Published Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Alasdair McDonnell proposed the no confidence motion. (© UTV)
SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell made the proposal last week due to the minister's handling of recent parades issues in north Belfast.
The SDLP believes Mr McCausland's decision not to condemn bands who failed to comply with Parades Commission rulings, runs contrary to his Pledge of Office and the Ministerial Code of Conduct.
Sinn Fein has agreed to back the proposal and the party has now obtained the 30 signatures it required to table the motion.
The motion will be debated in the Assembly in the coming weeks. If the move is passed, Mr McCausland could be excluded from office for a period of up to three months.
Restrictions were imposed after a loyalist band played a song alleged to be sectarian outside St Patrick's Church on Donegall Street on the Twelfth of July.
Mr McDonnell said as the minister did not condemn their actions, he failed "to uphold law and order and promote good community relations".
"I am delighted that this motion, which is designed solely to bring accountability back into politics, is to go ahead," the south Belfast MP said.
"I am also pleased that, after an extended period of discussion, Sinn Féin decided to make common cause with us in defence of decency and respect for all our communities.
"We are disappointed that other parties did not sign the motion, but we hope that they will join us on the floor of the house when the motion is debated."
He added: "He has broken his promise, he must be held accountable and he must face the consequences."
A DUP spokesperson had said Mr McCausland was working with the community to ensure a long term solution to the recent problems and at all times condemned violence.
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