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Opposition to come out swinging with over 100 questions for June 29 sitting

June 28th, 2023 | Tags: opposition questions order paper HOA sitting
The tri-party Opposition is set to pepper the Dr Natalio D. Wheatley (R7)-led Government with more than one hundred questions, when the Second Sitting of the First Session of the Fifth House of Assembly (HoA) is held from 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 29, 2023. Photo: PVIM/Facebook
The HoA sitting is expected to be aired LIVE on House of Assembly VI Youtube; House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands Facebook; 780 AM ZBVI Radio; CBN-Radio (90.9 FM); FLOW TV Channel 101; and CCT TV Channel 291. Photo: VINO/File
The HoA sitting is expected to be aired LIVE on House of Assembly VI Youtube; House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands Facebook; 780 AM ZBVI Radio; CBN-Radio (90.9 FM); FLOW TV Channel 101; and CCT TV Channel 291. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The tri-party Opposition is set to pepper the Dr Natalio D. Wheatley (R7)-led Government with more than one hundred questions, when the Second Sitting of the First Session of the Fifth House of Assembly (HoA) is held from 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 29, 2023.

All six of the Opposition Members will be posing questions on various subject matters, from Commission of Inquiry Recommendations matters to the financial standing of the territory.

Variety of questions

Leader of the Opposition Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), among other questions, will ask Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7)  to give his Government’s vision and specific plans for the redevelopment of Prospect Reef and thereby its full re-integration into the territory’s tourism product.

Hon Skelton will also ask Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), among other questions, what plans, if any, government has for recruiting, training and retaining doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Deputy Speaker Hon Stacy Mather (AL) will ask Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) if there is a shortage of water meters in the territory. a) If yes, how many consumers have applied for meters and are without as of April 2023? and b) How does the Department of Water and Sewerage presently charge consumers without meters?

Is UK Loan Guarantee a priority? Hon Fraser

Member for the Third District Hon Julian Fraser RA will ask Premier Wheatley, among other questions, whether he as accessing the UK’s Loan Guarantee as a priority.

Member for the Sixth District, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), among other questions, will ask Premier Wheatley if he has sought technical support from the UK for road improvements and repairs in the Territory.

Member for the Eighth District Hon Marlon A. Penn will ask Deputy Premier and Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Labour Hon Lorna G. Smith, OBE (AL), among other questions, what is the number of applications for trade license submitted to the department for consideration from January 1, 2020, through June 26, 2023, how many of those applications were approved and how many were denied and the reasons.

Meanwhile, Member for the Second District Hon Melvin M. Turnbull will ask Hon Smith, among other questions, what is the unemployment rate of the workforce in the Territory.

Approx 110 questions to be asked

Approximately 110 questions will be asked of the all-male Opposition, made up of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM- 3 seats); National Democratic Party (NDP- 2 seats) and Progressives United (PU- 1 seat).

The sitting is expected to be aired LIVE on House of Assembly VI Youtube; House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands Facebook; 780 AM ZBVI Radio; CBN-Radio (90.9 FM); FLOW TV Channel 101; and CCT TV Channel 291.

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33 Responses to “Opposition to come out swinging with over 100 questions for June 29 sitting”

  • rattie (28/06/2023, 17:46) Like (16) Dislike (18) Reply
    The weak opposition just grant standing in shame
    • Joke Show Dolly House. (29/06/2023, 04:04) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      The Governor and Britain so disappointed, they were to take over this Dolly house Joke show long ago and fix it into a real house that takes responsibility seriously..
  • asking for a friend (28/06/2023, 18:12) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    What happened to the concept of shadow ministers on the opposition? they asking the same questions
  • Let’s see (28/06/2023, 18:14) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Opposition swinging to do governor’s bidding! Read all about it, Marlon need to tell us how his vision and plans are better options for the people.
  • WHAT!!! (28/06/2023, 18:32) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    And if they (we) are very lucky marbe 5% ot the questions will be answered satisfactorily.
  • Manjack (28/06/2023, 18:41) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply

