Former legislator J. Alvin Christopher hospitalised
According to this news site’s usual reliable sources, Mr Christopher was admitted a patient at Peebles Hospital on Saturday March 11, 2017 but was subsequently air-dashed to an overseas hospital as his condition required a more comprehensive care package not available locally.
According to information received by this news site, his condition started with an unstable hypotensive reading which subsequently led to other complications.
No family member could be reached for further confirmation or clarification. However, we join with his family in praying for his speedy recovery.
About J. Alvin Christopher
Christopher was said to have committed political suicide when he decided to run At-Large in the 2015 General Elections on the PEP while new comer and former LIME Executive Mr Elford W. Parsons contested on the party’s slate in the Second District.
The former legislator Christopher was Representative for the Second District from 1995 until the 2015 general election.
J. Alvin Christopher was first elected to office as an independent in 1995. Shortly afterwards he was offered the position of Minister of Communications and Works, and joined the governing Virgin Islands Party (VIP). After the 1999 general election he "crossed the floor" to join the opposition National Democratic Party (NDP). In May 2006 Mr Christopher was removed from his position as Minister of Communications and Works by the NDP, and at the next meeting of the legislative council he crossed the floor for a second time to sit once again with the opposition VIP (although not formally joining them as a party).
This second move was believed to be related to differences of opinion in relation to the Telecommunications Bill 2006 and telecoms liberalisation programme in the VI generally. Mr Christopher subsequently ran successfully as an independent in the 2007 general election, and was returned with a handsome majority. By the 2011 general election Mr Christopher had formally rejoined the VIP.
In March 2014 Mr Christopher announced he was joining a newly formed political party, the People's Empowerment Party (or PEP) as Chairman which he would lead into the 2015 general election, and declared himself "fit" to be Premier. In the end the PEP was crushed in the 2015 general election, winning no seats, and Christopher lost his seat in the House. Christopher was philosophical about his defeat, and vowed not to quit politics however kept in the shadow not making any public appearances or voicing public his opinions on controversial matters such as the expansion of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport runway, Prospect Reef, the injection of $7M of tax payers’ money into the questionable BVI Airways among others.
Christopher has been credited for some major infrastructural developments in the Virgin Islands, including many of the road widening on Tortola, road paving on Jost van Dyke, water expansion and the cruise pier upgrade project.