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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridae Herald VOL. JULY 1974 15 CENTS 44 Pages ELECTION AT-A-GLANCE I Standings 1974 1972 Lib 141 109 PC 95 107 NDP 16 31 SC 11 15 Ind 1 2 Total 264 264 Party vote 1974 Lib PC NDP SC Other Total 1972 Lethbridge 219 of 221 polls NDP Lib PC SC Medicine Hat Social Credit PC NDP Lib How Trudeau's Grits smashed the Tories Unique comeback for Trudeau It's a Liberal majority By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's determined bid for re-election coupled with the desire for a stable majority government and rejection of the Conser- vative program for price and incomes controls brought about the victory of the Liberal government Monday Mr Trudeau confounded the pundits He followed the game plan laid out for him by his po- litical campaign committee co-chairmen Senator Keith Davey and Jean two veteran politicians who plotted the strategy of the Liberal party that led to the Tory defeat It worked All four political leaders ap- peared agreed as the surpris- ing results were piling up that Progressive Conservative Robert Stanfield's campaign for imposing a price and in- comes freeze followed by selective controls had led to apprehension among the elec- torate Senator Davey had told the FP Publications when the campaign began that Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan was his weapon He said the plans were to use Whelan throughout the but to concentrate mainly in the rural areas of Ontario The plan worked Mr Whelan who has developed a tremendous rapport with Farmers across Canada played 3 major role in winning rural areas away from the Tories and persuading them to vote ror Grit candidates The famous Blue Ma- of Ontario Premier William Davis failed to deliver Conservative votes to the federal Conservative par- ty in the numbers required to re-elect Tory members Its failure contributed to the dis- mal showing of the Stanfield party in Ontario The Progressive Con- servatives regarded Ontario as the keystone province in this election They expected to hold their own in the Mantimes and they did They wanted to make gams in Ontario both rural and urban The Tones failed to make those gains and because of that failure they lost the election A major contributing factor to the victory was Prime Minister Trudeau's own hard driving enthusiastic campaign for re-election He dropped the philosopher-King approach that he had adopted in the 1972 campaign In this election he knew he was fighting for his political life RICK ERVIN photo Victory's sweet embrace Lethbridge winner Ken Hurlburt receives victory accolade from wife Renee Peter preparing to succeed Bob Seen and heard About town Golfer Al who leveloped a hitch in his lenying his new title The iappy Hooker Wallace Glen roasting narshmallows over the ashes By CLEO MOWERS Herald Editor Le premier ministre Lougheed parle francais assez bien The polls had hardly closed Monday night when talk of Robert Stanfield's resignation was heard among Conser- vative and the need for bringing Premier Lougheed into the national leadership was suggested. The timing is not convenient for Mr Lougheed but he will be even with reasonably fluent French. While it has been kept a secret from the premier has been working on his French for some time in an- ticipation of the day he would move federal. His ambition to be prime minister of Canada has never been hidden. The only ques- tion has been when he would hie Some of his closest friends say that he feels a continuing commitment to and would find it hard to walk out on the premiership now. But others insist mat his political instincts tail him that ready or he should not pass up a good opportunity thdt may never come his way again With so many safe PC federal seats in the way could easily be cleared for his immediate entry into the House of Commons if he should win the national leadership soon Could he count on getting the national Only Premier Davis of Ontario is mentioned as an alternative. But how well did he deliver for Mr. Stanfield Which has the better vote-getting depending on Mr. Stanfield's timing of his provincial election might be expected earlier because of Monday's voting. Mr. Lougheed would like another Alberta victory under his belt If it were as it almost certainly will that would make his claim on the national leadership even stronger Normally a provincial elec- tion would be expected next but how a date this fall should be expected. Whenever the national leadership convention whether this fall or in two Mr. Lougheed will be ready. He has promised friends that when he asks for French- Canadian whether at a leadership convention or in a national he will do it fluently in French His family has been working at its French for many years have been exchanging their summers with French- Canadian friends in Quebec The premier has been work- ing on the Berlitz course in French French Canadians on whom he has practised it say that as of eight months ago it was nearly as good