|Bill Tieleman helping unload 705,643 signatures on Fight HST citizens Initiative petition at Elections BC headquarters in Victoria, June 30, 2010. Box with signatures of home riding of Vancouver-Point Grey is in hand!|
Friday August 5, 2011 is the very last day British Columbians can vote to extinguish the Harmonized Sales Tax in the binding referendum forced by the Fight HST citizens Initiative petition.
So make sure your ballot is counted - if you haven't yet voted - by dropping it off at an Elections BC or Service BC office before 4:30 p.m.!
Remember - this crucial vote that can get rid off or keep the HST was only possible because 705,643 citizens signed the Fight HST petition to extinguish the HST. [Of those, 557,383 were verified as valid for their riding by Elections BC.]
And of course, it only became a binding referendum when former BC Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell promised it in a desperate attempt to cling to power when opposition to his imposition of the HST became overwhelming.
So exercise your right to direct democracy - in the only province in Canada with Initiative legislation, as flawed and difficult as it is, in the only successful Initiative petition ever launched.
And even if you disagree and want to keep the HST and pay the extra 7% on hundreds of goods and services, use your ballot - democracy is the duty of every citizen.
Elections BC said Thursday it will attempt to count all the ballots and issue a result on August 25 - stay tuned!