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TORONTO – Canada's three opposition parties said Wednesday they planned to topple the conservative government in a vote of no confidence in Parliament on Friday and trigger the country's fourth election in seven years.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs the support of at least one opposition party to stay in power, but all three rejected Harper's proposed budget after it was announced Tuesday.
The trigger that's expected to bring Harper down are allegations — supported Monday by a Parliamentary committee — that Harper has acted in contempt of Parliament by failing to disclose the full financial details of his tougher crime legislation, corporate tax cuts and plans to purchase stealth fighter jets.
The opposition is set to introduce a no-confidence vote on the contempt issue on Friday, which could trigger an election that would take place either May 2 or May 9.
"This government has lost the confidence of Canadians," Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said.