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Thursday January 12, 2006
The Liberal Party, whose fortunes have been sliding in the
polls, has launched its long-anticipated advertising attack on
Conservative leader Stephen Harper.

But reflective of an election marked by stumbles in the
Liberal campaign, much of the uproar on Wednesday
focused on an ad that was delivered to at least one national
television network but that party officials said was released
by accident.

Other ads in the series were cleared for airing and were
being broadcast.

The Conservatives said the ad -- which implies Harper
might use martial law in Canadian cities if elected -- was an
insult to Canada's military, and showed the desperation of
the Liberal Party. A recent poll showed the Liberals with
just 28 percent support, compared with 38 percent for the
Conservatives, ahead of the January 23 vote.

Conservatives cried foul when the ad appeared briefly on
the Liberal Party's Web site, saying Harper would put
"soldiers with guns" in Canadian cities.

"I think the ad that basically tries to suggest ... that we'd
impose martial law or some such things has not only
angered our soldiers and our veterans, it raises serious
credibility questions once again," Harper told reporters.
Attack ad controversy erupts in campaign
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