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After two years of controversy, support for B.C.'s harmonized sales tax appeared to come down to two things: money and politics. British Columbians who voted last week to keep the HST were more likely to earn higher incomes, own their own businesses and have voted for the B.C. Liberal Party in the 2009 provincial election. Though these relations don't prove what influenced voters, they are helpful for pointing to underlying trends. However, a breakdown of the referendum by electoral districts, combined with data from the 2006 census, shows little correlation between support for the HST and demographic details such as marital status, immigration and home ownership.

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