Election looms as opposition set to vote down budget

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A reporter holds a copy of the federal budget as he waits for Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, to speak during a news conference prior to delivering the budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today. — Photo by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The Harper government’s days appear to be numbered, with all three opposition parties planning to vote against the federal budget.

Defeat of the government will likely occur this week, either over the budget or a non-confidence motion planned by the Liberals on Friday.

That would topple the minority Conservatives and send voters to the polls in early May.

The government’s fate seemed to be sealed by NDP Leader Jack Layton, who has joined the Liberals and Bloc Quebecois in announcing his party’s intention to vote against the budget.

Layton says the budget falls short of the four conditions he’d laid down for NDP support.

He held out one chance to avoid a spring vote — big changes to the budget.

Geographic location: OTTAWA

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  • John OBrien
    March 22, 2011 - 18:29

    Lets have an election. Not be blackmailed by Taliban Jack and his NDPers.

  • Max
    March 22, 2011 - 17:13

    Its time the Canadian Electorate was given the chance to show the Harper Government what they think about their actions and Policies. My only regret is that the opposition parties have propped up this administration for so long.

    • Mike
      March 22, 2011 - 17:50

      The opposition will regret not having pulled the plug last year when the polls were more in their favor. Sadly, all this concern over the budget by the opposition is merely an excuse to call an election which they desperately want but are destined to lose. Perhaps The Telegram should be the first media to poll its readers as to who will replace Iggy.