It looks like a West Side tax rebellion could morph into a recall campaign against a high-profile cabinet minister.
This probably won't come as a surprise to those who've noticed large red lawn signs in Point Grey and Quilchena blaming David Eby for a new B.C. property surtax on $3-million homes.
Now, a website and Twitter account have been created called RecallDavidEby.
On the website, there's a form in English and Chinese, which encourages people to "express interest" by providing their first and last names and email addresses. It emphasizes that the form is "not an official recall petition", nor is it an "online signature".
The website accuses Eby of being "the primary proponent for the unfair new provincial school surtax that will hurt many property owners in his constituency (Vancouver–Point Grey) and many constituencies across the province".
The tax was introduced by Finance Minister Carole James in her last budget.
The website was created on May 4 through a domain-registration service called 1&1, which shields the identities of its clients.
The Twitter feed referred to the attorney general as "Mr. Skywalker Eby" two days after he released a report about money laundering in B.C. casinos.
The tweet claimed that the attorney general "wants to upstage Mr. Kenobi Horgan as much as possible, and this flashy money-laundering report is another attempt to outshine his Master".
Under the Recall and Initiative Act, a recall petition can only be filed with Elections B.C. 18 months after the last general election, which occurred on May 9, 2017. This means the petition could not be submitted until November 9.
To succeed, a proponent would have to collect signatures of more than 40 percent of registered voters in Vancouver–Point Grey within 60 days of the petition being approved.
Under section 25 of the act, the chief electoral officer determine if the petition meets this threshold, which would cause the MLA to lose his seat.
At that point, a by-election would have to be held.
It's a very steep challenge because only 58.97 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Vancouver–Point Grey in 2017. It would mean that a large number of nonvoters would have to be persuaded to sign a petition.
Currently, the B.C. NDP has 41 MLAs and the B.C. Liberals have 43 MLAs.
The Greens have three seats. One B.C. Liberal, Darryl Plecas, is serving as speaker, which means he doesn't vote unless there's a tie.
With the support of the B.C. Greens, the NDP has a stable minority government, but that could change if Eby were to lose his seat in a recall campaign.
Further clouding the issue is the recent decision of Nanaimo NDP MLA Leonard Krog to run for mayor in Nanaimo.
Should he be elected on October 20, he will resign his seat, forcing a by-election in what's ordinarily been a fairly safe seat for the New Democrats. In 2017, Krog won by 3,834 votes over tech entrepreneur Paris Gaudet.
The narrowest NDP victory in 2017 came in Courtenay-Comox, where Ronna-Rae Leonard won by 189 votes over B.C. Liberal Jim Benninger. The B.C. Green candidate, Ernie Sellentin, collected 18.37 percent of the votes and a Conservative, Leah Catherine McCulloch, received 7.55 percent.
No website has been created to recall Leonard. However, the Wow Just Wow Mom website lists her among 13 NDP MLAs, including Eby, who could conceivably be recalled.
"If a voter from each of these ridings can open a recall petition on the same day and start a massive campaign in these areas to get signatures of voters, perhaps one or two will be successful which will be just enough," it states.
The website is copyrighted by Lorraine McClure and its news section contains several entries criticizing the NDP government for its new property surtax.