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2004 Coalition Proposal

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September 9, 2004
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson,
C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
Governor General
Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1
Excellency,
As leaders of the opposition parties, we are well aware that, given the Liberal minority
government, you could be asked by the Prime Minister to dissolve the 38th Parliament
at any time should the House of Commons fail to support some part of the government's
program.
We respectfully point out that the opposition parties, who together constitute a majority
in the House, have been in close consultation. We believe that, should a request for
dissolution arise this should give you cause, as constitutional practice has determined, to
consult the opposition leaders and consider all of your options before exercising your
constitutional authority.
Your attention to this matter is appreciated.
Sincerely,
Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
Gilles Duceppe, M.P.
Leader of the Bloc Quebecois
Jack Layton, M.P.
Leader of the New Democratic Party
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