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The federal Conservative government has been brought down on a historic vote in Parliament, setting the stage for a May election.

MPs voted 156-145 in favour of a Liberal motion citing Stephen Harper’s minority Tories for contempt of Parliament, and expressing non-confidence in the government.

The move sends Canadians to the polls for the fourth time in seven years.

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Harper is set to visit the Governor General’s residence Saturday morning to dissolve the 40th Parliament and sound the starting gun on an election campaign.

The contempt charge marks a first for a national government anywhere in the Commonwealth.

The Bloc Quebecois and the NDP both supported the Liberal non-confidence motion, fuelling angry Conservative denunciations of a “reckless” and “undemocratic” coalition. 

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