T’s crossed, I’s dotted, and acronyms spelled out — Elections B.C. approved yesterday the application to recall Oak Bay–Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong.

“That was a bit of a pain,” said Chris Delaney, lead organizer of Fight HST. “We’ve lost a week already.”

The approval comes five days after chief electoral officer Craig James denied the original application, saying that acronyms — like HST and MLA — must be spelled out in the 200-word document.

“It was totally inappropriate,” said Delaney of the acronym policy change, which came after the application was filed.

Fight HST is now waiting on the approval of their 250 canvassers, which was also re-submitted.

Fight HST has 60 days to collect 15,368 valid signatures to successfully recall Chong for her support of the controversial Harmonized Sales Tax.

Delaney said their voters’ list and polling stations will let the group know in the first three or four weeks whether or not they’ll meet their goal. He hopes to receive the canvasser go-ahead before the end of the week so they can start collecting signatures.

“But because of the unusual response B.C. Elections gave us,” he said. “You just never know what they’re thinking.”

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