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LIBERALS ACCUSED OF TRYING TO BUY CANADIAN ELECTION

Stockwell Day, Canada's new opposition leader, accused the ruling Liberals on Thursday of planning to accelerate income tax cuts to buy an election that could be called as early as next month. But he predicted voters would see through the tactic.

"They're out to buy an election with our hard-earned tax dollars," he said, as the nation geared up for the possibility that Prime Minister Jean Chretien would schedule a federal vote for late November.

Day's Canadian Alliance, the Liberals' biggest opponent, faces the challenge of convincing voters that any tax cuts by the government would be made under duress rather than from conviction.

Finance Minister Paul Martin has said he would accelerate income tax cuts and indicated this week he might do so in an interim budget next month if Chretien calls a fall election.

The Alliance was formed this year to blend the Reform Party and the old Progressive Conservative Party.

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