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Honeymoon’s over! Deputy Premier Pickering to face tough questions in HoA

- Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA to quiz the Minister for National Resources & Labour at October 13, 2016 Sitting
One of the questions to be asked of Deputy Premier Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) at the House of Assembly Sitting of October 13, 2016 is whether he is selling out the concessionary rights of Prickly Pear Island, taking it from a local and giving to a non-local. Photo: www.moorings.com
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), left, will face tough questions from Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), right, at the House of Assembly Sitting of October 13, 2016. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), left, will face tough questions from Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), right, at the House of Assembly Sitting of October 13, 2016. Photo: VINO/File
The status of the Greenhouses- a project started by the VIP Government- will also be queried in the House of Assembly on October 13, 2016. Photo: VINO/File
The status of the Greenhouses- a project started by the VIP Government- will also be queried in the House of Assembly on October 13, 2016. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- History was created when between 2011 to 2015- the first of the two consecutive four year term of the Ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Government- that the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) had zero questions for the Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), who is also the territory’s Deputy Premier.

Many Political observers  wondered aloud as to what the strategy of the VIP Opposition was, as in the end Dr Pickering went out hard to campaign against the VIP leading up to the 2015 snap elections, many times slamming party boss Julian Fraser  RA (R3) who many believe is his friend.

Since the snap election of 2015 that saw the return of the NDP, the Opposition VIP has lifted their embargo and have asked questions of Hon Pickering, including at the last Sitting of September 22, 2016.

Questions for Dr Pickering

This coming session, which is the Second Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA), Opposition Leader Hon Fraser will have some more questions for Hon Pickering. Hon Fraser, the seasoned leader, wants to know if Hon Pickering is selling out the concessionary rights of Prickly Pear Island, taking it from a local and giving to a non-local.

In addition, the Opposition Leader wants to know from Dr Pickering about the controversial Airport runway expansion project and if petty contracts will be issued via his Natural Resources and Labour Ministry.

Hon Fraser is also seeking clarification as to if the work will be given to local or non-local contractors, and also the status of the Greenhouses- a project started by the VIP Government.

The Sitting of the HoA will be broadcast live on CBN Channel 51 on Thursday October 13, 2016.

22 Responses to “Honeymoon’s over! Deputy Premier Pickering to face tough questions in HoA”

  • fish (10/10/2016, 17:44) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The cuba given it tohis friend johnson
  • who he representing? (10/10/2016, 17:44) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    He is selling the island because bronson don't want lucille to hold no more jams up there.
  • The Judge (10/10/2016, 17:51) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    The VIP was pussyfooting with this sellout guy far too long now.
  • need opposition (10/10/2016, 19:34) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am an NDP supporter but any government needs a good opposition - why has it taken this long?
  • dog (10/10/2016, 19:57) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its About time they question him
  • wize up (10/10/2016, 23:15) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    On behalf of the member; "done deal" !!!! All you will get during the sitting is flapping gumb by the opposition because when time comes to vote they are out numbered.....the voters of this territory must have some say in certain government transactions( how can 5 men go into a room and between the five of them determine the destiny for all of us; some the désignions these 5 guys make are down right outrageous)
    • Like Wise (11/10/2016, 05:28) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      "( how can 5 men go into a room and between the five of them determine the destiny for all of us...)". I was wondering the same thing about the Bi Water contract.
  • John (11/10/2016, 02:25) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    How can he be such close friends with the people who constantly want favors through his office and not see a conflict of interest, or is it that he dosen't have the intelligence or understanding to care?
    • Enquirer (12/10/2016, 05:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      What about the multi-million dollar property at Oil Nut Bay allegedly owned by a Minister of Government? Now that is thing to talk.
  • time (11/10/2016, 06:41) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Time to sit him down in a nice comfy chair and inject the truth serum.
  • Advocate (11/10/2016, 07:53) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder what the difference of selling out the BVI territories as to Kenneth Bain and Wickhams Cay years ago? People, learn from your history and take a stand! Dissolve Council and fight for your Territory!
    • wize up (11/10/2016, 09:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ advocate: back in those days our people were gullible: today our leadership is filled with greed using their political status: I continue to hold property which was handed down to me but because I need money I cannot up and sell off that property because I am very mindful my children will have children and I have to think about an inheritance for them as citizens of this territory.....my question; why the behaviour of these guys have to be exposed during house of assembly: why can't who we voted for have the common courtesy to keep us in the loop; after all this territory belongs to all of us NOT only a select few(just saying and I hope immigration don't find out!!!!)
    • Scary Mary (11/10/2016, 11:54) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Ken BATES (not Bain) affair was an entirely different animal than what is taking place today, though there are a few similarities.

