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B.C. to hold vote on HST

British Columbians will get to decide whether to dump the much-hated HST in a referendum next year after Premier Gordon Campbell said he’ll abide by whatever voters decide.

British Columbians will get to decide whether to dump the much-hated HST in a referendum next year after Premier Gordon Campbell said he’ll abide by whatever voters decide.

The law requires that 50 per cent of registered voters cast ballots in favour of ditching the tax.

That same threshold must be met in at least two-thirds of the province’s 89 ridings.

But Campbell said he’ll dispense with all of that.

“I believe that it’s appropriate to say to people if 50 per cent of the people that show up to the polls vote against the HST, then we’ll get rid of the HST.”