The anti–HST petition has been verified as successful. However, Elections BC has declined to act due to an ongoing court case involving the HST. Notably, this is the first time any attempt at initiative here in BC has gathered enough signatures.
I do not know when the court case will end or how it will turn out. If the petition ever gets to the chief electoral officer, two things can happen. The provincial government can introduce a bill to repeal the tax; since they introduced the tax in the first place they will certainly defeat this bill; or it can go to a non–binding referendum, which would be held September 2011. Either way, I don’t expect the government to repeal the tax, and therefore I am pretty sure that the HST is here to stay.