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Exclusive: Letter emerges! John I. Cline confirms being sacked!

- Resignation letter confirms VINO's accurate story that Premier Smith forced the BVIHSA Chairman out
The resignation letter by Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority, John I. Cline. The resignation letter was demanded by Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO
The ousted Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) John I. Cline (left) had reportedly offended Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (centre) when he publicly agreed with former legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE that the Finance Portfolio should be given to Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (right), the Minister for Health and Social Development. Photo: VINO/File/Facebook
The ousted Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) John I. Cline (left) had reportedly offended Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (centre) when he publicly agreed with former legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE that the Finance Portfolio should be given to Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (right), the Minister for Health and Social Development. Photo: VINO/File/Facebook
Mr John I. Cline was appointed Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Board in early 2012. Photo: Internet Source
Mr John I. Cline was appointed Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Board in early 2012. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was this news site that was first and as usual accurate to break the story last evening January 9, 2017 that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) had demanded the resignation of Chairman of the BVI Heath Services Authority Board (BVIHSA) John I. Cline.

Our senior National Democratic Party (NDP) sources today January 10, 2017 provided us with a copy of Bishop Cline's letter.

We had reported that Premier Smith called for his resignation and had instructed the Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), to convey the Premier's wishes to Mr Cline, the outspoken man of the cloth.   

In the letter dated January 8, 2017 the former BVIHSA Chairman wrote "it has come to my attention that based on an interview I had....the Premier of the Virgin Islands...has determined that I do not support his government."

In Mr Cline's painful admission that he was forced out by Premier Smith, he said in the same letter "as per his request to see my resignation as Sunday 8 January 2017, I hereby tender my resignation..."

Cline was vitimised, no freedom of speech!

Many, even in the top brass of the NDP and their supporters, have labeled Bishop Cline's ousting as victimisation. To this end, the former Chairman has also concluded the same thing in his letter.

Mr Cline took the same position when he  wrote in the same resignation letter, "I cannot; however, in good conscience, serve in any public capacity in these my beloved Virgin Islands, if acting in such a capacity will dilute, hold hostage or abolish any of my constitutional rights in respect to which my forefathers suffered and bled and died."

The popular Bishop of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff's Bottom, on the main island of Tortola, went on to state, "My service has been, is and will continue to be to my country first, over and above any particular individual, political party or administration; and where there is a conflict of these competing interests, the overriding interest, of my country will always prevail."

Today January 10, 2017 also the former Chairman confirmed to other media Houses that he was forced out by Dr Smith for agreeing with an infamous letter from former legislator and cultural icon Mrs Eileene L. Parsons OBE where she lambasted the NDP, saying the organisation needs leadership and that the portfolio of Finance must go to Hon Skelton.

See full sized letter below:

The resignation letter by Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority, John I. Cline. The resignation letter was demanded by Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO

66 Responses to “Exclusive: Letter emerges! John I. Cline confirms being sacked!”

  • 1 (10/01/2017, 14:15) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
  • 911 (10/01/2017, 14:17) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Where are the pop corn
    • Correction (10/01/2017, 14:24) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
      where "is"
    • Juicy Fruit (10/01/2017, 15:10) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      Running late had to get extra butter. What just happened? Two ministers of the lord John/Claude against an unrighteous government. Ok.... Do you think religion our faith will get us out of hell? Who to believe...the party hopping government or our Christian brothers? That's an easy one.
      • Yes Very Easy (11/01/2017, 15:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        The Trust John and Claude......................?
  • Nice (10/01/2017, 14:24) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice Letter John
  • wow (10/01/2017, 14:34) Like (33) Dislike (6) Reply
    Dr. smith you wrong we live in a place wish call free speech. the man spoke this mind you just like trump tin skin .
    look at how our country is under your watch come on and take advise.
    • Jimbo (15/01/2017, 18:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Cline is right to say government money can be used for the betterment of our country instead of doing the airport project now. Airplanes can still come from Miami to the BVI for now. There is no rush. I also feel monies can be better used now for more needed things to be fixed first. Now on the other hand, Cline knows how politics work, and he should not have bit the hand who feeds him. What did he think was going to happen?
  • from lamb to wolf (10/01/2017, 14:54) Like (39) Dislike (4) Reply
    This amounts to text book victimization. One should have the freedom to voice his or her opinion on matters affecting the territory. I found nothing offensive in his remarks that warranted such a request from the Premier. This is only the manifestation to things to come. The Hon. Andrew Fahie, has made utterances to this regard numerous times in the House. I am totally disappointed by the stance taken. The ruling party has done both themselves and the people a great disservice by allowing such to occur. Hon. Premier, you did wrong.
  • voiceofthevoiceless (10/01/2017, 14:55) Like (16) Dislike (19) Reply
    Vino turn Wikileaks!

