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article imageCanada: Harper government faces non-confidence vote Friday

By Richard Mccallum     Mar 24, 2011 in Politics
Ottawa - On Friday a non-confidence motion tabled by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on Wednesday against the Conservative government may spark the fifth federal election in 10 years.
The Liberal motion declares that the Harper Government is in contempt of Parliament, and that they have failed to reveal the true costs of the purchase of c-35 fighter jets , corporate tax cuts, and its "tough on crime" agenda, CTV reports.
Both the Bloc and NDP have agreed that they will support the liberal motion of non confidence, which signals the dissolution of Parliament and the obligation of Governor General David Johnston to call an election most likely for early May.
"The priorities of this government make no sense to Canadians," said the Liberal Leader.
"This is a democracy for heaven's sake. Prime Minister Harper has shown a flagrant disregard for democracy.
It's time to bring democracy back to Canada."
Meanwhile debate on the federal budget began in parliament on Thursday morning.
When Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered the budget on Tuesday of this week it was flatly dismissed by all three opposition parties.
Liberal MP and finance critic Scott Brison added an amendment Thursday morning that the budget should not be approved.
"The government and it's policies are out of touch with the economic needs and priorities of Canadian families."
Both Prime Minister Harper and Flaherty have dismissed the proposal of making changes to the budget, CBC found.
"I don't know why. What's the big obstacle to that?" responded NDP Leader Jack Layton.
Canadian New Democratic Party MP Jack Layton.
Canadian New Democratic Party MP Jack Layton.
" Prime Minister Harper simply wants to slam the door on the notion of working together."
Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe has said that his party will help bring down the Harper Government as soon as possible.
Stephen Harper
Stephen Harper
"The opposition parties have a choice between two priorities: their ambition for an unnecessary election or our important measures to support Canadian and the economy", said PM Harper.
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