British Columbia sales tax referendum, 2011

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HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) Referendum
Are you in favour of extinguishing the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) and reinstating the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) in conjunction with the GST (Goods and Services Tax)?
Location British Columbia
Date June 13, 2011 (2011-06-13)
Results
Votes  %
Yes 881,198 54.73%
No 728,927 45.27%
Valid votes 1,610,125 99.82%
Invalid or blank votes 2,977 0.18%
Total votes 1,613,102 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 3,063,170 52.66%
Website: Reports, Elections BC

A postal referendum on sales tax was held in British Columbia from June 13 to August 5, 2011, though Canada Post workers were locked out until June 27. Voters were asked whether the Harmonized Sales Tax should be retained or split back to the original Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and Goods & Services Tax (GST). If the majority of voters voted "Yes" to extinguish the HST, 7% PST would be reinstated and the combined tax rate would remain at 12%. If the majority of voters voted "No", the BC government would reduce the HST rate to 11% in 2012 and 10% in 2014.

The yes side passed with 54.73%.

Question[edit]

Are you in favour of extinguishing the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) and reinstating the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) in conjunction with the GST (Goods and Services Tax)?

Results[edit]

British Columbia sales tax referendum, 2011
Side Votes %
Yes 881,198 54.73%
No 728,927 45.27%
British Columbia 2011 Sale Tax Referendum Results by Geographic Area
Geographic Area % Yes % No % Voter Turnout
North / Central 57.5% 42.5% 45.9%
Southern Interior 54.5% 45.5% 53.1%
Fraser Valley / South Lower Mainland 55.4% 44.6% 52.9%
Vancouver / North Lower Mainland 54.7% 45.3% 51.9%
Vancouver Island 56.1% 43.9% 55.8%
British Columbia 2011 Sale Tax Referendum Results by Riding
Riding % Yes % No % Voter Turnout
Abbotsford-Mission 45.4% 54.6% 51.6%
Abbotsford South 43.3% 56.7% 50.4%
Abbotsford West 48.5% 51.5% 51.5%
Alberni-Pacific Rim 63.9% 36.1% 53.6%
Boundary-Similkameen 59.5% 40.5% 56.5%
Burnaby-Deer Lake 62.6% 37.4% 51%
Burnaby-Edmonds 64.6% 35.4% 51.5%
Burnaby-Lougheed 58.8% 41.2% 54.1%
Burnaby North 60.3% 39.7% 54.2%
Cariboo-Chilcotin 56.9% 43.1% 54%
Cariboo North 59% 41% 51.6%
Chilliwack 49% 51% 53.2%
Chilliwack-Hope 49.6% 50.4% 53.8%
Columbia River-Revelstoke 66.2% 33.8% 51.8%
Comox Valley 53.5% 46.5% 56.3%
Coquitlam-Burke Mountain 55.9% 44.1% 54.5%
Coquitlam-Maillardville 54.6% 45.4% 58.3%
Cowichan Valley 55.6% 44.4% 56.7%
Delta North 58.4% 41.6% 55.6%
Delta South 46.5% 53.5% 61.6%
Esquimalt-Royal Roads 58% 42% 54.2%
Fort Langley-Aldergrove 45.8% 54.2% 54.1%
Fraser-Nicola 55.3% 44.7% 56.7%
Juan de Fuca 62.5% 37.5% 54.6%
Kamloops-North Thompson 54.7% 45.3% 50.4%
Kamloops-South Thompson 44.1% 55.9% 55.1%
Kelowna-Lake Country 46.9% 53.1% 51.7%
Kelowna-Mission 44.4% 55.6% 51.8%
Kootenay East 60.9% 39.1% 53.3%
Kootenay West 69.6% 30.4% 54.6%
Langley 48.7% 51.3% 55%
Maple Ridge-Mission 55.8% 44.2% 52.2%
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 56.9% 43.1% 54.1%
Nanaimo 55.2% 44.8% 53.1%
Nanaimo-North Cowichan 60.8% 39.2% 57.2%
Nechako Lakes 46.7% 53.3% 48.1%
Nelson-Creston 63.8% 36.2% 51.1%
New Westminster 57.3% 42.7% 53.8%
North Coast 67.2% 32.8% 40.8%
North Island 58% 42% 51.8%
North Vancouver-Lonsdale 48.2% 51.8% 51.9%
North Vancouver-Seymour 39.4% 60.6% 59%
Oak Bay-Gordon Head 48.6% 51.4% 58.4%
Parksville-Qualicum 51.6% 48.4% 65.1%
Peace River North 50% 50% 37.2%
Peace River South 58.8% 41.2% 39.9%
Penticton 50.5% 49.5% 54.1%
Port Coquitlam 55.6% 44.4% 54.2%
Port Moody-Coquitlam 50.9% 49.1% 54.6%
Powell River-Sunshine Coast 58.2% 41.8% 57.4%
Prince George-Mackenzie 56.9% 43.1% 47.7%
Prince George-Valemount 58.7% 41.3% 46.9%
Richmond Centre 63.8% 36.2% 46.6%
Richmond East 65.6% 34.4% 51.8%
Richmond-Steveston 55.2% 44.8% 55.7%
Saanich North and the Islands 51.3% 48.7% 61.4%
Saanich South 52.5% 47.5% 61.6%
Shuswap 49.8% 50.2% 55.2%
Skeena 66.7% 33.3% 45.8%
Stikine 53.5% 46.5% 47.4%
Surrey-Cloverdale 47.5% 52.5% 55.5%
Surrey-Fleetwood 63.1% 36.9% 53.5%
Surrey-Green Timbers 75.5% 24.5% 47.6%
Surrey-Newton 72.2% 27.8% 47.5%
Surrey-Panorama 53.3% 46.7% 54%
Surrey-Tynehead 59.5% 40.5% 51.1%
Surrey-Whalley 68.9% 31.1% 45.5%
Surrey-White Rock 45.5% 54.5% 61.4%
Vancouver-Fairview 47.2% 52.8% 42.2%
Vancouver-False Creek 44.4% 55.6% 40.2%
Vancouver-Fraserview 66% 34% 61.4%
Vancouver-Hastings 66.9% 33.1% 50.3%
Vancouver-Kensington 69.5% 30.5% 52.7%
Vancouver-Kingsway 72.4% 27.6% 51.9%
Vancouver-Langara 61.7% 38.3% 50.4%
Vancouver-Mount Pleasant 63.9% 36.1% 39.3%
Vancouver-Point Grey 41.9% 58.1% 46.9%
Vancouver-Quilchena 37.6% 62.4% 55.2%
Vancouver-West End 53.9% 46.1% 43.2%
Vernon-Monashee 50.9% 49.1% 53.6%
Victoria-Beacon Hill 55.8% 44.2% 47.3%
Victoria-Swan Lake 57.7% 42.3% 49.6%
West Vancouver-Capilano 35.5% 64.5% 61.6%
West Vancouver-Sea to Sky 39.2% 60.8% 47.6%
Westside-Kelowna 46.3% 53.7% 47.6%

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