Tories debate whether NDP support needed for no confidence motion
Date: Monday, April 18 2005
Topic: Canadian Politics
Tories debate necessity of having NDP support
By GLORIA GALLOWAY
Monday, April 18, 2005 Updated at 1:37 AM EST
From Monday's Globe and Mail
Ottawa — The federal Conservatives are debating the political need to obtain NDP support for a possible motion of no-confidence in the minority Liberal government — and the New Democrats are giving no assurances that they would be on side.
[snip]...But The Hill Times, a parliamentary newspaper, quoted unnamed Conservative sources as saying the party would not enter a motion of no-confidence without the support of the New Democrats.
If all three opposition parties were to support such a motion, it would take the wind out of inevitable Liberal accusations that Mr. Harper had teamed with separatists in the Bloc Québécois to force an election.
NDP Leader Jack Layton, who was quoted last week as saying support for such a motion was unlikely, explained yesterday that he was talking about what his party would do if the Conservatives were to act this week.
"We haven't offered an opinion on any future motions [the Conservatives] may bring forward," Mr. Layton said.
It is unlikely, however, that the NDP would put forth its own no-confidence motion, he said.