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Last year, an Iranian national was caught entering Canada holding a diplomatic passport from a Caribbean country. Subsequently, Canada slapped that Caribbean country with additional barriers making it harder for their nationals to enter Canada.
St. Clair Leacock recently said that the NDP continues to support selling our passport to foreign nationals. This policy raises a number of concerns for any Vincentian concerned about their job, their land, their business prospects and their ability to travel around the world.
Thousands of new Vincentians would have full rights of citizenship in our country. They could take jobs. They could buy land. They could start competing businesses. And, they could vote. They would have full rights of citizenship. This means that your job, your land, your business and your government would be at risk.
It gets worse. Think about the kinds of people that may not want to have their passports in today’s dangerous world. Criminals. Terrorists. And other unsavory characters. These people could all gain access to our national identity and it could result in disastrous consequences for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Imagine if the next 9/11 terrorist that attacks the United States or United Kingdom was holding a Vincentian passport. That could happen under a dangerous passport-selling scheme. Then, not only would our country be an international pariah, but, kiss your ability to travel around the world goodbye because there would be harsh visa restrictions that would limit the ability of our people to travel overseas.
If you’re a small business owner, you better watch out as well. The sale of our national identity could mean that businesses owned by new Vincentians could come in and compete against yours. They could undercut you on prices and put you out of business. Further, if you hope to own a piece of land in this country, large agro businesspeople could buy our passports and have full rights to buy up hundreds of acres of land in our country.
There are just too many open questions when it comes to the sale of passports. On 9 December, vote against selling our passports to criminals and terrorists. Vote against the NDP.
Victor Kelly Mcmillan
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