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Hon Fraser objects to Hon de Castro bringing new statement to continuation of HoA

Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) believes no new statement should be accepted at a continuation of a House of Assembly Sitting. Photo: YouTube
Following a short recess, Speaker Hon Corine N. George-Massicote, centre, allowed the Education Minister to complete her statement. Photo: YouTube
Following a short recess, Speaker Hon Corine N. George-Massicote, centre, allowed the Education Minister to complete her statement. Photo: YouTube
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Today, Tuesday, January 30, 2024, is the Continuation of the Sixth Sitting of the First Session of the Fifth House of Assembly (HoA) of the [British] Virgin Islands.

The Sitting began this morning at the House of Assembly Chambers in Road Town with Statements by Ministers.

Minister for Education, Youth Affairs and Sports Hon Sharie B. De Castro (AL) was about to conclude her statement about the MoU signed between the Government of the Virgin Islands and Unite BVI when Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) rose on a ‘Point of Order’.

“This sitting started in November, and if a statement has to be made it has to be on or before that date, not something that took place after.

“And I think that the Minister is making statements regarding events that took place after that date and I do not see how it could be accepted, Madam Speaker,” Hon Fraser stated.

Point me to Standing Orders- Speaker to Hon Fraser

Speaker Hon Corine N. George-Massicote asked Hon Fraser to direct her to the Standing Orders to support his objection.

Hon Fraser said, “Madam Speaker, I think it’s just common sense because it is a sitting that took place at a particular time, you can’t add something to a sitting that took place before.”

Before the Speaker called for a recess, she asked Hon de Castro if she wished to say anything in regards to Hon Fraser’s remarks.

Hon de Castro said she would have to ask the Member to point her to the area in the Standing Orders that specifically speaks to that. “I was at the end of my statement. I think I had just one sentence left; however, I am open to any advise on this matter that would help us to proceed,” Hon de Castro replied.

Following the recess, the Speaker said Members had arrived at a consensus for “this point” and she allowed the Minister to complete her statement.

Hon Fraser, speaking to our news centre, said no other new statements were allowed.

"Since she [Hon de Castro] was almost done, I allowed it to go, on the grounds it doesn’t become a precedent," the senior legislator stated.

15 Responses to “Hon Fraser objects to Hon de Castro bringing new statement to continuation of HoA”

  • No Sympathy (30/01/2024, 12:56) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
    in respect to Carvin this house sitting should've been cancelled
    • Hrmph (30/01/2024, 13:43) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      Julian's objection tells his story - he is stuck in the past.
      • @Hrmph (30/01/2024, 16:43) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        I would honestly say, it is time for Fraser to step down. There is nothing wrong with being old school/having old school ways it is beyond that. It is time to turn the rein over to someone else. Unlessss?……………
      • @Hrmph (02/02/2024, 13:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I respectfully disagree. Remember, these are not new questions. These were questions that were to be answered months ago. Therefore, responses should not have been allowed to be "updated". If this is done, it can be argued that those who posed the questions should then be able to "amend/update" these questions without them having to appear on subsequent order papers.

        The entire lesson in this ordeal is that the Questions and Answer segment should stop getting pushed to the end of the order paper, and also consideration to holding more HOA sittings to reduce the likelihood of a delay.
  • @No sympathy (30/01/2024, 13:36) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    I strongly second that.
  • lodger (30/01/2024, 13:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    In the end whose urine reached further?
  • Observer (30/01/2024, 14:38) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I object to Hon. Fraser's hairdo.
  • 999 (30/01/2024, 16:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    cant we just get along in the Halls of Congress
  • The watchdog (30/01/2024, 17:55) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Frazer is correct we must build the institution
  • smh (31/01/2024, 14:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So who is going to tell Fraser he looks crazy and needs to go to the barber?!!!

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