Canadian government falls

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government received a vote of "no confidence" from all 156 members of the opposition meaning that parliament will now be dissolved and new elections scheduled:

It was also a motion that declared the government to be in contempt of Parliament for its refusal to share information that opposition members said they needed to properly assess legislation put before them.

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The Conservative Leader said Canada's economic turnaround would remain his priority and that of his candidates. There was nothing in the budget tabled earlier this week, he said, that the opposition parties should have objected to.
"Unfortunately, Mr. Ignatieff and his coalition partners in the NDP and Bloc Quebecois made abundantly clear that they had already decided they wanted an election instead, Canada's fourth election in seven years, an election Canadians had told them clearly that they did not want," he said. "Thus the vote today, which obviously disappoints me, and will, I suspect, disappoint most Canadians"

The Liberal Leader said Mr. Harper confirmed his disrespect for democracy by speaking after the vote but making no mention of the fact that his government had just been found in contempt of Parliament and taking no questions from reporters. "This tells you all you need to know about this man," he said. 

It's not about the budget  per se, rather the vote of no confidence appears to be an attempt by opposition parties to seize power if the conservatives can't win a majority in the election. The liberals think that they have the means to form a majority coalition that will allow party leader Michael Ignatieff to form a government. This is by no means assured - especially if the Tories can increase their margin of seats in the electoral contest that will occur in May.

Harper may still not get his majority, but unless the Liberal Party can convince the fractious NDP and Quebec bloc to join him, Harper will probably get another shot even if he can't increase the number of conservative members.




Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government received a vote of "no confidence" from all 156 members of the opposition meaning that parliament will now be dissolved and new elections scheduled:

It was also a motion that declared the government to be in contempt of Parliament for its refusal to share information that opposition members said they needed to properly assess legislation put before them.

[...]

The Conservative Leader said Canada's economic turnaround would remain his priority and that of his candidates. There was nothing in the budget tabled earlier this week, he said, that the opposition parties should have objected to.

"Unfortunately, Mr. Ignatieff and his coalition partners in the NDP and Bloc Quebecois made abundantly clear that they had already decided they wanted an election instead, Canada's fourth election in seven years, an election Canadians had told them clearly that they did not want," he said. "Thus the vote today, which obviously disappoints me, and will, I suspect, disappoint most Canadians"

The Liberal Leader said Mr. Harper confirmed his disrespect for democracy by speaking after the vote but making no mention of the fact that his government had just been found in contempt of Parliament and taking no questions from reporters. "This tells you all you need to know about this man," he said. 

It's not about the budget  per se, rather the vote of no confidence appears to be an attempt by opposition parties to seize power if the conservatives can't win a majority in the election. The liberals think that they have the means to form a majority coalition that will allow party leader Michael Ignatieff to form a government. This is by no means assured - especially if the Tories can increase their margin of seats in the electoral contest that will occur in May.

Harper may still not get his majority, but unless the Liberal Party can convince the fractious NDP and Quebec bloc to join him, Harper will probably get another shot even if he can't increase the number of conservative members.




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