Liberals survive confidence vote, avoiding snap election amid pandemic

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The Liberals, on the other hand, are itching for an election (they wouldn't have made this a confidence vote if they weren't) and were hoping that the motion passed, even though it was highly critical of the government.

"New Democrats will not give prime minister Trudeau the election he's looking for", NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said, on the one year anniversary of the last federal election that saw the Liberals reduced to a minority. "We're not going to be used as an excuse or a cover; we're going to continue to do the work that we need to do".

That brought the result to 180 against the motion and 146 in favour.

The NDP have sided with the Liberals on several key votes during the COVID-19 pandemic, typically in exchange for concessions like added funding for students and unemployed people. The three Green MPs and the two independent elected officials also united their voices, ensuring the government's survival.

The 24 NDP MPs voted against the Conservative initiative at the heart of the parliamentary arm.

The failed motion would have given the committee broad powers to call witnesses, including the prime minister and other ministers, and to demand documents on a range of issues, including the speaking fees drawn by Trudeau's mother and brother over the past 12 years. So, we had a insane situation where the Conservatives were praying that their motion failed so they didn't have to go into an election.

Defeating the Conservative motion would mean that Trudeau wouldn't have to make the trip to Rideau Hall to speak with Gov. Gen. Julie Payette about the House of Commons losing confidence in his leadership, and the prospect of campaign tours hitting the road within days, would be off the table. "It was paralyzing to government".

As for what happens to him if the New Democrats manage to form a majority government, pressure is mounting for Wilkinson to step down as Liberal leader, but he has yet to say if he only plans to stick around if his party wins the most seats.

It was the second vote of confidence masterminded by the government this month.

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"We're not voting for the Liberals, we're not voting against the Conservatives, we're voting for the people".

"Our focus is on working with members of this House to deliver concretely for Canadians".

"We need to know that the decisions about the pandemic are not being done to help Liberal insiders", he said. "What the members opposite face in a few minutes in the vote is whether they want this House to work constructively".

"We never should have arrived at this point", she told the National Post. "So they can not let this become a trend".

The NDP's decision to vote down the motion was likely met with relief by many Canadians, who according to public opinion polls would have preferred to avoid an election.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had declared the vote on the Conservative motion a confidence measure, meaning that a vote in the Commons to pass it would have triggered an election. "This kind of behaviour should not be rewarded", she said. "To be clear, I support full investigations into the unethical actions of this government".

"Most Canadians would think that's unacceptable". "We're going to continue to do the work that we need to do".

Trudeau comfortably leaned back into his seat in the House of Commons at the beginning of the question round, and at various other moments when he wasn't responding to an MP's question during the almost hour-long period.

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