Liberal Leader Stephane Dion dropped another strong hint his party would be prepared to trigger an election by voting against the forthcoming Conservative budget.
"If the budget is wrong for the country, we'll not support this budget. We'll see the budget and we'll make our decision at that time," he told CTV's Question Period on Sunday.
The budget, along with a government motion on extending the Afghanistan mission and an ultimatum on the government's crime bill, are seen as the three most likely election triggers. However, the NDP and Bloc Quebecois would also have to vote against the government.
Asked if he wanted an election over the Afghanistan mission, Dion said: "I would prefer not. I want this Parliament to work."
He called the minority Tory government's attempt to trigger an election on the crime bill "ridiculous," adding the government wants to "fall at any cost."
A budget vote would come Feb. 26, after the crime bill matter but before the Afghan vote, likely in late March. Source...