Canada sets jobless benefits amid election rhetoric

Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:33am EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's minority Conservative government on Monday introduced new measures to help long-tenured workers who have lost their jobs, a step that has the potential to avoid an early election.

Attention will now turn to the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), which has promised it will examine the planned changes to see if it would start backing the Conservatives, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The main opposition Liberal Party has said it would try to bring the government down, but the NDP has enough votes to keep the government in power.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Janet Guttsman)