I was never a US citizen – Thomson Fontaine

Thomson Fontaine
Thomson Fontaine

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.

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138 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    January 22, 2014

    This Telemacque man is illiterate

  2. basket of flowers
    November 2, 2013

    Like Lennox, that’s a good man. Do not let him get away.

  3. November 2, 2013

    You asked Roosevelt for PROOF, NOW YOU SHOW YOUR PROOF. INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW.

  4. Nacinimod
    November 2, 2013

    It is possible to live and work in the US under a G-4 visa with one important proviso. You must work be working for an international organization.

    How long can I stay in the U.S. on G-4 visa?

    You may stay in the U.S. indefinitely as long as the Secretary of State continues to recognize your G4 status. There is no requirement that the applicant must have a foreign residence to which he or she intends to return.

    http://faq.visapro.com/G4-Visa-FAQ2.asp#Q1

  5. My little country
    November 1, 2013

    You should form your own party then I would support u but on a uwp ticket u joking Lenox pour out to much venom I can’t support uwp, sorry not with Lenox as leader

    • Smiling faces & LIES
      November 1, 2013

      You hater, has Lennox ever called you bastard, Has he ever told you go to hell. Is he involved in corruption here and over seas?
      Lennox is an honest and righteous man.
      @ my little country, politics is causing you to tun away from the true God.

    • Papa Dom
      November 2, 2013

      You damn lie! Even if he did you would come up with a different silly story.

    • basket of flowers
      November 2, 2013

      Lennox talks the truth, as simple as that. And the truth hurts. But who bite you, you crying? And please, don’t call me bastard. Don’t tell me go to hell. Don’t do it. I am just an honest, simple guy; A freedom fighter.

  6. anonymous
    November 1, 2013

    Priests who claim they are men of GOd lie to us. Mr. Fontaine I urge you if you want to make a difference in your birth country dominica, start of on the right track, don’t lie. We not stupid in this country, you think with all your degrees u can just come back and take advantage of us here in this country. Dominicans don’t need any degrees to spot a liar…

    • ?????
      November 2, 2013

      ..and what is the lie he is telling? You don’t need a degree to spot a jackarse

  7. November 1, 2013

    let them prove it fontaine . it was good for the PM and Petter -pepper it good for you . We will use fifth-amendment and not talk in court to . Let them prove you’re not D/can .

    • Know Your Role
      November 4, 2013

      Now the shoe is now on the other foot! What good for the goose is also good for the gander??? Hail lai hooray

  8. November 1, 2013

    It is sad when misinformation cause confusion in a country or play with the minds of those who refuse read to find knowledge or be educated. Anyone who has a Green Card is able live in the USA permanently without becoming a citizen. The Green Card has an expiry date. A fee is paid for renewal. THAT’S IT.

    • Asterix
      November 1, 2013

      @ conscious: I agree with you that some of our people really refuse to read and educate themselves on issues but that is not even the point. Is Mr. Fountain as we speak a member of parliament? As it is now how is he disqualified if he is not yet even nominated for election or a senator position; even if he were a US citizen? Has an election even been announced? If and I say a big “IF”; Mr. Fountaine has a US passport/citizenship I would want to think he would renounce such citizenship whenever elections are called but it’s not yet time for that.

  9. November 1, 2013

    Hello and good afternoon my people. Well this kind of situation keep coming up in Dominica and its preventing qualify people from running for Political office. I say if you born in Dominica and you are a citizen of any other country once you return to reside in Dominica after three years then you should be able to run for office. The only exception should be the office of Prime Minister which should be reserved for a born Dominician who don’t or never held any other citizenship. We are preventing many of our educated people from contributing to the development and the Political process in our country. Anyway I would rather contribute to my country in the business sector than in Politics because I can’t look anyone in the eye and tell them something I know that’s not true.

    • Magnum P.I
      November 2, 2013

      Well, you don’t have tp fp like skerrit. You just have to keep your head above the water. Skerrit is a born liar and has beeb confused from birth. Ask his fada.

