Economist and United Workers Party candidate for Grand Fond, Dr Thomson Fontaine, has denied ever being a citizen of the United States.
Since the declaration of his candidacy Fontaine has been under pressure by some who accused him of being a citizen of the United States and holding a US passport in violation of Section 32 of the Constitution of Dominica which states “an individual cannot be elected or appointed as a Representative or Senator if he is by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state.”
But speaking to reporters outside a UWP Jobs and Economic Growth Forum on Thursday, Fontaine said he has never been a US citizen.
“I am not a US citizen, I have never had a US passport, I have always had a Dominican passport, I have always been a citizen of one country, that’s Dominica,” he stated. “I was never a US citizen.”
According to Fontaine he has always traveled on his “same green Dominican passport.”
“The proof is that I have never had any other passport, I can show my passport, I can make it available,” he stated. “I think what people are confused about is that I lived in the US for over 20 years and typically if you live in the US for that period of time you are supposed to have a green card or something. I have neither.”
He pointed out that he was able to reside in the US during that time because of his career and to travel using a visa over the years.
“There is no reason for me to have a US passport or to be a US citizen,” Fontaine noted. “I cherish being a Dominican and I really would not like to have given up my Dominican citizenship and that’s the reason why I never even thought of taking on US citizenship.”
Earlier this month Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit hinted that the Constitution may have to be amended to allow Dominicans with dual citizenship, especially from North America, to hold public office.