The provincial New Democrats have been criticized for letting former premier Bill Vander Zalm take the lead in the campaign against the harmonized sales tax. But the party had proposed spending big money during the upcoming referendum on whether to eliminate that tax. Those attending its recent provincial council meeting were advised the New Democrats wanted to allocate $1.5 million for that purpose. Of that amount, $600,000 would have been spend on a pre-vote campaign and another $900,000 during the referendum campaign itself. This, despite the New Democrats' financial woes. But that proposal has been taken off the table until more details can be provided surrounding how the money for that campaign will be raised.
December 1, 2010