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No Consumer Protection Bill! Opposition questions NDP being AWOL after Irma

- Order Paper made public for House of Assembly Sitting on Monday November 13, 2017
Both the Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, and the Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA, right, will pepper the Government with questions on not being seen or heard from weeks after the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria when the House of Assembly meets on November 13, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, and Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), right, will have many questions fired at them from the Opposition on November 13, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, and Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), right, will have many questions fired at them from the Opposition on November 13, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
The Arbitration Centre in Ritter House on Wickham’s Cay II, Tortola will be the venue for the Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) on November 13, 2017. Photo: VINO
The Arbitration Centre in Ritter House on Wickham’s Cay II, Tortola will be the venue for the Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) on November 13, 2017. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The long-awaited Consumer Protection Bill will not be on the Order Paper come Monday November 13, 2017 at the Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly.

Many residents expected the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration to bring the long-awaited legislation to protect residents from issues like price gouging, quality of goods and services, price control and refund policies, to name a few.

However, they will have to wait.

Following hurricanes Irma and Maria in September that devastated the Virgin Islands, some businesses engaged in jacking up their prices, known as price gouging.

According to Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), there is no law in place to prevent this; however, he promised one is coming.

Where was the NDP after Hurricane Irma? Opposition asks

Meanwhile, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) two-man Opposition will fire off a series of questions to the front bench, mainly the Premier and the Minister for Communications and Works.

Both the Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and the Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA, will pepper the Government with questions on not being seen or heard from weeks after the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

While the Governor was in charge of the Territory under the short-lived State of Emergency, it seems like the Government elected representatives were not around, not communicating with the public, not holding meetings or not seen in the communities, until about a month after the Hurricane.

Hon Fraser wants to know from the Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) why was a state of emergency not put in place before the category 5 hurricanes and if Government will compensate businesses that were destroyed by looting.

Additionally, Hon Fraser- himself a former Opposition Leader and Minister of Government- wants to know why Government did not communicate to the public that after Hurricane Irma there were prisoners roaming the streets and why his NDP Administration failed to establish an effective means of communication following the killer storm.

Hon Fahie wants to know...

For his part, the Chairman of the main Opposition VIP, Hon Fahie, wants to know why there are so much conflicting information coming out of the BVI Electricity Corporation and if the Government is now able to liquidate the outstanding amounts due to the Corporation.

Hon Fahie also wants to know about BVI Airways and the people’s $7.2 Million tax payers give away, money that we now need and if Government will reduce or lay off public sector workers.

Mr Fahie also wants to know about the long outstanding Audited Financial Statements, now that the NDP Government is seeking loan funding following the hurricanes.

The HoA Meeting will be held at the Arbitration Center in the Ritter House on Wickham’s Cay II at 10:00AM.

It is unclear if the proceedings will be carried live on radio.

18 Responses to “No Consumer Protection Bill! Opposition questions NDP being AWOL after Irma”

  • Ah boy (10/11/2017, 17:37) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    The NDP has failed us miserably.
  • Not good (10/11/2017, 17:39) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am so disappointed in the NDP.
    • Reply (11/11/2017, 00:56) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      And come next election you will still vote for them so hush
      • Street reporter (11/11/2017, 12:09) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        All our ministers are business people. They make laws to benefit themselves. They don't care about emoyees and consumers.. Maybe its not a good idea voting for business people in the future...
  • ABC (10/11/2017, 18:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hummmmm
  • wize up (10/11/2017, 20:17) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    what you buy is what you wear end of story
  • Amazing (11/11/2017, 03:55) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    It's amazing that NDP could rush through the Curfew Act but sleeping on the Consumer Protection Laws. Guess they found a way to benefit from the Curfew Act but won't benefit from the Consumer Protection Act.
  • E. Leonard (11/11/2017, 06:36) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    If it were not evident before Hurricane Irma that a Consumer Protection Agency {CPA)was needed, it is clearly needed now. But what is the tall pole in tent for such a vital piece of vital piece of legislation? The long suffering consumer needs it. There is no need to get creative or reinvent the wheel, for there scores of CPAs established at other locales so all that will be needed is selecting from the best and adjusting them to meet the BVI needs. Morover, consumer protection is often equated to price control but it is much more than price control. In any event, price control may not be the panacea for consumer protection. Not too sure that price control is very effective. Price control often times leads to shortages and poor quality. For example, if there were price control on apartment rental, in time shortages will result and owners will only do the bare minimum required under the law. Further, if the price control rate is below market, many property owners will either invest on other opportunities or abandon the property altogether. Competition typically should keep prices fair and reasonable. Nonetheless, the long suffering consumer needs some relief. Bring the legislation to the HOA soonest.
    • Coward Politicians (11/11/2017, 12:14) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      No politician got the Guts or the courage to touch Rite way and One Mart. They getting away with murder. We need to stop being Naive...
  • facts man (11/11/2017, 07:48) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just like we waited for the cow to jump over the moon with bvi airway flying, it will be the same long never happening waiting for the consumer protection bill
  • just saying. ... (11/11/2017, 11:07) Like (41) Dislike (1) Reply
    They still going lie in the answer to the opposition questions so why waste time?
  • Selfishness still Reign (11/11/2017, 12:03) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Along with consumer protection. What is just as or more important is employees protection. No one seems to understand how bad this labour law is or no one cares....A law that give employers the right to send employee home for 3 months without a dime and still earn the right to those employees and have the right to tell an employee when she shows up after 3 months that her job has been made redundant.. (So in-humane) I will suggest the employee gets a months pay of that 3 months out, and that employee be notified 2 weeks prior to the 3 nonths expiration of their job status..(that law need fixing quickly)
  • HEAR OUR CRY (11/11/2017, 21:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    THE SAD SAD PART OF THE NEW BVI IS THERE IS NO REPRESENTATION NO WHERE TO TURN DR. SMITH AND THE REST HAVE BECOME ZERO HELP TO WE THE PEOPLE
  • in fact (12/11/2017, 01:46) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank god its not carried live anymore just more of the same shit inside and out!!!!
  • thing to tark (13/11/2017, 13:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only because NDP is in power all of a sudden we need consumer protection bill??? Come on people, we needed that donkey years ago....


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