NEWS RELEASE · 25th October 2010
Comox Valley moves into 4th place with 140 canvassers challenging top three Recall ridings
PORT COQUITLAM – After four weeks of competing to see which ridings will be amoung the first to conduct Recalls under the Fight HST banner another 266 people have volunteered bringing the total to 2,631 canvasser’s province wide.
Fight HST Lead Organizer, Chris Delaney, says the biggest gain was made in Don McRae’s Comox Valley riding, which shot up from 90 to 140 canvassers in one week putting them solidly in fourth place behind Oak Bay Gordon Head in first place with 189 canvassers, followed by Cariboo-Chilcotin in second place with 174 canvassers, and Kamloops North in third with 162 canvassers.
“Most of the ridings with big numbers saw an even larger jump this past week, probably due to voter anger over the Basi-Virk deal made by the government,” said Delaney. “That only fueled the anti-HST fire. People are furious with the government and there can be no question that is adding momentum to our Recall campaign.”
Delaney says Boundary-Similkameen with 139 volunteers and Saanich North with 132 are in a tight three way race for 4th place with Comox Valley. He says Parksville-Qualicum and Maple Ridge Mission are in 5th and 6th place, with 132 and 106 volunteers respectively.
“It is very competitive right now in 8 of the 18 ridings. The other ten all have a solid base of canvassers that even now could launch successful Recalls with the right strategy. For example, Kelowna has a collective total of 135 canvassers signed up and there is talk of pooling their resources and targeting one candidate instead of three there,” said Delaney.
“With three weeks left to go it is anyone’s race to win - except the Liberals’ of course,” Delaney concluded.