By Jon Zacks and Adam Reaburn
The Anti-HST petition continues to garner support across the province, despite having already surpassed its goal in nearly every riding.
After originally planning on collecting the signatures of 10 % of eligible voters in each constituency, organizers raised that goal to 15 %, in case some of the signatures are declared invalid by Elections BC.
The petition calls on the government to either introduce a bill to repeal the Harmonized Tax, or to hold a referendum allowing British Columbians to decide for themselves.
The current Liberal government holds a majority in the B.C. legislature, meaning it could simply introduce a bill and then vote against it, effectively quelling the anti-HST campaign.
But, the man in charge of the Northeastern B.C. anti-HST campaign says there’s more at issue than the HST itself. Alvin Stedel says any MLA’s ignoring such a widespread movement do so at their peril.
Stedel also says, while phase one of the campaign was designed to get the government’s attention to try and repeal HST, phase two could be a more drastic move.
He says, in that event, organizers would likely start with Premier’s riding (Vancouver-Point Grey) and Minister of Finance’s riding (Vancouver-Quilchena). But, Stedel says if the government continues to ignore the will of the people, there may be a demand for further recall proceedings.
He says Peace River North is one of the ridings where the 40 % threshold needed to initiate recall proceedings could well be achieved.
Canvassers will continue their efforts with events at the Lido Theatre on Friday and Saturday evenings (7-8 p.m.) and at the Midway Fair on Friday evening and Saturday from 12-8 p.m.