Canada avoids summer election

June 18, 2009 03:31

Canada's prime minister reached a deal Wednesday with one of three opposition parties allowing him to avoid early elections. The opposition Liberals had been threatening to join two other opposition parties in toppling Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority government on Friday if Harper didn't unveil planned changes for unemployment insurance. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said a deal was reached that allows his party to appoint three members to a panel that would recommend changes to unemployment insurance. The Liberals could still force a federal election in the fall. If all three opposition parties vote against the government, it would trigger an election.

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