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New Westminster vote Yes to eliminate HST

New Westminster agrees with a province-wide rejection of the HST.

The results, released Friday, showed 57.33 percent of New Westminster voters voted Yes to abolishing the Harmonized Sales Tax, whereas 42.67 voted No.

Provincially, 1.6 million people cast a vote, 54.73 percent voting Yes.

The number of valid votes in New Westminster was 23,982, with 13,748 voting Yes (to abolishing the HST) and 10,234 No.

The 12 per cent HST tax was implemented by the B.C. Government July 1, 2010 to replace the combination five percent Goods and Services Tax and seven percent Provincial Sales Tax.

A Fight HST petition circulated by former premier Bill Vander Zalm last summer garnered 299,611 valid signatures, or 10 percent of eligible voters in each provincial electoral district, which resulted in a call for a referendum.

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