Ottawa to push back confidence motions to Dec 8

Fri Nov 28, 2008 5:45pm EST
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government will push back until Dec 8 any vote on confidence motions that could bring down the ruling Conservatives, a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday.

He said this would include a motion introducing the government's fiscal update, which was due to be voted on Monday, as well as a confidence motion the opposition Liberals say they could present to Parliament on Monday.

"The confidence votes will be pushed to the 8th," spokesman Kory Teneycke told reporters, saying time was needed for public debate about the current political crisis.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer, writing by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)