Old 29th November 2005, 02:01   #1
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Canada's government is thrown out

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Canada's government is thrown out

Canadian PM Paul Martin losing a no-confidence vote, 28 November 2005
Paul Martin's detractors celebrated as he was toppled
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's government has been ousted in a no-confidence vote.

Canada's three opposition parties united against his Liberal Party, which has been mired in a corruption scandal.

Mr Martin will seek the dissolution of parliament on Tuesday, and a date for a general election - thought likely to be 16 or 23 January.

Recent polls suggest Mr Martin's Liberals will take most votes in the election - but will not win a majority.

In parliament on Monday evening the opposition voted by 171-133 to bring down Mr Martin's government.

Mr Martin said he would visit Governor General Michaelle Jean on Tuesday to ask her to dissolve parliament, after which the election date would be announced.

Lost support

His government has only been in power for 17 months, but has failed to shake off a scandal dating from a previous Liberal administration.

In the late 1990s C$100m ($85m; £50m) of public money was paid by the Liberal government to advertising agencies, for little or no work in return.

It has been alleged that Liberal officials demanded kickbacks for awarding the contracts.

Mr Martin is not implicated in the scandal, but the opposition says he has lost all moral authority.

The prime minister fought off a no-confidence motion in May by a single vote, but lost the support of the New Democrat party earlier this month following a row over private health care spending.

The New Democrats joined the Conservatives and the Bloc Quebecois in bringing the latest motion after Mr Martin rejected their ultimatum for an early election in February.

Rhetoric

The vote will now take place a month earlier, in the depth of the bitterly cold Canadian winter, meaning the election campaign will run over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

It will be the first winter campaign in 26 years.

Mr Martin and his government will stay in office until the election is held.

Some pundits say the campaign is likely to be bitterly fought, on the evidence of the heated rhetoric flying around in recent weeks.

Conservative leader Stephen Harper accused the Liberals in Quebec of links with organised crime.

The Liberals denounced such "false smears" and threatened to sue.

In the most recent polls the Liberals score about 36%, against 31% for the Conservatives, suggesting the Liberals - in power since1993 - will have to govern with the help of opposition parties.

The Liberals say they will campaign on their economic record, having wiped out a huge budget deficit, and seen the economy boom and unemployment fall to a 30-year low.
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No confidence vote?
Where's ours?.....oh wait...nevermind...
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Old 29th November 2005, 02:11   #2
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ours was a year ago

Here's a cartoon!
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Old 29th November 2005, 19:52   #3
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That was worth the click. :P
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Old 29th November 2005, 20:12   #4
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That's a pretty cool site, the guy is funny and it also lets me know a bit about Canadian politics that I would otherwise know nothing about.

His Guide to Canada is pretty good too.
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Old 29th November 2005, 22:13   #5
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Quebec is a strange anomaly. It is the only French-speaking majority region in North America, a continent which is now overwhelmingly English-speaking. Quebec is not like the United States, and it is not like English Canada. Quebec is Quebec. It is in some ways a defacto third country, and is unquestionably the most distinct region of Canada.
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Old 29th November 2005, 22:41   #6
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I don't see what's funny about that, Omega X.

I went to Québec a couple of months ago, actually. It's a strange place.

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Old 30th November 2005, 04:49   #7
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I don't see what's funny about that, Omega X.

I went to Québec a couple of months ago, actually. It's a strange place.
I was laughing at the way he described it.

He makes all kinds of pokes at Canada in that guide of his.
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Old 30th November 2005, 07:06   #8
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Damn, if we could only throw OUR government out!

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Old 30th November 2005, 14:55   #9
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you can always move to canada, they pretty much have an open immigration policy.
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Old 2nd December 2005, 22:51   #10
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Damn, if we could only throw OUR government out!
That would make me do the pee pee dance.
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Old 3rd December 2005, 16:43   #11
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yah, Canadians are probably harbouring the world's worst criminals and terrorists AND are paying their health bills and giving them a monthly income!

what a country!!
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