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Opposition topples Canadian government

TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian opposition parties toppled Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government in a no confidence vote, triggering the country's fourth election in seven years.

The opposition parties held the Conservative government in contempt of Parliament on Friday for failing to disclose the full financial details of his tougher crime legislation, corporate tax cuts and plans to purchase stealth fighter jets.

Opinion polls expect Harper's Conservative Party to win re-election but not a majority, meaning he likely will to continue to govern with a minority in Parliament, dependent on opposition votes to stay afloat.

But in the latest twist, there is a chance the left-of-center parties might join forces in a coalition. The election is expected to take place May 2.

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