By David F. Rooney
Revelstoke’s Anti-HST campaign has finally gotten underway and you can expect to see 30 active canvassers seeking signatures.
Jim Daniel, local organizer for Fight HST, the non-partisan organization that is handling the official petition, is confident that Revelstokians will sign the petition in droves.
“Everything is coming together,” he said in an interview on Friday. “It’s not like an election. We have 90 days to collect the signatures we need.”
There are 23,858 registered voters in the riding of Columbia River-Revelstoke. That means the local campaign to derail the BC Liberals’ plans to foist an odious new tax regime on British Columbians only needs 2,386 signatures. The campaign can probably collect at least that many and probably more in Revelstoke alone. You can see the minimum thresholds required in all ridings by clicking here. If you’d like to register as a voter or confirm your status as a voter please go to Elections BC’s e-registration page. For more general information about the petition go to Elections BC or the official petition campaign at fighthst.com.
“I think we’ll get the numbers,” Daniel said. If this riding is anything like the others, people will line up around the block to sign it.”
Daniels is also working on plans to locate canvassers in particular locations where people can go to sign the petition. The Fight HST petition organized by former premier Bill Vander Zalm is the only official petition that matters as it is organizex under the Citizens’ Initiative Act and sanctioned and monitored by Elections BC.
All official canvassers wear Elections BC badges and will ask you a series of questions to ascertain your eligibility to sign. You must be a registered voter in order to sign.