    • November 2, 2013

      Hello and good evening. Well I see I received four thumbs down but I rather you post your disagreement so we can have a meeting of the mind. I have no problem defending my positions.

  10. Francisco Telemaque
    November 1, 2013

    Thomson, I do not wish to become the devils advocate here; and truly I do not believe it should matter if you are a citizen of the United States either; any Dominican should be allowed to serve in government regardless of dual citizenship or not! However, it is one thing to be an employee of the IMF, and another to find employment as a teacher, or professor within the educational system of the United States.

    Sometime ago; a long time ago as a matter of fact, I read on Cakafet where someone made the comments that “Dominicans fail to recognized you, however you are good enough for America, since you are teaching classes in economics at some university, or college in America.”

    And that was about the time when you had your page on Cakafet: Remember the time when you Band me from entering and writing any comments on your page:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah; remember when you and I spared for that brief moment, and then buried hatchet!

    If the allegations I read then was indeed the truth; perhaps you can explain how you manage to engaged in the teaching profession here if you are not an U. S. citizen. Any one who is not a citizen of the United States, cannot teach or work in the country without an work permit, even if that person is here on a student visa. If you work for the IMF here I am sure you secured a work permit via the IMF.

    Other than sponsored employment such as the IMF, or any other corporation sponsored arrangement, to be employed by anyone: first one who is not born in this country must first obtain an Green Card. Prior to the issuance of a Green Card, the day one application is accepted for permanent residency a work permit is issued. After obtaining the Green Card, within five years to the very day the Green Card was issued, one is free to apply for citizenship.

    So, in the event you really taught in a university, or college here, perhaps you can explain how you manage to accomplish that. It is important to remember the argument on Cakafete revolved around some book you wrote; if memory serves me correctly, so if you indeed taught school here if you are not the holder of a Green Card, or a U. S. citizen you may have worked illegally; (only an assumption now).

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Thoughts
      November 1, 2013

      I have no interest in politics or know Thompson Fountain. But looking at this case it is possible to not be a citizen and work/teach because there are many different visa categories.

      If you take into consideration the time it takes to earn a bachelor’s, master’s and Phd plus work it is very possible. So his 20 years of living in the US without a green card or US citizenship is justified.

      Get your facts straight with an immigration attorney or USCIS official.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        November 1, 2013

        Perhaps you need to get your facts with some immigration lawyer, I don’t have too; because I know how it works!

        Been there done that; so I leave it to idiots like you to keep on warring your stupidity on your forehead as a your badge of honor. the late Prime Minister Pierre Charles, recognized a ling time ago that there is no point to argue with a Dominican, especially the one who proudly displays that badge of honor.

        My father Hector Isaac Telemaque advised me never to argue with a fool, or fools, because the fool will always win the argument!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        Why?

        Well since the fool only understands the concepts of only what originates within their own mind, it matters not what anyone else say to them it never makes any sense; so what’s the point of even trying to communicate with or to a fool

        If I say to a fool stop, you are going to step into molten lava from a volcano; the fool will simply ignore me and take both hands and pick up the steaming red hot lava, since the fool has no concept of cognitive thinking or reasoning.

        I do not have the time to argue with people who read and are unable to understand and interpret what they read!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2013

      Go find out about those teachers who are having problem and tell us whether they are US citizens

    • Ann Derass
      November 1, 2013

      FET you find some work to do. You are one vindictive and dangerous piece of s…

      • Francisco Telemaque
        November 1, 2013

        In my last submission the word is wearing; and to that little nobody who suggest I get a job, be informed that as long as you live you will never accomplish as much as I have accomplished in my years of living; say I told you that at the age of forty-seven (47) years old I retired from the defense industry of the United States, as an electronic/electrical engineer.

        Since then I created my own employment, I make more money in one night while I am asleep, than you will probably never make in your entire life!

