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More BVI Airways Questions for September 13, 2018 HoA Sitting—Hon Fraser

At the House of Assembly Sitting on Thursday, September 13, 2018, Hon Julian Fraser is slated to ask more questions on the BVI Airways failed deal. Photo: VINO/File
More BVI Airways Questions for September 13, 2018 HoA Sitting. Photo: VINO/File
More BVI Airways Questions for September 13, 2018 HoA Sitting. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Questions on the tax payers $7.2 M squandered on BVI Airways—that never flew and with Government not collecting a dime back, is not going away anytime soon and will be the Legacy of outgoing Premier Dr the Honourable, D. Orlando Smith (AL)—are back on the Order Paper.

Both Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A Fahie (R1) and Opposition Member, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), have been ‘peppering’ the Government over a year now, on the scandal-ridden deal and to account for tax payers monies.

At the House of Assembly (HoA) Sitting on Thursday, September 13, 2018, Hon Julian Fraser is slated to ask more questions on the BVI Airways failed deal. 

He is to ask Premier Smith, to inform the members of the House, “whether the Government of the Virgin Islands is liable for any debt or expenses incurred by BVI Airways.”

Hon Fraser is also to seeking answers from the Minister of Finance and Government co-Leader, Dr Smith, on whether, “there have been any further developments, in the relationship between BVI Airways and the Government?”

Who is he?

Meanwhile Hon Fraser is also expected to inquire into the affairs of the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) and its Chief Executive Office CEO, namely, “…where is the individual from, what is their background, and how were they recruited.”

The Opposition Member in questions tabled in the HoA, is also looking to find out, “what is their salary, and all other allowances and for the Premier to provide a copy of the employment contract.”

The HoA Sitting will be carried ‘Live’ on CBN 90.9 FM—the Breeze of the Virgin Islands’.

12 Responses to “More BVI Airways Questions for September 13, 2018 HoA Sitting—Hon Fraser”

  • Oh Please (12/09/2018, 14:25) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    more no answers so why ask?
  • Serious (12/09/2018, 15:00) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is a very very serious matter and the people, the BVI people is taking this simple.. This need Scotland Yard to get to the bottom of this.. If we get robbed, the people that Robbed us or defraud us need to be held accountable...7 million is one full year of all the bvi tax payers money...Tax payers deserve good answers
  • ta ta (12/09/2018, 16:31) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    But every body knows the gang that took the money so why the big hush hush
  • Political Observer (PO) (12/09/2018, 16:54) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    What a scam; BVI Airways, a bankrupt and bruk airline, scammed the BVI out of $7.2M. Lots of BVI taxpayers are going bald from scratching their heads, wondering what the hell happened. The agreement between the government and BVI Airways, a bankrupt and bruk airline, was for the airline to start non stop flights from Miami to Beef Island. However, several long years have gone by and not even one flight has occurred as yet and it does not appear as if any will occur. The intent was to subsidize the deal over a 3-year period. And it should have been a flashing red light when BVI Airways propositioned the government to pay the money up front; the government did.

    The government got played like a fiddle, albeit a bad fiddle, and give up $7.2M of taxpayer money. It was so easy to get the $7.2M that BVI Airways, a bankrupt and bruk airline, came back with a sob story looking for more taxpayers money. If it were not for the Opposition spilling the beans and advising the people, the airline would have gotten more money from the less government. Turned away, the airline laid off all its few workers, leaving the government and taxpayers hanging in mid air. Well, may be not in mid air, for the bruk airline never got air borne. This debacle needs to be investigated; the taxpayers need to made whole.

