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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Fifth Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, April 17, 1974 Pages 45 52 A career speaker Lamoureux escorted by Stanfield and Trudeau Lucien Lamoureux only MP who doesn't rate himself a politician OTTAWA (CP) Lucien Lamoureux is probably the only member of Parliament who doesn't consider himself a politician. After eight years as Speaker of the House of Commons. Mr. Lamoureux describes himself as a "career Speaker, but not a career politician. And today that career becomes the lengthiest for a Commons Speaker in Canadian history. Mr. Lamoureux has presided over the Commons for days, since Jan. 18, 1966. The previous longest tenure was that of Rodolphe Lemieux, who spent sitting days in the chair from 1922 to 1930. Mr. Lamoureux-says the job of Speaker is "very but he feels particularly suited temperamentally to its non-partisan nature. He said in an interview he does not like political controversy and does not think it. helpful to the welfare of the people. In fact, Mr. Lamoureux's 12-year parliamentary career has been almost entirely free of the partisan infighting most MPs take for granted, and he said he would not return to the House as a regular member. He attended only two caucuses of the Liberal party after his first election in 1962 before withdrawing to become deputy Speaker in May of that year. He now sits as an Independent member for the Ontario riding of Stormont-Dundas. When he became Speaker, Mr. Lamoureux already had chalked up some memorable experiences as deputy, in- cluding tough weeks during the flag debates, a period he singles out as one of the two most difficult he experienced in the chair. The other was the period after Lester Pearson's government was defeated on a money bill in 1966. He remembers it as a period of high tension when "no one knew whether the House of Commons still existed." Mr. Lamoureux, a 53-year-old, Ot- tawa-born French Canadian who switches effortlessly from French to English, says his fluent bilingualism is useful to a Speaker but not essential. A Speaker should be able to understand both languages well enough to grasp a member's argument without having to wait for translation, but need not express himself with equal ease in both languages. Mr. Lamoureux spends most of his time in the Speaker's small apartment in the Parliament buildings because his family lives in Cornwall, in his riding. It's a life style he finds confined and lonely but he gets home on weekends and Wednesday nights, when the House does not sit, driving the 75 miles to Cornwall. He said he is "tired" after eight years as Speaker, and although he would not reveal his plans for the next election, he did say that he and his wife feel he has made his contribution to Parliament. Dayan visits battle front Defence Minister Moshe Dayan (centre) and aides visit the snow-covered Israeli positions on Mt. Hermon in the Golan Heights. Heavy fighting was reported in the area as Syrians attempted to take higher Israeli positions. Kennedy: an agonizing choice DENVER (NEA) There he was, the front runner telling his youngest son, Patrick, that. "No" he couldn't play darts, at least not until those already stuck in the ceiling had been removed. Patrick, a slightly freckled reddish blond five year old who was running about in red and white long underwear, accepted the warning at face value: the old man meant business on this one. Nothing to debate here. In the Kennedy family the rule of the father is the rule of law. Joe Kennedy, the family patriarch, would have understood. Hell, he wrote the rules. Now the last living son, Ted, as pater familias made the rules and he expected his children to live by them. Young Patrick sensed that rules were made by fathers to be obeyed, even on vacation in Vail where Kennedy had come with his children to spend a few days following the tracks and neat turns of Willy Schaeffler. Of course the question asserted itself. It's on everyone's mind who has been looking at the presidency and its; occupant's attempts to preserve his place in history as the man who kept the office intact and unsullied by the probing fingers of congressional committees. It takes a certain composure to answer the question "Are you a and he could have 'responded as one incumbent Democratic governor did "I will be" when told by an admirer that he should be President. But the inquiry is shelved temporarily, until an answer begins to emerge a few minutes later. There is a memory that slides backward over the tragedy and tumult of the past 13 years and the senator nostalgically returns to the Kennedy compound in Hyannis. Mass.: What happened that day was an ordinary happenstance in the life of any father. Caroline Kennedy, in tears, found herself in a predicament that only fathers can resolve. She called for her's, the President. Sensitive to her needs, he went to the crying child, only to be diverted by a call from the White House. Something urgent he should know before he left for his meetings with the unruly and unpredictable Khrushchev. As the senator remembers that evening, old Joe Kennedy admonished his son Jack at the dinner table. "Nothing you do as President will ever be as important as the future of your daughter." The question of his running, then, loses some of its moot quality in light of Ted Jr.'s battle against cancer. Inquiries pertaining to his interest and availability somehow don't strike the same spark that talking about a weekend with Ted Jr. does. And the question "Will he assumes another form: "Can he For sure there are those who say that Kennedy couldn't withstand the heat generated by Watergate, That the press in its voraciousness would scrutinize Chappaquiddick and eventually feed on the candidate until its lust for another victim had been satiated. Maybe. The media these days seem to rely solely on their piranha instincts. So Kennedy, the non candidate in this time of troubles, sees his primary obligation in terms of his responsibilities as a father, to his own. as well as to his dead brothers" children. Yet to turn his back entirely on the Democratic party and those who look to him for leadership has a certain quality of throwing in the towel. And how is that explained to a 12-year-old who's learning to ski as an amputee? It just isn't, not to a Kennedy anyway. 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