Dion says Harper must face confidence vote

Wed Dec 3, 2008 7:36pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper must face a vote of confidence before seeking to suspend Parliament, the leader of the official opposition Liberals said on Wednesday.

"If Mr. Harper wants to suspend Parliament, he must first face a vote of confidence," Stephane Dion said in a televised address.

Harper is widely expected to seek the temporary suspension of Parliament at least until January as he combats opposition efforts to replace his minority Conservative government with a coalition of their own.

(Reporting by Louise Egan)

<p>Liberal leader Stephane Dion speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 2, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>