Kingston, ON, Mar 28, 2011 — Canada's three opposition parties defeated the minority government headed by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday afternoon.
Saturday morning Harper called upon Governor General David Johnston to formally dissolve Parliament in advance of a federal election now set for May 2nd.
No-confidence votes are nothing new. But that one was completely unprecedented: the government was found in contempt of Parliament for failing to provide accurate costs on several measures up for consideration.
A key player all along has been a Liberal MP from Kingston, Ontario.
Peter Milliken is stepping down as his native city's longest serving MP and Canada's longest serving Speaker of the House - a history-maker who earned near-universal respect.