CORRECTED: Opposition says PM cannot be trusted

Fri Dec 5, 2008 3:29pm EST
 
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Corrects paragraph one in Thursday story to governor general's from government general

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The head of Canada's opposition New Democratic Party decried the governor general's decision on Thursday to accept Prime Minister Stephen Harper's request that Parliament be suspended.

NDP leader Jack Layton said Harper's move, which was an attempt to head off opposition efforts to topple the minority Conservatives and replace them with a Liberal-NDP coalition, was a blow to democracy and showed the prime minister cannot be trusted.

"He has put a lock on the doors on the House of Commons," Layton told reporters in Ottawa.

The decision to suspend Parliament will allow the Conservatives to avoid a scheduled no-confidence vote on Monday that was expected to bring down the government.

(Reporting Randall Palmer, David Ljunggren, writing Allan Dowd; editing by Rob Wilson)