Harper rules out deals to stay in power

Thu Sep 3, 2009 12:30pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday he would not make backroom deals with other political parties to stay in power.

The official opposition Liberal Party is promising to present a motion of non-confidence in the minority Conservative government when Parliament resumes this month. To avoid defeat, the Conservatives need the support of at least one of the three opposition parties.

"We will not be doing backroom deals ... I don't want to get into that kind of game," Harper told a televised news conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)

<p>Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper smiles after he announced that Calgary will host the Inter-American Development Bank meeting in 2011 at a news conference in Calgary September 1, 2009. REUTERS/Todd Korol</p>