NEWS RELEASE · 17th February 2011
New Democrat interim leader challenges Liberal leadership candidates to support her bill
Wednesday, February 16, New Democrat interim leader Dawn Black tabled an amendment to B.C.’s Recall and Initiative Act that would allow for an earlier HST initiative vote.
“The Recall and Initiative Amendment Act, 2011 amends the current law to require an HST initiative vote be held by June of this year,” said Black. “I call on all B.C. Liberal leadership candidates and all government caucus members to support this bill and show that they are serious about democracy.”
Black said her bill is an important step to address the concern that the time period between the expression of the will of people through a successful initiative petition and the actual initiative vote is too long.
“Last year, over 700,000 British Columbians used an important tool of grassroots democracy under the Recall and Initiative Act to make their voice heard on the government’s mishandling of the HST,” said Black. “The petition to scrap the HST was declared successful in August 2010 - but under the current rules, the initiative vote can only be held on September 24, 2011.”
“People of B.C. have made it clear this gap is too long - and they’ve made a compelling argument for an earlier vote to uphold democracy,” Black said. “Additionally, as a matter of significant public policy, the uncertainty caused by the pending decision is having serious economic repercussions on an already fragile B.C. economy.
“My bill acts on these concerns and establishes a framework for an earlier HST initiative vote.”
Black said after facing significant public backlash over the handling of the HST, every leadership candidate in the running to become the next Premier has committed to an early initiative vote.
“If the B.C. Liberal leadership candidates are being honest with the voters about their intention to have an earlier HST referendum, then they will support this bill and ask that it be called for debate and passage this week,” Black said.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 19th February 2011
"Shall we go back to the two tax shuffle we had previously". Absolutely and since I paid less then and most people did as well, why not? It also had nothing to do with paying for services as it was "revenue neutral." Now if it really wasn't revenue neutral, then they were lying and that begs the question, "Who really benefits from this tax and what are the extra services we will enjoy?"
Comment by Steve Smyth on 18th February 2011
Ms Black or none of the other people opposed to thistax have offered a replacement for the HST. Shall we go back to the two tax shuffle we had previously or should we just pluck a few more leaves off the magic money tree that seems to grow in the sunny climes of Victoria?
In the absence of suggestions from Her Majesty's Opposition, lets all follow the Zalm, because it worked out so well the last time.
What do we want? "MORE services"
How do we pay for it? ......crickets
Yes - move up the date!
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 18th February 2011
I'm thinking the BC Liberals set that date so it gave them time to dispose of the final installment from the Feds of $580 million on July 02.
Hansen most likely has already buried this money in the budget so he can still claim that recinding the HST will cost taxpayers the full $1.6 billion.
Moving up the date on the referendum would ensure that the $580 million will be used to pay back the HST bribe money if necessary.