January 26, 2009 / 7:00 PM / 9 years ago

New Democrats to oppose government budget

OTTAWA (Reuters) - As expected, Canada’s opposition New Democratic Party said on Monday it would vote against the minority Conservative government’s main policy statement as well as the budget, which will both be unveiled this week.

<p>New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 3, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>

The left-leaning party has long made it clear it has no faith in Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as has the separatist Bloc Quebecois. Harper needs the support of the main official opposition Liberals to stay in power.

“We have lost confidence in Mr. Harper,” New Democrat leader Jack Layton told Reuters. The policy statement will be presented at 2 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Monday, and the budget will follow at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Reporting by Randall Palmer, writing by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway

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