Canada

Government found in contempt twice


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The minority Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper have been found to be in contempt twice in a ruling by Speaker Peter Milliken.

In one case they failed to give sufficient information concerning cost estimates for its tougher sentencing legislation and prison expansion. In the second case International Cooperation Minister appears to have lied to MPs about a cut in funding to a foreign aid group.

The opposition were quick to seize on the charges and are considering bringing a motion of no confidence, possibly a day before the planned budget on 22nd March.

There has been a lot of speculation in the media about an election and a motion of no confidence is likely to trigger an early election.

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