HST referendum funding rules extremely flexible

Former federal parliamentarian Stephen Owen will have a substantial amount of latitude in determining who gets the $500,000 in government funding available for the yes and no sides in the coming harmonized sales tax referendum. Mr. Owen was appointed earlier this month to oversee that process. Applications for the funding must be submitted by 5:00 pm tomorrow and include a number of specific pieces of information. But Mr. Owen has been empowered by the government to accept applications that don't conform to those rules. He may also accept applications that are submitted late, without extending the same courtesy to other parties. And Mr. Owen has the right to reject all of the applications and even restart the process.

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