Democracy is dead!!!
Here's a summary of what just happened:
The Liberals said there was no deficit and said they would not introduce a new tax (ie HST)...they get voted into power...and then promptly blew the budget on the Olympics creating an even larger deficit...in an effort to help pay for the large debt that the games left us with the Liberals take a huge federal payment (like a bribe) to introduce a new tax...the HST. Public outcry ensued and the anti-HST petition started.
The petition opposing the HST's introduction in B.C. was verified Wednesday, which means it met the threshold of 10 per cent of voters' signatures from each of the province's 85 ridings. That is over 700,000 signatures!
B.C.'s chief electoral officer won't send the anti-HST petition to the legislature as is required once the minimum number of verified signatures has been met by the due date.
The government is trying to stall the petition with a last minute lawsuit...the Chief electoral officer is supposed to forward the petition once verified...there are no additional steps or validations required.
The law firm handling the business group application is Heenan Blaikie - the firm that also employs former BC Liberal Attorney General Geoff Plant - who has recently written a Vancouver Sun opinion article arguing that the petition should be thrown out.
Such arrogance and schemes I have never seen!!!
Since the elected government is not listening to the public and the over whelming results of this petition...the only other option is to start recalling the MLA's...