|The Winners! Today at noon - Fight HST celebrates victory! From left, Chris Delaney, Bill Tieleman, Bill Vander Zalm, Kelly Carson, Lillian Vander Zalm. Not visible here - Sal Vetro & Rick Dignard.|
|Bill Tieleman and Bill Vander Zalm|
|Chris Delaney and Bill Tieleman|
We are all so thrilled with the strong YES vote to Extinguish the HST!
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard for so long to get this result - it was tough but well worth it!
I'll have more to say here soon but today we celebrate a victory for democracy and the end of an unfair tax imposed on British Columbians.
You can find full results of the 54.73% YES vote, including riding by riding results, at this Elections BC page.
And here is Fight HST's news release on the big win today:
“British Columbians are cancelling major purchases because the HST added costs of tens of thousands of dollars – to items like home repairs and renovations and new homes. The BC Liberal provincial government and federal Conservative government must repeal the HST as fast as possible because it is hurting the BC economy,” Vander Zalm said.
Earlier blog post:
Waiting for the results of the Harmonized Sales Tax referendum vote today - more than two years after Bill Vander Zalm, Chris Delaney and I founded Fight HST with a great group of people from every political persuasion.
More than 7,000 volunteers worked for the citizens Initiative petition; 705,643 signatures were gathered from British Columbians in less than 90 days in every one of 85 BC ridings - the first ever successful Initiative in Canadian history.
Here's hoping for a clear victory for the YES side and for democracy today!
Thanks to all who have supported us.