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Fight HST organizers announce recall targets

The Fight HST group will begin recall campaigns against Liberal MLAs starting in January, organizers told reporters today.

Former Premier Bill Vander Zalm and senior organizer Chris Delaney said in a press conference (posted on the CBC website) that they will start with three recall campaigns, followed by one a month in a “cascade of recalls” until the Liberal government is defeated or repeals the harmonized sales tax.

The organizers identified 18 Liberal MLAs to target, and will begin with the three constituencies where the most canvassers sign up by November to collect recall signatures.

Once a recall period begins in a constituency, volunteers will have 60 days to collect the signatures of 40 percent of eligible voters.

There are now 43 Liberal, 35 NDP and two independent MLAs in the legislature.

Delaney listed the following targets:

Donna Barnett, Cariboo-Chilcotin

Ida Chong, Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Terry Lake, Kamloops-North Thompson

John Slater, Boundary-Similkameen

Marc Dalton, Maple Ridge-Mission

Colin Hansen, Vancouver-Quilchena

Bill Bennett, Kootenay East

John Les, Chilliwack

Bill Barisoff, Penticton

Steve Thomson, Kelowna-Mission

John Rustad, Nechako Lakes

Ron Cantelon, Parksville-Qualicum

Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee

Don McRae, Comox Valley,

Norm Letnick, Kelowna-Lake Country

Jane Thornthwaite, North Vancouver-Seymour

Joan McIntyre, West Vancouver-Sea to Sky

Ben Stewart, Westside Kelowna

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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