December 10, 2008 / 8:25 PM / in 9 years

Liberal chief does not trust PM Harper

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The new leader of Canada’s main opposition Liberal Party said on Wednesday he is willing to bring down the minority Conservative government if necessary, and to lead an opposition coalition.

<p>Liberal Member of Parliament Michael Ignatieff announces his candidacy for the Liberal Party of Canada leadership at a news conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa November 13, 2008. EUTERS/Blair Gable</p>

Michael Ignatieff, who was named on Wednesday to lead the party, said he would not enter into negotiations with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The Liberals recently formed an alliance with other opposition parties that may try to bring down the government early in 2009.

Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Rob Wilson

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