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Canada Post strike action could cause B.C. govt. to delay HST referendum

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Lyle Stafford for The Globe and Mail/lyle stafford The Globe and Mail

Finance Minister Kevin Falcon is down playing concerns that a looming Canada Post strike could impact next month's mail-in referendum on the harmonized sales tax.

Canada Post employees are poised to walk-off the job as early as next Wednesday.

The B.C. government has already made one pre-emptive move in case of a strike - sending welfare cheques out a week early to avoid possible payment disruptions.

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Mr. Falcon says Elections BC is monitoring negotiations at Canada Post and it has the power to change the HST referendum date to delay the mail out.

The HST referendum ballots are slated to hit the mail system on June 13 and the results of the provincewide vote on the future of the tax are not expected until August.

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