HST opposition hits threshold in all B.C. ridings

Victoria, B.C. – The Fight HST group has hit its target.

The campaign led by former premier Bill Vander Zalm claims it has reached the threshold of signing up 10 per cent of the voters’ list to the petition to kill the proposed harmonized sales tax in all 85 provincial ridings.

The final riding to reach that level was Vancouver-Langara, which passed the marker this morning.

The campaign proposes to rip up the agreement between the federal government and B.C. to establish the 12 per cent HST that will come into force July 1.

Opposition to the tax, which combines the five per cent GST with the seven per cent PST, centres on the fact the HST will be applied to everything the GST covered, including many items previously exempt from the provincial tax.

All 14 of the Island’s provincial ridings had reached the threshold of signing up 10 per cent of the voters’ list to the petition to kill the proposed HST a week ago, and all but two of those ridings – Victoria-Swan Lake and Cowichan Valley – had failed to hit the 15 per cent threshold the campaign has set for itself.

The campaign has targeted this weekend as a major push to get as many of the 85 ridings to get past the 15 per cent threshold.

The campaign has been targeting the higher figure in order to ensure they get the right number of signatures required by Elections B.C., allowing for some people not on the voter’s list or signing on outside of their ridings.

Fight HST lead organizer Chris Delaney has said the campaign will not rest on its laurels and will try and get numbers as high as they can to send a message to individual MLAs that they are within striking distance of recall numbers.

A recall campaign would require 40 per cent of registered voters voting to recall a MLA.

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