Now is not the time for democracy (II) - Macleans.ca

Now is not the time for democracy (II)

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Ron Cannan seeks to clarify his previously reported explanation.

Yesterday, Kelowna.com reported that Cannan said one of the reasons why his government decided to suspend parliament was to avoid the possibility of a non-confidence vote forcing an election before it has a chance to table its budget and implement the second phase of its economic stimulus program.

“I have no idea how that came into the conversation, obviously there was some misinterpretation,” Cannan said today.

He also said that his references to a non-confidence vote had to do with what the possibilities are once parliament resumes in March, rather than what might have happened had parliament not been prorogued. “Once the budget is tabled on March 4th, then when parliament’s in session, the opposition parties can vote non-confidence and force an election.”