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.
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.