.

  24. January 7, 2017

    Please give Linton some money for him to pay his bills

  25. Run
    January 7, 2017

    I want Tony to refute that- 227 diplomatic passports??

  26. The Eel
    January 7, 2017

    The PM DEFIINITELY need a cabinet reshuffle.Mr,Lin! I won’t go further than that but lots of people are unhappy with the security minister.Lisson to the interview over the radeo makes no sense at all.

  27. Reasoning
    January 7, 2017

    :?: Citizens of a country need to know who their diplomats are,this position like any public position is not a secret! Wherever a citizen of the island resides,they need to know who’s their representatives are if for any reason one needs assistance. For the illegal rogues posing as government to say that diplomatic positions and those holding diplomatic passport is a secret and sensitive information is dodgy and stinks of corruption!!! :?:

  28. Laplaine Observer
    January 7, 2017

    Being in possession of a Diplomatic Passport is an honorable right; and no one who does not have the best interest of the country at heart, should hold the distinguish honor of carrying this passport. Diplomatic passports should not be one the primary source of revenue to the country, whereby tarnishing the reputation of the program.

  29. NabesandI
    January 7, 2017

    According to investigation by CBS??? Ou pas las mati linton??? CBS didnt come here and say diplomatic passports were being sold let us be very clear. YOU….LENOX went on CBS and said that Dominica passports diplomatic and otherwise were being sold. Dont come here now and try to legitimize your BS by saying is CBS that say so. You in your 48 seconds of fame did that!!! Disgusting

  30. samantha
    January 7, 2017

    It’s very interesting how DNO highlights IN PINK the comments people make against the opposition and not the truths that is spoke against SCARIT. SHAME….you must be benefiting from the passport sales too, He has everybody bamboozled and in his back pocket. He must be Dumbinicans god. IDIOTS….

    DNO be non partial…..all comments should remain neutral!!!

  31. jonathan st jean
    January 7, 2017

    That’s right Lennox Linton keep the pressure on this unscrupulous regime.Now that the CBS program has lit a bright light on the hither to unheard-of practice by Dominica government to make Diplomatic passports available to nefarious characters, I’m sure that Skerritt administration will be on it’s back foot on the issue.Also especially since the head of Homeland security department let it be known that holders of diplomatic passports, especially from Dominica,and Skerritt is under a microscope now is the time to tighten the screws

  32. Dante Jones
    January 7, 2017

    Show us the evidence. Until we see it all this is just grandstanding.

  33. January 7, 2017

    just stop the hanky panky with the passports and leave lennox alone he is just doing his job as he is suppose to.

  34. Ce La
    January 7, 2017

    Ok, I agree with Lennox about the lack of transparency with the CBI, but he hasn’t presented any evidence that diplomatic passports are being sold. Merely saying that there is evidence is not evidence. If he in fact has such evidence he should present it by all means.

  35. freedom fighter
    January 7, 2017

    Lord Jesus, please open our eyes that we may see again amen : 8) 8-O :cry:

  36. Jayson
    January 7, 2017

    ALL news media houses had their chance recently to ask Mr. Skerrit those questions directly LIVE , including Mr. Carlisle “breaking news’ Jno. Baptiste. They choose to put their tale between their leg and ask all kinds of retarded questions that the public could not care less about.

    The news media houses, all of which lack a back bone, are the real problem here.

  37. Dominican for life
    January 7, 2017

    Boy if my people only know who a the people that selling Dominican passports they will stay with there month OPEN well again that is if they care at all

  38. The Darkness
    January 7, 2017

    Hmm… interesting… So per Skerrit, if I should stumble upon someone with a Diplomatic passport, i can burn it and that should pose no problem. It should not exist after all..

    Have the useless waste of tax money go investigate what is truly going on… thats how this type of thing is done.

    Linton, you are going about this the wrong way. Should keep your trap shut and let the investigations roll how they should, silent and deadly.

    When the light shines onto the dark, i shall be watching from the abyss that is Dominica.

    We need new laws!!

