Canada’s PM won’t pro­voke elec­tion in early 2011

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

OT­TAWA: The govern­ment will not try to pro­voke an elec­tion in 2011 by in­clud­ing mea­sures in the bud­get that the op­po­si­tion can­not sup­port, Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper said.

Many po­lit­i­cal ob­servers ex­pect the three op­po­si­tion par­ties to join forces to bring down the Con­ser­va­tives over the bud­get early next year.

In an in­ter­view with CTV News broad­cast on Fri­day, Harper said an elec­tion could jeop­ar­dize the patchy eco­nomic re­cov­ery.

"I'm not go­ing to call an elec­tion and we're not bring­ing for­ward some kind of poi­son pill to pro­voke an elec­tion," he said.

"We're in a frag­ile global re­cov­ery. Canada is in a very good po­si­tion for the long term but we need to stay fo­cused on that and not screw around with a bunch of po­lit­i­cal games."

With a mi­nor­ity of seats in the House of Com­mons, the Con­ser­va­tives need the sup­port of at least some op­po­si­tion leg­is­la­tors to sur­vive con­fi­dence mea­sures such as bud­gets.

Harper said he would make mi­nor changes to his cabi­net early in 2011 to re­solve a gap left by the res­ig­na­tion in Novem­ber of his en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter, Jim Pren­tice.

He did not say whether Fi­nance Min­is­ter Jim Fla­herty would stay in his post, but he said the changes "won't be ex­ten­sive," sug­gest­ing a ma­jor over­haul was not in the plans.

The next fed­eral bud­get will com­mit to elim­i­nat­ing the deficit by 2015-16 through dis­ci­plined spend­ing, with­out re­sort­ing to whole­sale cuts to key pro­grams like health care or ed­u­ca­tion, Harper said. Bud­gets are usu­ally pre­sented in Fe­bru­ary or March. -Afp

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