Parliament http://michiganradio.org en No-confidence vote will send Canadians back to the polls http://michiganradio.org/post/no-confidence-vote-will-send-canadians-back-polls <p>A no-confidence vote in the Canadian parliament today means Canadian citizens can look forward to another election, their fourth in seven years.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12865339?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter">BBC</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The vote, engineered by the opposition Liberal Party and backed by two other opposition parties, triggers an election expected in early May.</p><p>The move stemmed from a ruling on Monday that the minority government was in contempt of parliament.</p><p>But the Conservatives are thought likely to keep power in a May election.</p><p>With the House of Commons adjourned, Mr Harper on Saturday will ask Governor General David Johnston to dissolve parliament.</p><p>Following that, an election will be held after a minimum 36 days of campaigning. Canadian analysts expect it will be called for the first week in May.</p><p>Mr Harper&#39;s Conservative Party holds 145 seats in the dissolving parliament, shy of a majority of the 308 seats.</p><p>Recent polling suggests the Conservative Party holds a lead at the start of the campaign, with the Liberal Party in second, the New Democratic (NDP) Party third and the Bloc Quebecois, which campaigns only in Quebec, fourth.</p><p>The Conservative Party is likely to emerge from the May election in power, with some polls indicating it could even gain seats.</p><p>After the vote, Mr Harper said he suspected the forthcoming election, the country&#39;s fourth in seven years, would &quot;disappoint&quot; most Canadians.</p><p>Analysts say Canadian voters have shown little desire for an election, although Mr Harper&#39;s minority government had set a record for its tenure.</p></blockquote><p>Canada is a historically important trading partner with Michigan.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/washington/commerce_can/2010/mi.aspx?lang=eng">Government of Canada</a>, about &quot;237,100 jobs in the Great Lakes State depend on the Canada&ndash;Michigan trade relationship, which is valued at $43.3 billion.&quot; Fri, 25 Mar 2011 19:20:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1797 at http://michiganradio.org No-confidence vote will send Canadians back to the polls