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I did not boycott the Queen’s parade, says Christian


Junior Tourism Minister Archibald Christian has sought to set the record straight about his absence at The Queen’s annual Birthday Parade in the territory.

The chairs which had been reserved for several legislators, including Christian, had remained conspicuously unoccupied at the AO Shirley Grounds where the parade was held last Saturday, June 9.

However, the junior minister said, like Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and the Health Minister Ronnie Skelton, he too was on official business abroad.

“I spent a week in New York with the Director of Tourism Sharon Flax-Brutus, the Deputy Director of Tourism Rhodni Skelton on OECS and CTO business for the territory. I returned on the night of the 9th of June,” he told BVI News yesterday, June 12.

However, up to press time, Christian did not respond to questions on whether he would have opted to attend The Queen’s parade had he been in the territory that day.


Acting Premier Dr Kedrick Pickering, Education Minister Myron Walwyn, and Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie were the only legislators present at the function.

The usually widely-supported parade also yielded a considerably small number of participants and spectators this year.

This notable small turnout comes on the heels of a controversy in which the United Kingdom is forcing the BVI to implement what are known as public registers of beneficial ownership.

BVI is now accusing the UK of ‘constitutional overreach’.

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  1. Hmmmmm says:

    You done got your 2 terms, so go to h*&l.

  2. Blind says:

    Why would he respond? Silence is golden with that particular party and it’s members. Thought AC was a leader but alas the follower is what he’s resigned to be! Moving right along….

  3. The doc says:

    —- did say — only wanted 2 terms just so — can get — pension. And yes! — is not a leader indeed for if — was — would have done and say more, but — has to do say when the bigger boys say.

  4. Mysterious says:

    What is he really getting paid to do,also my district – — been missing in action but I’m here waiting for h– next election

  5. Sam the man says:

    Too many of our governmnet ministers take us for fools as tax payers covering for their lavish all expenses paid first class trips/jaunts abroad and dinners/hotels – we are the fools to let them get away with it when we don’t even have a credible group of hurricane shelters after 10 months – the place has gone to S…t…

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