Well, this is actually starting to look promising:
“In light of the government’s failure to recognize the seriousness of Canada’s economic situation and its failure in particular to present any credible plan to stimulate the Canadian economy and to help workers and businesses in hard-pressed sectors such as manufacturing, the automotive industry and forestry, this House has lost confidence in this government and is of the opinion that a viable alternative government can be formed within the present House of Commons.”
Apparently Dion would head up the coalition government, at least for the first few months.
Update: Jay Hill speaking on behalf of the government has issued a motion of his own formally requesting that the House communicate with Governor General Michaëlle Jean, accepting the Speech from the Throne (and tacitly Flaherty’s Economic and Fiscal update).
That the Address be engrossed and presented to Her Excellency the Governor General by the Speaker.
Acceptance by the House of Commons of a Speech from the Throne is an expression of confidence in the government. I am pleased that the House endorsed our government’s general program, particularly with full knowledge of the content of the Economic and Fiscal update. Yesterday’s vote and today’s motion to communicate with the Governor General accepting her Speech are critical demonstrations of Parliament’s affirmation of our newly re-elected government.
Seems like they’re trying to do an end-run around the opposition and circumvent their pending non-confidence motion by delaying it for perhaps a week.