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Introduction to the Citizen Initiative Petition to repeal the HST. What is the HST?. The HST is a new federal sales tax created by merging the GST with the PST, to be collected by the federal government and shared with BC. Why is the HST bad for BC?.
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The HST is a new federal sales tax created by merging the GST with the PST, to be collected by the federal government and shared with BC.
BC is unique in Canada to have a Citizen’s Initiative law that provides for a legally binding petition to be conducted.
Fight HST has been approved by Elections BC to conduct a Citizen’s Initiative petition to repeal the HST.
The Citizen’s Initiative petition requires the signatures of 10% of registered voters in every one of BC’s 85 Electoral Districts to be successful.
If the Initiative petition is successful, the BC Government must submit a draft Bill to the Legislature for a vote, or conduct a province wide referendum (Initiative Vote) on the question.
The Fight HST Citizen Initiative is titled:
An initiative to end the
harmonized sales tax (HST)
The purpose of the initiative draft Bill is to declare that the agreement between the federal government and BC to establish a harmonized sales tax (HST) is not in effect.
The draft Bill would reinstate the 7% provincial sales tax (PST) with the same exemptions as were in effect as of June 30, 2010.
The draft Bill is retroactive to June 30, 2010. The Bill proposes that the provincial share of HST revenues received between June 30, 2010 and the date of Royal Assent of the Bill that exceed what would be collected under the PST rules as of June 30, 2010, would be reimbursed to British Columbians on a per capita basis.
The Fight HST petition will start on
April 6, 2010
Signatures must be collected within 90 days, ending on July 5, 2010.
We have 1,750 volunteers registered to date, but we need 4,500 to guarantee success….
You can volunteer on-line at:
To canvass, you must be a BC registered voter.
To register or to confirm your registration, go to: http://www.elections.bc.ca/index.php/voting/ online-voter-registration/
Fight HST is a grass roots group led by former BC Premier, Bill Vander Zalm.
Fight HST is made up of British Columbians from all walks of life and all political persuasions, including NDP Leader Carole James; newspaper columnist Bill Tieleman; BC Conservative Chris Delaney, BC Refederation Leader Mike Summers, Independent MLA Vicki Huntington and thousands of others committed to stopping the HST.
Please register to volunteer, and pass
this on to all your contacts
Authorized by: Bill Vander Zalm, Financial Agent (604) 946-1774