NDP candidate calls for riding by-election

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The federal NDP candidate for the Prince George – Peace River riding is once again calling on the federal government to hold a by-election in the riding.

Lois Boone says the Harper government is leaving the region without a voice and believes the reason a by-election has not been called is because the Conservatives fear voters’ reaction over the implementation of the HST.

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Boone is also reiterating the NDP stance on trying to have the federal sales tax removed from home heating to make it more affordable for residents living in the north.

There has not been any word from the Conservatives as to when a by-election may be called, but according to Elections Canada guidelines, one must be called within approximately six months from when an MP steps down from a seat.

The riding has been unrepresented since Oct. 25 when former Conservative MP Jay Hill retired, leaving the seat unoccupied.

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