Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thuuday, 13, 1975 HERALD 21 Shades of Britain Another woman leader? By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA (CP) Since Margaret Thatcher knocked off other contenders to become leader of Britain's Conservative Party, all the attention in Canada seems to have shifted to Flora MacDonald as a potential successor to Robert Stanfield. Several hundred letters and telegrams have poured into her office, urging her to plunge into the race to succeed Mr. Stanfield, who has said he will step down in the next year or so. But the 47-year-old redhead- ed MP from Kingston-The Islands, like other potential candidates in the 95-member caucus, is not about to admit she is ready for the jump. "I really can't say that I'll be a candidate, "she said in an interview Wednesday. "I real- ly can't." But unlike many of the oth- ers, she doesn't pretend to be embarrassed by the suggestion. "There is no point in being coy about it. I am a politician and, of course, it is fun to be involved in something like this." Miss MacDonald, a native of North Sydney, N.S., admits to'being "excited" about the election of Mrs. Thatcher, even though the two Conser- vatives have little in common ideologically. Mrs. Thatcher is regarded as being on the right wing of her party, Miss MacDonald on the left of hers. The Canadian Conservative Regan speaks CALGARY (CP) Nova Scotia Premier Gerald Regan will be a guest speaker at the Alberta Provincial Liberal party convention here Feb. 21- 23. __________ FLORA MACDONALD had obviously been thinking of the leadership for some time, wondering how she as the first female candidate would fare, so the election of a Woman in Britain was "a very pleasant surprise." But she is not being carried away by suggestions she could win the leadership of her'par- ty. She says she has no large re- gional power base because she left her native Maritimes some 20 years ago and couldn't expect to cut a wide swath through delegates from that region. And having gone through only two elections in Kingston she doesn't have ail of eastern Ontario sewn up. Moreover, there have been no discussions with other members of caucus. "I really don't talk about it there, because I have no idea how many of them are planning to run." Former prime minister John Diefenbaker said recent- ly that "apart from Stanfield and myself, each is availabile." Miss MacDonald, a warm, friendly MP who was well known for her work in rehabilitating former prisoners before coming to Ot- tawa, would face the disad- vantage of still being iden- tified with the party's anti- Diefenbaker forces in any convention. She had been closely identi- fied with Dalton Camp in the overthrow of Mr. Diefenbaker in 1966, and although Mr. Camp has .said he wouldn't vote for the former party secretary, there are some western MPs with long memories. 'In the meantime, says Miss MacDonald, "so long as Mr.' Stanfield is our leader I'll be right behind him. I think he is doing a better job than ever before and it would be marvellous if he could be per- suaded to stay on. While the stage is being set lor the leadership race, and all potential candidates keep their ears to the ground, Miss MacDonald intends to devote all her energies to being an MP. "I don't want people in politics to remember me simply because I am a woman." Queen's revenue hike announcement jeered MOTORS APPLIANCE MOTORS Available Best Prices All Types! Fairfield Appliance Services Ltd. 12443rd Ave. Phone 327-6684 LONDON (Reuter) The Queen was awarded a increase in revenue Wednes- day to cope with inflation, most of it going in pay raises for her staff. Amid jeers from his own Labor party left-wingers, Prime Minister Harold Wilson said the increase was necessary to maintain the standards of the royal household. The additional money, he said, did not match the extra expense which had out- stripped the 52.3 million a Pantera Now Through February 15th year now paid for royal ex- penses. To meet the remainder, Wil- son said, the Queen had dipped into her own pocket to provide He expressed "the govern- ment's appreciation of the spirit which has prompted Her Majesty to make this gesture." Wilson said three-quarters of the royal 'budget went to pay the- 337 full-time royal staff and 126 part-timers. The rest went for ordinary running expenses. One critic of the increased payment was Labor MP Wil- liam Hamilton, who has just brought out a book attacking royal expenditure! He demanded that the government look into taxing some. of the income from royal estates. Wilson said the Queen already was trimming expenses. Some reports have said that she has been wearing old hats; turning down the central heat- ing and saving on stationery. 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