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Opposition parties target Canadian prime minister

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Canada’s three opposition parties said they planned to topple the conservati­ve government in a vote of no confidence in Parliament this week and trigger the fourth election in seven years.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs the support of at least one opposition party to stay in power, but all three rejected Harper’s proposed budget after it was announced this week.

A vote on the budget is likely today or Friday. A defeat on the budget or a no-confidence vote Friday could trigger an election, which would be held either May 2 or May 9.

“This government has lost the confidence of Canadians,” Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said.

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