Canadian Parliament votes to approve budget

Tue Feb 3, 2009 6:56pm EST
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Canada's Parliament voted to back the federal budget on Tuesday, ensuring the survival of the minority Conservative government.

Legislators voted 211 to 91 to approve the deficit budget, which contains tens of billions of dollars in stimulus measures.

The main opposition Liberals had made clear before the vote they would support the budget if the government agreed to file regular updates on how the stimulus measures were being implemented -- a condition the Conservatives agreed to.

The opposition New Democratic and Bloc Quebecois parties voted against the measure.

(Reporting by Allan Dowd)