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Canada's opposition vows to bring down the minority government

Montreal  - Barely six weeks after Canadians elected a minority Conservative government, opposition parties Friday vowed to bring down the Tories.

Elder statesmen from the left-of-centre Liberal Party and the socialist New Democratic Party were discussing a possible coalition government, with former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien and NDP leader Ed Broadbent engaged in talks about a deal.

All three opposition parties - the Liberals, the NDP and the separatist Bloc Quebecois from the French-speaking province of Quebec - have angrily rejected the Tories' economic plan that contained no stimulus package for Canada's slumping economy.

Canadian software developer found guilty in terrorist plot

Canadian software developer found guilty in terrorist plot Montreal - A Canadian software developer was found guilty of terrorism charges Wednesday in a foiled trans-Atlantic plot to bomb nightclubs, railway stations and subways in Britain.

Momin Khawaja, a former contract employee of Canada's Foreign Affairs Department, was found guilty of several counts under the Anti-Terrorism Act in the first major test of the controversial legislation rushed into law after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

Harper re-elected in Canada, fails to reach majority

Montreal - Final results were announced Wednesday in Canada's parliamentary vote, showing Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper back in power, but failing to reach a majority in Canada's 308-seat parliament.

Harper's Conservative Party were elected in 143 ridings, 19 seats since the 2006 election, in Canada's first-past-the-post system, in which a single winner is elected in each constituency.

The opposition Liberals gained 76 seats, followed by the Bloc Quebecois with 50 ridings and the New Democratic Party with 37. Two independent candidates were also elected.

The Conservatives got 37.6 per cent of the vote, followed by 26.2 per cent for the Liberals, 18.2 per cent for the New Democrats and 10 per cent for the Bloc.

Canadians return minority Conservative government to power

Stephen HarperMontreal – Prime Minister Stephen Harper came within a stone's throw of a majority government Tuesday as Canadians re-elected a minority Conservative government.

Early returns showed Conservatives elected or leading in 143 ridings, which would be a gain of 16 seats. The opposition Liberals were elected or leading in 75 ridings.

The separatist Bloc Quebecois, which runs candidates only in the French-speaking province of Quebec, was leading in 49 ridings, and the socialist New Democratic Party was leading in 38 ridings.

Canada could again elect minority Conservative government

Canada could again elect minority Conservative governmentMontreal - Canadians are expected to elect another minority Conservative government as they head to national polls on Tuesday, the latest opinion polls show.

"We're not talking about a majority," Prime Minister Stephen Harper, leader of the Conservative Party, conceded during a last ditch campaign effort Saturday in southern Ontario.

"There's a million polls. Don't be fooled by any of them. This is a close election," Harper said at a rally in London, Ontario.

Snap poll forces election-weary Canadians to vote October 14

Montreal - Canadians will head to polls on October 14 in a national election after Prime Minister Stephen Harper ended weeks of speculation Sunday by pulling the plug on his own minority Conservative government.

Speaking to reporters outside the Governor General's residence in Ottawa, Harper announced that he asked Michaelle Jean, the Queen's representative in Canada, to dissolve parliament.

"Between now and October 14, Canadians will choose a government to look out for their interests at a time of global economic trouble," Harper said after meeting with Jean.

"They will choose between direction or uncertainty; between common sense or risky experiments; between steadiness or recklessness."

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