Canadian prime minister takes election gamble for majority government

Other News Materials 13 October 2008 07:05 (UTC +04:00)

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is gambling that an opposition pushing an unpopular carbon tax to curb global warming will steer voters to the right in Tuesday's election and bolster his hold on power, AP reported.

If the polls are any indication, though, Canada's third national ballot in just over four years will give the country yet another minority government.

Harper's Conservatives did not win an outright majority in the 308-seat Parliament in the 2006 election. Harper on Sunday contrasted Canada's economic and fiscal performance to the more dire situation in the U.S.

He said "we have the lowest unemployment rate in 30 years... We have a better economic situation than the United States because, for two and a half years, we have made better choices."