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House of Assembly to meet tomorrow November 2, 2015!

- no questions to be asked by Opposition
The Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) will meet on Monday November 2, 2015 at its Chambers in Road Town, the Virgin Islands Capital City. This news site first and accurately broke the news of the Sitting the day after a decision was confirmed between the Speaker of the House Hon Ingrid A. Moses and Leader of Government Business in Parliament Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith. Photo:VINO/File
Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly, Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (left). The Parliamentary meeting will be presided over by Speaker of the HoA Ingrid A. Moses who has faced heavy criticism from the Opposition, civil society and the media in her last tenure [2011-2015] for being bias and inconsistent in her rulings. Photo:VINO/File
Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly, Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (left). The Parliamentary meeting will be presided over by Speaker of the HoA Ingrid A. Moses who has faced heavy criticism from the Opposition, civil society and the media in her last tenure [2011-2015] for being bias and inconsistent in her rulings. Photo:VINO/File
It remains unclear if the wounds have healed between the two men; Opposition Leader and Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), right, and Senior VIP Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) over their fight for the Opposition Leader’s post. Photo: VINO/File
It remains unclear if the wounds have healed between the two men; Opposition Leader and Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), right, and Senior VIP Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) over their fight for the Opposition Leader’s post. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) will meet on Monday November 2, 2015 at its Chambers in Road Town, the Virgin Islands Capital City. This news site first and accurately broke the news of the Sitting the day after a decision was confirmed between the Speaker of the House, Hon Ingrid A. Moses, and Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith.

It appears from the Order Paper released to the public late Friday afternoon October 30, 2015 that it will be a light session as the Opposition has no questions to ask the Government front bench.

According to the Order Paper, there will be routine agencies annual reports laid on the table, including the BVI Red Cross 2014 Annual Report. The Sitting will also see the Minimum Wage Advisory Report of 2015 made public.

The Parliamentary meeting will be presided over by Speaker of the HoA Ingrid A. Moses who has faced heavy criticism from the Opposition, civil society and the media in her last tenure [2011-2015] for reportedly being bias and inconsistent in her rulings, however, when she was reappointed Speaker following this year’s general election, Speaker Moses promised to be “fair.”

Bills

There will also be some Bills coming up for their first, second and third readings, including the Trade Marks (Amendment) Act 2015, Employee Mobility (Amendment) Act 2015 and the Insurance (Amendment) Act 2015.

No details of these Bills have been released or have any public discussions taken place, a process that happens in democratic societies. The Virgin Islands is listed by the United Nations as having a democratic form of Government.

Opposition Silence

The public has begun to criticise the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) 2-member Opposition, claiming that the Opposition is not asking questions and is silent on the controversial National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme to be imposed on the public by the NDP come January 2016.

In addition, other topical issues that the VIP Opposition remains silent on includes if the NDP left the country broke after the 2015 elections and the ongoing delays and over runs at the muti-million dollar BVI Ports Authority project.

It remains unclear if the wounds have healed between the two men- Opposition Leader and Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) and Senior VIP Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) over their fight for the Opposition Leader’s post.

Following the 2015 general election that saw the VIP defeated by the ruling NDP in a 11 to 2 margin, Hon Fahie led a  ‘coup d’état’ against Hon Fraser. Some seven (7) members who ran with the Virgin Islands Party, including Hon Fahie, signed a petition to the Governor for Hon Fahie to be named Opposition Leader.

After the two men could not reach an agreement, the UK appointed Governor John S. Duncan OBE appointed Hon Fraser to the post.

This news site will provide coverage of the November 2, 2015 HoA Sitting.

See link to Order Paper below:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/upload/documents/Order_Paper_for_the_4th_Sitting_of_1st_Session_of_the_3rd_HoA_Final.pdf

13 Responses to “House of Assembly to meet tomorrow November 2, 2015!”

  • ccc (01/11/2015, 13:55) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    ok then
  • wize up (01/11/2015, 15:24) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    them have nothing to bring to the table so you will probably hear from them just before the 2019 elections, when them looking votes: Fahie will not bite the hand that feeds him right now(its not in best interest at this time) he can't speak out because he needs handout for his district..... we still trying to figure out the appointed leader of the opposition because his own party associates have issues with him but we will see what he brings to the table.....
  • joe (01/11/2015, 16:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    does people still tune in to this hot mess? just a waste of tax dollars to bring this live!
    • wize up (02/11/2015, 10:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Joe: its always good to listen live for yourself; then you won't have to rely on VINO to play the tape when issues come up
  • food. (01/11/2015, 19:23) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Something for opposition to champion. Giving Nurses residence status after ten years of service. Thats noble. Very good for frazer and vip image. Its also fair and Godly. I'm not a nurse. I'm one who thinks they work harder than police.
    • wize up (02/11/2015, 15:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ food; what opposition you talk bout plus VIP don't like island people....
      • @wize up (03/11/2015, 08:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You still preaching that crap that VIP don't like island people? We are all island people and so you know, some *island people voted VIP in June too*. You would need to be specific. Stop spreading propaganda and sewing discord. Be reminded that each sin is recorded by him who determines our future.
  • Mr. fight (01/11/2015, 19:30) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    All police can vote. All nurses can't. How about giving them belongers so they can vote like police. Thats a lot of votes for VIP next election. Something to fight for
    • @ Mr fight (01/11/2015, 20:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Just a trick to keep the ndp in power do not fall for it fraser and fahie
  • ball heads (01/11/2015, 19:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell them go sit down with this labor reform. They want to bring in their rich white friends at will. The BVI was built on the back of poor people locals and our caribbean brothers and sisters. Now they want to bringing well offs to eat up all we corn..train locals and belongers they will become the talent you seeking...the bible says " he that says he loves God and hate his brother is a liar"
    • true tolian (02/11/2015, 09:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ball heads
      If we had and will put our heads and resources together,we could of and can go places,
      but instead we only want to slam dunk and tear down each other and see how best we
      can destroy others who has try to make their life better.
  • Me (02/11/2015, 02:06) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    First of all they need to give locals scholarships to study nursing and other health areas. Look at the hospital we bragging about. It is filled with outsiders while our people suffer. As for administration in the hospital that is top heavy with foreigners. That and other areas even cleaners. How is it money to train our youths to fill those positions cannot be found yet there is money to bring in expats at every level . That is why they are desperate to get the NHI running. They saying go to doctors here and keep the money in the country. They fooling us because the money leaves. the country al the time by western union and money gram. Virginislanders are not benefiting and will never benefit.
  • true tolian (02/11/2015, 09:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ Me
    Govt cannot force people to study or take up courses they do no want to,
    their is several courses being ran at the HLSCC.Any one that has the drive
    and determination can apply.Govt has asked for them to be put on,it is now
    left for us to take up the challenge.


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