22 Mar '11, 10pm

Canada faces snap polls after budget failure

OTTAWA: Canada's government teetered on the brink of collapse Tuesday after a key opposition party rejected a make-or-break budget, raising the prospect of elections. Minutes after Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government presented its plan to slash a record deficit in half, the leftist New Democratic Party said it would not support the deal. Harper offered nearly one billion dollars worth of social spending in an effort to shore up support from the opposition party and keep the government in power. But the New Democrats response was immediate and unambiguous. "The New Democrats will not support the budget as presented," leader Jack Layton said. "Nothing in this budget has persuaded me that Stephen Harper has changed his ways and is prepared to work with others in Parliament to give middle-class families a break," he added. To pass the budget, the Conservative minority g...

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