Liberals plan to dump Tories

A fall election looms as a real possibility for Canada, now thatLiberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has declared his party will no longerhelp Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government stay in power.

A fall election looms as a real possibility for Canada, now that Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has declared his party will no longer help Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government stay in power.

Ignatieff issued the election threat yesterday in a nationally televised address to caucus members in Sudbury:

“Mr. Harper, your time is up,” Ignatieff said. “The Liberal party cannot support this government any further.”

Last night, he told an election-style rally in Sudbury the Liberals will move a motion of non-confidence at the first opportunity, meaning Canadians could be headed back to the polls by late October or early November, the fourth general election in just over five years.

Ignatieff, who reportedly made the decision in the past couple of weeks, said the time has come for Liberals to start showing Canadians they can be better than the Conservative government.

“We deserve better,” Ignatieff said. “We’ve had four years of this — four years of a government that mismanages our public finances and a prime minister who divides the country to score political points.”

A withdrawal of Liberal support means the Conservatives, with just 143 seats of a 308-seat parliament, would have to seek the support of either the New Democrats or the Bloc Québécois to pass legislation.

 
 
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