Anti-HST petition very popular

  • May. 31, 2010 8:00 p.m.

The number of North Coast voters who have signed the anti-HST petition has soared to 3,386 as of May 31, far above the 2,265 signatures organizers were hoping to collect. But canvassers are still going strong and want to give everyone who wants to sign the petition a chance to do so, says Betty Stewart of Port Clements. Under BC’s recall and initiative legislation, organizers have until the first week of July to gather signatures on the petition. However, organizers said this week that they have already collected signatures from at least 10 percent of voters in every riding, as required, and more than 15 percent in most ridings. “We are making a final push for as many signatures as we can get,” Ms Stewart said. “We want to send a really strong message to the Premier of BC… I want to see Gordon Campbell and his government listen to the voters of BC and stop this tax, this unfair hand in the pockets of British Columbians.” Ms Stewart and canvasser Marion Pierce will be at Pearl’s Restaurant in Masset with the petition next Saturday, June 12, from 11 am until 3 pm. Ms Stewart said they organized this signing opportunity because Masset canvasser Ed Robinson has fallen ill and they wanted to make sure everyone at the north end got a chance to sign the petition. “We want everyone’s voices heard,” she said. “We’re going to do one more push.” Islanders who would like to sign the petition and haven’t yet done so can call Ms Stewart at 250-557-4760 between 5 and 7 pm and she will get them in touch with the closest canvasser.