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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, Detcmhci 70, 1771 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID 2.3 Liberals, Conservatives need-funds Campaign will be expensive .1 n._j It By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The business of getting Canada's two biggest political machines on the road linancially in preparation lor tine next federal election is get- ting under way. 'me federal Literals have not said too much about the state of their campaign funds. Pro- gressive Conservative Opposi- tion leader Robert Stamield has admitted his party has been through some hard limes financially as well as politic- ally, but he says tilings are looking brighter in both areas. One thing is for sure, that is that the next federal election campaign is going to he a very expensive one and, all tilings being equal, the party Dial spends the most money and spends it in the right places will have the best chance oi picking up votes. Right now, though, no party has much money to throw away. That became obvious just a week or so ago. The National Liberal Caucus, for instance, invited its staff members and quite a few oth- er to its annual Christmas staff party. In the came just one invitation and a small note. The note said that because of "financial cir- cumstances" if you wanted to take a guest you'd have to buy another ticket. For 55. On the oilier hand the Pro- gressive Conservatives didn't even hand out one free invite. Everyone was invited, as long as they paid. This time the tickets were just S3 each. Both the Liberals and the PCs are worrying about raising campaign funds, the Liberals perhaps a little more so than the Conservatives. While the Conservatives have had im-1 few businessmen feel that too, mcnse difficulties in Ihe past in getting the Eastern business establishment to contribute lav- ishly to party funds, they feel Ihe purse strings may loosen up considerably this time. They feel business isn't as in love with the Liberals as it was a few years ago. Mr. Stanfield and his followers believe that much of the legislation Prime Minister Trudeau's administra- tion has introduced has an an- ti-business tinge to it. Quite a and the 1'Cs are doing Ihcii best to capitalize on it. liATTLE SIIAIMMi UP In fact, they are delighted that Consumer and Corporate Affairs Minister Ron Basford will introduce his new Compe- tition Act into the House of Commons early in the new year. They feel a battle royal shaping up over it and that anti-business reaction to the legislation will be good busi- ness for the Conservatives. Getty tosses barb at Strom (or criticizing EDMONTON (CP) Credit leader Harry Strom's criticisms of the Alberta gov- ernment's desire for a listening post on energy discussions in Washington are ridiculous, Don Getty, minister of federal _ and intergovernmental affairs, says. "I suppose we should expect this reaction since he probably wants us to remain as poorly informed as he was, but we don't intend to Mr. Getty said in a prepared statement. "When the energy resources of the people of Alberta are at stake, we consider that our gov- -----------j eminent's views and positions are as important as any other B.C. rings out centennial year VICTORIA (CP) British Columbia will mark the end of its centennial year New Year's Eve with a massive fireworks mm: m display, bell ringing and the; (.hey were ignored by burying of a time capsule in j he said this provincial capital. i Lt.-Gov. John Nicholson and I general Centennial chairman L. J. Wallace will preside at! the official ceremonies mark- government. Mr. Getty said if UK- Alberta government goes go to Wash- ington, it will not beg for use of some of Ottawa's office space. "That was the attitude of the old Social Credit administration and was one of the reasons why EARLY RECEIPTS Clay tablets, as well as stone uie uiiii.ioi and wood devices, were used to ing the end of 1971, British Col- i record payments for services in umbia's 100th year in Confed- Babylonian temples as early as 2300 BC. umbia's eration. It probably will, though not as much as the taxation reform bill has meant. 11 anything, provisions in the taxation biu should have turned the business establishment to the PCs on a large scale. If it has, then par- ty executives are staying quiet about the amount of good it is doiug their coffers. One indication of just how expensive the coming cam- paign is going to be can be judged from tne emphasis the Progressive Conservatives arc placing on help from people such as Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed and Ontario Premier William Davis. Both HIT. Lougheed and Mr. Davis relied heavily on mass advertising in their campaigns. In fact, anyone who spent any length of time in Ontario dur- ing the provincial election cam- paign that led to the re-eleclion of tne Progressive Conservative premier can attest with some astonishment to the lavisliness of lire campaign mounted. Ontario had never seen any- thing quite like it. But it won the election for Mr. Davis when provincial governments a across Canada were being toppled. In Alberta loo, the Progressive Conservatives re- lied heavily on mass advertis ing techniques. So that's the way it is going to be federally next time. The spending by the Progressive Conservatives is going to be bigger by far than ever before. And, with a much better or- ganized and slicker Liberal ap- paratus, you can bet that Mr. Trudeau's campaign will even attempt to put Mr. Stanfield's roadshow to shame. One thing for sure, its going to be a field day for the advertising and public relations industn'. Bert Mac's Cycle Ltd. 3rd Avo. 5. Phono 327-3221 IETHBR1DGE, Motor Co. Ltd. RAYMOND, AITA. PHONE Supply Ltd. BOX 158, WARNER, Supply Ltd. j CIARESHOIM, AITA. I PHONE 535-3711 Ranchers' Supply Ltd. PINCHER CREEK, AtTA. PHONE R Service (Cardston) Ltd. CARDSTON, AITA. PHONE Witt FIND THE BEST BRANDS ADVERTISED IN THE LETHBRIDGE 5th Avenue Mayor Magrath St. Lethbridge, Alberta COMPLETE LUNCH MONDAY THRU SUNDAY DEC. 20-26, 1971 E1EVEH WICH-HOAGIE Thank Meaven 01 D DUTCH LUNCH BOX SIZb POTATO CHIPS SODA POP 7-lltmWlH SANDWICHES KUl MADE. FKtSH DAILY FOR SNACKS AND ;