September 14, 2009 / 7:39 PM / 8 years ago

Layton gives tentative OK to jobs plan

<p>New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton speaks to supporters on Parliament Hill in Ottawa September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The opposition New Democrats will not give Canada’s Conservative government a “blank check”, but its proposal on unemployment aid is a step in the right direction, NDP leader Jack Layton said on Monday.

Layton said his party was still studying the government’s proposal, unveiled on Monday. If the New Democrats support the plan, that would allow the minority Conservatives to survive a non-confidence motion by the main opposition Liberals.

Reporting by David Ljunggren, writing by Allan Dowd; editing by Rob Wilson

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