Opposition says it will support Liberals' non-confidence motion

Friday vote sets stage for May 2 election

The Liberals have announced they will bring forward a non-confidence motion against the Conservative government on Friday which both the Bloc Québécois and the NDP plan to support. The move sets the stage for what Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already characterized as an “unnecessary” election. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Harper lamented that opposition parties “didn’t take the time to read [Tuesday’s] budget before they decided [to defeat it],” and economic uncertainty would be compounded by a federal election. If, as expected, the Liberal motion gains the approval of the House, Harper will then be forced to ask Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliament and call an election likely slated for May 2, 2011.

CBC News

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