HST Referendum Date Moved Up

March 29, 2011

Late last week the Attorney General announced that the referendum on the HST has been rescheduled to an earlier date than was previously set. An order-in-council will finalize details, but the government expects the referendum to take place June 24.

The text of the question has not changed from the wording in the chief electoral officer’s draft, but a mail-in ballot process is now planned. The news release announces the following about the vote:

Referendum question – No change. The referendum question will be exactly the same as drafted by the acting chief electoral officer: “Are you in favour of extinguishing the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) and reinstating the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) in conjunction with the GST (Goods and Services Tax)? Yes/No.”

Voting process – Mail-in ballot. Moving to a mail-in ballot is expected to save taxpayers $18 million and address potential voter fatigue. It will be undertaken by Elections BC in a neutral fashion.

More information is available at the HST information page.

One thought on “HST Referendum Date Moved Up

  1. The interesting thing is that the process until now was under the Citizens Recall and Initiative Act, and then suddenly switched to the Referendum Act. The BC government actually has to change the law so that the September 2011 vote on the Vander Zalm bill does not go ahead as a second vote after the referendum vote. http://bht.com/blog/hst/?page_id=18

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