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House of Assembly to meet again today June 13, 2017

- Order Paper has Questions, Bills & Other Business
The Virgin Islands House of Assembly will meet this morning Tuesday June 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM at its Chambers in Road Town, the capital city. Photo: VINO/File
Left: The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has a history of misleading the HoA, hence the people, in answers to questions asked, according to Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Right: Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) described those who exercise their democratic rights and opinions to speak out on the education system as ‘lairs and wicked set of people.’ Photo: VINO/File
Left: The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has a history of misleading the HoA, hence the people, in answers to questions asked, according to Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Right: Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) described those who exercise their democratic rights and opinions to speak out on the education system as ‘lairs and wicked set of people.’ Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While the Virgin Islands’ House of Assembly does not attract great television or radio ratings, the highest law making body will again meet this morning Tuesday June 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM at its Chambers in Road Town, the capital city, and will be broadcast live on both radio and television.

At today’s Eighth Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA), Government will propose two new Bills, one entitled Financial Secretary (Transfer of Powers) Act, 2017 for its first reading, and for its second and third reading the Customs Management  and Duties (Amendment ) Act 2017.

More power for politicians

This Financial Secretary’s Transfer of Powers Bill is intended to strip the Financial Secretary of his/her powers and transfer same to the Minister of Finance. The new Act supersedes any provision in any other enactment conferring power on the Financial Secretary, and inconsistent with the provisions of the new Act, giving more power to the Minister of Finance.

A significant aspect of the Bill is that the Minister of Finance can, in his discretion by instrument in writing, delegate the performance of any of the powers, functions and duties transferred to him, to the Financial Secretary or any other public officer.

In addition, today will see the two-member Virgin Islands Party Opposition asking questions on a variety of topics from the First Caribbean International Bank Loan, the controversial BVI Airways $7.2M bailout, price tag for the St Thomas Bay, Virgin Gorda Jetty, the Cruise Pier Project-another controversial project and the H. L. Stoutt Community College among others.

Lies in the HoA a norm-Hon Fahie

It remains unclear if the Government front bench will answer all the questions and do so truthfully, as the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has a history of misleading the HoA, hence the people, in answers to questions asked, according to Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

Under Other Business, Parliamentarians can talk freely on any topic and some Members use that occasion to rant and insult businesses and residents they do not like.

Controversial Walwyn insults critics

At the last Sitting of June 6, 2017 Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) described those who exercise their democratic rights and opinions to speak out on the education system as “lairs and wicked set of people” which most people found very offensive and dictatorial. However, it’s in keeping with how Mr Walwyn has conducted himself over the past six years in the HoA, leading one NDP member and spokeswoman, former Legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE, to describe the body as a “circus”.

The HoA Sitting will be carried live on CBN Television Channel 51 and ZBVI 780 AM from 10:00 AM.

8 Responses to “House of Assembly to meet again today June 13, 2017”

  • cay (13/06/2017, 10:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Next
  • SB (13/06/2017, 10:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here listening to thoes bording useless statements by ministers
  • facts man (13/06/2017, 11:35) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor dr smith he is struggling with the answers to the questions
    • Jacperlance (13/06/2017, 13:51) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let him struggle, you think that man easy you see him there. He might be the worst of them all
  • Truth Doctor (13/06/2017, 11:52) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nothing of Substance... We need Better health care..Angiogram stenting unit...We need better Roads..just promises..No retaining walls...We need More cruise ship... We need to hear about the tourist board marketing plan to advance these Islands...Give us something with substance..Our future and lives are at stake.
  • So? (13/06/2017, 14:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the coverage on how well our students have done and how great the student of VISTS performed?
  • voter (13/06/2017, 19:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    a waste of a day; the 13 of them should have been out working in a factory being productive
  • qc (13/06/2017, 19:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who Myron fooling with them fake statements?


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