    Philosophically, I have a beef with submitting questions before hand. If legislators have valid questions, they should be asked in real time and ministers should be able to skillfully field most questions in real time, if they have a handle on things, ie, getting a briefing from staff on hot issue before meetings. Ministers are the apex of the decision making triangle and she should expect them to steep in the minute details that staff at the middle and base of triangle would know in real-time. As such, those questions which cannot be answered in real time the answers can be provided in short order for the record at later date. Submitting questions before hand does not to me really demonstrate that leaders truly know the details of things their business. It is like a take home test where one may not really understand the information but I get a high grade. Nothing substantive was achieve. Another irritation for me is that members in every other word using the word ‘Madame Speaker’. It is annoying to me and others. It is reminiscent of raking finger nails across a chalk board. Annoying.

    OK. Let look the real issues at hand. Opposition Legislators are entitled to ask questions in the HOA. We know that the Opposition is gravely grieved and pissed about having had the numbers in hand to form the government after the April 24, General election but the rug was supposedly snatched at the 11th hour from under them. They feel betrayed. Consequently, does the 100-question barrage as promised have a substantial legislative purpose for the public good. Or the barrage is intended to be an attempt to gum things, disrupt, be an annoyance, a fly in the ointment l, to get even, make the government life a living hell. If it were to be the latter, it is a childish poppy show, not in public interest, non-patriotic, unprofessional, beneath the stature of the honorable HoA, demonstrates poor leadership, insulting to the electorate, shameful and embarrassing, etc. Further, if the purpose is the latter, it is a good thing that they didn’t form the government. What is next a series of votes of no confidence vote. If that the latter is the true purpose, is this the type of behavior that the electorate should expect from our elected members, ambassadors, patriots, etc? Hope the former is the intended purpose. I’m staying tune.
    • @Manjack (29/06/2023, 09:27) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      The Opposition clearly is gravely aggrieved and pissed but they have themselves to blame for their in the opposition. Selfishness , greed, lack of political insight, etc, let the opportunity slipped from its grasp. The singular focus of the three opposition party leaders who each wanted to be Premier forget that each of the 6 members had the opportunity to make his or her own deal. One member who probably wanted a better personal deal ( everybody act out of self interest; we are all opportunists) jump ship, sending the opposition shattering. A golden, perhaps once in a lifetime, opportunity, squandered. Now they are crying rivers of tears. It is their own fault.
    • @Manjack (29/06/2023, 10:56) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      The questions will have a genuine legislative purpose not to worry. The opposition telegraphing that they were going to flood the zone with questions and no confidence votes created this backlash, if any. It was not smart move on their part, made out of frustration and disappointment.
    • @Msnjack (29/06/2023, 13:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Manjack, I hear you, but the Opposition is trying to blow off some political steam, release some political pressure, having been screwed, hoodwinked, outsmarted, all six of the them in few hours by the smart lady. They saw the joy of victory evaporate quickly and turn into sorrow. They were counting the chickens before they were hatched, learning perhaps a valuable political lesson, ie, in politics nothing is certain until the ink is dried, dried, dried. And even then the ink may dry up and becone invisible. Thrust but verify is a cardinal rule in politics. Let’s remember this could be the last opportunity for some of the players to have become Premier. Let the boys enjoy themselves. They came close but no cigar. They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. A tremendous feat.
    • RealPol (29/06/2023, 16:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Madame speaker, Madame speaker, Madame speaker all the time is sickening and annoying. Address the speaker when you start. Calling on the speaker over, over, and over is not going to make points being made better or worst, for the speaker is only the neural referee. The member needs to make whatever point meets to made. Keep us turne in and interested. We need substantive and convincing debate on the floor. If one has nothing substantive to contribute be quiet. But don’t make a habit at it. Members need to be loquacious more so than silent. You are the policy makers so you should more often than not have something to contribute. The HoA needs and requires more than vote casters or robots.
  • Barnum & Bailey (28/06/2023, 18:53) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    We need someone with a white wig to drive this clown car we call government AND opposition!
