B.C. Liberal government plans mail-in referendum on HST for June 24
The B.C. Liberal government has confirmed it is planning to hold a mail-in referendum on the harmonized sales tax on June 24, earlier than the previously scheduled September date for the vote.
In a news release today (March 25), Attorney General Barry Penner announced that the vote will be held under the Referendum Act, rather than the Recall and Initiative Act.
"Under the Referendum Act, we will pose the question that was developed last fall by the acting chief electoral officer, with a binding outcome at a simple majority threshold," Penner said in the release.
The referendum question will remain the following: "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."
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