Friday, August 26, 2011

HST is History

More than 1.6 million vote in referendum
Chris Delaney (left) and Bill Vander Zalm lead the
successful Fight HST Campaign

B.C. has rejected the HST in a referrendum, after the successful Fight HST campaign lead by former premier Bill Vander Zalm and Chris Delaney.

Elections BC said 54.73 per cent voted to scrap the HST and 45.27 per cent voted to keep it in place.

The controversial tax has had broad political and economic effects since its implementation, including being partially responsible for the steep drop in popularity for former premier Gordon Campbell, as well as his subsequent resignation.

More than 1.6 million British Columbians out of about 3 million registered voters voted in the referendum.

The question now is how B.C. will pay back the federal transfer payments and reinstate the PST.

A breakdown of the referendum results by electoral district are available on the Elections BC website.

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