Our campaign to defeat the HST has exploded across the province. It has become a massive people’s movement that is reaching beyond the Initiative Petition to repeal the Hated Sales Tax, into a popular uprising to reclaim democracy.
Overcapacity crowds filled every town hall room we attended. Kamloops 240 + people. Vernon, 300+. Kelowna 250+ (Even with the Rockets playoff game on the same night). Penticton 510+ on a Sunday morning. Osoyoos 250 people! Trail 160. Cranbrook 300+. In some places, like Revelstoke, we had virtually no advertising, nor even an organizer in place for the meetings – and yet people came in droves to fill the hall.
In Salmon Arm, the room was set up for 200. After nearly 300 people packed the halls and walls of the venue there, the fire marshal came in and closed the doors. But rather than go home, people stood outside in the doorways to hear the presentation.
We finished our Okangan/Kootenay Tour with a final stop on the way home in Chilliwack, where 300+ people showed up, forcing the organizers to add three more rows of seats, and still it was standing room only.
Everywhere we go, people tell us they are outraged that when so many people reject a government policy - a government policy they have no mandate for - not one of the MLAs on the government side will stand up for their constituents. Not one government MLA will represent the people who pay their salaries and pensions, and instead arrogantly plow ahead with a cruel, hurtful tax that nobody wants, and which will do massive harm to the BC economy.
They won’t listen, so we will force them to. The Citizen Initiative petition is the best tool we have ever had to make the government abide by the wishes of the people they are supposed to serve.
We will kick off our campaign for the Fight HST Citizen Initiative petition on April 6th at 7:30pm right in the premier’s own riding of Point Grey – at Kitsilano Secondary School.
Please circulate this message to everyone you know. We want everyone to come and give the premier a message he can’t ignore.
Starting on April 6th, the people of BC are going to teach their government the biggest lesson in the history of Canadian democracy.
It’s about time – isn’t it?
Bill Vander Zalm