Sixth District Representative Alvera Maduro-Caines admitted that being a member of the governing Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is still something she is getting used to.
Today is the first time that Maduro-Caines attended the House of Assembly since crossing the proverbial floor from the opposing National Democratic Party to the VIP, earlier this year.
Speaking to the media outside the House of Assembly on Thursday, she said: “Today is a bit strange because for the past year I have been accustomed to being in the Opposition. But it’s going to be ok,” she said.
When asked about some of her plans going forward, she said: “I don’t necessarily have a plan but the way I look at the country today, all hands have to be on deck when it comes to your people and the enrichment of your people.”
She also reiterated that her decision was “mostly based on the country and putting the country and the people first”.
Nothing against my Opposition colleagues
Meanwhile, Maduro-Caines made it clear that she had a clear conscience as she got ready to face her colleagues on the opposite end of the aisle today onward.
“I have nothing against my Opposition colleagues, but sometimes we have to rise above party politics,” she stated.
The now-VIP legislator continued: “Of course they were disappointed,” she said in relation to not informing them in advance of her decision to resign from the NDP. “But you cannot really do something like that. You just have to move.”
She also admitted that it was “strange being in Opposition from being on the government side for the past eight years”.
“I just concentrate because my people put me there, so it didn’t matter what side, once I represented them.”
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