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Hon Fraser In! Minister Penn Out! as Opposition Leader

Veteran legislator Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3), left, was sworn in as Opposition Leader on Monday, May 9, 2022, by Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, right. Photo: Team of Reporters
Former Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), left, now holds the portfolio of Minister for Health and Social Development, replacing Hon Carvin Malone, right, a Territorial At Large Representative who now sits in the backbench with the Unity Government. Photo: GIS/VINO/File
Former Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), left, now holds the portfolio of Minister for Health and Social Development, replacing Hon Carvin Malone, right, a Territorial At Large Representative who now sits in the backbench with the Unity Government. Photo: GIS/VINO/File
GOVERNMENT HOUSE, Road Town, Tortola, VI- It was on Monday, May 9, 2022, that veteran legislator Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) was sworn in as the second Opposition Leader within the life of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA).

Hon Fraser, who was first elected in 1999 and has retained his seat ever since, was sworn in by Governor John J. Rankin, CMG at Government House in Road Town on the main island of Tortola.

Speaking exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online, the new Opposition Leader noted that “while the all-party government was his idea, the people must respect that the Opposition has a role to play”.

I will do my job as Opposition Leader- Hon Fraser

Mr Fraser, who has been in office for twenty-three years and is now seen as the father of the HoA with Hon Andrew Fahie’s (R1) legal challenges, also stated: “in the absence of a constitutional amendment stating otherwise, I will perform my duties as Leader of the Opposition”.

Hon Fraser has replaced former Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), who crossed the floor to join the coalition government headed by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7).

Mr Penn now holds the portfolio of Minister for Health and Social Development, replacing Hon Carvin Malone, a Territorial At Large Representative who now sits on the backbench with the Unity Government.