        Say I told you that.

        And as for been dangerous, indeed I am a very dangerous man, that should be enough caution for you not to mess with me in the future.

        You see how stupid some of you are?

        You do not know me from adam; you have never dealt with me, we have never cross path, yet you are here forming an opinion about someone you do not know! I do not need a job, but I am sure I can give you a janitors job any day of the week, however, you may not even be qualified to mop the floor I walk on!

        My other positions are reserved for the more intelligent.

        Smoke that in your crack pipe. You name suits your intelligence: (Ann The Rass.).

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        You claim that I am a piece of sh.., I will educate you with a more suitable bit of the English language which is more palatable to the audience, and that is if only you could smell as good, as sweet as I, this piece of feces, you would be walking around smiling as if you are walking on cloud nine; you little nasty illiterate idiot!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • November 6, 2013

        Mr Telemaque .

        Hello and good afternoon. Hi I met you twice in California and you are a super of a building. Is that why you want to hire an assistant super to do the work for you. I don’t think we want to come to America and be a super of a building to clean and do repairs. With all your mastery of the English language why didn’t you become a teacher instead of a super.

    • Jess
      February 16, 2017

      What an uninformed Dominican. People live and work in the US all the time without being a citizen. I am not a US citizen and have been living there got over 17 years. The university can allow you to be an adjunct professor without and citizenship or green card status. Know your facts.

  11. country man
    November 1, 2013

    boss dis man is an honest man…d man is dr 4 d love of d country..barack obama dat send down mr fontaine to remove us frm d wrath of mr skerrit..do ur research

  12. Grand Fond Neighbour
    November 1, 2013

    Green card or not I am not voting you anyway!

    • November 1, 2013

      Grand Fond Neighbor.

      Hello and good afternoon. Hi here you have a highly educated and qualified candidate from your community but you won’t support him. Now if you are from a different political party then you should say so and please give your reason why you won’t support his candidacy.

      • Truth be told
        November 2, 2013

        So what about the Leader who is not as qualified. I don’t think he completted school

    • Malgraysa
      November 1, 2013

      Well, that is your choice and democratic right. Your vote won’t make the difference in Grand Fond I’m sure.

    • Apostolic
      November 2, 2013

      If you are really a Fond neigh

  13. vway choy????
    November 1, 2013

    hmmmph thats one to think about. Gonna do some research, call a friend in the ICE system to verify this.

  14. biglove
    November 1, 2013

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  15. ??
    November 1, 2013

    Did Mr. fontain abandon his family in the US? Wow….I believe integrity and honesty starts at home. Go figure….

  16. Truth Seeker
    November 1, 2013

    I mean guys really? Over 20years live and work in the US no green card. WAW ce sort qui fe moi led

    • November 1, 2013

      he has a WORKING PERMIT. people do have those u know…smh the level of ignorance, jeez!

    • Frank Talker
      November 1, 2013

      Attley Aaron lived and worked in the US for many ears and today he is Dominica’s Ambassador to Venezuela. Does he hold American citizenship or a passport?

      • God's Child
        November 1, 2013

        Is he going to run for elections?

      • me
        November 2, 2013

        tes si qui but what is AA I said what not who if you know what ah mean.

  17. still waterz
    November 1, 2013

    weather its a green card or some type of visa .. the guy was never a us citizen and as for love of country sometimes u have to go out to get info to come and develop your home … get off the man back he is offering transpearency to show is passport… too bad skerrit or st jean did not do that … he did return anualy … unlike some ppl that waiting for election and free plane ride to come down …smh… open allu eyes…

  18. T bouy
    November 1, 2013

    Dr Fontaine is an honest man. His credibility is unquestionable. We MUST accept his explanation. He is genuine and has no reason to lie. His love for Dominica is unmatched. If he was running for DLP he would have been their biggest and brightest star. I applaud his courage and I know he will present an alternative to the debacle going on in Dominica. And by the way, as pointed out by someone else, their a many different visas under which one can work in the US. Wake up DA people.

