Hon. Julian Fraser, Third District Representative.
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Third District Representative and Member of the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Hon. Julian Fraser plans to table a no confidence motion against the National Democratic Party (NDP) administration this week.
BVI Platinum News has learned that Hon. Fraser submitted the motion to the House of Assembly and it has since been placed on the Order Paper to be tabled at the Thursday, July 25 sitting of the House of Assembly.
In recent months, Hon. Fraser has been severely harsh about Government's handling of the Territory's economic affairs and has concluded that residents should have doubts about the current leadership of Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith.
Hon. Fraser, whose party holds the minority seats in the House of Assembly, will need to pick up support from the NDP elected members if the motion is to succeed in the House.
In the motion, Hon. Fraser wants the House of Assembly to recognize that the Government of the Virgin Islands has been experiencing harsh criticisms from residents, including those in business, for its policies and practices.
He also points out that the Protocols of Effective Financial Management was signed between the United Kingdom and the Government of the Virgin Islands on April 23, 2012 with rules to ensure that good governance, transparency and accountability of its leadership remain paramount.
The motion makes note that Her Majesty's Government has on occasion demonstrated willingness to act decisively at the core of leadership at the sight of violation of such rules. Hon. Fraser points to his absolute conviction that the abuses are flagrant and gaining attention.
"...And whereas this behaviour comes at the worst possible time in the performance of our Territory's economy, which is hopelessly tanking, the Government's failure to stimulate said economy and given the absence of any acceptable response from the leadership. Now therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly has no confidence in the Government of the Virgin Islands," the motion states.
The last time legislators voted on a no confidence motion was in May 2002 when the NDP, which was in opposition at the time, brought the motion to the then Legislative Council. The motion was defeated as Legislators voted along party lines. The VIP lost the elections the following year to the NDP.
Previously, the then Legislative Council resolved to debate a no confidence motion against then Chief Minister, Hon. Cyril Romney. However, Mr. Romney avoided the vote when he dissolved the Legislative Council and called a general election, which he lost.
Last year, Legislators in the Cayman Islands voted 11-3 to pass a motion of no confidence against the ruling United Democratic Party Government of embattled Premier McKeeva Bush, who was facing corruption charges. Elections were subsequently called and Mr. Bush lost.