Liberal Government Falls

Posted on Monday, November 28 at 17:57 by Diogenes
But unlike the weeks leading up to this moment, the mood in the Commons was downright jovial prior to the vote, with MPs streaming into the House with the final bells ringing, laughing and joking as they took their seats. Speaker Peter Milliken joked that after the vote there would be a reception to allow members to "exchange Season's Greetings" -- referring to the fact that it would be the last day in the House of Commons until after the election. During the vote itself, both Mr. Martin and Opposition Leader Stephen Harper received standing ovations as they voted on opposite sides of the confidence motion. As well, MPs on either side of the House who were ill but who rushed in for the vote, and MPs who are not planning to seek re-election, received standing ovations from their respective parties and hugs and handshakes during the vote, which took less than 15 minutes. Full article: [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on December 3, 2005]

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