Monday, December 20, 2010
Recall campaign against BC Liberal cabinet minister Ida Chong gains 4,151 signatures in just 2 weeks
The Recall campaign against BC Liberal cabinet minister Ida Chong has obtained 4,151 confirmed signatures in just two weeks.
Fight HST launched the campaign Tuesday December 7 in Chong's Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding in Victoria.
Local Recall proponent Michael Hayes tells the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper tonight that the campaign is on track to meet its target to remove Chong from office and force a byelection.
"We've got eight weeks for the campaign, and 2,000 signatures a week gives us 16,000 signatures and we only need 15,368," Hayes said.
Chong's anti-recall campaign manager Lynne Henderson says the MLA will launch a new set of ads.
Chong is being supported by additional advertising from the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association - ICBA - which has led Fight HST to call for a consumer boycott of ICBA members.
“It is unbelievable that the members of the ICBA would see fit to attack the citizens of BC by funding a massive advertising campaign to stop Recall and to try to save the HST,” said Fight HST leader and former BC Premier Bill Vander Zalm.
“Especially when many of their contractors, roofers, new home builders, renovators and trades people who sell directly to the public have been hurt by the HST and our efforts are actually helping them.”
“You’d think they would be cheering us on, but instead they are spending mega dollars to attack the democratic process with misleading ads and deliberate smears designed to scare people,” Vander Zalm said.