One of the organizers of the Fight HST campaign says opponents of the harmonized sales tax are relieved that there will be a "total recall" campaign against all B.C. Liberal MLAs, starting November 15.
"Everybody wanted to recall their MLAs," explained Chris Delaney.
Earlier this year, the Fight HST group had planned to recall a few MLAs at a time and not bring down the government. Delaney said that people who worked on the anti-HST initiative didn't want to wait while recall campaigns were launched against B.C. Liberal MLAs in constituencies other than their own.
However, former premier Bill Vander Zalm declared today (August 11) that there will be a total recall campaign targeting every B.C. Liberal MLA. This came in the wake of acting chief electoral officer Craig James's decision not to act on the results of a successful initiative petition pending the outcome of a court challenge by six business groups.
Delaney said that Fight HST is considering asking the court to expedite the decision.
Under the Recall and Initiative Act, the chief electoral officer can refer Vander Zalm's proposed bill eliminating the HST to a legislative committee, which can submit it to the legislature for a vote.
The committee may also send it back to the chief electoral officer with instructions to hold a nonbinding plebiscite, which would only pass with the support of 50 percent of registered voters.