Harper to defend budget on Wednesday: aide

Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:01am EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to defend his government's budget in remarks set for Wednesday and will not announce he is planning to seek the dissolution of Parliament, an aide said.

The three opposition parties in the House of Commons said on Tuesday they would vote against the budget. If they go through with their threat, the government will fall, and an election campaign will start immediately.

Harper also has the option of asking the Governor-General, Canada's acting head of state, to dissolve Parliament on the grounds he no longer enjoys the confidence of legislators. That would also trigger an election.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Janet Guttsman)

<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>