  39. ti nom
    January 7, 2017

    so for all those people who support C.B.I, all you honestly think it is a perfect program? I’ve never seen a government that so doesn’t like to make changes. You know in most democratic countries…there is a little something called a vote. Both parties present their arguments to the Dominican people, and then vote on whether to keep it or get rid of it. Unless we do things the usual way in D.A…and whatever Skerrit say goes… :) :-D

  40. January 7, 2017

    Who are these 227 people who received diplomatic passports? Is there another CBS 60 minute program to come dealing with the issue of diplomatic passports? If Linton knows that 227 diplomatic passports were issued why is he not releasing the names or were these passports issued to nameless people. To accuse the govt of lack of transparency in this matter and then show a complete lack of transparency in not advising Dominicans as to the names of people with diplomatic passports is mind boggling. Has CBS become our new massa? Did CBS run a program when our banana industry was under attack? Did it run a program to find the missing DASS money. Why all this sudden interest in Dominica?

  41. winston warrington
    January 7, 2017

    For Jake’s sake! If CBS says 227 passports were issued, find out from CBS who they were issued to. Every passport number carries a name.

    • Winston, if something is illegally done; do you anticipate finding accurate records as you believe exists?

      Look, the same thing took place in St. Kitts, so much so; that the government of St. Kitts had to recall more than five hundred of them which were issued to people who’s name was not even written in them, some were not dated. If you have a computer, you can always go into CBS 60 minuets archive and review the entire program.

      It is a mess, and more serious than most Dominicans might have imagined. Our people are in the dark, there are lots of professional criminals out there with not just the ordinary traveling passport, but indeed Dominica Diplomatic passports!

    • Concern citizen
      January 7, 2017

      Skerrit is the one whom we are paying to work for us, so he is the one that is oblige to give the names. don’t be naïve

    • January 7, 2017

      It’s not CBS’s position to give you the answer. I think it’s the position of the Dominican public to investigate themselves. Don’t you?

    • @winston warrington January 7, 2017

      You took it right from my thoughts; as I read the article, that was the first thing that came into my mind. If they have a figure, why don’t they have the names.

      Linton fails to understand that is what we want to hear. Just the names to the allegations–who are the corrupters, who are the thieves, who is receiving those monies under the table?

      I am beginning to believe that Lennox Linton is being fed with futility from outsiders, and he is shamefully using those feedings against the Government of Dominica to satisfy his selfish ego

      • Well, Elizabeth Warrington should worry if he took that out of your mouth, because that made him dumb as you are.

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

        Shut up you little dummy, I want you to freeze like the Statue of Liberty this winter, so by the time Summer comes along I will not be reading your commess!

        Now I did not say frozen to death you know, I know how you hate I; and you will tell people how I want you dead nu; forget it!

    • Freelance
      January 8, 2017

      I disagree with you. We need to find out from our Government and not CBS news. The questions asked to government on th see matters goes unanswered. So blame the government not CBS and Lennox.

    • Tjebe Fort
      January 8, 2017

      You are putting the cart before the horse Winston, it should be our government to disclose whom they issued diplomatic passports to and not a foreign news service. That would be totally embarrassing and all the government would do is to deny it., putting them even further into the labou.

  42. Oh Yes
    January 7, 2017

    If the facts exist as indicated by Lennox, then I applaud him for his efforts at exposing the wrongs in this passport selling fiasco. We cannot pretend that there are more questions than answers. Information is scarce and criticisms are ubiquitous. What a shame!

    • binsley
      January 7, 2017

      the mans proof is that they did not give him the names, lennox according to my Jamaican brothers, “tap de noize”

    • @Oh Yes January 7, 2017

      What is the facts, Lennox simply gave you a number. And if that number is correct, what are the names of those so-called diplomats and which ones of the list belongs in Dominica? Otherwise the facts you are accepting is still fallible.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      January 8, 2017

      Beware of the word.. “IF”.. because IF wishes were horses beggars like Linton would ride! Bring out the HARD evidence no if.

    • life is sweet
      January 9, 2017

      “if the facts exist as indicated by Linton” are you serious…. grow up please… if the facts exist? has Linton presented you with ONE FACT? Do you think the rest of the world sleeping , the USA, CANADA, ENGLAND etc, do you think Linton has better investigators than the FBI? please. Linton has no facts and this is what it is he throwing out some corn hoping some fowl run come.

