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Originally posted by oneinthesame
B.C.'s Liberal government was rocked yesterday by the surprise resignation of energy minister Blair Lekstrom, who left both his cabinet post and the Liberal caucus to protest the unpopular harmonized sales tax.
Lekstrom said he supports the HST in principle, but it's clear constituents in his riding of Peace River South were upset with the lack of consultation when it was abruptly implemented by the Liberals two months after the May 2009 provincial election.
"My decision to resign from cabinet and the B.C. Liberal caucus was very difficult, but I fundamentally disagree with the direction our government is headed on the HST," Lekstrom said in a statement.
"When I was elected, I promised myself, my family and my constituents that I would not change who I am to do this job, and I have reached a point where my beliefs and values no longer align with my government."