NEWS RELEASE · 12th October 2010
Oak Bay, Kamloops North and Saanich North continue to lead, while Chilliwack and Parksville-Qualicum tie for fourth place
The Fight HST Survivor Recall canvasser recruitment campaign has added another 354 volunteers to the 18 ridings that are competing to see which will be one of the three to conduct Recalls first under the Fight HST banner, says Lead Organizer Chris Delaney.
Delaney says the total number of canvassers signed up as of week two of the contest is over 1,215 in the 18 competing ridings, with another 821 volunteers at large for a total of over 2,016 volunteers province-wide.
“The big question is which riding is going to go after the first three Recalls? The three front runners, Oak Bay, Kamloops North and Saanich North are well over the 100 volunteer mark each, while Chilliwack and Parksville are tied at 95 canvassers a piece,” said Delaney.
“Vancouver-Quilchena, Boundary-Similkameen, and Cariboo-Chilcotin are also close competitors for fourth place. With 5 weeks left in the contest it’s anybody’s guess which ridings will survive to be the first Recalls. It’s very exciting.”
Delaney says Cariboo-Chilcotin had the most dramatic increase in canvasser sign ups in week two, going from 28 to 76 volunteers in one week – an increase of 275%.
“At that rate, they may well move into the top three, along with strong competition from Chilliwack, Parksville-Qualicum and Vancouver-Quilchena. The next few weeks will be critical for signing up enough canvassers to make it into the top three.”
“The good news is we have a higher percentage of canvassers for Recalls after two weeks than we did with the petition after three months of recruiting. People are fed up with the government playing them for fools with the HST. They are determined to hold their government to account with Recalls,” concluded Delaney.