Bill Vander Zalm’s Fight HST campaign is drawing inspiration from reality television to pick which Liberal MLAs will be first to face possible recall over the Harmonized Sales Tax.
In a nod to the popular Survivor series, the anti-HST group has launched a contest dubbed “MLA Survivor Recall—Vote them off the Island”.
According to a news release today (September 20) from Fight HST, 18 B.C. ridings will vie for the “right” to hold the initial MLA-recall drives.
Winning ridings will be picked based on how many canvassers they register. Three recall efforts would be launched at first, with one added each following month.
The contest runs from September 27 to November 15, when the recall efforts could start.
Fight HST organizers say they want to see a binding referendum on the unpopular tax within the year, instead of a provincewide initiative vote in September 2011.
Meanwhile, B.C. New Democrat leader Carole James has proposed a change to provincial legislation to allow a referendum as early as this fall on the HST.
“British Columbia’s economy simply cannot afford the unnecessary uncertainty brought about by the year-long referendum delay,” James writes in a letter today to Premier Gordon Campbell.
Fight HST has also released a list of the 18 MLAs that could face recall campaigns. Finance minister Colin Hansen is named on the list but Campbell is not.
The MLAs include:
Bill Barisoff Penticton
Donna Barnett Cariboo-Chilcotin
Bill Bennett Kootenay East
Ron Cantelon Parksville-Qualicum
Ida Chong Oak Bay-Gordon Head
Marc Dalton Maple Ridge-Mission
Eric Foster Vernon-Monashee
Colin Hansen Vancouver-Quilchena
Terry Lake Kamloops-North Thompson
John Les Chilliwack
Norm Letnick Kelowna-Lake Country
Joan McIntyre West Vancouver-Sea to Sky
Don McRae Comox Valley
John Rustad Nechako Lakes
John Slater Boundary-Similkameen
Ben Stewart Kelowna-Westside
Steve Thomson Kelowna-Mission
Jane Thornthwaite North Vancouver-Seymour