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 Chrétien 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. Chrétien ousted him for soliciting donations for a possible leadership bid. Now, Martin is likely to challenge Chrétien, 68, who wants to run for a fourth term, at a party convention in February.
Edited by Rose Brady