The House of Assembly was forced into adjournment on Thursday after a spirited argument ignited between Works Minister Mark Vanterpool, and Third District Representative, Julian Fraser.
The argument was in relation to the Recovery and Development Plan which the Smith administration is attempting to have passed in the House.
While making his contribution in relation to why the plan should receive the House’s approval, Vanterpool reminded his colleagues that the $400 million loan guarantee the UK is offering will be under the said plan.
He then noted the problems in communities such as Carrot Bay in the First District, and Sea Cows Bay in Fraser’s Third District.
“The coast roads need to be fixed using concrete and steel. We can’t keep putting on asphalt. Let’s borrow some money and fix the coast roads. And, at some point, if we can’t get no water in Sea Cows Bay, lets put a plant in Sea Cows Bay or Pockwood Pond and get the water to the people down there,” said Vanterpool.
It was at this point during his comments that Fraser interjected with a remark and/or question that was not audible to the public but seemed to be related to his Sea Cow’s Bay constituency.
In what can be described as a sharp response, Vanterpool then told Fraser: “Don’t come ask my no little stupidness, man. We are going to fix the country.”
Vanterpool then proceeded to complain about Fraser’s fixation about the issues in the Third District. The fiery works minister then sought to explain that the recovery plan will cater to the needs of all districts, including the Third.
“… Are you going to pick, pick and talk about real stupidness about every district? Vanterpool said in remark seemingly directed at Fraser.
“The money is in here (in the recovery plan) under broad terms. The Recovery and Development Agency is going to get the money and fix it. Stop the nonsense about this little ‘district’ thing. We are going to fix Sea Cow’s Bay,” added Vanterpool, who began to bang a document on his desk.
The Speaker of the House then proceeded to hammer her gavel in a bid to order Vanterpool to conduct himself more appropriately.
“It’s not his (Fraser) turn to speak and I’m not going to stop,” a spirited Vanterpool then said.
The Speaker then leapt from her chair saying, “Honourable Minister for Communications and Works, please observe the decorum of the House.”
Tempers are flaring
Vanterpool then apologised. But, tempers flared seconds after when Fraser rose to state that Vanterpool was “misrepresenting the plan”.
The two then began to speak over the other; forcing Speaker Ingrid Moses-Sctaliffe to adjourn the sitting of the House till next Wednesday.
“I think that this is an opportune time — tempers are flaring,” she said.
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