NDP opposes budget proposal

Thu Mar 4, 2010 4:37pm EST
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TORONTO (Reuters) - The New Democratic Party plans to oppose the budget brought forward by the minority Conservative government, NDP leader Jack Layton said on Thursday.

"This is not a budget we can support," said Layton, who heads the left-leaning party.

"The only way to get the economy functioning, tax revenue flowing and economic activity going is to get people back to work," said Layton, adding that the budget presented on Thursday fails to tackle the issue of unemployment.

The Conservatives hold less than half the seats in Parliament, meaning they need the support of at least one of the three opposition parties to pass the budget. Failing to pass the budget typically brings down the government.

(Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by Frank McGurty)