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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta neivs analysis What a difference a year makes on Parliament Hill By JAULJACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA How things have changed on Parliament Hill in just one year A year ago. doom and gloom in the Liberal camp. The Progressive Conservative sweep was still under way. Any day Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's minority administration could be toppled and. shades of 1957 would swiftly be lollowed by the devastating repeat of 1958 in which John Diefenbaker s Tones snapped up 208 ot the 264 Commons seats But today. Mr. Trudeau appears as firmly in power as ever. He even jokingly admits he doesn't even know how much money he has in his own personal bank account. Perhaps million No. Nearly million. In any case a lot more than U.S President Richard Nixon's Few on Parliament Hill now believe that tormer Nova Scotia premier Robert Stanfield will ever be prime minister of although Manitoba MP Doug member for Selkirk and whose party is keeping Mr. Trudeau in suggests there still might be a slight chance tor Mr. Stanfield to head a minority Conservative government. But the chances are lading last. Public opinion polls which no party really relies on in the final analysis although for publicity reasons each party likes to see its im- age looking bright. Liberal optimism is high in Ottawa right now. Inflation rolls un- employment figures are starting to soar but thanks to an Opposition that has been unable to unite on a 'game plan' the Grits feel that in the crunch the average Canadian voter would still give them the right to govern once again. What has happened to the They still probably always have some of the brightest stars in the House of Commons. Economist James who has outmatched Finance Minister John Turner time and time again. Justice critic Gordon a man with a social conscience as great as any MP in any party in the House. Albertan Ged Baldwin. stout defender of Parliamentary and many others. so they catch the government on the hop. But just as or nearly so as with the recent patronage the appear' to survive without too much embar- rassment. No one seems to know why this is so. except perhaps that the Progressive Con- servatives have failed so often historically to present the image of a truly united party. As torrner Liberal cabinet minister Pat defeated in his Calgary South riding in 1972 by a 17.000-vote put PCs really aren't a national party at all They are merely a confederation of regional The Liberals have been quick to take advan- tage of this fact. This is why Mr. Trudeau. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald and others have been able to say goodbye to 19 federal seats in they couldn't win in any create a lot of sympathy for their own cause and actions in the energy crisis in tastern the Liberals could recover the majority they lost in 1972. As far as most Quebeckers are as evidenced by the recent provincial Liberal sweep and the 1972 federal the especially under Mr. Trudeau. are the only party that can govern Canada from a national stance. The fact that they barely hold those seven out of 68 seats in the four Western provinces and that in every province except Quebec the Conservatives have either more or equal representation fails to come through. No one in Ottawa suggests that perhaps the Liberals are becoming increasingly a basically Quebec. French-Canadian political party. Conservative weakness in Quebec assures Mr. Trudeau that in an election he would hold his own. The PCs have only two members in both excellent ones in Claude Wagner ind Heward Grafftey. but hopes for any gains are. realistically dim indeed. In since Conservative Premier William Davis instituted a seven per cent sales tax and allowed some minor scandals to erupt in his administration some of the glols of the i much-fabled 'Big Blue Machine' has dulled a little. That's good news for the federal Liberals because Mr. Davis in 1972 was a bigger help to the federal campaign in his home province than was Mr. Stanfield. And. apart from the odd petulant remark and wild outburst against Alberta. Mr. Trudeau striving hard to even with million in the his humble attitude. What's he doesn't even refer to the press as bunch of crummy anymore and even invites them to Liberal caucus Christmas All in all. could it be that Mr. Trudeau is about to seize the initiative right from under New Democratic Party Leader David Lewis' nose and. as he recently give up on election campaigning and go for the big whopper come the spring or even slightly For foreign travellers there may be gas in U.S. By BRUCE LEVETT WASHINGTON -No- body is exactly sure how at this but the expectation here is the event of gasoline rationing in the I'nited Canadian tourists driving south will be laken care of. Anyone planning such a be guided by a Canadian em- bassy official said Both the state department and the office of the United States energy William sa-d Thursday that it vias expected that the Droblems of prospective Cana- iian tourists would be taken nto consideration. Official policy on this and jther aspects must be formu- ated and published in the fed- eral register before Jan. 11 Simon's announcement out- inmg a stand-by system for gasoline even hough it insisted that ration- ng may never have to be in- touched off a spate of to his to the state department and to the Janadian embassy here. state department source sure provision will be made tor foreigners bringing in their own cars and driving to Florida Something to this eitect will probably be folded into the contingency A spokesman for Simon's of- tice anything like this goes into there is sure to be some agreement. I'm sure something will be done to take care of visiting Canadians and The Canadian embassy here is keeping close watch on the advising Ottawa progressively as develop- ments occur. 'It's not only a matter oi possible gasoline but the allocation situation should be kept in the embassy official said should remember that in many cases gas stations are closing on Sun- days and that they may expect to find stations closed on other days as the gasoline supply tluctuates beyond the embassy said it would have no lirm advice to Canadians trav- elling to the U S. by car until U.S regulations on this point are travellers are faced with the fact of rationing in his an- said that even with the immediate printing ot ration a program ot rationing could not go into force before March 1. have been very con- scious of what it all might one diplomat said. could affect not only Canadians driving they do in great also Ameri- cans driving which is a factor to consider BLACK MARKET GROW NEW YORK Manu- facturers are purchasing scarce materials in a thriving domestic black ac- cording to Purchasing a magazine for industrial .buyers. Some black market prices are as much as six times higher than controlled says an article in the January issue. which in the main are derived frcjn are in greatest de- followed by petroleum derived chemicals. Riley McCormick January 2-3-4-5. 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