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‘I am not for airport project now’- Hon Turnbull

- told the House of Assembly today he is ‘Christ like not mice like’; Hon Christian also objects to project now
Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull has joined the chorus in objecting to the airport expansion project being executed now. Photo: VINO/File
Junior Minister for Tourism and At Large Representative Hon Archibald C. Christian said Government should take a second look at the best approach possible for the expansion of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport runway. Photo: VINO/File
Junior Minister for Tourism and At Large Representative Hon Archibald C. Christian said Government should take a second look at the best approach possible for the expansion of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport runway. Photo: VINO/File
Four elected representatives of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government have already publicly objected to the airport expansion project being done now. Photo: VINO/File
Four elected representatives of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government have already publicly objected to the airport expansion project being done now. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Two other members of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) have gone against their own government’s policy in public.

The Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) told the public immediately after winning the 2015 election that an airport runway expansion is a top priority and was willing to obtain a loan to make it happen.

His Deputy Premier and the sponsor of the project Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) already told the House of Assembly the airport runway expansion is a “done deal.”

But today February 28, 2017 Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull and Junior Minister for Tourism and At Large Representative Hon Archibald C. Christian, during their contribution to the Appropriation Act of 2017 in the House of Assembly (HoA), objected to the project going ahead now.

Hon Turnbull told the public that while he is for an airport runway extension, “now is not the time”.

He called on his party to take care of the other important things first like, roads, schools and healthcare.

The first term representative warned that his position is rooted in “principles not personalities….and people may think that because I am a child of god, persons might think because I am Christ like means I am mice like.”

I will always speak the truth- Hon Christian

Meanwhile, Hon Christian said anyone who knows him can attest to the fact that he always speaks the truth even though people sometimes can’t handle the truth, but the truth has to be told.

Listing a number of areas that need attention including road works, the ports, and immigration, the question has to be asked whether the territory can afford an airport expansion project at this time.

Noting that he has utmost respect for Premier Smith as the leader of the territory, Hon Christian said as “elected members we hear the cries and concerns of the public and we cannot just hide it in any shape, form or fashion.”

“The public as well have their concerns at this time and their concerns are well founded, Madam Speaker.”

Concerns included the VI’s capacity to pay back the loan for the airport, the project’s its effect on the territory’s “borrowing guideline”, the environmental impact, and the impact the project would have “on the yet to fly BVI Airways.”

“Madam Speaker, these are all valid concerns and valid reasons why I think we should take a second look at the best approach possible for the expansion of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport [runway].

NDP rebellion

Hons Turnbull and Christian join others in the Administration like Hons Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6), and Delores Christopher (R5) to try to get the Dr Smith Administration to stop the airport project and concentrate on other priorities at this time.

The Virgin Islands Treasury has been left broke many say because of the reckless spending of the ruling NDP government. Governor John S. Duncan OBE has confirmed in letters to the Premier and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office his concerns over reckless spending, and lack of transparency.

Many are waiting to hear the contributions from the front bench and the position of two Ministers in particular (Hons Skelton & Walwyn) on the airport runway expansion.