    No John you are wrong as you do have freedom of speech which you exhibited that day but unfortunately in this case it comes with consequences which in this case you lost your job. You see you cannot publicly criticize and actually recommend that your employer relinquish his post because he is not performing well. You could have written to him( Like Ms.P) or even scheduled a meeting.

    Well be that as it may, it sure damages the credibility of the Premier's leadership when one of his party's most fervent supporters and one of its biggest beneficiaries have to call him out publicly. Something must be wrong for him to do that hence the reason why we need to see the financial statements before we proceed with this airport expansion.

    I noticed he is also hinting that the Premier relied on misleading headlines to arrive at his decision. Come on John...Vino please roll the tape.
    • No, you are wrong (10/01/2017, 15:24) Like (36) Dislike (6) Reply
      John is employed by Infinite Solutions and New Life Baptist Church. He volunteers with the HSA. If he brought it out in the public he would have been totally wrong. He simply commented on a matter that had already reached the public by another strong supporter and one who they will not dare to touch. John is therefore the scape goat. What does it matter if I show no confidence in you in public or private? The difference is pride and false pride, that's all. Every single back bencher agrees with Ms. P, but they are afraid to speak for fear of victimisation. Is he the emperor? Well we must tell him he has on no clothes if necessary!! Many have been speaking to the NDP and for times. Are they listening? I bet you by the end of this guave crop, they will start listening. Positive Action Movement is in the making. Watch and see.
      • Correction (10/01/2017, 22:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        John is part owner of Infinite Solutions. So losing HSA job oh well
      • voiceofthevoiceless (11/01/2017, 08:23) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
        John gets a stipend of $ 1000 /monthly as Chairman of the Board. True that is peanuts but guess what as chairman, his company Infinite was given the contract to supply televisions, computers and office supplies to the Hospital. I am sure they are other companies that could have gotten a share of those contracts. So don't make it look like he did not benefit as Chairman. Then what about his solar company?

        John is a major beneficiary of this Government but still good on him to take a bold stance like this but it was intentional and for a long time one could see factions developing in the party.When Claude Cline got the boot who stood up and said he did a good job? Skelton and Mitch. I don't think this is the end of it....Just the beginning.

        I am glad that he stood up as it also confirmed the NDP leadership as a vindictive one that even their most fervent supporters can get shafted like that. If they could do that to an outspoken supporter, imagine what they can do to outspoken opponents?
        • @voiceofthevoiceless (11/01/2017, 11:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          Infinite Solutions has been a major beneficiary of every Government, not just the NDP. Its the product he supplies, its not politics. His businesses does well under VIP and under NDP and perhaps better under VIP. He does not need to be in the HSA to get contracts. He has the products, he has built the relationships and he has delivered quality. The best bid will win and usually the company produces the best bid. He is also in a position to finance alot of these deals with Government which other companies cannot, so cash is king. Infinite Solutions carries Government debt for nearly a year before they are paid. I am not sure who else they would expect to do that, so John has been as good to Government as it is perceived Government has been to him. Same with Atlantis Solar, he sells lights and he can sell them to Government until they can pay cause they never have money to pay for nothing. You can't blame him for his advantage. In these trying economies, cash is king and he has positioned himself to take advantage. Others should do the same.
          • voiceofthevoiceless (11/01/2017, 12:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            With Atlantis Solar his company maybe the sole major player on the market so I could understand why he would be the first one to turn to.

            In regards to the contracts for Televisons, computers and even office supplies, Infinite solutions is not the only big player on the market. I know for a fact that there was one other company DPro that made a bid to provide television and computers but due to some ludicrous time technicality(late by half an hour) their bid was not accepted. They knew very well that they wanted Infinite to get it. Up to now some of the work that has already been paid for is not even completed at the hospital. I also understand from a reliable source that the former CEO was very concerned with the high cost of the services and goods provided and wanted to cut costs by using an alternate provider and that may have been her undoing.

            John may have done well off prior Governments but not to the extent that he has done with the NDP, hence his glee on TV when they got a second term.

