Government to survive budget vote on Friday

Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:19pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's minority Conservative government will, as expected, survive a budget vote in Parliament this week after it received the backing of an opposition party on Tuesday.

Gilles Duceppe, leader of the Bloc Quebecois, said his legislators would vote in favor of a routine budget motion on Friday. He had already made clear on Monday that the party was almost certain to back the government.

The Conservatives need the support of at least one opposition party to avoid defeat in Parliament and an election. They still face the prospect of a non-confidence motion in early October and have yet to obtain a guarantee of support from any party.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)

<p>Prime Minister Stephen Harper pauses while speaking during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa September 15, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>