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NEWS RELEASE · 3rd August 2011
Skeena MLA
Skeena MLA Robin Austin is urging his constituents to take their HST ballots to the local Service BC centre before Friday if they haven't already been mailed.

Friday, Aug. 5 at 4:30 p.m. local time is the deadline for receipt at the Service BC centre of the completed ballots.

"The ballots have to be received by Friday, so it's probably too late for the mail," said Austin. "Because Christy Clark did not keep her promise to run the HST referendum just like a provincial election, this referendum is important and all eligible voters should cast their ballots.”

Under the leadership of Adrian Dix, New Democrats such as Austin are encouraging British Columbians to vote "yes" to extinguish the HST.

"The B.C. Liberal HST is a $1.9 billion tax shift, removing taxes from large corporations like oil companies and banks, and placing the burden directly on the backs of ordinary British Columbians and small businesses," said Austin.

The HST was introduced without warning shortly after the 2009 election, even though the B.C. Liberals said they wouldn’t bring it in.

"It has raised the prices of everything from restaurant meals to home renovations, from haircuts to basic cable. This is a matter of fairness, and that's why I've voted 'yes' to get rid of the B.C. Liberal HST."

Austin said the Liberal government has spent millions of dollars trying to convince voters to support the HST, but he doesn't think British Columbians are buying it.

"People from all walks of life are rejecting the HST by voting 'yes,'" said Austin. "And many people are angered by the taxpayer-funded campaign to sell them this tax . “

In Kitimat, the Service BC Centre is at 795 South Lahakas Blvd. In Terrace, it's at 101 - 3220 Eby Street.