[snip]..Barnett said the public said it wanted a referendum because British Columbians didn’t have a say on the HST. “OK, now they’re having a say.”
Noting Freeston told the Free Press it doesn’t matter what [B.C. Liberal candidates say about the referendum] because it’s non-binding, Barnett said she wanted to go on the public record.
“I stand by what we said about what the referendum would do. If the people say they want to get rid of [the HST] during the referendum and the government doesn’t
abide by those wishes, I’ll become an independent MLA.”
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The problem with this statement is that the Liberal leadership candidates have been the usual "maybe" statements. Things like "might", "may", "possibly" or the inevitable "could". This type of statement is unacceptable. Using these words mean squat to me. Especially when remembering their past practices.
The 100 Mile Free Press has a comment section and I have left two comments there.
The Cariboo Chilcotin Recall Campaign has always, since the beginning, said we want this act repealed. Put it back the the way it was on June 29, 2009.
The present Legislation is non binding and the public is shoveling $200,000,000 per month into government coffers without ever having been consulted. In Fact when the restaurant and small business associations aske the direct question if the government was going to implement this money grab the were lied to by Gordon Campbell and Colin Hansen. "it wasn't on our radar" they said.
The larger problem I see here is that with this system we have given away our right in BC to set our own tax rates . With HST the Federal government now does that and there isn't a damn thing we can do about it unless we repeal the tax. What's to say after our next election that the Feds won't increase the tax to 15%. If the Liberals are re-elected they will say it was the feds not them. Wake up people.
So in the interests of the people in the Cariboo Chilcotin unless the Act is changed to reflect a 50%+1 binding vote and moved up considerably (say to May 1 2011) at the next sitting of the legislature February 14,2011, then recall will proceed. Negotiations are over. We will recall our MLA then get on with our lives. GaryE