06/27/2011 06:48 EDT | Updated 08/27/2011 05:12 EDT

B.C. HST Referendum: Adrian Dix, NDP Leader Calls For Deadline Extension Due To Canada Post Strike


THE CANADIAN PRESS -- VANCOUVER - NDP leader Adrian Dix is calling for a two-week extension of deadlines in the mail-in referendum on the harmonized sales tax because of the Canada Post dispute.

Ballots of the referendum were caught up in the strike-lockout and Dix says that will affect the ability of voters to have their say on whether to keep or ditch the tax.

He's written to the chief electoral officer, asking that the deadline for voter registration be extended to July 22, while the deadline for the return of completed HST ballots be extended to Aug. 5.

Elections BC will consult Canada Post to determine when HST ballots will be arriving in peoples' mailboxes before deciding on any extensions.

The group Fight HST also wants an extension of the referendum deadline, but the pro-tax group Smart Tax Alliance says it doesn't see a need for a longer voting period.

The federal government legislated an end to the Canada Post dispute on Sunday, but it may take several days for the mail to get moving again.