What a great success this afternoon as about 5,000 people turned out in downtown Vancouver to protest against the Harmonized Sales Tax!
And don't believe any media reports that there were "about 1,000" protestors or that the turnout was "disappointing" to organizers - that's completely incorrect on both counts!
The rally outside the new Vancouver Convention Centre featured former BC Premier Bill Vander Zalm, NDP Leader Carole James, Independent BC MLA Vicki Huntington, BC Conservative Party Deputy Leader Chris Delaney, BC Refederation Party Deputy Leader Jordan Braun and a wide range of community and business representatives.
“It takes from the people, the consumers, particularly those who are packing the lunch bucket(s), the seniors, the students, the people that can least afford to pay yet another tax and it's giving it to the big corporations,” Vander Zalm said to huge applause.
“The public is angry at being betrayed by this government and I have to tell you it shows how angry people are when you can get political opponents together,” James said.
"Do you remember the last time a political leader named Campbell was in government and held an election after introducing a new sales tax?" I told the crowd. "Her name was Kim Campbell, the tax was the GST and the result was a total disaster for the Progressive Conservative federal government."
There were also anti-HST rallies in 18 other cities across BC.
To see lots more photos and a personal account of the rally from my friend Laila Yuile, go to her great blog.