  19. da
    November 1, 2013

    All of them so looking for there pockets.

  20. oh ho ho
    November 1, 2013

    Mr. Fontaine, this one is for you. Are you married if so, where is your wife and which island is she from?

    • okay
      November 1, 2013

      what is your agenda?

    • Stupesssssssss
      November 1, 2013

      None of your d……business. Keep the man private business out of politics. All U Dominicans are too small minded and like to mix issues. Listen to the message he is bringing and leave his private business out of it.

      • Anonymous
        November 2, 2013

        hmmmm so is for one set. think the great Dr. will not be exposed, there is so much more that will be questioned and put into the public domain.

    • Fed up
      November 1, 2013

      Go check the skeletons in your closet before you check others!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Malgraysa
      November 1, 2013

      What has that got to do with the price of fish?

    • Francisco Telemaque
      November 1, 2013

      That is a very nasty question to ask the man, why are you minding the man’s business?

      Pick the mot out of your own eye before you even notice the mot in someone else eye!

      You people like to get too personal, and nasty!

      That is why Skerrit did not invite any of you to his wedding, and all who hope to drink in down, and get drunken at his expense are still yearning for that drink of rum and goat water oui:

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • what i say is true
        November 1, 2013

        Francisco?…garcon you too troublesome…See the trouble you starting?

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2013

      Its none of your damn buisness! Go to hell!

  21. T mama
    October 31, 2013

    The man is speaking the truth…what’s the issue…chupps

  22. hush
    October 31, 2013

    he too patriotic… why now after he was praising skerrits work all the time now he want to be patriotic…. boodom… power hungry men.

  23. law and order
    October 31, 2013

    Dominicans stop displaying your ignorance, the man was working with the IMF,he would not need American citizenship. That is why with his experience Dominica needs him in the political arena. I wish he was leader of the opposition or a permanent secretary in Dominica finance office. We need his talents in finance and economics.
    Now Skerrit cannot just decide to change the constitution to suit him and his friends. That is too much arrogance on Skerrit part. He Skerrit is becoming a little papa Doc. Don’t live to regret his appointment time to make a change for our democracy to survive.

    • November 1, 2013

      Law and Order.

      Hello and good evening to you. I agree with you in that we should make him the Minister of Finance. In that way we will find out the true debt of our country because with his ability he would balance the books.

  24. lee
    October 31, 2013

    I strongly believe Fontaine is a US citzen don’t let this Guy fool you all. Well I’ am sorry for Da.

    • read mee
      November 1, 2013

      Peter Pepper fooled us and Skerrit fooled us so whats the big deal of being fooled by an economist with so much to offer

    • .
      November 1, 2013

      Who cares a dam what you believe.
      What I believe is that these men will bring progress to Dominica.

    • Malgraysa
      November 1, 2013

      Alas garcon, for believe you have to go to church. Right now unless you, or anyone else can prove otherwise Dr. Fontaine’s statement stands as true. You remember what Donald Trump said about Obama? You don’t want to end up with egg on your face also, do you?

  25. Ashley
    October 31, 2013

    Skerrit, show us the proof and tell us about the scandaloso

  26. #Behonest
    October 31, 2013

    not to be condescending to my people, but I can understand why the average dominican doesnt believe you can work in the US LEGALLY without a visa.

    Despite what you heard, America loves Immigrants.

    Also, educate yourself,
    USA issues
    B visa, C visa, F visas, G visa, L visa, K visas etccc you can work work on SEVERAL of then.

    The usa wants smart people like IMF to stay, is the foolish people like you uneducated laborites they dont want to stay.

    Fontaine was likely on the G4 visa while at IMF.

    Also, if you are not a USA citizens you pay less tax.

