Julian Fraser

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Julian Fraser
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MonarchElizabeth II
GovernorJohn Duncan
Personal details
Born (1950-07-05) 5 July 1950 (age 68)
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Political partyProgressive United
Spouse(s)Kharid Fraser

Julian Fraser (born 5 July 1950), is a politician who formerly belonged to the opposition Virgin Islands Party in the British Virgin Islands,[1] and in August 2018 formed a new party, Progressive United.[2]

He is currently the elected member for the Third District (Sea Cow's Bay), a position which he has held since the 1999 general election. He was appointed as Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party on 28 May 2014.[3] After the 2015 general election he was officially appointed as the Leader of the Opposition under the Constitution. On 30 November 2016 Andrew Fahie replaced Julian Fraser as party leader,[4] making Fraser the first leader of the Virgin Islands Party not to ascend to either the Chief Minister or Premiership.

Early life and education[edit]

Julian Fraser was born on 5 July 1950 to and Andrew and Frances Fraser.[5] He is married to Kharid Fraser, the former Accountant General of the British Virgin Islands, with whom he has one son, Jamil.

He attended High School in the British Virgin Islands before studying an associate degree, and a five-year Certificate in Architecture from the Institute of Design and Construction. He then studied at the New York Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Architecture (Cum Laude). He is a registered Architect in the State of New York, and a member of the American Institute of Architects.[5] His personal website claims that he was the project architect for the US$2.2 billion building of the World Financial Center, New York whilst he worked at the firm of Haines Lundberg Whaler.[6]

Third District[edit]

Julian Fraser was appointed as the Virgin Islands Party candidate for the Third District in 1999. From 1971 to 1999 the district was represented by Oliver Cills (who is a cousin to Julian Fraser), except for between 1983 and 1986 when it was represented by Earl Fraser (who is brother to Julian Fraser). Since 1971 the Third District has been continuously represented by grand children of James and Isabella Cills.[5]

Political career[edit]

Upon his election in 1999 Julian Fraser was appointed as Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, a position he held until 2002, when he was appointed Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Communications and Works. In 2003 the Virgin Islands Party lost power and he served as a member of the opposition until returning to power in 2007, when he was re-appointed Minister of Communications and Works. He held that position until 2011 when the Virgin Islands Party lost power again.[7]

He led the Virgin Islands Party into the 2015 general election, where he suffered a landslide defeat to the incumbent National Democratic Party, but retained his position as party leader for another year before being ousted.[8]

In January 2018 the Virgin Islands Party announced it was "done" with Fraser and would seek another candidate to stand in the 3rd District at the next general election.[9] Fraser confirmed he would contest the next election for a new party which he intended to form.[1]

Leader of the Opposition[edit]

After Fraser was made leader of the Virgin Islands Party in 2014 Ralph O'Neal remained the official Leader of the Opposition under the Territory's constitution until he stood down in the general election in June 2015. In that election only two members of the Virgin Islands Party won their seats - Fraser and Andrew Fahie. Subsequently, Fraser and Fahie argued over who should be named as leader of the opposition, as Fahie believed he should take over as party leader following the general election defeat.[10] As the Constitution required that the Leader of the Opposition commanded a support of the "majority" of the opposition members, and the only two opposition members disagreed, there was an impasse. Governor John Duncan gave the men a month to resolve their differences, but they were unable to do so, and eventually the Governor appointed Fraser as the official Leader of the Opposition.[11] Fahie would later oust Fraser as party leader, and would then be appointed as Leader of the Opposition in his stead.[8]

Controversy[edit]

In 2014 Fraser faced controversy in relation to his handling of the Sea Cow's Bay Harbour Development Project in the Third District. The Auditor General issued a report on the Project which highlighted several discrepancies, including the fact that the cost of the project rose dramatically from an initial estimate of US$1.4 million to over US$6.6 million. Documentation which would have provided details of the spending were found to have gone missing, but two of Fraser's brothers (Earl Fraser and Kenneth Fraser) had received substantial payments for work that was never done, according to the report.[12] Fraser strenuously denied wrongdoing, and argued the report was part of the Governing National Democratic Party campaign to poison his name.[12] Fraser's brother, Earl, who was also criticised in the report, refused to comment.[13]

In a separate matter, Fraser was accused in the House of trying to sign a contract for the Government to pay his brother for the lease of certain land which actually belonged to the Government at the time.[14] Fraser has refuted those allegations.[15]

Electoral history[edit]

Julian Fraser electoral history
Year District Party Votes Percentage Winning/losing margin Result
1999 3rd District Virgin Islands Party 228 38.4% +26 Won
2003 3rd District Virgin Islands Party 473 58.8% +148 Won
2007 3rd District Virgin Islands Party 440 71.1% +261 Won
2011 3rd District Virgin Islands Party 613 52.4% +56 Won
2015 3rd District Virgin Islands Party 596 51.5% +35 Won
2019 3rd District Progressives United 519 46.9% +225 Won


Political offices
Preceded by
Ralph O'Neal
Leader of the Opposition
2015 - 2017
Succeeded by
Andrew Fahie
Preceded by
Oliver Cills
House of Assembly Member, 3rd District
1999 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Confirmed: Fraser launching new political party for elections". BVI News. 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Hon Julian Fraser launches new party: 'Progressives United'". VINO. 24 August 2018.
  3. ^ "We Have A War To Fight; I Need Warriors - Julian Fraser; Fahie Promises Support". 28 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Fahie beats Fraser". BVI News. 30 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "The BVI Review - Hon Julian Fraser". Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Get To Know Julian Fraser, RA". Julian Fraser, RA. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Hon Julian Fraser, RA". Government of the British Virgin Islands, London office. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  8. ^ a b "BREAKING NEWS: Fahie Appointed Opposition Leader". BVI Platinum. 6 February 2017.
  9. ^ "VIP Has Moved On From Fraser; 3rd District Wide Open". BVI Platinum. 16 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Two-man opposition deadlocked over leadership". BVI Beacon. 22 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Fraser Appointed Opposition Leader". BVI Platinum. 21 July 2015.
  12. ^ a b "NDP trying to poison my character, Fraser tells the press". BVI News. 15 September 2014.
  13. ^ ""I have more important things to study" – Earl Fraser". BVI News. 22 September 2014.
  14. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Files Opened: Fraser Agreed To Pay Brother For Land Owned By Gov't; $1.5M Claim Was Submitted". BVI Platinum. 23 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Fraser Seeks To Explain Letter To Brother". BVI Platinum. 26 March 2015.

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