Canada government stands despite no-confidence vote

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[Ottawa] Despite losing a no-confidence vote May 10 by 153 votes to 150 in Canada's Parliament prompted by the revelations of the Gomery Inquiry into misspending of federal sponsorship dollars, the government is still in place. Prime Minister Paul Martin has ignored the vote, calling it merely a "motion of procedure." Instead of waiting for the final Gomery Report on Adscam-as the Gomery revelations on ad agency kickbacks, missing funds, and the Liberal Party are called-to be completed in November, Mr. Martin has scheduled a vote on the budget May 19. If its budget doesn't pass then, the government will go down to defeat.

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