Several votes following budget could trigger an election, at least in theory
|CTVnews 19 Apr 2021 at 16:16|
OTTAWA -- Justin Trudeau s minority Liberal government faces three votes in the wake of Monday s budget, any one of which could theoretically plunge the country into an election.
But NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has taken a lot of the suspense out of what would ordinarily be high-stakes political drama.
Even before the contents of the budget were revealed, Singh reiterated Monday that his party is not interested in triggering an election in the midst of a deadly third wave of COVID-19.
All three main opposition parties would have to vote against the budget to bring down the government.
Four days of debate will follow Monday s tabling of the budget by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. Those days are not necessarily consecutive.
On the first day, the Conservatives, as the official Opposition, get to introduce an amendment to the budget. The Bloc Quebecois, as the third-largest party in the House of Commons, would then introduce a sub-amendment.