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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta inc POLITICAL Trudeau team survives year i with grit By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA Twelve months ago Prime Minister Trudeau's reduced to a minority was preparing for a new session of Parliament amid speculation that it wouldn't last more than a few months. after surviving more than a dozen non-confidence motions and facing the opposition for 200 sitting Mr. Trudeau's government is preparing for another session. And no one is specific about predicting defeat. A year ago the former Conservative House Gerald predicted the government could not survive the throne speech debate and the following budget debate because the New Democratic Party lose all its credibility if it supported the Liberals on all the The NDP not only supported the government on those but at the end of the leader David Lewis was arguing that' his 31-member group was the only victor in a confused year of political wheeling and dealing. Made switch It was an victory for the he after the government made a dramatic switch in tailored its oil policies toward many NDP and averted possi- ble defeat on a critical energy motion in the Commons. Energy remains the crucial issue as Parliament prepares for a new but there are no immediate indications that the 106-member Conservative party and the NDP can get together on the issue and endanger the government. intend to carry on as though it was a majority said the prime minister. Sources close to him say he has steadfastly rejected suggestions that he take the dissolve Parliament and seek a majority mandate He argued that so soon after the 1972 general election there are no indications of changes in the attitude of the Canadian electorate. Another election could produce a similar situation in Parliament. Frustrate Tories It was a frustrating year for the eager for another chance to topple the government after coming within two seats of this objective in the 1972 election But with neither the NDP nor the 15-member Quebec-based Social Credit Party anxious for an immediate campaign there was little the Conser- vatives could do. is our duty to turn out this Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield said during the year. is our duty to show that this minority Parliament can said Mr. Lewis about the same time. in terms of legislation it was a relatively produc- tive year with 44 bills passed. These included a new family allowance scheme raising average per-child benefits to legislation to tie pensions more closely to living a measure to establish a foreign investment review a program to increase mortgage plus controversial wiretapping legislation which later was ambushed in the Senate. Attack daily Until the energy crisis overshadowpd a year dominated by with almost-daily attacks on tne government's alleged mishandling of the and the government's counter- argument that Canada's performance was better than most other industrialized countries. Fluctuating unemployment figures also were grist for the political mills The minority along with the odd kept politicians close to Ottawa during the year Even parliament's summer recess was interrupted to legislate an end to a national rail strike Prime Minister made only one official visit outside the a six-day tour in China. Unprecedented attention was focused on the government's throne sppech for the next session of Parliament. we are to stay in office throughout said one cabinet have to outline a legislative program the NDP cannot possibly Look ahead In the preparation of the throne speech the cabinet spent one entire day in the seclusion of a Gatmeau Hills cottage taking a broad look at the year ahead. The chief domestic thrust of the government in 1973 was to end While the results may be there has never been another year when the western provinces were host to so many conferences and political speeches. The political results of Ml this activity won't be known until the next general election. But as 1973 neared its officials of the various parties were talking in terms of a mild Liberal resurgence among prosperous Saskatchewan an even stronger Conservative fortress in Alberta and little noticeable change in Manitoba and British Columbia. Ontario key With the Liberals holding only seven of the 68 western Com- mons the Conservatives with only two of Quebec's and no massive breakthroughs in it is generally acknowledged that Ontario will be the key battleground in the next campaign. 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