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Liberals say they will no longer support Harper minority

The Toronto Star reports this afternoon that, “The Liberals will no longer help prop up Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, paving the way for a fall election if the other opposition parties also vote no confidence in the Conservatives. …The declaration today by Ignatieff, greeted by cheers from his MPs at their retreat in Sudbury, sets events in motion for a fall election campaign that could come as soon as the first week of October.”

“Liberal sources said they’ll be looking to bring the government down at the earliest opportunity — probably the first week of October. That would mean the country going to the polls as early as Nov. 9. …Under the arrangement worked out last June by Harper and Ignatieff, Liberals will get their first chance to defeat the Conservative government somewhere between Oct. 1 and Oct. 9, and if not then, several more chances present themselves through subsequent weeks.”

The Globe and Mail reported this morning that, “What appears to be developing is a tension between Mr. Ignatieff and his inner circle – who would love to see him as prime minister for the 2010 Olympics – and his MPs, some of whom want to wait.”

The Toronto Star report is at http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/689296. The Globe and Mail article is at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ignatieff-shows-his-hawkish-side/article1270965/.