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Local anti-HST campaign shoots for 40

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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