Canada's PM faces election, to skip royal wedding

24th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper is unlikely to attend Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, as he is expected to be in the throes of an election campaign, a government source said Thursday.

"The prime minister's participation in the wedding is unlikely in the event of an election," the official said. "However, we are hopeful the opposition will reconsider their decision to force a reckless and unnecessary election.

Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen remain on the guest list for the April 29 wedding, but opposition parties vowed to topple his minority government as early as Friday and force a fourth election in seven years.

William and Kate are to visit Canada from June 30 to July 8 on their first official trip outside Britain as newlyweds.

© 2011 AFP

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