Canada avoids snap election after Parliament vote

Canada avoids snap election after Parliament vote Photo: WDIO-TV file

ROB GILLIES, Associated Press
Updated: October 21, 2020 04:08 PM

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government avoided being toppled in a vote after a majority of Parliament members voted against a Conservative motion to create a special anticorruption committee.

The Liberal government had declared the motion to be a matter of confidence, meaning passage of the motion would have led to a snap federal election. Unlike the U.S., Canadian elections are not held on fixed dates.

Trudeau’s Liberal party won re-election last year but does not have the majority of seats in Parliament and must rely on at least one opposition party to remain in power. The leftist New Democrat and Green parties voted with the Liberals to avoid an election. 

New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh announced earlier Wednesday that the party would vote against an election, saying he would not give Trudeau “the election he is looking for.”

The opposition Conservatives, the New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois have argued the Liberals are avoiding scrutiny of contracts and programs set up to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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ROB GILLIES, Associated Press

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