  • ask (28/06/2023, 20:23) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    the big questions because we need some big answers, real ones not watered down ; we want to know what is going on. thanks
  • Norris Turnbull (28/06/2023, 20:47) Like (24) Dislike (6) Reply
    Waste of energy. They had a chance to be in power and screwed it up because of power, greed and self interest.
  • HMMM (28/06/2023, 21:10) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    I am sure not one question about the Governor and his high-handed behavior.
    • @hmm (29/06/2023, 09:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      We need to ask the Governor directly the questions that he should answers. The questioning should be more than mere words ; it must peaceful, intense and persistent collective active. They have assessed that we will make a little noise, if any, today and tomorrow we quiet as a church mouse m, so they ignore us. And we should also ask the Premier the questions that he should be able to answer. And don’t let up on he either.
      • Just give (29/06/2023, 12:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Give unto Rankin what is Rankin’s and give unto Wheatley what is Wheatley’s. Hold them both accountable. How to hold Rankin accountable you say? Through united collective action. Wheatley at the polls.
  • tri party opposition nah joke tal (28/06/2023, 21:43) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Yes I...pepper them behind with questions
  • lodger (28/06/2023, 22:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    If history is anything to go by, premier will propose changing the order paper so questions get shunted to the back and time runs out. Seen it all before.
  • ... (28/06/2023, 22:17) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I'm sure half of the questions will be about the nonstop concert
  • District 6th (28/06/2023, 22:38) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Every question to be asked by the so called opposition they fully well knows the answers because they created the mess.
  • jack (28/06/2023, 22:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope the government understands what the hell is going on
  • resident (28/06/2023, 23:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    ask the government if they intend to fix our power, 2 times this week and at least 5 times this month we had outages some lasting over 3 hours this is ridiculous, it makes us look like a fourth world country
  • Why (28/06/2023, 23:14) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why bvi electricity seem so less lately? How long does power have to be off until restored? The good older folks have retired and now what? Send help lawd.
    • Why (29/06/2023, 08:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I take it back. BVIEC did their thing. 2 hours outage max. Thank you for your service.
  • Sowande again.. (29/06/2023, 04:00) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    They keep under estimating Sowande.. The opposition is a lot o bla, bla, bla, Couldn't even agree on the most important task. ( Forming of a Govt. They failed.) Hope they know the best defence comes in silence. Sowande will be ready for them... Here is my 2 Questions 1/ Who is Ms Maynard replacement at he Port because since her demised the Port is in shambles, disorganized and confused...2/ What has become of the X-Premier great and brilliant idea of having all Ports as one, under one Umbrella, one board, that was a visionary move, I love it.. Thats how most Countries operate. They function better, more economical to function, more productive and effective, as a result much more profitable..
  • @ HMMM (29/06/2023, 06:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • WOW (29/06/2023, 06:41) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    The opposition better behave themself like people because I know the speaker is not going to stand no bad behavior from anyone of them just mind options.
  • Rubber Duck (29/06/2023, 08:14) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    but most of these questions have been asked and answered already.
  • @ RUBBER DUCK (29/06/2023, 08:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • James Bond (29/06/2023, 10:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Government(s) no longer have any care about the people: the politicians cares mostly about being re-elected

    when will local issues be corrected and there are lots of matters pending repairs

    Just keep the faith
  • Roll eyes (29/06/2023, 13:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The questions lack substance just asking questions for the sake of asking questions
  • smh (29/06/2023, 14:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mehson this ain't no time for debate. It's relevant to ask questions pertaining to immediate solutions with issues at hand. It's bad enough people elected persons with vindictive and selfish agendas instead of demonstrating efforts to help the Territory and it's citizens. It's like the Opposition wants to operate a coup Government whereas they running things. Bunch of BS hope the young freshman representative don't fall or join with their undermining intentions and deceiving intentions.

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