Green’s political future hangs in the balance

Ron Green

He has admitted that his political future hangs in the balance, pending the results of an appeal against the high court ruling that favored Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Peter St Jean.

Former United Workers Party (UWP) leader Ron Green has indicated that his future actions will depend on what decision comes out of the appeals process.

The former parliamentary representative for the La Plaine constituency, who has been in active politics for several years, says it is likely that he will end his political career if the appeal court does not rule in his favor.

Lawyers for Green and another UWP election candidate Maynard Joseph have gone ahead and filed their appeal in the dual citizenship case against PM Skerrit and St Jean.

Green, who is over 70, had been elected for three consecutive terms before losing the La Plaine seat to St Jean in the December 18 2009 election.

Joseph was defeated by Skerrit in the Vieille Case constituency.

“I think I have served quite extensively so we’ll see, we are awaiting the decision of the appeal case and we will take it from there”. Green told DNO.

However he doesn’t quite appear ready to quit politics although he says he just might do that if he loses the appeal.

“I expect once the decision is in our favor that I will be contesting once again because one of the potential results of the court case will be a by-election in La Plaine and I indeed will be the candidate for La Plaine for the United Workers Party, should that decision come from the court, ” the former UWP leader said.

In January High Court judge Gertal Thom dismissed the election petition brought by Green and Joseph.

She said that Green had failed to establish his case that Peter St Jean was by virtue of his own act under acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or State.

The judge also ruled that Joseph had failed to show that Prime Minister Skerrit was by virtue of his own act under acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power of State.

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33 Comments

  1. Jane
    April 18, 2012

    Ron has everything it takes to run elections as was said in court with……alleg…..to which country? Explain to Dominica why you had dual citizenship and ran election sevaral times? Tell us Q95. It was right for u and wrong for PM.Get on to the reall world and keep running.

  2. lmao
    April 18, 2012

    Is he giving an ultimatum? Adios!!!

  3. Beth
    April 18, 2012

    Ron is a gentleman and Scholar—-He is head and shoulders above the rest.

    Hang in there Sir our country needs more like you to appeal to our better senseses and our hearts and mind. Good luck.

  4. Be wise
    April 18, 2012

    Ron’s dedicated work over the years spans decades. Ron has excelled in Community development, in Sports, in Education, in Local Govt., in protection and conservation of our prestine environment. Ron is a Team player. Ron would never entertain the thought of secretly meeting with Chinese Officials in Barbados, when he was Minister of Education, while Govt. still had diplomatic relations with Taiwan. The PM at the time had no idea of that meeting. Dno that’s a fact. Could anyone prove me wrong on that truthful revelation?

    Most Dominicans know about that irresponsible action. Total disrespect for the Leader of the country at the time. It was news in the public domain. The ruling DLP party has yet to refute it. Many do not want to hear or read about those things. But it is the truth, nothing but the truth. Such actions are OK to many. It matters not depending on who does it.

    Ron has total control of his faculties. He is wiser, physically fit and certainly more humble. Her is a family man. No one could point a finger on Ron for using his Public Office to engage in corrupt practices or for quick enrichment by all means possible.

    What is the age of Cuba’s president, China’s president. They should retire too. Are they not performing? Fidel Castro is still alert, writing books even at his age. Isn’t he one of the most brilliant Caribbean personalities to this day? It seems anybody who dares challenge the inefficiencies and incompetence, bad governance, corruption taking place should be cast aside, ridiculed. Time will tell.

  5. lisad
    April 17, 2012

    But the man looks good for his age man

    • CHING CHONG
      April 18, 2012

      I had no idea he was so ageable…

  6. Aye Dominique
    April 17, 2012

    Mr. Green you are one of the most level headed humble politician that Dominica has ever seen. You served well as Minister for Education, you may be growing in age, but you still appear young and healthy, I still think you got more to contribute, hang in there.

  7. labourite at heart
    April 17, 2012

    mr.green it’s time that you call it a day. You are to be blamed for your own political demise. politically as far as you are concerned, chapter end book close! Right!

  8. April 17, 2012

    POOR GREEN EVEN HIS SMILE IS FADING AWAY ANYBODY CAN SEE THE TIREDNESS IN HIS FACE POOR THING GO AND SAY YOUR ROSERY GREEN.

    • April 18, 2012

      You Dominicans seem not to respect a persons age. there ia nothing wrong about 70 years as long as you are healthy.We need more respectable men like Ron.He is one of Dominica’s most respected politicians. As far as i know we are all getting older. Not one of us is getting younger. The older need to teach the younger and set the pattern for them.

  9. e-manicou
    April 17, 2012

    Thought when I saw Mr Green’s picture near a sign that read ‘Private Parking’ on the day he lost the petition, he had actually parked for real. Thus this story is soooooo after the fact. :mrgreen:

  10. somebody
    April 17, 2012

    Congratulations Mr.Green for serving your country. You are a well respected man and if you choose to retire so be it. Enjoy the rest of your years and thank you for your contribution to Dominica’s history. You are 70 yet you do look very well. Keep taking good care of yourself and your family.

