A Tribute To Bill Vander Zalm

 

A Dutch immigrant and entrepreneur, Bill Vander Zalm was the 28th Premier of British Columbia, serving in public office from 1986 to 1991. He accomplished his biggest political feat, however, after he retired from politics. In 2009 the provincial government converted the provincial sales tax into HST (Harmonized Sales Tax with GST) immediately after the general election, although the tax had not been part of its election platform. This change proposed to bring many non-taxable consumer items under taxation. Bill Vander Zalm started an opposition to tax campaign and raised 705,000 signatures on a petition under the Recall and Initiative Act,¬†legislation that he had been the architect of when he was in office.¬†The petition’s objective was to hold a province-wide referendum on the tax. A mail-in referendum was held in June and July 2011. On August 26, 2011 Elections BC revealed that 55% of voters had voted to abolish the HST. The tax was abolished in April 2013.

 

Bill Vander Zalm

Bill Vander Zalm

 

 

A Canadian Hero of Democracy

In a pseudo-democracy like Canada where politicians at all levels of government often abuse their power and feel entitled to make decisions at a whim without asking the people, Premier Bill Vander Zalm stands out as a real people’s hero. Although there was wide opposition to the HST across Canada in the provinces where it was implemented, Bill Vander Zalm’s accomplishment in British Columbia was not duplicated. This is why many Canadians are cynical about politics and politicians and do not even bother to vote since they feel they don’t have the power to make any difference. This must change…

Bill Vander Zalm has proven that the people have the ability to take the power back into their own hands to rectify political abuse when they join forces in a concerted effort. We are inspired and encouraged in no small measure by the example set by Bill Vander Zalm, that we can Restore Democracy to Vancouver.

 

 

Bill Vander Zalm