Cline's Comments Inappropriate
BVI Platinum News | 23 Opinions
Published: January 10, 2017 1:36 pm AST
Premier and Finance Minister, Hon. Dr Orlando Smith
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Premier and Finance Minister, Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith said he asked Bishop John Cline to tender his resignation as Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) because his comments about the finances of the Territory and him as Finance Minister were inappropriate.

Premier Smith told BVI Platinum News today, January 10, that Cline worked for the government and should display some level of confidentiality, noting that he expects everybody, including his Ministers, to support him as the chief.

"I did ask him to resign. I thought his comments were inappropriate considering that he is working with the government and the Chairman of the Board...Confidence, people who are working (with government)," he said.

The Premier added, "I support all my Ministers in the work they do and we work very well together, and with their portfolios. At this moment, I am the chief, the Premier, the Minister of Finance and I expect everybody to support me as I support them."

Bishop Cline made public comments to support the suggestion that Health Minister, Hon Ronnie Skelton be given the Ministry of Finance to help get the Territory back on track financially. He also criticized the decision to go ahead with the T.B. Lettsome International Airport project at this time, given the shaky financial standing of the Territory.

Cline has since told BVI Platinum News that he will continue to speak out on matters affecting the Territory and urged persons to not let this incident deter them from speaking out.
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Way to go Dr, Smith. He has no decorum! Fire him! Never mind the blogging and the likes and dislikes from New Life members and families. He has shown poor judgement, Keep no enemies in your circle.

All you people talking about the US election and election of a business man, I would have... more
January 10 at 10:21pm | Like8 People like this.   Dislike9 People dislike this.
Freedom of Speech | Report Abuse
Sir no offense but first of all I do not believe u (& u can comment & tell me whether I'm right or wrong) but u are not from the VI are YOU? Lets get something straight IF Dr. Smith was a proper businessman he would have let the ppl kno about where we stand financially in the BVI.... more
January 11 at 3:50pm | Like1 Person like this.   Dislike1 Person dislike this.
Dog man | Report Abuse
Dr. Smith u cannot B trusted no more as a leader. U know something is wrong with your camp. From time u smell smoke there is fire.
January 10 at 6:47pm | Like17 People like this.   Dislike7 People dislike this.
I have no respect for Pastor Cline but I disagree with the Premier on this one. Albeit i do think that Pastor Cline could have exercised better judgement.
January 10 at 6:30pm | Like10 People like this.   Dislike8 People dislike this.
Akoko the cock | Report Abuse
The Premier's words are foolish. Being a chairman of the health services authority is not a matter to gag one from speaking out on other issues. If he was speaking out against the Government's declared health policy, there may have been a case. The Premier does not appear to understand... more
January 10 at 4:42pm | Like35 People like this.   Dislike5 People dislike this.
Rough. | Report Abuse
Agreed he has no decorum and as such should not be in any position of authority. There are so many troubling issues with the way the National health scheme was launched. Do you hear the premier commenting about it? There are also so many troubling issues with the hospital do you hear the premier... more
January 10 at 4:21pm | Like10 People like this.   Dislike17 People dislike this.
He was right and being responsible when speaking out against the airport.
While loyalty is expected, it should not be blind and that works both ways.
Your support of your ministers has shown you do not rein them in when they are out of line and jeopardize BVI finances. You are supposed to oversee... more
January 10 at 4:04pm | Like23 People like this.   Dislike6 People dislike this.
Ayeeee | Report Abuse
I hope these same sanctions will follow for the one who actually wrote the letter in the first place. Just saying since your skin is ice thin.
January 10 at 3:32pm | Like23 People like this.   Dislike2 People dislike this.
interesting. The letter was not supposed to be made public. Much like the Russian hacking. But I agree with her. Now let's see if the Doc is even-handed in reprimand.
January 10 at 11:36pm | Like7 People like this.   Dislike
one was off the record made public and the other was a full announcement by a chairman of a government board. Might have been ill-advised publicly but agree with the sentiment too.
January 11 at 12:23pm | Like1 Person like this.   Dislike
Whatever | Report Abuse
The Premier could've told Cline he respects his opinion but as Chairman of a Government Body he should refrain from such public statements that may be 'deemed' as going against the administration. That's the Dr Smith I know, but this issue about asking to resign sounds more... more
January 10 at 2:52pm | Like55 People like this.   Dislike5 People dislike this.
Sukie | Report Abuse
Sock it to him Smith.
January 10 at 2:41pm | Like8 People like this.   Dislike23 People dislike this.
I think what Cline saying is "where there's no vision, the people will perish". As a minister of the Bible and person that care about people and this country, it's in the best interest not to follow a "leader" that is leading us to hell in other words economic... more
January 10 at 2:20pm | Like40 People like this.   Dislike4 People dislike this.
AGREED | Report Abuse
Listen the problem that we have in the bvi is that every time we speak out about something we don't like the government quickly abolish us and that's not right. they take away our freedom of speech, and they either demote, fire or change our positions in this country. they need to get... more
January 11 at 3:59pm | Like2 People like this.   Dislike2 People dislike this.
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