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Three quarters of British Columbians would vote to abolish HST: poll

Three-quarters of British Columbians would vote to abolish the HST, according to a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll.

The online survey of 1,612 British Columbia adults suggests that if petitioners are successful in forcing a referendum on the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), and if that vote were held today:

76 per cent of British Columbians would vote to abolish the HST,

17 per cent to keep it, and

7 per cent are undecided.

Also, voters in provincial ridings held by the BC Liberals were asked if they would sign a petition to recall their MLA. Some 45 per cent of respondents in these ridings said they would definitely sign a petition to recall their MLA, while another 17 per cent would probably sign it.

These levels of support are above the required threshold. For an MLA to be recalled, the petition must be signed by more than 40 per cent of the voters who were, on the date of the last election of the Member, registered voters for the Member’s electoral district.

Monte Paulsen reports for The

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