Elections B.C. has approved the recall application for Liberal cabinet minister Ida Chong’s Vancouver Island riding.
Acting chief electoral officer Craig James announced the decision today (November 30).
“The petition will be issued on Monday, December 6, 2010, and at that time, registered canvassers may begin collecting signatures,” he says in a news release.
“The petition must be returned to this office no later than Friday, February 4, 2011.”
Craig sparked controversy last week when he rejected a previous recall application in Chong’s Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding, saying a word-count limit had been exceeded.
Under B.C. legislation, recall campaigners have 60 days to gather the names of at least 40 percent of voters in a selected riding to trigger a by-election.
Michael Roy Hayes is the official recall proponent in Chong’s riding.
More than 15,300 signatures will need to be collected and verified to unseat Chong, universities minister and regional economic and skills development minister. The recall effort also has a $35,938.72 cap on expenses.
Chong is the first Liberal MLA to be targeted as part of the Fight HST group’s strategy to compel the B.C. government to get rid of the HST.
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