The Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau made a national television broadcast on Wednesday (8 May) following the defeat of his minority Liberal government in the House of Commons on a budget vote.
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"I spoke to you last in this manner not quite six months ago, when Canadians were fearful of a serious energy crisis in order to explain to you the position our country was in, and to tell you what the Federal government was doing about it. Now, less than six months later, with the country having very successfully weathered that crisis and with your government and parliament having performed effectively, I have to tell you what you probably already know that the government has been defeated in the House of commons, that the country, that we all have been plunged into an election. I want to explain to you as I did six months ago on oil what the situation is. What I want to do is to help you understand the events in Parliament today -- to tell you what I must now do and to reassure you that orderly government will go on in the days and weeks ahead. The Federal government has been defeated in Federal Parliament on its budget, by the new Democratic Party and the conservative Party joining together to vote non-confidently. This vote occured just a short time ago, less than two days after the Minister of Finance brought in his budget and before measures in that budget could be approved by government. As Prime Minister I have no choice but to accept the verdict of the majority of the Members of Parliament -- and the Conservatives and the N.D.P. together to form a majority -- the verdict that there must be an election.
Accordingly I will go tomorrow to the Governor-General and ask him to dissolve Parliament and issue the necessary instructions for an election."
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Background: The Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau made a national television broadcast on Wednesday (8 May) following the defeat of his minority Liberal government in the House of Commons on a budget vote.
It was Mr. Trudeau's second broadcast to the nation in six months -- the last was during the firs weeks of the Arab oil embargo. In Wednesday's broadcast, the Canadian Prime Minister explained what had happened in Parliament and assured canadians that stable government would continue until new elections. He said the defeat of the Budget Bill gave him no choice but to call the elections.
The defeat of the government, and the necessity of an election had become increasingly likely in recent weeks as the New Democratic Party group's discontent with the Trudeau administration began to show. The New Democratic Party and the Conservatives combined to defeat Mr. Trudeau's Liberal Party in a no-confidence motion by 137 votes to 123. The Social Credit Party members voted with the government. It was the first time in Canadian Federal parliamentary history that a government had been defeated on a budget vote, and only the third time a Canadian government has been defeated on the floor of the House.
The new election is expected to be held on the 8th of July.