Nov 29, 2005 — For the first time in history, a Canadian government has fallen on a straight non-confidence motion. The Conservatives, New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois joined forces to easily topple the minority Liberal government yesterday. An election is expected January 23. The party leaders will hit the road today for the wintertime campaign. Robert Thacker is chair of the Canadian Studies department at St. Lawrence University, and a close observer of Canadian politics. He spoke with Martha Foley about the politics, and the players.