40 Responses to “Hon Fraser In! Minister Penn Out! as Opposition Leader”

  • hog city (19/05/2022, 21:35) Like (16) Dislike (11) Reply
    Congratulations liberator
  • PLAYERZ CLUB (19/05/2022, 21:37) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
  • BVI Future (19/05/2022, 21:45) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    What is the meaning of backbench?
  • fraser (19/05/2022, 21:49) Like (19) Dislike (8) Reply
    yes fraser u run things fahie run went to the governor few years back and u lost the leadership of the opposition post but u run ting now
  • yay (19/05/2022, 21:53) Like (27) Dislike (8) Reply
    Yay Fraser, we proud of you. It only took 23 years for you too become the leader of something- by default but nevertheless better late than never. Btw- where do you buy grease to keep that path in your head so good? We are dying to know.
    • Kishma P. (19/05/2022, 22:42) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Not a whole pathhead
    • yo lie (19/05/2022, 23:07) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      This is Joe Fraser's second stint as leader of the opposition. Remember when the Brown Bummer had overthrow he?
  • one man against the world (19/05/2022, 21:54) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply
    Fraser's back is broad so therefore he will do a better job than Marlon . He tells it like it is and calls a spade a spade TOUGH!
    • sea cow's bay (20/05/2022, 14:36) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      yah d**n right... his back is broad that is why I will vote for him any day.
  • Premier next (19/05/2022, 21:56) Like (18) Dislike (16) Reply
    Tell Aron and OJ go siddung because they cant represent like this man does
    • the rock (20/05/2022, 15:41) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      I live in sea cows bay tell me what Fraser doing? The man time is up but dont worry they is a Forbes on the rise, when he does Frazer will be history, alot of folks cant afford to travel no more from Stt
  • one eye (19/05/2022, 22:00) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    Frazer is the best man for the job
    • I'm So, So, Confused. (20/05/2022, 06:17) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
      Why is the Governor swearing in this man when one of the COI recommendations called him out as been unethical and dishonest and call for him to be investigated... This ain making no sense..Why are they playing us for fools...Unless the Governor wants to look good so when the hammer drops he can't be blamed.
      • trevor (20/05/2022, 09:38) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
        Those are your words. The coi recommended an investigation on project, it never mentions Frazier as being bad. Read it again carefully.
      • Confused for what! (20/05/2022, 13:16) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        The man gave his explanation to the COI and in his own words said it was not him who asked for the contract, he didn't know and indirectly said he would NEVER ask Foy for that contract.
  • The Byrds (19/05/2022, 22:03) Like (22) Dislike (8) Reply
    We going down swinging with Fraser no matter what
  • Fam (19/05/2022, 22:24) Like (12) Dislike (11) Reply
    Next election we staying with the old man frazer
    • @fam (20/05/2022, 06:03) Like (23) Dislike (4) Reply
      That’s the trouble with this country. Despite the fact that he is likely involved in bad dealings according to COI you will re-elect. We will never change.
  • pu (19/05/2022, 23:18) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    4 more years
  • Next election (19/05/2022, 23:22) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    We don't want NDP or VIP---We prefer PU and PVIM, a better unity government
  • tola (20/05/2022, 01:34) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Congratulations hon Fraser
  • Bomb drop (20/05/2022, 02:45) Like (8) Dislike (16) Reply
    How can you feel good when a white man giving you a certificate of leader of the opposition. Where is your integrity. How long will y'all have those colonalist laughing at y'all.
  • 3rd Voter (20/05/2022, 05:03) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    And according to the C o I , that RECLAIMED LAND in the 3rd , the public did not benefit from it.Who benefit.?
  • 23 years (20/05/2022, 05:46) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Wow no wonder D3 is so attractive with its Irma museum in Sea Cows Bay and the lovely rugged roads all around this stellar district. Truly his legacy is a testament to how far back in time a portion of Tortola can regress in just a short span of 20+ years. Congratulations!
  • Interested (20/05/2022, 06:09) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Leader of opposition by himself? Whenever the house is dissolved he needs to quietly retire.Too much baggage.
    Under COI investigation
  • FIRE (20/05/2022, 06:09) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    A real house slave in action.
  • We need election ASAP.. (20/05/2022, 06:12) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    This man has a dark cloud hanging over his head with his greed and dishonesty according to the COI report that call for an investigation into the Sea Cows Bay Development...
  • @hmmm (20/05/2022, 06:45) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am dying for something new. It appears that we have been recycling the same issues. The only thing that you get to look forward to is my favorite radio show on Tola Radio. This though seems to be stuck with the same callers with the same issues.. When it is not the Uk it's ex-pats, then the Governor and the Police it's a fight amongst locals. Is there any info on what the Unity Government is doing? What are they discussing? Where exactly are we ?
  • BuzzBvi (20/05/2022, 07:04) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    Sea Cows Bay projects for family will soon be back on line. New lights for the roundabout anyone? We need a new set of people to choose from that will fight for the people of the VI not just themselves.
  • hip hip hurray (20/05/2022, 08:28) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    The man who brought us cheaper water 24/7...Made cellphones affordable...took the hog out of hog city
  • pat (20/05/2022, 08:32) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    Fraser did nothing wrong in the coi report that’s old news
  • lol (20/05/2022, 09:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats! Who is your barber though? I need that center part in my life.
  • SEEK A BAY (20/05/2022, 09:49) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    Hon Fraser is our pride and joy. No one could defend sea cows bay like him.
  • My girl (20/05/2022, 09:59) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Fraser will get his final four years
  • The Reaper (20/05/2022, 10:51) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Governor u need too look into that framer and fish man grant. They got our tax payers money. Mr Wheatly,u see u is no good. Mr Governor don’t be fool about this unity G. My backside…They all need too be held accountable……..
  • Weak men possing strong (20/05/2022, 12:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Noyone will ever be able to lable me, Leader Of The Opposition. I oppose or congratulates according to my personal feelings.
  • a laugh (20/05/2022, 15:15) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Hair treatment (20/05/2022, 18:32) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    He probably using eco styler gel or gorilla glue gel. Some say lard works.
  • What About (22/05/2022, 21:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This -

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