Canadian leader seeks suspension of Parliament

OTTAWA (AP) -- Canada's prime minister has asked that Parliament be suspended until next month in an effort to delay a vote that could bring down his new government.

A senior official in the office of Stephen Harper said the prime minister made the request, but did not say if the governor general had agreed to it. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Harper has yet to talk publicly.

Harper's move is unprecedented, and comes less than two months after he won re-election.

The opposition accuses Harper of not having a solid plan to help the economy.

If the governor general turns down the request, Harper would have two choices: step down or face a no-confidence vote he is sure to lose on Monday.

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

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