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Canada Minority Liberal government survives second of three confidence votes on budget

02:40  23 april  2021
02:40  23 april  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

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The government said it has informed opposition parties that two votes in the House of Commons — on a Bloc Québécois sub-amendment Wednesday and a Conservative amendment Thursday — are considered confidence votes . A third opportunity to pass judgment on the massive budget comes next Monday, when the House votes on the main motion to approve the government 's budget policy. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government needs the backing of at least one of the three main opposition parties to survive a vote of confidence and avoid the imminent possibility of

The government said it has informed opposition parties that two votes in the House of Commons — on a Bloc Québécois sub-amendment Wednesday and a Conservative amendment Thursday — are considered confidence votes . A third opportunity to pass judgment on the massive budget comes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government needs the backing of at least one of the three main opposition parties to survive a vote of confidence . NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has said repeatedly he plans to support the budget , citing the pandemic as a reason enough to avoid putting

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau's minority Liberal government has survived the second of three confidence votes on the massive federal budget.

Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Canadian Press

A Conservative amendment was defeated by a vote of 213-120, with Liberals, Bloc Quebecois, New Democrat and Green MPs all voting against it.

The amendment called for the budget to be revised because, the Conservatives claimed, it will add "over half a trillion dollars in new debt that can only be paid through higher job-killing taxes," including more than $100 billion in new spending that the Conservatives dubbed "a re-election fund."

Several votes following budget could trigger an election, at least in theory

  Several votes following budget could trigger an election, at least in theory OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau's minority Liberal government faces three votes in the wake of Monday's budget, any one of which could theoretically plunge the country into an election. But NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has taken a lot of the suspense out of what would ordinarily be high-stakes political drama. Even before the contents of the budget were revealed, Singh reiterated Monday that his party is not interested in triggering an election in the midst of a deadly third wave of COVID-19. All three main opposition parties would have to vote against the budget to bring down the government.

The government said it hasinformed opposition parties that two votes in the House of Commons — on a Bloc Quebecois sub-amendment Wednesday and a Conservative amendment Thursday — are considered confidence votes . A third opportunity to pass judgment on the massive budget comes next Monday, when the House votes on the main motion to approve the government ’s budget policy. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government needs the backing of at least one of the three main opposition parties to survive a vote of confidence and avoid the imminent possibility of

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau's minority Liberal government easily survived Wednesday the first of three confidence votes on the federal budget . Earlier in the day, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh reiterated his vow to prop up the government through the budget votes in order to avoid plunging the country into an election in the midst of a deadly third wave of COVID-19. Four New Democrats voted for the Bloc sub-amendment to signal the party's approval in principle, while the rest of the 24-member NDP caucus — including Singh who voted electronically just before receiving his first COVID-19

On Wednesday, a Bloc Quebecois sub-amendment was also easily defeated.


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The government had informed opposition parties that it would consider both votes to be matters of confidence, meaning the government would fall if either of them passed.

A third opportunity to pass judgment on the budget comes Monday, when the House of Commons will vote on the main motion to approve the government's general budgetary policy.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has promised that his party will prop up the minority government on all budget votes to avoid triggering an election in the midst of a deadly third wave of COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 22, 2021.

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Canadians unmoved by new federal budget as Liberals continue strong support: poll .
The Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News found 62 per cent of Canadians who responded didn't have a positive or negative opinion of the budget. An equal number of those surveyed — 19 per cent — gave the budget a thumbs up or a thumbs down. Those opinions are an improvement over Canadians' response to the last federal budget in 2019, which Ipsos found at the time was supported by just 11 per cent of those polled, compared to one in four who said it didn't deliver.

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