Canadian govt loses no-trust vote

Opposition parties toppled Harper on Friday on the grounds that his government was tainted by sleaze, had managed the economy poorly and was in contempt of Parliament.
Polls show the right-of-center Conservatives are set to retain power in what will be Canada’s fourth election in less than seven years.

Harper, in power since 2006 with two successive minority governments, says Canada does not need an election at a time when economic recovery is still fragile.

“Against our advice, the opposition parties have chosen to force an election the country does not want and the economy doesn’t need,” he told reporters.

Harper spoke after visiting Governor General David Johnston—the representative of Queen Elizabeth, Canada’s head of state—to seek the dissolution of Parliament.

The prime minister says that unless the Conservatives get a majority, the three opposition parties will form what he calls an unstable and reckless coalition.

Michael Ignatieff, leader of the main opposition Liberal Party, issued a statement on Saturday saying he would not form a coalition with other parties.

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