Canadian PM disappointed by non-confidence vote defeat

18:19, March 26, 2011      

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivers a speech following a non-confidence vote in Ottawa, capital of Canada, March 25, 2011. The Canadian House of Commons passed Friday a non-confidence motion tabled by opposition parties, defeating the ruling Conservative government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper for contempt of Parliament. According to the procedure, Prime Minister Harper is expected to visit the Governor General David Johnston on Saturday to ask him to dissolve Canada's 40th Parliament. (Xinhua/Christopher Pike)

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday he was disappointed by a non-confidence vote in the House of Commons which defeated his government on charges of contempt of Parliament.

The motion, which was put forward by Liberal Party and backed by the other two parties, Bloc Quebecois and New Democratic Party, was passed by a vote of 156 to 145 in the afternoon, making the Harper government the first one defeated for being in contempt of Parliament in Canada's history.

Harper told a press conference minutes after the voting that he will meet with the Governor General on Saturday to ask him to dissolve Canada's 40th Parliament.

"Thus the vote today, which obviously disappoints me, and will, I suspect, disappoint most Canadians," Harper said.

He said the fourth election in seven years is an election Canadians clearly did not want.

Harper assured that his party's first priority will continue to be stability and security for Canadians in what remains extremely challenging global circumstances.

"Economy has been and will continue to be the number one priority for me as prime minister and for all the members of our conservative government."

He said that the budget tabled this Tuesday by the finance minister is critically important to complete Canada's economic recovery.

He said that the budget seeks to support growth, create jobs, and help those in need with affordable measures and to do all of these things without raising taxes.

"There was nothing in the Budget that opposition could not or should not have supported," he said.

Canadians, aged 18 and above, will go to the polls on a date as early as on May 2 for a federal election, as all of the parties have been working to get ready for a campaign, including preparations for campaign buses, candidate signs and drafting key messaging strategies.

Latest polls show that the Conservative Party enjoys some 40 percent plus support, a rate which is advanced than other parties but still below the majority government level.

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