    • boss
      October 31, 2013

      Where do u come up with that crap n.who u trying fool.pull string alone.that can happen to work legally pack up ure.self u or that diot Fontaine nah fool me. Can work legally lol don’t make ppl hear u say that

      • AboveThefold
        November 1, 2013

        Read You Uneducated LaborPowerright: http://www.workpermit.com/us/us_h1b.htm

      • read mee
        November 1, 2013

        U are the one looking like a fool now cause i work in the us for the government and i only have a social security card from since when i got my student visa. Please get ur facts straight

      • YOUTH
        November 1, 2013

        sir please educate yourself and do your research the IMF stands for International Monetary Fund key word INTERNATIONAL any body from any country can work for the IMF once they are qualified the IMF is based in Washington DC they could chose anywhere to base the IMF but chose the US dont be foolish research i am not a workers nor a labourite i just know what makes sense and what doesnt

      • Anonymous
        November 1, 2013

        Before u say it’s crap why don’t you do a research yourself.there a many visas that allow you to work legally in the US.Not only a green card.

    • take your time
      October 31, 2013

      You peoplealways refer to labourites as stupid, lazy etx, yet you want them to vote for you

    • Thoughts
      November 1, 2013

      Thanks for being specific. The people who post stuff need to research before posting and even signing their real names. There are countless ways to work in the US LEGALLY without a green card and US citizenship. I did it for 15 years. Geeze people, think before you write.

  27. Anonymous
    October 31, 2013

    But Why THomson answering those people nuh. Since when citizenship is an issue for running for election.

    • WE VOTING UWP
      October 31, 2013

      Thomson should just say no law, not even the Constitution can prevent him from contesting the GrandFond seat and he would be right.

    • Malgraysa
      November 1, 2013

      Read the constitution and you will now why. Unless you are a British Commonwealth citizen you can not stand for parliament if you have dual nationality. That is why Roosevelt Skerrit tried to cancel his french citizenship before the last election, remember!

      • Fight the good fight
        November 1, 2013

        I think the commenter was being sarcastic.. They were trying to say that since Skerrit’s dual citizenship didn’t matter for the past 13 years so why should Dr.Fountain’s matter?

    • God's Child
      November 1, 2013

      Since UWP said it was.

  28. Doc. Love.
    October 31, 2013

    Dr. Aaron writing in the chronicle of September 20th, disclosed that Skeritt has a BA in Education and a BSc in Phycology. Mr. Fontaine is prepared to present his Dominican passport in order to prove that he has a Dominican passport only. Skeritt now needs to present the two University Degrees Arron claims he has in order to prove he is really a University Graduate. Mr. Linton is very interested in having a look at two the degrees.

    • Ma John
      October 31, 2013

      Mr. Linton must present his first before he looks at Skeritt’s.

      • Doc. Love.
        November 1, 2013

        Mr. Linton does not have to produce a University Degree, he has made it clear he never attended University. The onus is now on Skeritt to prove that he really has a University Degree and not a drop out.

      • Malgraysa
        November 1, 2013

        Ma John, you are pathetic.

      • Malgraysa
        November 1, 2013

        Yeah, whilst we are at it can we also see Dr. Aaron’s Ph.D. certificate and his thesis? What about Levi Peter? Can we see his law degree also? People, be careful what you ask for, it may come and bite you.

    • WE VOTING UWP
      October 31, 2013

      Skerrit does not even have one degree much less two. Skerrit did not complete his first degree.

    • My constituency
      November 1, 2013

      I could not agree with you more my friend

    • tututu
      November 1, 2013

      Aarron! Skerrit has B.A in English and minor credits in Pyschology he doesn’t have 2 degrees. Aarron himself has a Phd in Literature.

    • Jail Bells Riniging
      November 1, 2013

      If he has a Bsc in psychology, then why doesn’t he outsmart himself by psycho analyse himself infront of a Grand Jury.

  29. JR
    October 31, 2013

    Looking like Fontaine is the De facto leader of the uwp, where is the mouth piece LINTON?

