Premier Gordon Campbell was forced to stand in the legislature yesterday and clarify the government’s position on the petition aimed at stopping the harmonized sales tax.
The Liberal chair of the committee, Kamloops MLA Terry Lake, which will decide the fate of the petition, had suggested the panel could declare the campaign invalid.
However, under questioning from the N-D-P, Mr. Campbell conceded the legislative committee has only two options under the law when it comes to the petition — send it to a vote in the legislature or recommend a referendum.
That left Mr. Lake in statement recall mode, and swtiching his focus to the time line, that would likely be attached to a referendum…
Oganizers of the petition say they’ve now collected the required signatures of 10 per cent of registered voters in 84 of B-C’s 85 ridings, and they expect to have the last riding locked up soon.
Locally, organizers are hoping to get 40 percent of the voters in Peace River North, and with the signatures of just under 33 percent, they have less than 2 thousand to go.
That noted, they will be at the Totem Mall again today from 5 to 9pm.