Anti-HST campaigners are urging other Liberal MLAs to follow Blair Lekstrom’s “integrity and courage” and speak up against the looming harmonized sales tax that takes effect in 17 days.

Lekstrom resigned from the Liberal caucus on Friday, giving up his cabinet post as the minister of energy mines and petroleum resources.

“I fundamentally disagree with the direction our government is headed on the HST,” the Peace River South MLA said of the 12 per cent tax that combines the PST and GST. “I believe it would be prudent to bring the move toward the HST to a halt and immediately engage British Columbians in a dialogue about our taxation policy.”

Former B.C. premier and Fight HST leader Bill Vander Zalm said Lekstrom’s actions show “he is listening to the constituents who elected him as an MLA.”