Prime Minister Harper to call 4 by-elections today
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Government survived a non-confidence motion last week. This was made possible by the NDP abstaining from the vote.
Harper is now set to call 4 by-elections in order to fill vacancies in the House of Commons. One seat is in Nova Scotia and was formerly held by independent MP Bill Casey. Casey was elected as a Conservative but was ousted from caucus when he voted against the gouvernments' budget.
Two seats are in Quebec and are BLOC strongholds.
In all likelihood these by-elections will not increase the seats of the minority government, which presently holds 144 of the 301 seats in the House of Commons. 155 seats are required in order to hold a majority.
The last seat is in British Columbia which was one by the NDP by a 1000 votes.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to call four byelections on Sunday to fill vacant seats in the House of Commons.
The byelections would be held for two vacant seats in Quebec, one in British Columbia and one in Nova Scotia.
The Quebec seats in Montreal and the eastern Quebec region of Rivière-du-Loup are considered Bloc Québécois strongholds, with the Bloc party candidates winning well over half the votes in 2008.
The Nova Scotia riding was held by independent MP Bill Casey, a former Conservative MP who was ejected from the caucus after he broke ranks and voted against a bill to implement the federal budget. He was re-elected as an independent but has since resigned his seat.