December 4, 2008 / 6:22 PM / in 9 years

Liberals say still want Harper out

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Opposition leader Stephane Dion said on Thursday he is committed to ousting the Conservative government early next year unless Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes “monumental changes” to his economic recovery plan.

“This is about replacing Stephen Harper unless he makes a monumental change of what he has done up to now,” Dion told reporters.

“Up to now, we don’t believe he will change,” he said.

Dion made the remarks shortly after the governor general granted Harper’s request to suspend Parliament and allow the minority government to avoid being defeated in a confidence vote scheduled for Monday.

Dion said his Liberal party is more committed than ever to forming a coalition government with the New Democrats, which has the support of the third opposition party -- the separatist Bloc Quebecois.

Reporting by Louise Egan; editing by Rob Wilson

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