British Columbia

B.C. Liberal retracts demand Hansen quit

A B.C. Liberal Party insider has retracted his call for provincial Finance Minister Colin Hansen's resignation.

A B.C. Liberal Party insider has retracted his call for provincial Finance Minister Colin Hansen's resignation.

Jordan Bateman, the Langley Liberal riding association president, wrote on his blog Thursday that the government's  handling of the HST has been one blunder after another and the minister should resign.

But that posting has been taken down and replaced with an apology after Hansen had a long  conversation with Bateman later in the day, the minister said.

As for the resignation, Hansen said he has no intention of quitting and has "every intention to continue to serve the people of British Columbia."

Internal government documents made public Wednesday show bureaucrats in Hansen's ministry were working on the harmonized sales tax months before the May 2009 B.C. election.

Hansen said he didn't consider the documents until after the May election.

now