June 11, 2009 / 5:02 PM / 8 years ago

NDP to oppose budget update

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s opposition New Democrats said on Thursday they would vote against the minority Conservative government’s budget update, a move that forces Prime Minister Stephen Harper to look elsewhere for support.

<p>New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>

If all three opposition parties vote against the update, which Harper unveiled earlier on Thursday, the government will fall and there will be an election.

“There’s nothing in this report that would allow us to support the government,” leading New Democrat legislator Thomas Mulcair told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. The main opposition Liberal Party is set to give an initial reaction later in the day.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway

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