    • .
      October 31, 2013

      He is not like Skerrit, who is the government, and the other members are his puppets. Lennox is a team player. That’s what I love about this man.
      HIGH RESPECT TO HIM! I LIKE THAT!

      • My constituency
        November 1, 2013

        keep on teaching our lessor brothers and sisters, seems Skeritt has made Dominicans forget all about honor, team-spirit, humility, togetherness and good manners.

      • Endorsed
        November 1, 2013

        Me too. He is a hard working decent man.

    • WE VOTING UWP
      October 31, 2013

      So because Skerrit is the One man god of the DLP, do you think the same should apply to the UWP? In the land of the DLP blind, the one eye man is king. In the UWP the talents and skills of each professional is recognized. Each member of the team is playing a significant role.

      • D/can to de Bone(F)
        November 1, 2013

        Definately not voting UWP with you. I may not agree with with certain decision by the Prime minister / government but the Pm is trying his best .Amen

    • Anonymous
      October 31, 2013

      Happy you realize so early, that Linton will not be a dictator, but a Democratic leader. That’s why everyone has a voice.

    • Justice and Truth
      November 1, 2013

      He is not a US citizen and he does not hold a degree; not even a high school certificate :?: Why do you expect him to say anything?

  30. heart
    October 31, 2013

    That’s funny. Twenty years developing another man’s country and you love your country? Rewind and listen to tapes of the reasons he could not serve before lol

    • ?
      October 31, 2013

      HE IS A REAL PATRIOT, AND OUR SOON TO BE PARLIAMENTARY REPRESENTATIVE.
      We just waiting for the election bell.

    • BEB
      October 31, 2013

      He had two passports, one being a citizen of the USA and the other, a Comm. of Dominica passport. It’s impossible for one living and working in the USA without being a citizen of the USA. he is definitely not telling the throuth, he is hiding the US passport

      • Enough is enough
        October 31, 2013

        It is totally possible. He worked with an international organisation. I have numerous friends who have been working with the IMF for years and they do not have US citizenship.

      • My take
        October 31, 2013

        Some of us need to ‘educate’ ourselves about status in the USA.

        One does not have to be a US citizen to work in the USA. One can be the holder of a green card or have one of the visas that allows you to work legally.

        There are some folks who are holders of a green card (resident alien) and have resided in the USA for many, many years and never applied for US citizenship.

        I know of quite a few too who, after residing in the USA for years with a green card, have opted to turn in their green card and leave the USA.

        Remember, the grass is not always greener on the other side.

      • poko poko
        October 31, 2013

        BEB, you must read and educate yourself before making such retarded statements. You must have a very small brain, how many times did your mom drop you on your head as an infant?

      • The Baptiste
        November 1, 2013

        It is this kind of ignorance that makes me ashamed sometimes that I was born in Dominica.
        How, in this age of information can some people be so stupid. Just a few posts above someone points out rightly some of the various avenues by which one can legally live and work in the US, but for this typicial hater, and of course functional illiterate laborite, it is difficult to comprehend. As a previous poster advised, educate yourself, so you can speak from an informed position, but again for a vast majority of laborites truth, and facts are alien to their agenda.

      • AboveThefold
        November 1, 2013

        You all really need to think, research before you read.. the H1B visa and many others have been around for so many years.. I have one , I work in the US and I am not a US Citizen Fools.. Read Read You Uneducated LaborPowerright: http://www.workpermit.com/us/us_h1b.htm

      • My constituency
        November 1, 2013

        I know another Dominican working with the United nations in Manhattan, almost twenty years, married with children, travelled all over the world, NOT A US CITIZEN.I also know an African man of the same status. I also know a Haitian as well. Remember in these times information is right there at your finger tip, online.

      • Off I Gone...BOOOOOM
        November 1, 2013

        BEB…garson or Fille…..”he is definitely not telling the throuth” 8-O….Which dictionary you get that word from?

