Canada's Liberal minority government has fallen. For the first time in Canadian history the federal government has been defeated purely on the grounds of a non-confidence vote. The motion, passed by a margin of 171-133, said that the government had lost the confidence of the House.
In accordance with Parliamentary rules Prime Minister Paul Martin must now ask the Governor-General to dissolve the House. After GG Jean announces the dissolution of Parliament, she will set an election date which is speculated to be either Jan 16 or Jan 23.
The first step has been taken. It has begun.