            Talk that!
  • NEW NAME (10/01/2017, 15:12) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
  • shake up shake up (10/01/2017, 15:14) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    Doc literally took cline's feet from under him, unfortunately he couldn't do that to miss p (smile)
  • victim of the system (10/01/2017, 15:15) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Welcome to the club mr cline
  • kim jong un (10/01/2017, 15:16) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is a north korean type behaviour
  • Ah ha (10/01/2017, 15:18) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
  • voter (10/01/2017, 15:20) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ndp wicked
  • All I can say...... (10/01/2017, 15:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
  • i from here (10/01/2017, 15:38) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    Karma Mr Cline!
    • Monday D Day. (10/01/2017, 16:24) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Can't wait for Monday.. Taking off that day lock on my.
      .TV. Drama..Comedy..laugh.. Tears. Whatever happened on Monday I won't miss none of it.
  • NHI (10/01/2017, 15:39) Like (26) Dislike (27) Reply
    John Cline, You bring your pig to a fine market now and you pay the price for biting the hand that help feed you. Stop there mining E. Parsons what going bring her pig to a fine market too. Yes we have freedom of speech but, we still have to know what to speak and when to speak. Orlando you should have done this a long time ago.

    About the airport project Orlando should be signing those papers today. I want to ask Cline how many other countries flooding the BVI?

    Kedrick, if it is one time i'm on your side is now with that airport project. Those local contractors can't fix the roads in the BVI how them going to make a runway?. You see the road sea cows bay and all around you they just say they fix? We don't want any potholes in that runway for when the plane land it hit one or two and broke of its wheels.

    These local contractors draining the government with their high prices.

    • @NHI (10/01/2017, 16:05) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
      You clearly is short visioned. This thing is more than who could build what. It's with what resource and the Denial Party. We can't afford it point blank and for your information the same local contractors are honored contracts by the ndp plenty back deals go on. You can't see where your money is spent. So the other problem is transparency, accountability and bad management of public funds that even if we are to expand the airport in the future the NDP government is not the right people to do it. Get rid of them and stop blame Cline. He's just the messenger.
    • @NHI (10/01/2017, 16:50) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
      You are short sighted. No one is against the airport. Everyone is against the airport right now. That's all. Economies all over the world are struggling. During tough times, if money is to be released, it should be invested in revenue earners, not money consumers. The airport will be a money consumer with no sight of revenue. The old people used to say, we must learn how to tie our bellies during hard times. We need to tie our bellies. One year is not over good before 80 million was pumped into the cruise pier (and it ain't self finished), but we jump and leave that there and we ready again to go with another 200 million in an airport that will turn no profit and which has no business case. That money does not grow on trees. We will have to pay for it and they will turn around and tax us into poverty to pay for it. We cannot just continue to behave like this. It is time for us to rise up and stop this madness. I know everyone has their pet projects, but think on the overall interests of the territory for God's sake.
    • voiceofthevoiceless (10/01/2017, 17:49) Like (36) Dislike (3) Reply
      The Airport project is just being done to suit a privileged few. It is evident that we are unable to pay our current bills so how on earth will be able to manage another 200 million dollar elephant? Let's get real Cline was right in that regard when he said that we are in no financial position to take on this project. We already invested 7 million dollars for an Airline to run direct to Miami why not allow that to operate for 3-4 years and use that as a case study for the airport project. In the meantime work on building up our infrastructure to a first class one by fixing our electricity, roads, water, education, transport system.

