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'We are in a constitutional crisis' – Hon Maduro-Caines on D4 Saga

- Says citizens run risk of becoming slaves should UK step in & takeover
The current impasse surrounding the District 4 saga that has stricken the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), can ultimately lead to the United Kingdom (UK) stepping in and taking over according to Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) who further noted that the country is in a 'constitutional crisis' due to the issue. Photo: VINO
With House Speaker Hon Julian Willock and HoA Representative-Elect, Mr Mark H. Vanterpool heading the Court of Appeal for a final ruling on the saga, the District 6 representative says, it cannot go on that District 4 is without representation for such a long period. Photo: VINO/GIS/File
With House Speaker Hon Julian Willock and HoA Representative-Elect, Mr Mark H. Vanterpool heading the Court of Appeal for a final ruling on the saga, the District 6 representative says, it cannot go on that District 4 is without representation for such a long period. Photo: VINO/GIS/File
Honourable Maduro-Caines also lent her support to the group which was seeking to have Premier Fahie rethink to process he was pursuing to have the 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading for a Bill entitled Immigration and Passport (Amendment) Act done at yesterday’s sitting of the House. Photo: VINO
Honourable Maduro-Caines also lent her support to the group which was seeking to have Premier Fahie rethink to process he was pursuing to have the 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading for a Bill entitled Immigration and Passport (Amendment) Act done at yesterday’s sitting of the House. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The current impasse surrounding the District 4 saga that has stricken the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), can ultimately lead to the United Kingdom (UK) stepping in and taking over according to Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) who further noted that the country is in a 'constitutional crisis' due to the issue.

With House Speaker Hon Julian Willock and HoA Representative-Elect, Mr Mark H. Vanterpool heading the Court of Appeal for a final ruling on the saga, the District 6 representative says, it cannot go on that District 4 is without representation for such a long period.

Speaking with reporters shortly before the Third Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House yesterday Friday, May 17, 2019, Hon Maduro-Caines said that because the period has passed for which time an elected member should be sworn in, this puts the governing of the country at risk of a full takeover by the UK.

'I am afraid' - Maduro-Canes

“We are in a constitutional crisis because the time has lapsed where a district is without a representative and this can’t go on,” she warned.

“I am afraid of what we are doing now is beckoning the UK to come and take over,” the Opposition Member implored.

“We do belong to them and they have some stringent rules that they put on us but we are looking at a complete... constitutional crisis," Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines posited.

Further, she says, “And if that happens, and persons are saying it should happen, but I don’t think they understand what they are saying... we have a chance at becoming slaves in our own country if something like that happens.”

She expressed more concerns, noting, “The Court [High Court] Order was given for Honourable Vanterpool to be sworn in and the Speaker [Hon Julian Willock] is not adhering to that.”

Rethink Immigration Reform

While at the HoA, Honourable Maduro-Caines also lent her support to the group which was seeking to have Premier Fahie rethink to process he was pursuing to have the 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of a Bill entitled Immigration and Passport (Amendment) Act done at yesterday’s sitting of the House.

While the 2nd and 3rd readings have since been deleted, she noted, “I too feel that some more thought should have gone into it, rather than having it rushed. While I am not against anybody getting status, the process of how it is being done tends to make you question the rush into it." 

Meanwhile, in the current D4 Conundrum, while many persons, including the High Court had expressed concern that the Fourth District constituents have been without a representative since the First Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, this is not necessarily the case as the four At-Large Representatives are also responsible for the districts.  

Genesis 

The controversy began on March 5, 2019, after Mr Vanterpool—who won the Fourth District seat in the February 25, 2019 polls—submitted his resignation to the HoA with a letter addressed to the Clerk of the House as a Speaker had not yet been named.

Following that, Mr Vanterpool recanted his resignation on March 14, 2019, citing incorrect resignation procedure, while noting that the people of his district had encouraged him to continue being their representative.

