Sunday July 3, 2011

HST News

For The Record

Green Party leader says "No" vote a personal decision

Released by the Green Party of BC


remier Clark's and Minister Falcon's statement of BC Greens' leader's position on HST demands clarification. The BC Liberal caucus issued a press release yesterday here. In it, they applaud the Green Party of BC leader's "principled" decision to vote NO on the HST referendum.


The premier went further in a statement to the media that reads:


"Adrian Dix and the NDP are having a hard time explaining why they are the only political party in B.C. supporting a 12 per cent PST," says Premier Christy Clark. "The leaders of the Green and BC Conservative parties put politics aside and looked at it as a tax policy issue and came to the conclusion that a 10 per cent HST is best for the province. The NDP are trying to politicize the issue and we won't be playing those games. This is about a major tax policy decision and not leaders of political parties."

Jane Sterk's position was written as an op-ed for the Georgia Straight on-line. The full statement of her reasoning is here. Sterk's decision has nothing to do with concluding that 'a 10 percent HST is best for the province.'

"As I explain in the opinion piece and I want to emphasize, my decision to vote NO is a personal one and is not the position of the Green Party of BC," says Jane Sterk, leader. "In fact, party members rejected taking a party position on the referendum at our AGM in May. Members decided to inform themselves and to vote in a way that they
think is in the best interests of British Columbia."

Unlike parties that prescribe how members should think and act, Greens welcome and encourage a diversity of opinion and thorough debate on all issues. Greens come from all over the political spectrum. They are united by a set of principles and a belief in change. Greens advocate long term planning and implementation of public policy that considers our duty to future generations and the need to respect planetary limits.

"I know that some BC Greens will vote YES and some NO," says Sterk. "That is as it should be and party members are okay with the difference of opinion.

"I think that the premier has a responsibility to inform herself and to not misrepresent mine or anyone else's position as support for her agenda. The premier claims the NDP is politicizing the issue when, in fact, that is exactly what she is doing," concludes Sterk.

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