Kootenays firmly against HST
All three Kootenay ridings voted overwhelmingly to get rid of the Harmonized Sales Tax, according to figures released today by ElectionsBC.
Kootenay West actually had the third-highest yes vote in the province, at 69.6 per cent, behind only two Surrey ridings and and one in Vancouver, which each voted over 70 per cent in favour of reinstating the PST and GST.
In Nelson-Creston, 63.8 per cent voted to “extinguish” the HST, while in Kootenay East the yes vote was 60.9 per cent.
Province wide, 54.73 per cent of the 1.6 million mail-in ballots were in favour of returning to the old tax system.
The breakdowns follow:
Yes: 8,966 (63.83%)
No: 5,081 (42.67%)
Yes: 11,797 (69.62%)
No: 5,148 (30.38%)
Yes: 9,629 (60.87%)
No: 6,191 (39.13%)