Federal election set for May 2

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It’s official Canadians will head to the polls May 2 for the fourth election in even years.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the date at Rideau Hall this morning, minutes after Gov. Gen. David Johnston agreed to dissolve Parliament.

The move follows a historic vote in the House of Commons on Friday.

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MPs voted in favour of a Liberal motion expressing non-confidence and citing the Harper government for contempt of Parliament _ a first for a national government anywhere in the Commonwealth.

Harper immediately launched into an attack on the opposition “coalition,” calling it a danger to the economy and the country.

However, minutes earlier, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff moved to blunt that line of attack, vowing not to form any coalition with the NDP or Bloc Quebecois. 

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