Speaker Willock, however, had stated the resignation was already accepted and refused to swear Mr Vanterpool into the HoA, leading to the entire conundrum which is now at the final Appeal Court stage, following a High Court ruling in favour of Mr Vanterpool.

31 Responses to “'We are in a constitutional crisis' – Hon Maduro-Caines on D4 Saga ”

  • Xxx (18/05/2019, 13:59) Like (36) Dislike (16) Reply
    She better thank god VIP in or else the Uk would have taking over
  • Please... (18/05/2019, 14:13) Like (43) Dislike (17) Reply
    Now you worrying about the UK intervening! After all the nonsense your government did and we are still suffering from! If them ain’t come for the millions your party done spend wastefully them sure ain’t coming because the million dollars over run Peir Park Titi Man oust himself by being an idiot.....
    • Ching (18/05/2019, 16:09) Like (10) Dislike (24) Reply
      V.i.p supporters always there with some negativity all u do more shit talking about n.d.p spending unnecessary money who built the $11 million dollar bridge
      • wize up (18/05/2019, 18:39) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
        @ uncle Ching: all the people this territory and in particular the tax paying public is able to drive or walk along that eleven million dollars bridge and we have been doing for almost 20 years if not more: Mr Ching the people of the territory can see and touch the 11 million dollar bridge: should we seek to discuss the 7.2million dollars payment towards the planes: up to yesterday at the sittings of house of assembly man still trying desperately to follow the paper trail associated with the 7.2 millions: we have been looking at the beef island bridge for many many many years: however each time we hear a plane flying overhead we all stop and look into the sky hoping that it is the BVI Airways planes; we looking and looking, the full payment made and for the love of Jesus no planes: the pier park project, it is very strange; the white guy who was part of the original planning process began speaking out in relation to the many irregularities surrounding the pier park project and suddenly we no longer hearing from that guy(he was on public radio and every online media spilling his guts) should u run into that fellow ask him how of your tax money in his account to shut him up and stop talking about that project on Wickhams Cay 1(now that is hush money)....the man just vanish from the BVI
      • @ Ching (23/05/2019, 10:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        There is no 11.0 million dollar bridge. Go do your research, see how much the lawyer got.
  • Outlaw (18/05/2019, 15:01) Like (47) Dislike (14) Reply
    Talking after somebody as usual. Chatting a bunch of cow dung. What constitutional crisis we are in. This is a simple matter that the court will resolved soon. No one else to blame for this whole saga but mark.
  • Jim Jones (18/05/2019, 15:01) Like (50) Dislike (10) Reply
    for eight years she sat while her political affiliates took money from the tax payers and she said nothing now she ranting about the Constitution and United Kingdom-the uk dun here under the RDA and her political associates brought them to this country; Ms Cains please talk all not some or voice an opinion on certain issues....you have 4 At large reps
  • Adwiser (18/05/2019, 15:12) Like (40) Dislike (10) Reply
    Hon Maduro-Caines please take a page out of Andrew's book and desist from talking to reporters about a case before the court.
  • Reall Now (18/05/2019, 15:22) Like (40) Dislike (11) Reply
    Constitutional crisis? Does she even know what that means?
  • Tolian (18/05/2019, 15:35) Like (30) Dislike (9) Reply
    girl go sit down with your little bag and wait until 2023 to retire...Speaker bossy we with you all the way
  • vip heckler (18/05/2019, 15:52) Like (30) Dislike (8) Reply
    We told her long time to leave the NDP and she believed in funny man so let her talk shit all day on the Opposition
  • Yyyu (18/05/2019, 16:16) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    Everyone talking about pier park that’s money well spent which one of the two had the most overrun the park or v.i.p bridge
  • Wow is that so (18/05/2019, 16:37) Like (39) Dislike (6) Reply
    Did anyone found out the reason why mark did not show up to be sworn in with all the other members was he in the hospital was he in an accident did he forget what time it was can somebody please answer Thais question for me .
    Thank you .
  • SMH (18/05/2019, 17:48) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    What is the status on her campaign promises about uplifting District 6? I'm not hearing or seeing nothing being done. This is where she needs to make comments. What progress if any in the building up of District 6. The People are not sleeping not are they that naive. It's time to put out and stop yapping!
