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Tories train guns on Ignatieff in fresh attack ad

A screen grab of a Conservative attack ad released the day after the federal budget.

The Harper Tories wasted no time in getting out another attack ad - this time focusing on Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff's so-called opportunism in wanting to defeat the newly released budget.

The ad incorporates a new tag line - "That's because it's always about Michael. Always has been, always will be." - playing off previous lines that suggest Mr. Ignatieff only came back to Canada after a 30-year absence to grab power at any cost.

Over still pictures of Mr. Ignatieff waving, the male narrator says that Mr. Ignatieff and his Bloc and NDP friends are "bent on defeating the budget" and "forcing an election" by saying "no" to help for seniors, and money for education and training.

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"But he'll say yes to an election that only he wants," the narrator says.

It ends, as most of their ads do, with a parting shot: "Ignatieff, he didn't come back for you."

The Tories were sending the link around Wednesday morning to reporters; it is not clear whether the ad will play on television or stay on the Internet.

It comes as the three opposition leaders announced Tuesday they could not support the Conservative budget - their decision means an election is imminent.

The Liberals, meanwhile, have estimated the Tories have spent about $10-million in pre-writ attack ads. With an election call expected, however, spending limits kick in and the playing field is levelled.

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Ontario politics reporter

Jane Taber is a reporter at Queen’s Park. After spending three years reporting from the Atlantic, she has returned to Ontario and back to writing about her passion, politics. She spent 25 years covering Parliament Hill for the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. More

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