Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has promised in a rare television address to use “every legal means” to block an opposition plan to replace his minority Conservative coalition.
Harper will visit Governor General Michaelle Jean this morning and is expected to ask her to suspend Parliament until his newly re-elected government delivers its budget on January the 27th.
“Let me be very clear, Canada’s government cannot enter into a power-sharing coalition with a separatist party at a time of global economic instability.” Harper said during the broadcast.
The Liberals and the New Democrats – with the support of the separatist Bloc Quebecois, are vowing to defeat Harper in a confidence vote next Monday.
“If I am entrusted with the role of Prime Minister for the next months that I have left to serve, I will work day and night to combat this economic crisis, to do what it takes to minimise its effects on Canadians,” insisted Liberal leader Stephane Dion.
The situation, sparked by the Conservatives proposals for financial reform, is rapidly turning into one of Canada’s worst political crises.
The vote set for next Monday will not take place if Harper’s request to suspend Parliament is approved.