      In addition, WE (the voters) cannot dissolve government, nor can the VIP, the Governor or anyone else. The NDP has a lock on the House. Have you forgotten that only 16 months ago, our people delivered an astounding 11 to 2 victory to the NDP? They don't have to answer to ANYONE.

      As we already know from the NDP's stint in Government from 2011 to 2015, a vote of no confidence is entirely futile. At the time, the VIP called for a no confidence vote, The NDP had 10 seats and the opposition occupied 3 seats. In what world can a group with 10 votes be overthrown by a group with 3 votes. I daresay that's why Ralph O'Neal had the good sense to stay away from the House that day. It was a waste of time and just plain stupid.

      Unless the individual ministers are found guilty of having committed illegal acts, which would allow the Governor to have them removed from office, the only way to get them out of office is to pry them out during a coup d'etat or by declaring civil war and somehow managing to win. Considering we have no military neither of those things is likely to happen.

      In other words, we got what we voted for and now we must live with the consequences of our actions. We can only hope that voters will THINK long and hard before ever giving ANY government such complete control again. The ideal government has a STRONG opposition - not two guys going through the motions, shaking their fists and blowing smoke from time to time. They are as powerless as you and I against the NDP.

      The ideal government would be 7 members of government and 6 member of the opposition. If government gets out of hand, it only takes ONE member of government to cross the floor and change the balance of power, requiring an immediate dissolution of government.

      The most miserable day of my life was when I buried my mother and then my father. The third worst day of my life was when my fellow Virgin Islanders gave this government absolute power to do anything they wish. All we can do is wait and pray they haven't destroyed the country by the time the next election is called.

      So the next time you go to the polls, try to choose 6 candidates from one party and 7 from the party you want to control the House. It's the only smart way to control our own destiny. An impotent opposition, is the breeding ground for dictatorship.


    • John (11/10/2016, 15:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Kenneth Bain is the man who, as financial secretary of the BVI, introduced the idea of financial services years ago. His name is never mentioned now because some want to give others credit for that idea. Kenneth Bates is the culprit who duped the the Stout government into leaseing him Anegada and Wickhams Cay for 199 years. Oh for such a financial secretary again.
  • wize up (11/10/2016, 08:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    that ministry of natural resources is a powerful post to hold in this territory therefore when it comes to the selling of our country we the people should have a voice: look at the level of conversation in the BVI in 2016; any government now have the ability to post their intentions on social media and get feedback from the citizens of this territory not go behind our back and sell out our inheritance ....I am saying most of these movements from 2011 to this day are purely for personal for financial gain and done so under the pretence of development for our people: take this example, the house of assembly approved a loan for a sewage project in east end however systematically those loan funds were diverted to the pier park project and such a movement violates of the laws of this territory....
  • Really (11/10/2016, 08:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pure hot air he and andrew and Frazer are buddies he already done discussed the answers with them
  • Mr. Fraser Ask this 4 Me. (11/10/2016, 09:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    One more question.. Why is he wasting tax payers money trying to make a beach in Brandy Wine Bay? Since 2004 he is been trying. Still ain't working. That area isn't design for a beach.. It's where the Sea dumps it contamination.. The weed will never go away. Understand Cane garden bay Beach is over worked. If they have located some of those Docks from trallis bay. As a matter a fact some of them were built after 2005. Keep relocate them to Loose moagoose or the lower end where the badge is and use between loose mangoose and E and A as an alternative beach. That was puld have already done it's a better location, already have the infrastructure of exiting restaurants, gift shops and bars. and it would have cost less
  • Well Well (11/10/2016, 09:32) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I want to know why he selling out this country for his rich white friends. Same thing he doing Scrub Island. They don't follow the Labour Code because they have him to run to. Scrub Island needs some serious investigation.
  • Really? (11/10/2016, 10:01) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Selling Prickly Pear would be disastrous. All islands on the North Sound would belong to outsiders. Say what you will about beaches being public throughout the BVIs but try landing on Necker beaches, or Oil Nut Bay beach. Now Vixen point would probably be off limits. Selling out the beauty of the BVIs in search of the almighty dollar for a few in privileged position. Nice legacy....
  • VG Voter. (12/10/2016, 06:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do that and the NDP Government will be swimming in deep waters. The 9th District Rep will be a one termed. This nonsense have to stop. Corruption where these high priced real estate transaction and under the table payouts have to stop..
  • wize up (13/10/2016, 09:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just an update: I was just given this note from a high school student.....the money from the sale of that island will go towards the airport expansion(I am just the messenger)


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