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Hon Penn blasts Premier; Says Consumer Protection failed before NDP

- calls for more public & opposition discussions to improve bill
Following comments from Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) that VI’s Consumer Protection Bill had been thirty years in the making having failed under the National Democratic Party (NDP), Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has fired back saying that the NDP was not in power 30 years ago. Photo: VINO/File
Consumer protection was a campaign promise of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) in the lead up to the February 25, 2019 general elections and the bill was tabled for first time in the House of Assembly (HoA) on May 7, 2019. Photo: Fairfax County
Consumer protection was a campaign promise of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) in the lead up to the February 25, 2019 general elections and the bill was tabled for first time in the House of Assembly (HoA) on May 7, 2019. Photo: Fairfax County
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following comments from Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) that VI’s Consumer Protection Bill had been thirty years in the making, having failed under the National Democratic Party (NDP), Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has fired back saying that the NDP was not in power 30 years ago.

During the debates of the Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA), which resumed on Thursday, July 25, 2019, Hon Penn pointing out that the issue of consumer protection, is one that has spanned several administrations and not just the NDP.

Opposition Supports Bill – Hon Penn

“The Premier says it has been 30 years, the last time I checked the NDP administration is not 30 years old, so it spanned several administrations, several governments [attempted] to make this happen,” Hon Penn told the House.

Premier Fahie had remarked in a past sitting of the HoA, that had the NDP been in power, the bill would have never reached the House. He pointed to a conflict of interest with NDP members as one of the reasons.

However, according to Hon Penn, the bill has always had opposition support even when the NDP was in power.

 “The reality is, I want to dispel quickly, the notion that somehow there is no [opposition] support here for this bill, this bill has my and I know my colleague’s unequivocal support moving forward. We have all discussed this at length, government, opposition, past government,” he said.

“We all know the importance of this piece of legislation, not just for the protection of our consumers but it also gives our businesses a framework of which to work within. “

Protecting Consumers 

Further, the Opposition Leader moved to commend Hon Fahie and his team for bringing the bill forward, however, noted that more work still has to be done.

“I want to first of all, commend the Premier and his team, for moving the ball forward to ensure that this bill is now before this Honourable House… to bring this bill forward and finally bring some type of regulation in the market as it related to consumer and retail affairs in this territory."

Hon Penn noted, however, that a critical component which covers protection of consumers during times of disasters call ‘Price Freeze’ on a list of goods and services is still missing from the legislation in its current form.

He implored the Premier to have more discussions, with not just with the people but with the Opposition, with the aim of creating a bill with the best possible outcome for the people. 

9 Responses to “Hon Penn blasts Premier; Says Consumer Protection failed before NDP ”

  • TurtleDove (27/07/2019, 17:13) Like (17) Dislike (11) Reply
    take what poppet Pen say with a grain of salt
  • blah (27/07/2019, 19:03) Like (27) Dislike (8) Reply
    Ok Marlon so why didn't NDP implement consumer protection during the last 8 years when you were in power. This was in your manifesto in 2011 but you chose to change the hospital name instead of more important things.
    • 8 yrs late (28/07/2019, 11:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

      Why Marlon wait until now to see the wrong rite way doing. He is been on government side for eight yrs...The food monopoly is been going on since the 70s. It get worst now north western took over. Can't forgive them for how badly they treated their staff after the hurricane.. They sent home so many staff when they didn't had to. The food hyke. Those guys are very selfish and smart they know how to get politicians wrapped up.. 

  • Anonymous (27/07/2019, 19:14) Like (17) Dislike (7) Reply
    Bottom line the ndp has no credibility so that’s why you see smurf is on a tirade saying each man got to defend him self
  • neutral (28/07/2019, 09:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Both parties should take the blame. Neither has been in a rush to bring it in.
  • @ neutral (28/07/2019, 10:50) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

    You must be a j@#k@$$ the vip got in 4 months ago and the bill is before the house, ndp had 8 years and no consumer bill. Do the math fool

  • Hmmm (28/07/2019, 10:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP was pro business.. They were just pretending as if they care. Look how badly employers treated employees after the hurricanes. Sendingbthem home for 3 months without pay. When they retuened after 3 months they were sent home for good. The hyke in prices yet we get no representation from ndp.They did nothing to represent the people. The only member spoke out publicly was Ms Caines. I will forever respect her as a real good God fearing human being.. That loves people...
  • WHAT!!! (28/07/2019, 12:24) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
    Is this a real consumer protection bill or does it just apply after a national emergency?


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