HST referendum deadline extended to August 5, 2011
BC voters now have an extra two weeks to decide whether to keep or get rid of the harmonized sales tax (HST).
The deadline has been extended by acting chief electoral officer, Craig James because of delays resulting from the Canada Post labour dispute.
Ballots will start arriving in voters’ mailboxes this week. Ballots come with a postage-paid envelope.
Voters are asked to vote ‘No’ if they want to keep the 12% HST. Premier Christy Clark has promised to reduce the tax to 11% in 2012 and to 10% in 2014.
Voters are asked to vote ‘Yes’ to eliminate the 12% HST and return to the combined 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) and 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST).
Voters can either mail in their ballot or return their ballot to a Service BC or Elections BC collection centre. The deadline is 4:30 p.m. on August, 5, 2011. For in person return locations, visit www.elections.bc.ca.