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Letter: Did Camillo Gonsalves lie in his open letter?
Published on March 19, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

I am not upset that you lied to me; I am upset that from now on I can never believe you – Friedrich Netzsche

Each day, I get the impression that Ralph Gonsalves and his clan are really convinced that Vincentians are all idiots and therefore they go out of their way to treat us as such. I follow with interest the issue as it relates to the validity of Camilo Gonsalves senatorial appointment. I was not one who took this claim seriously, but if there were questions as to the validity of the senatorial appointment in the minds of a cross section of the citizenry, then those concerns must be addressed and the relevant explanation must be given.

Like his father, it seems that Camilo is of the misguided opinion that St Vincent and the Grenadines and its citizenry owe them something. He (Camillo) has not yet understood that as an appointed politician he is a servant of the people and not the boss of the citizenry. Ralph Gonsalves understood this very well after contesting seven or more general elections and did not even get one percent of the votes in his constituency. He understood the principle of being a servant of the people when he spent a weekend at Sir Lambert Eustace’s residence trying to beg his way into a senatorial position when Mitchell’s NDP slate of candidates won all fifteen of the electoral seats in the St Vincent and the Grenadines house of parliament. How soon he and his offspring have forgotten from whence they came.

It seems like Camillo Gonsalves is upset that a cross-section of the community questioned the legitimacy of his senatorial appointment. I am wondering if in Camillo’s explanation he lied to the nation. Camillo Gonsalves claimed that he renounced his American citizenship some time before he took up the senatorial position and the post of minister of foreign affairs. The question I would like to ask is did the young senator lie in his open letter when he said he renounced his citizenship some time before he took up his senatorial position.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Senator Camillo Gonsalves, who had no reason to lie on the issue of renouncing his citizenship, actually lied about it, even when the renouncing of his citizenship was not a point of contention.

Although most countries do not have a formal procedure by which one can renounce their citizenship, the acquiring of a foreign passport is good enough to exempt an individual from any responsibility of his renounced nation, in the United States of America it is not so. The United States of America has a formal procedure to facilitate anyone who chooses to make such an important decision. The United States of America is a country that takes the welfare of its citizen outside of the USA seriously; as a result, there must never be any doubt as to the nature of an individual’s relationship with this great country. This country leaves nothing to chance.

If a citizen of the United States make a conscious decision to renounce his or her citizenship, he or she is required to go in person to an embassy or consulate outside of the USA and sign before a consular officer under oath or affirmation his intention to renounce his or her citizenship. The consulate officer will interview him or her to ensure that the decision is voluntary and intentional. Upon qualifying the individual’s action is voluntary and intentional then the necessary paperwork will be completed to effect the renunciation of the individual citizenship.

The questions I would like answers for are:

1. Did the young senator (Camillo Gonsalves) actually renounce his US citizenship or did he lie to the entire population in his open letter?

2. At which of the embassies or consular offices did Senator Gonsalves actually sign his oath or affirmation renouncing his United States citizenship?

3. Who was the consular officer that facilitated this process?

I truly hope, that young senator Camillo Gonsalves, is not walking in the same path of his father Ralph E. Gonsalves: a path of unnecessary lies.

Allan Palmer
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Peter Binose:

Allan I believe he did lie to us I recently wrote this as of yet no one has published it -


He wrote this -
"I have lived in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; attended primary and secondary school in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines"

But elsewhere this is recorded -

His early schooling was in Jamaica, where he attended the Priory School and the Wolmers High School
[Both upper and middle class fee paying schools for the privileged child]

Peter Binose:

ALLAN, if it turns out he has lied to the citizenship, he should be dismissed from his Sentatorship and all other public service positions.

His father should also resign for being a bad influence on him.


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