British Columbians will have an earlier vote on the HST than previously scheduled and it will be conducted under the authority of the Referendum Act.
The Referendum Act ensures a simple majority vote will determine the outcome of the referendum. Further details on the referendum will be finalized by an order-in-council, but the government is working toward a date of June 24.
The vote will include the following:
• Referendum question - No change. The referendum question will be exactly the same as drafted by the acting chief electoral officer:
“Are you in favour of extinguishing the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) and reinstating the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) in conjunction with the GST (Goods and Services Tax)? Yes/No.”
• Voting process - Mail-in ballot. Moving to a mail-in ballot is expected to save taxpayers $18 million and address potential voter fatigue. It will be undertaken by Elections BC in a neutral fashion.
The Province will also provide funding to ensure proponents and opponents are able to participate in the public dialogue about the HST in a fair and transparent manner. Further details on the funding will be provided as they become available.
For more information on the HST, visit: www.hstinbc.ca
For more information on Elections B.C. visit: www.elections.bc.ca