  • @ Wow ... (18/05/2019, 18:16) Like (4) Dislike (11) Reply
    He INTENDED to resign. But legally he did not. His intention is irrelevant in the matter before the court. Question, who paying the non indigenous lawyers for us to ultimately understand this?
  • Quiet Warrior (18/05/2019, 21:30) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines, you are getting out over your skiis; there is no constitutional crisis. The VI is a parliamentary democracy with a legislative branch (HOA), Executive Branch/Cabinet and a Judicial Branch that have checks and balances on each other. In regards to the D-4 issue, the Judicial Branch is reviewing the complaint. The High Court has made a ruling in favour of Hon Vanterpool. Speaker J. Willock subsequently appealed that ruling to the Court of Appeal. It will be a constitutional crisis if at the end of the Judicial review if the Legislative Branch failed to abide by the ruling of the court. Until that time, let’s let the judicial review runs its course. Legislators should not be commenting on a case under review by the court. Each branch needs to respect the work and responsibilities of each other. It is professional courtesy.
  • how come (19/05/2019, 07:07) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    How come fahie listening to people on the immigration regulization.? How come they are ignoring the people on this matter .. This matter is as simple as ABC. The Speaker and VIP made a mountain of it. The man should have been sword in long time .. Majority of the population Want the matter to end ..
    • !!! (19/05/2019, 07:36) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ how come: you need to speak for yourself because on friday 18 May 2019 only 20 persons showed up @ the house of assembly sitting for the big demonstration and the majority of them were family members. Have you seen the petition list most of them lives in long bush or the stone’s possy you also had the foneca possy all of whom were subsidize with funding from mark for the past 8 years
  • RealPol (19/05/2019, 11:29) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Political patronage, dependency, trough feeding......etc in broad day light.
  • Barbs (19/05/2019, 11:40) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hon. Maduro-Caine’s you
  • bvi (19/05/2019, 13:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does Hon. Maduro-Canes even know what a Constitutional crisis is? The BVI is not in a Constitutional crisis. I agree that it should not have gotten to the point we are and I put the blame squarely on Mark shoulders. As for the UK Government taking over the BVI, they are in a crisis of their own making as they are yet to deliver on the results of the BREXIT Referendum and the Prime Minister is barely holding onto her job which I am should she will be out of by June 30th the latest. Sometime its good to change things legally in order to create precedent for the future. Let it play out in the courts. eventually it will come to an end and one side will win and the other will loose.
  • nation (19/05/2019, 13:55) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am afraid of what we are doing now is beckoning the UK to come and take over,” the Opposition Member implored. NO Hon Alvera. While I like you, it is what your NDP party did for the past 8 years was beckoning the UK to come and take over.
  • Jessica Jone (19/05/2019, 19:48) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Alvera, you need th drive through D6 see what needs to be done , do it and shut your trap. When ever you open your mouth just a bunch of crap comes out.
  • legal team (21/05/2019, 15:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can Hon.Caines point out the section in the Constitution,which says that the present situation where Mark try to make a mockery of the electoral system is a ["Constitutional Crisis"]? Show me the secrtion,so I can read it for myself..
  • Myo (22/05/2019, 19:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow! Have a lot of know it all on here blogging piss. Some of you need to read your constitution and understand what you read. Who are any of you to condem this lady. Half of you just posting things you hear other people say. We are in a crisis. The lack of representation in district 4 has surpass what the constution says. I don't see anything wrong with what the lady says. Why some of you don't meet her face to face.. bunch of cowards on here. To the person who spoke about her district, I am seeing things moving so you probably mistake her district for another. Focus my people.. I dare some of you to run for political office. You all have a lot to say now.. jump in the ring man..I dare any of you cowards to do so. I don't personally know this lady but she has to be doing something right to be re-elected. She's what most of you are not..a person after God heart.


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