Parks board mulls access for anti-HST campaign - Metro US

Parks board mulls access for anti-HST campaign

Vancouver’s parks board is looking at opening its community centre lobbies to anti-HST petitioners during the final month of the fight against the incoming Harmonized Sales Tax.

Parks Comm. Raj Hundal put forward the motion that will come before the parks board on Monday.

He said the incoming 12 per cent tax, which on July 1 will replace the five per cent GST and seven per cent PST, would have an impact on various programs and services.

“HST is going to have a significant impact for our users, our youth, our seniors and our most vulnerable in society,” Hundal said.

Organizers behind the Fight HST petition have publicly lamented that Vancouver’s community centres have been closed to them.

Fight HST organizer Chris Delaney was pleased with Hundal’s motion and said the petition enjoyed success in community centres in Richmond, Surrey and Burnaby.

The petition has achieved 10 per cent of voters in all 85 ridings and is on pace to hit 15 per cent in almost all ridings by this weekend, Delaney said.

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