Government accepts Liberal motion, stays in power

Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:22pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's minority Conservative government agreed on Wednesday to an opposition Liberal amendment to its budget, ensuring there will now be no election for the foreseeable future.

"I'm very pleased to state that the government will be supporting the Liberal amendment to the budget. We're very pleased as well that the Liberals have decided to support our budget. We look forward to working co-operatively with them," Conservative House leader Jay Hill told reporters.

The Liberals had said they would support the budget, guaranteeing its passage, as long as the Conservatives agreed to their amendment requiring regular reports on implementation of the budget.

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