Canada's Leadership Fight

The stage is set for a fierce battle for the leadership of Canada's governing Liberal Party. Former Finance Minister Paul Martin, who was fired from the government on June 3, is gearing up to challenge Prime Minister Jean Chr?tien as party leader. Martin, 63, whose policies helped turn Canada's massive budget deficit in the mid-1990s into a healthy surplus, has built up a campaign war chest estimated at more than $10 million. Chr?tien ousted him for soliciting donations for a possible leadership bid. Now, Martin is likely to challenge Chr?tien, 68, who wants to run for a fourth term, at a party convention in February. EDITED BY Edited by Rose Brady

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