Former BC Premier Bill Vander Zalm will launch the Fight HST citizens Initiative petition campaign to stop the Harmonized Sales Tax in BC Premier Gordon Campbell’s own riding of Vancouver-Point Grey on Tuesday April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Kitsilano Secondary School, 2550 West 10th Avenue at Larch Street.
The public rally April 6 marks the beginning of the 90 days Fight HST has to collect the signatures of 10% of registered BC voters in each of the province’s 85 constituencies for the Initiative petition to be accepted by Elections BC, says Fight HST Lead Organizer Chris Delaney.
Vander Zalm says it was important to launch the campaign right in Premier Gordon Campbell’s own riding to send a clear message to the BC Liberal government.
“British Columbians don’t want Premier Campbell’s HST – not even in his own riding,” said Vander Zalm. “If Premier Campbell and the BC Liberal MLAs don’t listen to the people and drop the HST, he and his party are finished.”
Vander Zalm says he is confident British Columbians will make the Initiative a smashing success after drawing huge crowds as he toured across the province over the past two weeks.
“British Columbians are fed up with the HST and fed up with the undemocratic way Premier Campbell and Finance Minister Colin Hansen are imposing a tax after promising they wouldn’t do it,” said Vander Zalm. “This citizens Initiative petition is the people’s chance to tell Premier Gordon Campbell they want him to drop the HST – and demand that he drop it.”
“The HST is the most hated tax ever because it is a cruel tax that takes money out of people’s pockets but doesn’t put a dime into healthcare, education or important services,” said Vander Zalm.
In addition to Vander Zalm, speakers at the rally will include Delaney and FIGHT HST Strategist Bill Tieleman, founder of the NO BC HST Facebook protest group with over 131,000 members.