Canada's governor general to decide fate of gov't

TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's governor general is cutting short a European trip to resolve an unprecedented political crisis that could force the second national election in two months or see an opposition coalition take power.

Michaelle Jean, who is the representative of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, holds a mostly ceremonial position. But she will decide which path to take after the opposition alliance votes to oust Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government next Monday.

The Liberals, New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois together control a majority in Parliament and have agreed to oust Harper minority government.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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