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Opposition Leader Hon Fraser to hold Public Meeting on VG November 2, 2016

- To discuss many issues involving development matters, water, crown lands, roads works & other matters of national interest
Opposition Leader and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) will be holding a public meeting on Virgin Gorda on November 2, 2016. Photo: VINO/File
Governor John S. Duncan OBE (right) has been putting pressure on Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, about the reckless spending and writing both Hon Smith and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) on his concerns. Photo: VINO/File
Governor John S. Duncan OBE (right) has been putting pressure on Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, about the reckless spending and writing both Hon Smith and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) on his concerns. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Fresh off his Third District public meeting on October 20, 2016 at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay, Leader of the Opposition and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA, is on the road again.

This time he will be having a public meeting in the Valley, Virgin Gorda on November 2, 2016 at the Catholic Community center beginning at 7:00 PM.

Hon Fraser, who is also in a fight with his Opposition colleague Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) for the post of Chairman of the 45 year old Virgin Islands Party (VIP), is expecting to speak on a wide range of national issues. The two men (Fraser & Fahie) will face off in a November 30, 2016 vote for the Party’s top spot, as usually who holds that post will be the Premier, if the party wins the next election.

Topical issues to be discussed by Hon Fraser

At the Wednesday evening Virgin Gorda meeting, which is open to all nine district residents, including Anegada, Hon Fraser is expected to discuss a wide range of topics, including the inconveniences of water supply to residents, crown lands, safety at schools, and job security for employees laid off in the hotel industry, among others.

The VIP Chairman is also expected to touch on the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme and the banking sector, some very topical issues.

Since the 2015 snap election that saw Hon Fraser’s VIP not successful at the polls with an 11 to 2 majority for the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), the Virgin Islands has been in turmoil.

The finances are low with many claiming the NDP left the country broke, and Governor John S. Duncan OBE putting pressure on Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) about the reckless spending and writing both Hon Smith and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) on his concerns.

Many believe the UK will eventually impose direct rule on the VI, a notion that has been rejected by both the Government and the Opposition.

The state of the VI

The VI is also facing a growing crime rate, locals being denied access to jobs, financial hardship by the middle class who continues to move to the poverty line, the high cost of living, and high taxes imposed by the NDP Administration.

Under the NDP, small businesses continue to struggle and there is a feeling in the country that there is a double standard in the justice system as Virgin Islanders lose their land, car and home to bank foreclosures.

Efforts to reach Hon Fraser for a comment on the reason for calling the meeting in Virgin Gorda at this time were not successful up to publication time.

14 Responses to “Opposition Leader Hon Fraser to hold Public Meeting on VG November 2, 2016”

  • all the way from the UK (01/11/2016, 16:46) Like (6) Dislike (19) Reply
    You go julian, don't mind that other badminded one who, instead of supporting, is undermining.
  • wize up (01/11/2016, 17:07) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    This meeting should be fun; is it going to be live because enquiring minds want to know what can fraser speak about that district # 9 will be keen to hear: is the honorable member running at large(that will be fun)...
    • he represents everybody (01/11/2016, 17:49) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      The man is the leader of the opposition dum dum.
      • wize up (02/11/2016, 03:49) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
        @ he represents everybody.....what opposition; you mean fahie & fraser opposing each other; here you have both guys opposing one another for leadership of VIP: fraser/fahie can not unite to run a simple political party yet instead to lead the Virgin Islands into the future(now that is opposition)..I say big man heading VG advocating support to become the chairman of VIP and he will leave fahie in road town(now that is opposition)...election were in 2015 and not due til 2019; I guess big man on an early campaign trail; tell him come first district on his next "opposition leader" updates(just saying)
  • one eye (01/11/2016, 17:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope Fahie was invited
  • Lead me (01/11/2016, 19:29) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    The man sits on the other side of the fence but he is looking across to see what is affecting you. That's what he is going to talk about. Should be very interested to hear the outcome of the meeting. What a thing VG here i come.
  • Straight Talk Express (01/11/2016, 20:00) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    The Liberator is coming to VG y'all....
  • +++ (01/11/2016, 22:53) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I cannot see Fraser as Premier. He whines too much. However, I think it is a good idea that ministers get out of their
    districts and see what is going on around the territory. I also with that districts have meetings to identify their own issues and find fresh people so they can be organized come election.
  • HAHA (02/11/2016, 11:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He wants to hold meeting now so he could try and affect the outcome of the VIP elections but it ain't going to work Fraser.


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