      It is time to rally People! I ready to march!
  • vip (10/01/2017, 16:16) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    mitch plz come vip....
  • People talk. (10/01/2017, 16:21) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Say what are you want the 2 Doctors run this thing..The Doctors say dead man...the rest of them say where to bury him. ..
  • huummim (10/01/2017, 16:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    that's an unsigned copy, unless they when dumper diving with must came from the author
  • SMH (10/01/2017, 17:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    leaks galore, doc must be like that aflac duck trying to plug them up
  • Jim baker (10/01/2017, 18:30) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    Ayo stay deh eatting up ayo self, while ayo deh taking sides them dun mek reservations to have dinner. While dem eatting ayo fretting
  • now (10/01/2017, 19:13) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    There's a lot more down there , that they need to . Some in fancy expensive clothes , shoes and bags. Yet they not doing there job rite.
    • SMH (11/01/2017, 09:29) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      i hate to hear people like you talk. clothes shoes and bags does NOT define a person. Its just merely the personal taste that the individual might have. DO NOT grudge people for this for you have no idea HOW they got them!
  • staff (10/01/2017, 19:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Premier when are you going to ask Tourist board FC to resign? I hope she is next or does she stay because she is a woman?
  • Well! (10/01/2017, 19:57) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The paid JC, lawyer chick and fren dem and church folks out in numbers on these blogs.
  • Citizen (10/01/2017, 19:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    VINO that letter ant clear. We want to read the Melee. Well Mr. Priemar I think the finance department needs to advice you better. Put persons in their right position, with their proper experience. Don't put rat to mine cheese.
  • tin man (10/01/2017, 20:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    your no victim mr.cline but an accomplice.
  • Resignation (10/01/2017, 20:27) Like (24) Dislike (6) Reply
    Since Dr.Smith is asking for resignation he should ask Karia Christopher for hers because getting a trade license out of there is worse than dying a slow death. It forcing people to operate without one.
  • Spies (10/01/2017, 20:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well better change your number now cause everybody gonna be calling. Blur it from the letter
  • HAHA (10/01/2017, 20:39) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    These are the people y'all vote for? Lmbo! Take that in ago pipe and smoke it.
  • Suge Knight (10/01/2017, 21:10) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    If you want to join a party where you can speak your mind openly and not worry about your leader acting like Mr. Belding join VIP.
  • rights (10/01/2017, 21:17) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hon. Orlando Smith you are wrong for your action.everyone has the right to speak their minds whether you like it or not. Wondering what more is being withheld from the public.
  • musa (10/01/2017, 21:45) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    dr smith great job
  • Huggins (11/01/2017, 00:00) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    We shouldnt have a government that making us feel fear for our future. We are responsible for the people we put to represent and so we have the responsibility to remove them. Cline exercised his constitutional rights fearlessly when he talk out on an issue to affect all of we. I wish we can all do the same. Lavity believed in transparency and the people and so did all the other premiers after him except Orlando. Our forefathers didn't believe in bullying and instilling fear, not because you work for government you loose your right to voice your own opinion. How many more of us need to be victimized by premier and his gang before we remove them from our office. This Premier have no plan his plans are keep spending keep taking for himself and he cronies.
  • look (11/01/2017, 01:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not a peep out of Skelton.

  • SMH (11/01/2017, 06:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    All ayo go work it out
    Its more in the marta than just the pissle.. ayo go be fine
  • HSA Staff (11/01/2017, 07:11) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply

    The Diva and the doctor must have sphincter spasms right about now. With John their protector gone the way is paved for their r@$$3$ to be carted out of the HSA.. Then again what will the rasta really do? She has no dog in the fight bit her 200k a year plus bonus. Anyway we can rest easy as Karma has spun around and bit John in the @$$. She just needs to hurry up and finish the job now!

    • For heaven's sake (11/01/2017, 08:05) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      No one in the HSA makes 200,000 not even the CRO. Stop spreading lies. My gosh.
  • Hmm (11/01/2017, 08:03) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    It's not everything you must take to the news site. There is where i must say Mr. Cline you was wrong for doing so. Yes we all have rights, but there is protocol and this is one of them that got you in trouble. It's like you want to be in the Premier seat, when you fully know better. I work for Government and there is persons that leave the office for lengthly hours and i don't see that going on air to say which department or ministries abusing government.
  • insider (11/01/2017, 08:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Heard dr pickering save ronnie from getting fired
    • Just saying (11/01/2017, 14:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      If that is the case, then I guess he saved the people of the BVI from experiencing a snap election and as the same time saved his own @$$ from losing the Deputy's chair.
    • Amazed (11/01/2017, 16:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Good common sense team work. Sensible men aught to act this way and reason things out rather than jump off the tracks and wreck the train.

      Cline has shown himself to be an incontinent person. He needs to take some time and make the needed adjustment. It will benefit him greatly in the long run. I hope he does not let pride get in the way.
  • ausar (11/01/2017, 15:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I knew this would have been the result of public statements given in defense of a private matter.

    While free speech is allowable, public outbursts on a matter stated in private is hurtful-very hurtful and would never be tolerated by anyone in leadership.

    Perhaps, if the good Bishop had stated his concerns privately, his position may have been retained.

    Outbursts of this manner is seen as incompetence by the Leader of this country and his family and personally, I too, would not have tolerated such either.

    Good luck in your newer endeavors Ivan.

    Let this example be a lesson to all: Dirty laundry must always remain in the washer room, not outside for others to see or have the ability to interact with!
    • @ausar (11/01/2017, 20:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You make no sense. The only thing is that the dirty laundry you talking bout is the public's business. We the people need transparency not privacy. You must be one of them cronies that benefiting. And nobody shuts us up. The truth hurts like hell to the Premier but nobody going to hurt more than us the people when the NDP administration finish leaves us in poverty and crime..
  • wow (12/01/2017, 17:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In the church the Carn told the Government not to do business with China.

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