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BBC: Canada to hold vote on government
Wednesday, 11 May, 2005
Canada's embattled Prime Minister Paul Martin says he will treat next week's budget vote as a motion of confidence in his government.
If the budget fails, Mr Martin says he will dissolve parliament, triggering general elections in June.
The opposition has been pressing for a confidence motion. The government refused to resign after losing a key censure vote on Tuesday.
The government - which lost the vote by 150 votes to 153 - rejected calls for it to stand down, saying the matter was not a formal confidence issue.
Governments in Canada have to resign if they are defeated in the House of Commons in a formal vote of confidence or over key legislative matters such as the federal budget.
Mr Martin has been fighting to save his minority government, with the opposition Conservative Party and Bloc Quebecois increasingly pushing for an early election.
Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper demanded a confidence vote as soon as possible.
- Liberal Party: 132 MPs
- Conservative Party: 99 MPs
- Bloc Quebecois: 54 MPs
- New Democratic Party: 19 MPs
- Independents: 3 MPs
- Vacant: One seat
BBC: Profile: Paul Martin
Originally posted by Duzey
Yes we remember you, England. In fact, later this month, we will have a holiday, Victoria Day. It is named in honour of Queen Victoria and celebrates Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II's birthdays. I know that sounds strange, since you celebrate HRH's birthday in June, but she gave us special permission, so in Canada her 'official' birthday is May 25.
I'm not sure how Quebec feels about you, though.