      • Cara
        November 2, 2013

        One can have residency without citizenship. It happens everywhere in the world. The ability to live and work in a country does not require a passport, sir.

    • kennedyave
      October 31, 2013

      Yes he lived abroad for 20 years! Developing which other man counrty? Illiterates like you who love to blab should first understand what his role was. He has given more to Dominica than the likes of you ever will! Ask Skerrit if he had gotten to remain in Queens or elsewhere would he have been in Dominica? Some of you are so stupid and uninformed! I know for a fact Skerrit ended up in Dominica by sheer misfortune of not having residence in the US and was still trying to go right back before Roosie Douglas bought him fearing a scandal that was swimming over his head at the college!

    • Help us lord
      October 31, 2013

      @heart, Are you really serious or do you just want to open your mouth to prove your identity? Does 20 years of educating, developing, practicing and holding a top US government job in the top city of the world, translated that one does not love his country? Don’t you think that if he did not love Dominica as you are implying, he would have filed for US citizenship and would not have returned to Dominica especially at this time, knowing very well how the Skerrit administration has destroyed our image?
      FYI, during his 20 year stay abroad, Mr. Fontaine was in Dominica every year and most times more than twice a year. Other than love for country why would a young, highly educated, and well experienced man leave the USA and return to Dominica knowing very well that he does not have a job waiting for him, and is well hated by the government in office? That’s unusual love for country. If you have a problem with that then you should have taken issue with Mr. Peters who resided abroad for many years and ONLY returned when he had a job waiting for him from Skerrit.

      • The Baptiste
        November 1, 2013

        Help Us Lord, slight correction, the IMF is not a US government entity, it is a worldwide entity, to which the US is a member.

      • My constituency
        November 1, 2013

        how sweet the truth

    • Justice and Truth
      November 1, 2013

      This is not an intelligent statement. People are working in a country for themselves. They must pay their fair share of taxes. An individual is only one person. How much building up of a country can they do with their individual taxes?

      • Help us lord
        November 1, 2013

        You Mr fake Justice and Truth who leaves in Canada just identified yourself as a person that is not interested in Dominica, since you work and leave in Canada, where you pay your taxes, and only come to Dominica when you get a free ticket to come and vote poverty on us. So for goodness sake please hush because you are embarrassing Dominicans when you open your mouth to confirm the real you.

    • AboveThefold
      November 1, 2013

      You guys are so ignorant. The man worked for the IMF based in the US.. the IMF does not develop the USA, they help cash strap countries all OVER THE WORLD, Including Dominica.. Jesus..where do the get you people.. Stop Proving you all a fools..

    • AboveThefold
      November 1, 2013

      You guys are so ignorant. The man worked for the IMF based in the US.. the IMF does not develop the USA, they help cash strap countries all OVER THE WORLD, Including Dominica.. Jesus..where do the get you people.. Stop Proving you all a fools..

  31. Anonymous
    October 31, 2013

    There are Dominicans who hold a Dominican passport and U.S. A. Passport and when they come home to D.A. they use their D.A. Passport, and they too can show yountheir Dominican passport if you ask. Now Who has been pressuring Fontaine about citizenship?!!! Fontaine just want to be in the headlines. He wants to be recognized and noticed. He wants to prove a point that he should be considered for leadership, that is why he jumps up and makes statements before Lennox Linton. You don’t hear other UWP candidates trying to be on the news every second, not even the Opposition leader Hector. Fontaine need to relax himself. Lennox have to watch him real hard!!

    • Help us lord
      October 31, 2013

      @Anonymous, that really hearts you know because it reminds ALL of us of a person who filed for French Citizenship while holding a top position in Dominica. Unlike Mr. Fontaine who could have taken US citizenship but for love for country chose to come and fight for the freedom of others; other gentleman whose new wife is Canadian as well, will continue to squeeze our balls here and the day he loses his job we all know he will be out of Dominica.

  32. Solution
    October 31, 2013

    Fontaine is going to loose by 1000 votes. LABOR ALL THE WAY.

