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NDP not feeling threatened by No Confidence Motion – Hon. Vanterpool

- Says NDP will use Motion as opportunity to prove why one should have confidence in its governance
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool told media operatives at a press briefing on July 23, 2013 at Maria’s by the Sea that the National Democratic Party (NDP) does not feel anyway threatened by the motion that will be moved by Representative for the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser RA in the House of Assembly on July 25, 2013. Photo: VINO
The press briefing at Maria's By the Sea saw a filled room of residents and department heads from the Ministry of Communications and Works. Photo: VINO
The press briefing at Maria's By the Sea saw a filled room of residents and department heads from the Ministry of Communications and Works. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool told media operatives at a press briefing on July 23, 2013 at Maria’s by the Sea that the National Democratic Party (NDP) does not feel anyway threatened by the Motion that will be moved by Representative for the Third District, Honourable Julian Fraser RA in the House of Assembly on July 25, 2013.

Hon. Vanterpool said he felt very happy about the Motion and that the nine representatives of the NDP government in the House of Assembly are tightly knitted. He stated that the party is in no way threatened by the four members of the opposing side of the House.

“Do you know that we have nine members that are tightly knitted to carry out the works of the Territory? Nine members to four! Why should I feel threatened?” contended Hon. Vanterpool.

“Do we have challenges? Yes we do. Are we going to continue to have challenges in the Territory? Yes we will, however, this government is the best government that is prepared to stand up to its challenges and we will,” stated Hon. Vanterpool.

At the time, the Works Minister was addressing questions posed by members of the media among a filled room of residents and Department Heads from the Ministry of Communications and Works. He said the motion of No-Confidence gives his government representatives a unique opportunity to show why residents of the Territory should have confidence in the NDP Government.

“Under the previous government, the United Kingdom government appears to me that they had no confidence in that government (VIP) because they weren’t prepared to approve the CDB loan. It wasn’t long after this government took office withHonourable Premier Smith that they UK government said ok we have a little more confidence in you and therefore approved the loan and that’s a start.”

According to Honourable Vanterpool, they (NDP Government) are very confident about where they are going in terms of trying to take the Territory forward. “We are not rushing, we are not rushing, we are not making ad hoc decisions,” he said, adding that the Virgin Islands is in such a state that it needs to rebuild its foundation going forward.

He alluded to the work reportedly being done by the Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton, to have the hospital project completed together with trying to get medical systems in place to improve the medical services in the Territory.

“We want the public know very strongly that they can have confidence in us in what we are trying to execute. In terms of the economy that we have, we acknowledge what the situation is worldwide but that does not means that we are going to sit on our laurels and not try to support the economy. We believe that the government right now has to stimulate the economy.” He noted that Government cannot do so by signing for contracts for money which they do not have.

“So we are working towards achieving a loan and the loan is a very large loan for the Territory but what we have done, instead of spending twenty million dollars a year from a hundred million dollars funding, we believe that we were able to negotiate with banks locally to have double that amount and still pay the twenty million dollars a year for that loan. That’s how we are approaching it,” outlined Minister Vanterpool.

13 Responses to “NDP not feeling threatened by No Confidence Motion – Hon. Vanterpool”

  • ooooo (24/07/2013, 09:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    he started to get the message
    • she the cat mother (24/07/2013, 12:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      How can the NDP pass on a threat? while they will win now time will tell
  • Engine 9 (24/07/2013, 10:15) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    "“Do we have challenges? Yes we do. Are we going to continue to have challenges in the Territory? Yes we will, however, this government is the best government that is prepared to stand up to its challenges and we will,” stated Hon. Vanterpool"

    Are you all going to continue to be corrupt? YES U R
    • kelly (24/07/2013, 18:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let's give the government time to perform before taking swipes at them!

  • Release (24/07/2013, 10:57) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    The BVI is ruine by the NDP
  • DADDY FRIDAY (24/07/2013, 11:59) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    We may not win the motion but we will win the next election
    • Village (24/07/2013, 12:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Fraser needs to get the people out in the streets to block driveways and protest loud and clear that NDP time is up!!!
  • polo (24/07/2013, 12:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mark statement does not convey the impression they they are not concern!!!
  • RedStorm (24/07/2013, 14:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In Democracy there is a thing call Stability, it is when a country can handle certain thing. It must first understand the value of Democracy which bring Stability, which then shed light on the ruling party perspectives. If citizens do not see stability which cause some confidence with the ruling party, then the message the opposition is sending is not one that is personal but political. Therefore the ruling party should be very much concern, because this is not personal challenges but political war starts by creating a NO Confidence in the ruling party. The opposition can then move on to other strategies, such as calling for a referendum. This can change the government, it might well be what the opposition is planning, but let's wait and see.

    Many OT countries cannot get into brawling protest, blocking traffic and burning trash in the middle of the streets, it have to be peaceful, it really does nothing for the BVI it is not one of Her Majesty strategies, its against the law. Well I think it is only fair that citizen exercise their rights, but we must think carefully of what it is we are fight for or against. This can send a message that we need an overseas Premier, or the governor have the power to rule.
  • Real Talk (24/07/2013, 14:54) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    Hon. Fraser, if this don't work can we sign a petition, submit it to the Governor for further action? These sons-of gun got to go!!!
  • just Because (24/07/2013, 16:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What message is being sent to the financial community with this No Confidence motion? Investors seek out stable governments with which they can do business. Has Mr fraser considered the ripple effects such a position can cause for this sector, and mind you the most important sector.
    Stop playing politics and realise that we are no longer livivng in a vacum. We have been discovered and are not longer "Nature's Secret"
  • VIlander (24/07/2013, 17:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't have confidence in either side.........we've tried them all now let's get new ppl in there.

    The prob is doh we don't know who we want.... we're impressed by the ambitious but eh ambition around here don't have any substance and can't get anything done b/c they're busy looking ambitious................what a cross
  • TT Minisiter (24/07/2013, 23:12) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    he better cart he backside back Anguilla


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