  43. JBaptiste
    January 7, 2017

    How many more of these things do we have to hear before we take a stand? Every one gets a 6 months probationary period at his/her job but skerrit is 17 years and counting . Blunders every day but he gets to keep his job. smh .

  44. Passport Sales Bring in $20 million Dollars a Month
    January 7, 2017

    Get lost Linton. Get a job and stop making trouble for Dominica. Our passport sales is our Nr. 1 export which brings in $15 million dollars a month into our country. We need that money, so stop trying to terrorise this situation.

    If you want a cut of the action, what you should be pushing for is for a law to ensure that only resident Dominican passport holders can sell our passports. For each passport they sell, they get 50% of the government fee.

    If you do that, everyone will be happy and no one will have any grounds to complain.

    Diplomatic passports in all countries are the gift of the government in power. It they choose to sell them, that is for them to decide. My friend, shut up, suck some salt (like Hillary, you are one hell of a bad loser) and take it like a man.

    • %
      January 7, 2017

      This cesspit of filth that you have blogged,will not solve the problem that DLP has landed the country in…Let me publicly thank Honourable Linton for uncovering the can of worms..Shame on you and this asinine comment.You don’t sound like someone who looks at news,but this was said on the CBS programme…”The sale of diplomatic passport is not part of the CBI programme,but it goes on under the table particularly in Dominica,which has had the most impressive corps of dodgy diplomats”..What a doggone shame that a berk like you, would want to sweep this damning piece under a carpet.No wonder your God unlike Gaston Brown went to hide.

    • Concern citizen
      January 7, 2017

      Ask the father to help u, Joy and comfort he will give U, he is willing to aid U he will carry U through, ignorant and bashful Dominicans, awake for the Joy of the morning is here

    • jonathan st jean
      January 7, 2017

      How ignorant can you be.You don’t even understand the issues you bring up.Diplomatic passports are not the property of the party in power but belong to the country.The ruling party cannot give them away to whom they want or worse yet sell them to whoever they want without giving proper accounting for the property of the country.Maybe you as an individual are so blinded by your loyalty to party, that you don’t want to know anything, that’s on you,speak for yourself,but the rest of us responsible Dominican want to know and have a right to be told.

    • January 7, 2017

      Did you say “$15 million dollars a month into our country”? Where are the benefits? Where’s the International Airport, Roads, Bridges, Schools? Don’t forget the Hospitals in much needed areas on the Island. Money equals IMPROVEMENT. What is the money received working towards?

      • Bertrand Boliver (A level student)
        January 10, 2017

        Passport sales for Dominica in 2016 amounted to $2.5 billion dollars. This money has been re-invested in our schools, healthcare, fighting ebola, zika and dengue, preparing for climate change/ global warming and the threat of ISIS and financing infrastructure projects.

        Let’s be thankful we have Mr. Skerrit on our side doing such great things for our country.

    • thus far
      January 8, 2017

      you are one hell of an Attraction!! to pen such rubbish!!! maybe you’re on of those who get crumbs from the table…just maybe

    • viewsexpressed
      January 8, 2017

      Your passport will get you nowhere but on the begging bowl list of the inept Skerrit and his corrupt Labour government. On your last paragraph it is not easy to just give dip0lomatic passports as favours, it has o be earned and we see money or difference in poor Dominica`s development. We go deep and deer in poverty.

      • Silver fox
        January 8, 2017

        Viewsexpressed, and thus far, why is it you guys cannot get a life like most decent man and woman order wise go get yourselfs a big mama you suckers :twisted:

  45. Lenpro
    January 7, 2017

    (According to Linton, investigations by CBS 60 Minutes have found that “the sale of diplomatic passports, though it is not part of the citizenship by investment program, it goes on under the table particularly in Dominica which has had a most impressive corp of dodgy diplomats.)” What is troubling about this guy is, if he has an investigation done by CBS, WHY CANT HE WAIT FOR THE INVESTIGATION TO BE COMPLETED and all the evidence at his disposal to have a legitimate case? Then let CBS give you the list of people who has these passports. Lennox is full of it. This guy cant even keep his own investigation confidential. This just tell you he is foaming at the mouth and continue to make comments without facts. Lennox has continuously again and again shows that he is not ready to be Prime Minister.

