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Creston woman leads online protest over Campbell's Order of BC

September 6th, 2011

Hundreds of B.C. residents are joining an online protest over the government’s decision to award ex-premier Gordon Campbell with the Order of British Columbia.

Online opposition has grown steadily since Friday’s announcement that Campbell would receive B.C.’s highest honour for being an “exemplary British Columbian in education, business and public service.”

As of Monday, a Facebook page in protest of the announcement had close to 2,000 “likes,” a similar Twitter account had just under 200 followers and the online petition had an estimated 1,200 signatures.

Creston’s Ingrid Voigt, leader of the B.C. Refederation Party, said she started the “Gordon Campbell does not deserve the Order of BC award” Facebook page, for personal reasons, believing Campbell undeserving of the honour because of his poor track record as a premier.

But she said the thrust of her argument for having the award rescinded is that Campbell was an elected official when he was nominated, something that should make him ineligible under nomination rules.

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