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For first time, a tax is rejected by voters in British Commonwealth

For what I believe is the first time in history, voters in the British Commonwealth - British Columbia, to be exact - were able to vote against higher taxes in a referendum, and they rejected them by 55 percent to 45 percent.

The government had promised not to raise taxes then proceeded to do so. Sound familiar?

The people behind the referendum campaigned to repeal the HST tax against overwhelming odds. Cat and I thought they had a chance because we saw lawn signs supporting the referendum everywhere we travelled in BC, but the government used the public's own funds to campaign aggressively against the referendum.

The result is also a victory for former premier Bill Vander Zalm, who has led a campaign against the tax for close to two years, and forced the recent referendum by collecting more than 500,000 signatures on a petition.

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