    • Tjebe fort
      January 7, 2017

      Since 2011 Skerrit issued a law suit against Dr. Thomson Fontaine for the same thing but mr. Skerrit still has to appear in court on that charge and face his accuser. First Skerrit try to frighten Dr. Fontaine and demanded he pay him $250,000 otherwise he would take him to court, Well Dr. fontaine refuse and challenged Skerrit to go ahead with his suit. Today we are still waiting for that suit to be heard in court. was Skerrit bluffing and running away from his own challenge now? what are we to think brother?

    • jonathan st jean
      January 7, 2017

      Since when is CBS the investigative arm of any political party anywhere in the world?Have you heard of confidentiality? Apparently not, because you sound as if CBS is bound to hand over information to anyone anywhere.

    • @Lenpro January 7, 2017

      Lennox is desperate for a victory, so he doesn’t have the time to wait for the necessary weapon to go to fight. And with his desperate desire win, he continues to lose both the battle and the war.

    • NUWP
      January 8, 2017

      But LENPRO this is not all you know. Liars especially pathological liars like Lennoxnecervcomes with facts. He yet to produce one evidence of facts to back up his lies. See how he changing his town yea….. before he was on a campaign to “stop the sale of Dominica diplomatic passport” now the facts has been produced that we dont sell passport and he can’t back up his liesvto prove passports are being sold he now coming with a new one “distributing of passport” hahahahahboy dat man damm a** we boy. Weh weh weh. Now he want to know about passport sold and or distributed you know, butsee the dishonesty in him, see where he interested in under the Labour Party. But sir in the years 1995-2000 YOUR UWP PARTY WAS IN GOVERNMENT TOO. Why are I not asking about those years? Christopher Case got passports under ur Govt when he was known to ve a world criminal. See how many twiwanies and Russian money lundareres that had our passport under ur UWP GOVT. We were black listed bcus of u all…

    • viewsexpressed
      January 8, 2017

      Ohhhh Hon. Lennox is ready, ………. Disgustingly shameful the issue is you all are scared. Go suck some salt and wake up from Labour blindness and corruption.

      • NUWP
        January 10, 2017

        We won’t ask u to suck salt nah. A fire coal we will give u to suck after it came from Linton ba**s. AND HELLO WE CAN JEVER BE AFRAID OF LINTON AND THE UWP. From 2000 is blows we giving u all and we winning BIGGGG. And dis time trust me yea we giving all u one big beating in that polls yea boy. Just watch and see. Linton and the UWP is self distruct. All u have to bring back Edison to run for u all. Because …… and sikiri zico and the rank of UWP IS GOING TO GIVE HIM A TASTE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE. U think sikiri forgive him??? Tantoe tantoe

  46. Justice
    January 7, 2017

    Lennox I really appreciate your relentless pursuit of the truth. Without a strong opposition the government especially the leader will have absolute power and absolute power corrupts. We desperately need the truth as to what’s going on in my beautiful island. Something is definitely Amis. If CBS has proof that the government is indeed engaged in the selling diplomatic passports why don’t they present you with the facts. Until then all that talking is just useless noise. We need facts documented facts otherwise just hush.

    • January 7, 2017

      Get the facts from the Prime Minister. Such as details of EVERY passport whether Citizenship by Investment, Diplomatic, or otherwise.

  47. smh
    January 7, 2017

    smh

  48. %
    January 7, 2017

    No wonder not one of them could defend the programme,like Gaston Brown defended the Antigua programme!!They went to hide in all parts of Dominica.

  49. tomtom
    January 7, 2017

    Lintoin Linton Linton, Please please please, stop it, the hole you are in is too deep for you.

    • Concern citizen
      January 7, 2017

      It’s people like U and me that is supposed to stop it and block the hole
      stop voting for that corrupt govt. and vote for truth

    • Ma Petrie (Colihaut)
      January 8, 2017

      D’accord garcon!, if he was a woman, he would be with child by now!