  33. "O" STRESS"
    October 31, 2013

    Fontaine will win his seat does that means we are soon going to call for Fontaine to be president to quail the qualification question? Man this Election will be like watching a movie, may the best players win.

    • ....................
      October 31, 2013

      May WORKERS win to get Dominica out of this Skerrit mess, and the abject poverty in which he has plunged the country.

  34. OOPPPPSSSS
    October 31, 2013

    You did not even have to answer to this question Doctor Fontaine, our soon to be Parl Rep.
    LOVE YOU!

  35. "O" STRESS"
    October 31, 2013

    Breaking News!! Fontaine was never a U.S.Citizen, and did not have a green card. but by virtue of fontaine`s occupation and qualifications he was deemed to be a traveling ambassador,

  36. Toomatoe Tomato
    October 31, 2013

    Can you work in the US legally without being a citizen or the holder of a green card? Or were you renewing your work permit or student visa for more than 20 years? Very interesting.

    • bad boy
      October 31, 2013

      are you ppl for real? it is possible to live and work in the us legally without a green card or being a holder of us citezenship..this johnson guy that used to be in tourism here lives and works in the us and hes not a holder of a greencard or us passport. they give you a special visa. i think its K class which also allow for your family to migrate to the us with you during your stay there.

      • Good-to-go
        October 31, 2013

        There is also the G4 visa for staff of international organisations like the IMF.

        The Skerrit Regime must stop these lies and call the elections so that people like Dr. Fontaine will use his skills to develop Dominica.

      • Toomatoe Tomato
        October 31, 2013

        OK good we are asking based on his revelation. So he has or had a special permit to live and work in the States for that number of years, for instance was he on special assignment for his country. Was he working for Dominica and received a special permit to work in the States?

    • Tim
      October 31, 2013

      Dumbo he was an IMF employee.

    • kennedyave
      October 31, 2013

      Renewing student visa for 20 years? Wicked, envious soul! Is his fault you can’t get visa? Go inform yourself before you type garbage and remove all doubt.

      • Cara
        November 2, 2013

        I believe the article mentioned a visa in relation to his work.

    • AboveThefold
      November 1, 2013

      Read You Uneducated LaborPowerright: http://www.workpermit.com/us/us_h1b.htm

  37. Mamize
    October 31, 2013

    laborites, all u satisfied now Whats next?

  38. faceup
    October 31, 2013

    No Probs bro, we all know you had a work permit for the U.S..

  39. Lougaoo Mem
    October 31, 2013

    Like those before you who dwell on lies and deception, glad you’ve made it clear that you’ll not be lead in that direction. But again, it’s hard to convince the masses who’d rather have lies than the truth for their own satisfaction.

    I know you believe in the truth Doctor Fontaine, for only the truth will set you free. Thank you for being a true patriot of your country, one who is eager to serve selflessly for a better future for our children.

    We will continue to pray that the neo-tribalism that has engulfed and divide our people in the colors of “BLUE, RED and YELLOW,” will simply fade away, as we embraced the light of unity, for the good of our beloved country Dominica. God Bess and Thank You!

  40. hmmmm
    October 31, 2013

    You see that’s the difference between honesty and those underhanded guys. If it was “you know who” the senior counsel would be responding on his behalf and finding all kinds of loopholes in the law not to present the passport.

  41. halibot
    October 31, 2013

    tell skerro to come clean like Fontaine…. :-P :)

  42. No Probs
    October 31, 2013

    So what’s the big deal, Skerrit did it and got away, so isn’t it the new president.What is good for the goose is good for the gander.The sad thing about that is, the people who were stoutly and vehemently supporting and encouraging Skerrit to disregard the constitutions are the one who are now accusing Thomson of what they just supported – the labour party for you.

  43. Morihei Ueshiba
    October 31, 2013

    Fontaine more patriotic than skerrit. Now we seeing who love Dominica.

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