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Alexis’ late lunge for citizenship smacks of hypocrisy

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 12:06 AMS.D. Doherty



Dr Shane Alexis entered the political arena recently, seeking to represent the people of South East St Mary on the People's National Party's ticket in the upcoming by-election. Since then, he has been extolling his virtues and declaring why he is the man for the job.

Earlier this week, news broke that Dr Alexis is a Canadian citizen with a Canadian passport and also a Grenadian passport. Here is the problem I have with this story: They say that Dr Alexis was born in Canada and came to Jamaica at age two. He is now 38 years old, so he came to Jamaica 36 years ago. I have a huge problem with Dr Alexis deciding to enter representational politics in Jamaica and not even at that point seeing the need to apply for Jamaican citizenship.

Taking steps to obtain Jamaican citizenship prior to entering politics would, in my opinion, have been the ultimate manifestation of Dr Alexis's professed commitment to this country and its people, and would make all his utterances even more believable and plausible.

These are some of my conclusions from Dr Alexis' citizenship dilemma:

He has no interest whatsoever in becoming a Jamaican citizen, but notwithstanding, he will offer himself to the Jamaican people as a politician who deeply cares about Jamaica and the people of Jamaica.

He is not interested in becoming a Jamaican citizen because he doesn't really want to be formally identified with Jamaica.

These gullible morons are easy game, so he will dazzle us with BS and use us to advance his political ambitions.

Dr Alexis, you are a medical doctor, and therefore your IQ should be at least average. You knew exactly what you were doing, so I do not subscribe to some arguments I have been hearing making him out to be a naive political neophyte who was not guided properly in this regard.

Now that the truth is in the open, Dr Alexis has suddenly taken steps to file for citizenship. Too little, too late, Dr Alexis. That smacks of insincerity, snobbery, hypocrisy, arrogance and disdain.