    • January 8, 2017

      Tomtom Dominica is what is in the hole use your brain.

  50. %
    January 7, 2017

    227Diplomatic passports have been issued???OMG!!! No wonder those braggats of the DLP went hiding under culverts,stones,caves,
    and dodged the CBS programmes…Can someone give us the names of some of the countries where we have diplomats???Well this Dominica is in a terrible state,and this evil DLP has taken it to the gutter…Thank you honourable statesman and patriot,honorable Linton..Everything done by evil and wicked souls must come to light!!!SHAME ON THIS DLP,but I am not surprised.Just see how this wicked regime have marginalised Marigot,Salisbury,Wesley and all the Roseaus!

  51. Black Man
    January 7, 2017

    Linton AGAIN?

    • ??
      January 7, 2017

      He trying to save face…….what a shame! He trying so hard to look good now but it’s just isn’t working. His political career just took 2 steps backwards.

    • %
      January 7, 2017

      Yes we..Educating Dominicans about the corrupt DLP,the worst government Dominica has ever had.

    • Concern citizen
      January 7, 2017

      You as a white man come forward and tell us what U know
      Dominicans will always remain like ba boons, and the door mat of the Caribbean, why the Antigua PM. came forward and defend his countries name, he has nothing to hide, Your lords and them took cover and U now coming on face book to defend them?

    • January 8, 2017

      Man try to empower yourself because it’s not about Linton it’s all about Dominica and the Dominican community and to know right from wrong so search your soul if you call yourself a man see what you’ll find so you can understand

    • viewsexpressed
      January 8, 2017

      OOOOhhhhhhh yes, He, HOn Linton, UWP and we Dominicans are going nowhere. We will hunt Skerrit out of office. Time is getting very close.

      • The Truth Be Told
        January 8, 2017

        You are not God. If you live long enough.

    • Me
      January 8, 2017

      Yes, thank God , Linton again. David beat Goliath.

  52. freegid tree
    January 7, 2017

    Well, well, I didn’t want to leave my labor party, nuh! But now I see my party is not a whole party; There are too many holes in de party. My next vote is for Mr. Linton. That man (to me) cares more about the people of DA than Dr. Roozzyy. Me? be it labor, be it Mr. Linton; my vote is for transparency and honesty, which I was really hoping from my labor par-Tee. They are not up to par. I’m hitting the greens to TEE OFF.

    • @freegid tree January 7, 2017

      You never belonged with the Labour Party in the first place– If you think you are fooling anyone, then you are just as empty as your fellow UWPites.

    • The Truth Be Told
      January 8, 2017

      Blinded by the light?

  53. defay
    January 7, 2017

    But that man is a boss nuh as if what he says goes.All the nonesense happening within his party he not calling for it to stop but a successful program must stop? What really is wrong with mr. Nih?

    • %
      January 7, 2017

      The honourable gentleman,patriot and statesman has not sold ONE passport..Your earthly GOD,the wicked person you made your false GOD,is the one to answer ALL,ALL,ALL,ALL the questions..,and he MUST one day soon open his mouth and answer..He can’t keep running!!!Hiding will not solve the problem,you sound idiotic,this won’
      solve the problem either..A word of caution for you is Never put a gang of GREEDIES,to take care of your affairs!!!

  54. viewsexpressed
    January 7, 2017

    Hon. Linton, this is a very good suggestion. As Leader of the Opposition you represent all of Dominica and therefore your principle role is to see that this corrupt, devious Labour government are not corrupt, nor behave in a very devious and irresponsible manner.
    Dominicans must stand firm with you as our representative in parliament that there is open transparency, accountability and that these funds are well put into meaningful development programmes that the increasing rate of poverty in Dominica is addressed. My fear is that this inept Skerrit and his corrupt Government have no idea how its done.
    Good Luck

    • Patriot
      January 7, 2017

      Lennox absolutely does not represent all of Dominica as the leader of opposition. If that was so then he would be the Prime Minister and that is not going to happen at all. UWP may win an election but it is no the upcoming one, nor the one after because majority of Dominicans DO NOT want Lennox as their Prime Minister. I most certainly do not and you can take that to the bank!!!!!1

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