Gordon Campbell must be kicking himself right now.
What welcome news that the anti-HST petition is valid, and can be forwarded to the legislative committee! The judge used Gordon Campbell’s own statement in his ruling ,stating that since the premier had already said that the anti-HST petition was a success for democracy, to deny the people the right to proceed would rob them of that victory.
However, today’s announcement does not mean that we should sit and relax, and immediately forget why this court action was launched,or who launched it.
Not on your life.
This is exactly the moment to put intense pressure on the businesses who support the HST,and support the BC Liberal party who lied and deceived each and every one of us.
These associations drew a line in the sand when they launched this action, a line that put all of us on the the other side.
I won’t tell you who to boycott, because for each of you that will be a personal choice. We have provided you with the lists of the businesses in the BC Chamber of Commerce, and we hope that you think twice about who you are ultimately supporting when you go to buy that new set of tires, or simply go for a burger. Many of the businesses behind the associations that launched the legal review are known Liberal party supporters, and donate regularly to them.
I made a choice long ago, not to support the BC liberals in any way, where possible. But, sometimes there is no other choice of where to do business in small community.
I have created a list of companies that I am no longer supporting with my business,in protest of the HST, and the BC Liberals handling it. Until the HST is gone, this list remains the focus.
Canadian Tire – member of the Western Convenience Stores association,one of the 6 associations behind the legal challenge that fully supports the HST.
7-11 – also a member of the Western Convenience Stores Association, and a large contributor to the BC Liberal Party
Kal Tire – member of the BC Chamber of Commerce,and a corporate contributor to the BC Liberal party
Shato Holdings Ltd.( White Spot and The Vancouver Giants) – Member of the BC Chamber of Commerce and a contributor to the BC Liberal Party.
All Pacific Western Brewing Beers – A member of the BC Chamber of Commerce, and a very large corporate contributor to the BC Liberals, this choice really hurts me because this brewery is from my home town of Prince George.
These are my personal choices, but I also think they make good sense for many people throughout BC,because of many locations in most communities across the province.
I have advised Canadian Tire and 7-11 of my boycott, and warned them they may be the targets of a provincial boycott for the reasons stated above, and I will be sending emails to the other companies momentarily.
I urge each and every one of you to use your power wisely, make the most of it, and let each business know via email, in person, or by telephone, of your choice.
Please feel free to add to this list over at http://honestlyshared.blogspot.com/ , but again,a small group of large companies that take the brunt of a consumer backlash,will be more effective than small actions all over.
As well, please take time to look at our other site for a full listing of all the businesses behind the associations that support the HST ! I have also posted links to all of this on my facebook, and you can locate more anti HST links and photos from where it all started on my Fight HST page link at the top of this blog.