    Moreover, how many schools, miles of roads, fire stations, fire stations, property owners no interest or low interest.....etc could have been addressed with $7.2M? Instead, some scammers are somewhere living large on BVI taxpayers $7.2M. What a legacy to leave behind. This will make a good case study for finance students on how not to, to appropriate taxpayers money. Why did HOA appropriate this $7.2M? Oh, forget that the HOA was cut out of the decision; the decision to give away $7.2M of taxpayer money was made by one person in the MoF. Should one person have that much authority? Keep the heat on. Leaving the political scene cannot be an escape hatch.
  • Me (12/09/2018, 19:32) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    PLS A BEG ME a BEG.Come &remove this eyesore from the ferry dock inV G.It's sickening to see it.on a daily route.First impression when tourists visit and knowledgeable about the situation.Right now if a tourist a good memorabilia just stoop next to this eyesore take a pic.It rivals a pic of the famous baths.pls remove this sickening @#/&€%
  • Lb (13/09/2018, 04:05) Like (17) Dislike (57) Reply

    More questions? Why? It is a dead case. Just more political grandstanding. How long you gonna beat a dead horse? They injected the money to help get the airline off the ground. It was a great idea but a bad investment because of the other people involved. The deal fell through which happens every day in business. Now they are in court trying to recoup what ever portion of the money they legally can. $7m is not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things for an airline. It was definitely bit a smart investment but I see nothing criminal or scandalous here besides the tabloid news and political meandering.

    Should we ask Fraser about the $2m wall and $1m sidewalk to no where that barely any one uses? How about the million dollar stoplight at the round? Anyone notice that traffic has been just fine without any accidents even without the stoplight at the busiest intersection? Maybe we should ask about the ton of money spent on his family private water plant.

    Come on and give this topic a break. Tell us what you'd future plans for this country is. Come out of Sea Cows Bay only and let the rest of the country get to engage with you..hear what we think too. How are we gig to keep our economy afloat? What new industries? How can we improve Tourism? What cane we do to protect financial services? What bold creative ideas d do you have?
    Stop the political bashing and old school politicking. We are tired of the nose. You have all misspent the public's money so ye without sin cast the first stone.

    • @ LB (13/09/2018, 08:30) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
      blah blah blah good question Fraser keep the corrupt NDP accountable
  • Disinterested (13/09/2018, 07:06) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    @LB: “Tell us what you'd future plans for this country is. Come out of Sea Cows Bay only and let the rest of the country get to engage with you..hear what we think too. How are we gig to keep our economy afloat? What new industries? How can we improve Tourism? What cane we do to protect financial services? What bold creative ideas d do you have? “
    Agree with this part of your comment. However, $7.2M of taxpayer money is a lot of money. Flinging $7.2M of taxpayer at BVI Airways, a bankrupt airline that left the BVI owing the BVIAA over $100K, was a bad investment. It is clear evidence of poor financial stewardship of taxpayer $$$. Sounds as if you are linked to this boondoggle and reckless decision. If you think that the rest of us should just forget about $7.2M, hope that you are not a candidate for political office or working in the MoF. Your comment seems self serving. We the other taxpayers, if you pay taxes, needs answers on our $7.2M. If there are any under the table dealings, those people should be worried. The COI is coming!
    • Street reporter (13/09/2018, 14:28) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Sea Cows bay need a change. This man is now very monotonous..
    • Lb (14/09/2018, 11:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Did you miss this part????

      Now they are in court trying to recoup what ever portion of the money they legally can.
  • Struped (13/09/2018, 14:24) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Too many stupid and irrelevant questions this man asking, I just turn my radio off... Every Construction site should have atlease two locals or belongers but no.. The Jamaican have all Jamaicans. The Vincentians have all vincentians.. Locals and belongers are out of work. Go around to all the construction work you will find none... ? Why. He need to ask that. Have that fix.
  • give it up (13/09/2018, 16:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry folks, but I screamed how bad this was years ago and nobody listened.
    I sent the government paperwork, landing requests, aircraft transfer papers etc and nobody did a thing! Its like they knew all along that this money was going to disappear. Now they finally listen a LITTLE to a few of us to make it look like they are trying to do something, but its way too late and they know it.
    This money is GONE, get used to it. You can call for inquiries and jail time but NOBODY is going to have to answer for this and that's too bad.


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