27 Responses to “‘I am not for airport project now’- Hon Turnbull”

  • Yes boy (28/02/2017, 14:19) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    This way it start
  • dr pic (28/02/2017, 14:37) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    It will be live yall
  • wize up (28/02/2017, 14:42) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let us hope the "head-of-state" will listen and not act like the one member that went ahead with the traffic lights project(I know, blog on that)
  • SMH (28/02/2017, 15:06) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The airport project is a good idea but we cannot afford now, it is better if it is done sometime in the future
  • ListenListen (28/02/2017, 15:08) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
    Speak your mind, Members; Speak the truth.
    Why not fix the schools, once and for all; One project done
    Fix the roads, another project done.
    Fix the VG Clinic, another project done.
    Fix the Sewage in Road Town and East End, for God's sake, a big project done.
    Clean up the BVI where the Tourists you want to bring will come; great project done.
    Plant Beautification trees; a big project done.
    Clean up that beach where all the tourists go - CGB; nice job done.
    Buy a nice Ferry to trek the people from St. Thomas to BVI in the meantime; an interim project done
    See how the finances will go in the next two years, after the mad-man Trump is president; then consider the
    airport project.
    Oh, lawdie -- start the biggest Agricultural projects -- survival project done.
    NDP, VIP, the Virgin Islands belongs to all of we; not a selected few. We love it too, so please do the right thing for our future. Old people used to say, "learn to listen. Mine eh."
    • wize up (28/02/2017, 16:24) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
      @ Listen Listen: you almost forgot the most important thing to fix(buy-water) that Bi Water agreement is taking most of our tax money month after month(you know what could be done with 1 million dollars each month).....let raise our glasses and toast the former minister for communications for putting that noose around our necks:
      • vip (28/02/2017, 17:58) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        While you're at it tell Mark to finish installing all the pipes through out the various districts
      • Yeah, Yeah (28/02/2017, 18:35) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        1 Million a month is a lot of money for water. That is 12 million a year. You know how much 12 million a year could do? All schools modernized and fixed. They need to go ask Lavity how he did so much with less money. He was the real Minister of Finance. We need help, you know. We got to plead the blood of Jesus over this Territory. We don't know if the Brexit people will tell us fend for yourself. They should have fixed the airport runway one time when they did the last remodeling of the airport. Extend the runway one time. We go to do it again.
        • ...... (28/02/2017, 21:58) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          A mill a month and half of it is leaking out through busted pipes on a daily basis.
    • @ListenListen (28/02/2017, 16:24) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      You hitting all the nails on the head. BIG HUG!!! I hope that the Ministers will LISTEN to the voices of your people
    • dog (28/02/2017, 18:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      excellent post.
  • jack (28/02/2017, 16:03) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The new government wil do it not to worry
  • de silent one (28/02/2017, 16:12) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ListenListen, I do support your idea, it seems to be one of the most logical approach to having things done. There are too many incomplete project around the territory at the moment. The cruise pier, the sewage, the roads are in a mess, the schools, law enforcement needs upgrade, Why aren't they listening to the people for a moment. Let us rebuild the economy now and look at the feasibility of the Airport as a project in time to come. Is it that every Minister are trying to outdo each other regardless to cost.
  • Boycott All NDP (28/02/2017, 16:26) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP must go. Let only the media turn up to the thing! Time to boycott this pothetic government. Let's Unite People. The ship is sinking 4 traitors already onboard more to go. Now every man for himself ma boy anything to stay in power. None can be trusted not one. Let's BAN (Boycott All NDP!
  • voter (28/02/2017, 17:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one supports doc
  • new political party (28/02/2017, 17:55) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Are those NDP's deaf?
  • A Humble Order (28/02/2017, 18:57) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Listen & wait! Stop the bigotry. You were elected to execute the needs but also the desires of the people, and though the airport project is needed , it is NOT WANTED NOW. The dust and bumps from all the never ending, drawn out road work is killing us and our vehicles, doctors and educators are not being paid on time... And cost of living is increasing the working poor. Don't turn up your noses at those who are not as fortunate as you are .... You may not need to remain in power to have money... But you need money to have power and a struggling economy helps no one in the long run. Pump brakes. Not now!
  • next (28/02/2017, 19:07) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who will be the other brave backbenchers?
  • qc (28/02/2017, 20:12) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have seen them stand up for us so far alvra, Deloris, archie and mitch...let we go
  • farmer brown (28/02/2017, 20:15) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This piece wilts my hopes to some extent about their ability of those against the airport to withstand the onslaught of this administration's attacks on our values and freedoms, but I hope they stand strong.
  • kkk (28/02/2017, 20:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Smith truly is a puppet. Due to his general financial ignorance and lack of real principles, he is the perfect conduit for the overseas investors agenda
  • --------------------- (28/02/2017, 20:26) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everyone with an ounce of decency needs to keep up the fight!
  • who to blame (28/02/2017, 20:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The question is, is this what the majority of BVISlanders want?
  • Bohannon (28/02/2017, 20:48) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Do t want to hear NOTHING Archie have to say. Seven devil whoobia he is.
  • Street Reporter. Bigger than u (28/02/2017, 21:09) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    They can talk as much as they want and disagree as much as they want. Once the two Doc say dome deal. its a done deal.. Doc, Marlon and Pickering victory and legacy is in this Airport.. Respect the courage to speak out ..Done deal. Seal and delivered to us. Like it or not.
    • wize up (28/02/2017, 23:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ street reporter: I love it when some of us can still read between the lines(the Chinese are coming) when all the talk stop that project will come to pass and before the next election(keep talking blues!!!!)

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