900-signature tax petition going to Ottawa

  • Oct. 15, 2004 1:00 p.m.

A petition signed by almost 900 islanders requesting a review of the northern allowance tax deduction is now on its way to Ottawa.
Government Agent Susan Ford said she sent the huge petition to Skeena MP Nathan Cullen last week by mail.
Ms Ford and Nora McLuskie started collecting the signatures a few months ago, placing petitions in several locations all over the islands. The response was immediate, and enthusiastic.
“I didn’t meet anyone who didn’t want to sign it,” Ms Ford said.
Last week seemed like a good time to submit the petition, she said, because Parliament resumed at the beginning of the month for the first time since the federal election in June.
Ms Ford has already spoken to Mr. Cullen, the new MP, about islanders’ view that they should receive the full tax deduction available to other remote and northern locations, rather than a partial deduction.
Mr. Cullen said he would be happy to present the petition in the House of Commons, she said.