  11. FACEUP
    April 17, 2012

    Ron Ron my bro, time changes so do men, politics to, you cant win it all,PACK UP BRO JUST GO, YOU ARE HISTORY …….

  12. seek justice
    April 17, 2012

    Anytime Ron calls it quits, he would have no fear being brought to court for corrupt practices. Corruption envelops our society. Illegal acts are rampant. Crime is on the rise. unemployment increasing daily. People are losing trust in the justice system. Just note the thinking of some people who see no further than the tip of their noses. Similar cases filed in St. Kitts, Antigua Jamaica were dealt with more expeditiously and interestingly went in favour of the petitioners. So how comes the outcome in Dominica’s case was so different?

    Is Ron responsible for all those scandals? Passport sale scandal. Rubbish Bin and fertlizer scandals. Appointments of non-Dominican Ambassadors without Dominicans knowledge until revelations come out into those secret deals. And corrupt practices go on and on. Horrible, criminal firebombing acts to name a few. Is Ron that cause those nuh? Neglect of the Agricultural sector, more poverty especially in the rural areas, is Ron too? Has Ron amassed wealth quickly while in Public office, nuh? Are those comments libellous DNO?

    All Dominicans who love Dominica must continue the fight to build a true democratic country. Many disliked what Martin Luther King or Mandela were doing, fighting for justice and equality until………. Black people themselves chastised them. But they persevered. History will absolve them. They were correct in seeking justice and fighting the oppressive system. What do we stand for? injustice? Inequality? corruption? quick enrichment by any means? dictatorial attitudes? what really?

    • Gwen Fig
      April 18, 2012

      What exactly is Ron leaving as his legacy after more than 15 years in the political arena.

      When it comes to fair play and justice his admittance at court that he was a US citizen up till December 2009.

      What a sad ending Ron.

  13. bee
    April 17, 2012

    MR. GREEN ITS TIME TO LET GO AND TO SAY ADIOS.
    GO ON A CRUISE AND ENJOY THE THE REST OF THE YEARS
    GOD BLESS YOU WITH.

  14. love da to death
    April 17, 2012

    I hope you don’t think it’s a walk in the park to get your US passport back. The people advicing you and Maynard need some good advice if you ask me. I can understand green taking Skerrit to court becuz he don’t really know the man but maynard know Skerrit is not a french man. I have no idea what they are trying to accomplish but they are really wasting the party money. I am a fighter but this is a fight UWP should walk away from..Put the money towards the young members of your party like the DLP did when they had Skerrit and the rest run for election. Your foriegn lawyer is just taking your money. Start working on your move for the next election it’s around the corner.

  15. GO.go.To Hell!
    April 17, 2012

    Oh boy!Poor Ron.

  16. As I See It
    April 17, 2012

    Green is over 70? wow!!!
    I hope I am this vibrant when I am over 70.

  17. Rule
    April 17, 2012

    Regardless of the outcome, Ron will be remembered as one of the most honest and reputable minister to ever serve our constituent here in La plaine. The court may have ruled in their favor for this lame reason, but they can’t hide from the truth.

    • Cricket Lover
      April 18, 2012

      What you smoking? I thought Ron Green admitted to the same thing he is pestering the PM about. So how is he the most honest minister? Sometimes i wonder about SOME of our people when they post stuff on here. We all cannot have the same ideas but make some sense once in awhile

    • Lady love
      April 18, 2012

      Can you please list his achievements for the 15 years? I need to be reminded because I am to vote come next election and I want to know so that I can compare the two. Peter Pepper or Ron Green.

  18. Dominica Invalid
    April 17, 2012

    Here we go again with the ignorance.

    The man stated clearly that 2009 was his last run.

    It is obvious that he will await the decision of the court before officially leaving. It’s only common sense. Had he won in 2009, wouldn’t he have served his 5 years?

    The man may be 70, but he sure is healthy, alive and kicking. You people seat and talking about time to go, Charles Savarin is in his 70’s too, but it had to take a stroke to let me stop speaking on the next level program.

    Stupse

  19. DANZIGER
    April 17, 2012

    GREEN I DOUBT U WILL LEAVE POLITICS, IF SO why did u appeal the case? GREEN YOU ARE PLAYING THE NAME GAME SO U DESERVE THE SAME GAME I WILL NOT TRUST WHAT U SAID IN YR SPEECH NO NOT AT ALL. I THINK THE HIDDEN PIECE OF PUZZEL WILL BE OUT ONE DAY AND WE ALL WILL KNOW THE TRUTH.

  20. LAplaine
    April 17, 2012

    Ron you are so wasting your time it is time to clean up and pack up..

  21. Anonymous
    April 17, 2012

    which political future?

  22. haahahaha
    April 17, 2012

    Ron Green It’s time to gooooooooooooooooo

  23. Anonymous
    April 17, 2012

    ha ha ha ha ha lmfo he finally admitted it he need to take a bow and walk out

    • Dominica Invalid
      April 17, 2012

      He said that long before the decision of the high court. so what’s with the “finally”?

      Free Speech I guess…smh

  24. DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE
    April 17, 2012

    You should retire based on age and not on appeals.

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