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NDP Leader Jack Layton says his party will not prop up the Conservative government if the Liberals move a motion of no-confidence in the fall.

"Our party has opposed the direction of Stephen Harper 79 times in confidence motions so anybody who's holding their breath and thinking that's going to change should think twice," Mr. Layton told a press conference on Monday morning.

A deal hammered out between Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week saw the Liberals supporting the government on a confidence motion in exchange for the creation of a panel to study potential changes to the employment insurance system.

That agreement included the requirement that an accountability report on infrastructure stimulus spending be tabled in Parliament during the last week of September, to be followed by a Liberal opposition day. If the Liberals don't like what they see, they could call for a vote to bring down the government.

But the Liberals cannot unilaterally take the country into an election. They would need the support of both the Bloc Quebecois and the New Democrats - parties that may be reluctant to head into a vote if polls suggest they would lose seats to the Liberals.

But Mr. Layton indicated Monday that he is unwilling to vote against a no-confidence motion, regardless of what opinion surveys say about support for his party.

"Our record is pretty clear on this," he told reporters. "We've had 79 confidence motions, that's a lot of confidence motions, that have gone by that have resulted in Mr. Harper staying in power. We haven't supported Mr. Harper even once on those motions."

The NDP Leader said he anticipated that any confidence motion in the fall would be an evaluation of Mr. Harper's economic policy.

"We are going to continue to oppose the direction that Stephen Harper has been taking the country and the economy because we think it's wrong," he said.

"All of the measures show that the government's approach is not working."

Mr. Layton also took a shot at the Liberals who have not put out much with regard policy since Mr. Ignatieff took over as Liberal Leader from his predecessor, Stéphane Dion.

"We haven't just been critical of the government. We've laid out policy directions that will help the middle class and the people who are being left behind, that will help the environment, help move us towards a new economic future," he said.

"We've put them before the House of Commons to be tested. Not all opposition parties do this, but we do."

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