Meanwhile in Ontario, Hudak (Ontario PC Leader) has floated the idea of knocking a percentage point off of the HST were he to be elected. Hopefully Bill Vander Zalm’s crusade will show Canadians that direct democracy can have a real effect and break throuhg the apathy to the globalist tax in Ontario and elsewhere.
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Jonathan Fowlie, Canwest News
June 14, 2010
VICTORIA – Organizers of a petition to repeal B.C.’s harmonized sales tax said Monday they now have signatures from 15% of people in all 85 ridings across the province.
That number puts the group well ahead of the legal requirement for a successful petition, greatly increasing the likelihood it will pass and compel the provincial government to consider dropping the unpopular tax.
To be successful, a petition must be signed by 10% of registered voters in each provincial riding.
After the petition is submitted, Elections BC will validate each signature to make sure they belong to people living in the proper ridings.
If the petition succeeds, the initiative would go to a legislative committee. That committee would then have 90 days to recommend introduction of a draft bill or refer the initiative to the chief electoral officer for a referendum.
Six other citizen-led initiatives have died since recall and initiative legislation was enacted in 1995.
In a news release, petition co-organizer Chris Delaney said the 15% threshold means one in three signatures could be discarded and the petition will still meet the needed 10% support in each riding.
“These are amazing numbers, and prove unequivocally that British Columbians of every persuasion reject the HST,” he said in the release.
Former premier and petition co-organizer Bill Vander Zalm said the result shows Premier Gordon Campbell needs to repeal the HST.
“Cancelling the HST now would not only save British Columbia consumers and businesses from the HST, but it might even save his government,” Mr. Vander Zalm said in the news release.
“There is nothing more to wait for,” he added. “Stop fighting your own people and cancel the HST now.”
The HST, which merges the PST and GST into one tax, comes into effect on July 1.
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