Photo: Bill Vander Zalm, who was Premier of B.C. in the late 1980’s, spoke at an Anti-HST rally in Fort St. John on Sunday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca
By Christine Rumleskie
Community Interviews with Moose FM
Former B.C. Premier Bill Vander Zalm says Fort St. John residents will help nip the controversial Harmonized Sales Tax in the bud.
An Anti-HST meeting attracted around 140 concerned Peace Region residents to the Lido Theatre on Sunday afternoon.
Vander Zalm has registered a Citizens Initiative Petition with Elections B.C., hoping to stop the HST from coming into effect on July 1st.
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The petition requires the signatures of 10% of registered voters in every riding. If successful, the petition would be submitted to a Legislative Standing Committee.
Earlier this year, North Peace MLA Pat Pimm has said the HST will benefit the Peace Region, by establishing the Northeast as a competitive jurisdiction for business. Pimm has also claimed the HST will help pull B.C. out of the ailing economy.
Arthur Hadland was at the Anti-HST meeting, as a concerned landowner. Hadland has strong ties to the agricultural industry, and he says he still doesn’t know how the HST will impact local farmers.
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Vander Zalm says the petition is the only ‘official’ document that could help stop the HST. Other petitions, he says, aren’t taken seriously by the Provincial Government.