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Canada dissolves parliament,set for May 2 elections

The government had to go after a no-confidence vote,with a contempt of parliament charge.

Written by Agencies | Toronto |
March 27, 2011 10:16:33 am

Canada will go to polls on May 2 after Governor General David Johnston dissolved the Parliament on the recommendation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper whose minority Conservative government was toppled by the opposition after Parliament passed a no-confidence vote.

“Given the disappointing events I have met his Excellency the Governor General who has agreed that Parliament should be dissolved,” Harper said on Saturrday.

Harper said the country should go to polls on May 2.

The snap polls was forced following the passage of the no-confidence vote against the minority government engineered by the opposition Liberal Party and backed by two other opposition parties,on the heels of a historic contempt of Parliament charge. It is for the first time a Canadian government would be held in contempt.

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Harper said the opposition parties have forced an election that threatens the economic recovery and comes at a time of international instability.

He termed the move as politically opportunistic and said “the opposition parties have made their choice,now we Canadians get to make ours.”

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