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300,000 oppose HST in B.C. but Initiative campaign still far from its goal

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Opponents of the harmonized sales tax in B.C. say they have reached a crucial milestone.

A lead organizer of the Initiative petition to repeal the HST says 300,000 people have now signed the petition, representing 10 per cent of B.C.'s registered voters.

Chris Delaney says 155,000 signatures were gathered over the last week.

But he admits organizers have not yet reached Election B.C.'s required threshold of 10 per cent of registered voters in each of the province's 85 electoral districts.

He says 44 ridings have reached the 10 per cent threshold and 17 of those have topped 15 per cent but, with two months remaining, the Initiative campaign still has a long way to go.

Former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm is spearheading the campaign opposing a Liberal government decision to unify the provincial and federal sales taxes into a single, 12 per cent tax, effective July 1.

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