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Gov’t unconventional but ‘going good’– Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines

- said VIP Gov’t has been working well with Opposition
Sixth District Representative and National Democratic Party (NDP) Member, Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines has said the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration, despite the challenges, has been making 'good' progress in the territory. Photo: Team of Reporters
Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, and Leader of the Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), left, console an emotional L. Adorothy Turnbull at the renaming ceremony of the ESHS L-Shaped Building on September 6, 2019. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, and Leader of the Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), left, console an emotional L. Adorothy Turnbull at the renaming ceremony of the ESHS L-Shaped Building on September 6, 2019. Photo: VINO
Elected Members of the Virgin Islands Party Government: The present VIP Administration has been easy to work with, according to Opposition Member Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6). Photo: VINO/File
Elected Members of the Virgin Islands Party Government: The present VIP Administration has been easy to work with, according to Opposition Member Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6). Photo: VINO/File
Sixth District Representative and National Democratic Party (NDP) Member, Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines has defended the style of Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Julian Willock, right, saying she has never seen a speaker rise so often to his feet, ‘But as the Speaker I guess he knows his rights and he knows he has to keep order within the House.’ Photo: GIS/File
Sixth District Representative and National Democratic Party (NDP) Member, Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines has defended the style of Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Julian Willock, right, saying she has never seen a speaker rise so often to his feet, ‘But as the Speaker I guess he knows his rights and he knows he has to keep order within the House.’ Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One Member of the Opposition, although probably breaking party protocol, has been brave and honest enough to publicly praise the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government for its work since taking office some seven months ago.

Acknowledging that the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government of Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has been “unconventional”, Sixth District Representative and National Democratic Party (NDP) Member, Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines has said the present administration, despite the challenges, has been making progress.

“Should I just use the one word, unconventional,” said the third term legislator as she admitted that for the short period the VIP Government has been in place, “It’s been going good.”

Giving her assessment of the first six months of the VIP government, Hon Maduro-Caines, during an interview on JTV this week, said there are challenges, “But for the better part it’s going good.”

Hon Maduro-Caines also admitted that the present administration has been easy to work with, as she has not had many challenges working with the government to date.

“They have been working with the Opposition. As you know there have been various projects in the [Sixth] District and it’s been going good.”

Special mention in this regard was made of Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9).

On Speaker Willock

Alluding to the saga involving fellow Member of the Opposition Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) and Speaker of the House, Hon Julian Willock, which delayed the swearing in of Hon Vanterpool into the House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Maduro-Caines said, “I understood where everyone on both sides were coming from so it’s dealt with now and I am glad that aspect is gone and he is now sitting in the Opposition as an official member.”

Commenting on the way Speaker of the House Honourable Willock takes control of the HoA, Hon Maduro-Caines said she has never seen a speaker rise so often to his feet.

“But as the Speaker I guess he knows his rights and he knows he has to keep order within the House.”

Hon Maduro-Caines also found the use of the term, “I am to be heard in silence” not familiar.

Asked if she felt it was appropriate she said, “I guess to him it was. We are in the House of Assembly and that is the place where we hear our views and concerns…..”

But the Opposition Member noted that a level of respect has to be given to the Speaker and Members of the House.

“So me as a Speaker I may not have said it because it comes off a bit as you are talking down to the elected officials, which shouldn’t be, but we have our different views and opinions how we handle things.”

10 Responses to “Gov’t unconventional but ‘going good’– Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines”

  • opposition (25/09/2019, 12:09) Like (10) Dislike (26) Reply
    She is talking out of her head
  • ohhhh (25/09/2019, 12:35) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    She was in Woody garden. No doubt.
  • purcell (25/09/2019, 13:04) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Government need to destroy the Purcell Market on tje Corner of One Mark whole sale where House ASAP. It is a a receipe for Disaster and it is very unpleasant.
    • Purcell Man (25/09/2019, 14:26) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Please hurry up and remove them.Very unpleasant.Police and sanitation officisor come help us please
  • Online Now (25/09/2019, 20:00) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    at least one of the cow birds are HONEST We staying with VIP all the way!!!
  • Lb (26/09/2019, 07:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Smart. Trying to soften them so you get more than the 60/40 split. Truth is they trying to go to 80/20 to include distribution of projects by at large, further cutting you out. Stay woke!
  • pat (26/09/2019, 11:20) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    she get shit on her face for 8 years under the NDP
  • old (26/09/2019, 12:35) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    it look like that lady just wake up ndp put her to sleep and vip wake her up what is this
  • Blackbeauty (26/09/2019, 15:47) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Honorable Caines, it takes a person of integrity to speak the truth or call a spade a spade.

    Every administration has its challenges, but we must give VIP their props for what they have accomplished thus far.

    We must stop bashing our representatives and spend more time on our knees, praying for them so they can become great leaders guided by God.
  • SMH (27/09/2019, 11:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now it for her to get out in the 6th District Communities and see what the issues are and try rectifying them. Time to get out and about to see what is needed to be done to improve the lives and wellbeing of her Constituents.


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