Canada opposition eye possible confidence motion

Mon May 25, 2009 3:56pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's official opposition Liberal Party might try to bring the minority Conservative government down over the employment insurance system, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said on Monday.

"I can foresee it and I can foresee it in the near future, but I repeat the word 'foresee,'" he said in answer to whether he could foresee a motion voting non-confidence in the government. "I am trying to make Parliament work."

The opposition parties are asking the government to make it possible to collect employment insurance after 360 hours of work nationwide, but the government has rejected the idea. At present, the number of working hours required varies in different parts of the country.

The government was reelected in October and needs at least one party's support to survive.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer)