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He noted that the Valley has a high turnover, with military members and their families posted elsewhere and young adults having to leave to establish careers.
Bailey noted that despite the frustrations, canvassers and signers feel the campaign was well worth the effort, and they look forward to expressing their views again when the HST referendum is offered in June.
"The campaign has been incredibly successful in giving Comox Valley voters a voice, the opportunity to say, loud and clear: democracy requires accountability."Despite the "massive discontent" encountered by the canvassers, capturing 40 per cent of all the names on the voter's list at the time of the past election proved a virtually impossible task, he said."What we learned, in fact, is that the recall provisions are such that it is nearly impossible to meet the statutory standards for recall," said Bailey."It is a process designed to fail."
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"You can bet your HST refund that none of that backpedalling would have happened if the people had not stood up and said 'no.' We have shown this government that they can't treat people like property. Now they know citizens will take action."
Canvassers reported that on the streets and doorsteps, a feeling of government betrayal on the HST was the main motivation for people signing, said Oliver Clarke, one of 135 volunteer canvassers who signed up to collect signatures.
"A lot of good has come from the anxiety the government has been feeling over recall," said Kathryn Askew. "This pressure from the people produced the end of Gordon Campbell, the HST referendum, the promise the referendum will be held sooner than September, and the removal of Colin Hansen, Campbell's finance minster and deputy premier, from cabinet.
A surge of signatures in the final week of the Recall Don McRae campaign was not enough to unseat the rookie MLA, but the effort produced very positive results, according to organizers.
"Hundreds of people wrote their names publicly to say they are very angry that the government misled us so blatantly on their HST plans and then basically ignored the half a million voters who signed the petition to end the HST," said Clarke.
Another shock came when canvassers found that even the signatures of many currently registered Comox Valley voters would have been disallowed: those who moved within the riding or had changed their names in the past 20 months but had not made a special call to Elections BC to update their information.
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"I hope Don McRae and his birds of a feather have learned their lesson," added Askew. "You can't go into an election campaign chirping one thing and then parroting the opposite."
"Those signatures would not have been counted," he said.
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