'The House has lost confidence in the government'

Mr. Harper has now appealed for the opposition parties to reconsider their objections to the budget, while Mr. Ignatieff has announced that the Liberals will table the following motion to be voted on Friday.

The the House agrees with the finding of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs that the government is in contempt of Parliament, which is unprecedented in Canadian Parliamentary history, and consequently, the House has lost confidence in the government.

Mr. Layton says he is still open to working with Mr. Harper to amend the budget, but if Mr. Harper is not so interested, the NDP will support the Liberal motion.

The Prime Minister’s statement is here.

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