The Honourable Julian Fraser
Former Leader of the Opposition of the British Virgin Islands
Julian Fraser is a politician and a former Leader of the Opposition of the British Virgin Islands.
Early life and education
Julian Fraser was born on 5 July 1950 to and Andrew and Frances Fraser. 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).
Fraser is a registered Architect in the State of New York, and a member of the American Institute of Architects. 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.
He 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. Fahie would later oust Fraser as party leader, and would then be appointed as Leader of the Opposition in his stead.
Fraser is married to wife Kharid Fraser, the Accountant General of the British Virgin Islands, with whom he has one son, Jamil.