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REPORTING · 15th March 2010
Walter McFarlane
The Fight the HST Campaign is coming to Kitimat this Tuesday. Forer Premier, Bill Vander Zalm is touring the Sacred Circle this past week with several stops remaining including Kitimat and Terrace.

“We’re traveling to the North starting this week and spending a week throughout the north country to encourage people to help the Fight the HST Campaign by volunteering to canvas.  We believe that if we get enough canvassers in each constituency, then it will make it very easy for us to collect the necessary signatures.  Each one would only have to get a very small amount to make it all work,” said Vander Zalm.

In Kitimat, they would need 6-8 canvassers, each aiming for 100 signatures.  If they get the same in the other parts of the constituency, then it will work.  A town hall meeting has also been scheduled for March 16th in Kitimat.

“We’re hoping we’ll get a lot of people there.  It’s basically an information meeting and what makes our effort successful is we are across party lines.  We have NDP members, Conservative members, Refederation members, Liberals, former Liberals, people who don’t belong to a political party.  They are all a part of the Fight the HST Campaign,” said Vander Zalm.

He hopes to convey that the HST is a consumer tax, meaning it takes money from the people least able to pay it, those who are on low or fixed income such as seniors, who will pay the most.  “By the governments own numbers, they expect to collect 2 billion dollars through the HST,” said Vander Zalm. “That’s $500 for every man, woman and child in the province.  A senior couple on average will pay an extra $1000 a year.  A family, mom, dad and two children, you’re looking at a few thousand dollars a year.  It’s a pretty hefty tax and it all goes back to big industry.  They are the big beneficiary.”
Date clarification please.
Comment by DOK & AFFNO on 15th March 2010
Is this happening on the 16th or 17th? The article states 16th but calendar says 17th.

It's the 16th. the calender has been fixed.
Walter.