OTTAWA — The Harper government is set to fall within hours — in the face of a historic confidence motion citing it for contempt of Parliament.
The opposition is hoping to set the tone for an election campaign that will begin Saturday after Prime Minister Stephen Harper pays a visit to the Governor General.
Harper is expected to campaign on this week’s budget and accuse his opponents of plotting to form a coalition government if he fails to win a majority.
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff kicked off debate on the confidence motion this morning, accusing Harper of subverting democracy.
The motion says the government is in contempt for refusing to turn over all documents requested by Parliament on the cost of its tough-on-crime agenda, corporate tax cuts and plans to purchase stealth fighter jets.
The opposition parties have already begun painting Harper as a secretive leader who abuses power and leads a government plagued by scandal.