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article imageBritish Columbia to hold referendum on HST in September 2011

By Andrew Moran     Sep 14, 2010 in Politics
Vancouver - The province of British Columbia has announced that it will scrap the recently implemented Harmonized Sales Tax if voters say so. The government said it will hold a referendum next year and if voters vote 'no' to the HST, it will be gone.
A British Columbian legislative committee concluded on Monday to hold a referendum on Sept. 24, 2011 so voters can decide if they want to keep the much-hated Harmonized Sales Tax, which combines the federal and provincial sales tax into a single 12 percent sales tax.
The Vancouver Sun reports that British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell said on Monday that he will end the controversial tax if that’s what the majority of British Columbia voters want:
“If 50 per cent of the people who show up at the polling booths next September say they want to get rid of an HST then certainly, as a government, I would want to get rid of the HST.”
The New Democratic Party originally wanted to bring the vote to the legislature but was outvoted by the Liberals. The legislative committee was made up of six Liberal MLAs and four Opposition NDP MLAs. The committee was established after more than 700,000 people signed a petition opposing the tax.
Campbell further added that he is confident BC residents will see the benefits of the HST.
The National Post notes that the vote will cost about $30 million.
Ontario recently introduced the HST this summer much to the disappointment of the taxpayers. However, there has not been any mention of introducing a referendum to repeal the HST.
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