as Mr Stanfield's As far as The Herald has been able to he has never used French publicly. His staff won't admit he has been studying it. Those who wish to down- grade his federal ambitions say his oil policy has eroded support he might have in the East On the contrary many Eastern smarting under higher gas- oline and natural gas say they would like to have working for a premier who has fought so Hurlburt win was bittersweet for area Tories By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Victory in Lethbridge Mon- day night was bittersweet for Progressive Conservative Ken Hurlburt as his party suf- fered a crushing national defeat Winning the battle and los- ing the war was the main topic of conversation as party supporters plunked down 70 cents a drink at the Conser- vatives' election mght head- quarters in the El Rancho Motor Hotel The combination wake and celebration centred on a margin between Mr Hurlburt and his nearest Liberal Sven Ericksen. with Mr Ericksen's party simultaneously dashing any hopes the Conservatives held for leading the next Parliament Mr Hurlburt s victory was one of 19 for the Conser- vatives in echoing the 1972 election when the Tones also took every seat in the province The 47-year-old Fort Macleod auctioneer tripled the vote garnered by the 67- year-old Lethbridge restaurant and food chain operator He widened the gap between the parties by votes Finished third TORONTO The governing Liberal driven to the brink of defeat in smashed back Monday with a surprise majority election victory that cut Progressive Conservative strength and left the New Democratic Party battered and adrift with a defeated leader Contradicting the pollsters and political the Liberals scored gains in seven of 10 provinces and gave Prime Minister Trudeau a unique comeback No other prime minister ever fell to minority position in Parliament and won another majority without first being out of office. The outcome left open the possibility of leadersmp changes in the NDP and Conser- vative parties. The trend toward the Liberals started with the first returns from New- picked up steam with an increased Liberal landslide in Quebec and a majority was indicated when the results flowed in from where NDP leader David Lewis went down to personal defeat in Toronto York South But not until final results were reported from British Columbia did the Liberal ma- jority become definite The party doubled its strength to eight of 23 seats in B C pushing it past the hagic number of 133 that constitutes a majority in the 264 seat Commons Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield won personal re- election in but dis- appointment showed on his face when he spoke before television cameras late in the evening He congratulated Conservative candidates and workers but expressed regret at the outcome Beaten twice before by Mr Trudeau 1968 and 60-year-old Opposi- tion leader refused to indicate whether he will step down and open the way for a Conser- vative leadership convention will have to talk with offi- cials of the caucus and leaders the he said Prime Minister who received a massive per- sonal majority in Montreal Mount said Canada elected a strong government in uncertain times and had shown confidence in the future Mr Lewis said he was dis- appointed He was toppled by freelance writer and housewife Ursula wife of the Liberal candidate he defeated by votes in 1972 that's what politics is he said He also expressed regret later when the party suffered losses in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and was sliced to two seats from 11 in its B C stronghold Liberal candidates took one seat from the Conservatives in each of Nova Scotia and New where Conser- vative House Leader Tom Bell suffered a surprise defeat in Saint John-Lancaster The Liberals also tightened their traditional stranglehold on Quebec by boosting to 59 from 56 their share of the province's 74 seats All three gains were from Social Credit The Conservatives increased their Quebec popular vote but won only three the number they had when Parlia- ment was dissolved May 9 In the won 55 of 88 taking three from the NDP and wiping out seat after seat won by the Conservatives in 1972 The Conservatives dropped to 25 seats from 40 in los- ing heavily in Toronto-area ridings and giving up some seats in traditionally-strong Conservative rural ridings All 30 cabinet ministers ex- cept Environment Minister Jack Davis were returned. The Liberals held the two Manitoba seats they had at with Defence Minister James Richardson taking Winnipeg South and Joseph Guay retaining St Boniface The Liberals gained two in taking Assi- niboia from New Democrat Bill Knight and Battleford- Kindersley from Conservative Norval brother of maverick Alberta Conser- vative Jack Horner who won another landslide victory in Crowfoot. The Conservatives again swept all 19 Alberta seats. The NDP suffered its worst losses in B C. More election coverage Finishing third with slightly fewer votes than the party won in 1972 was New Democrat Bessie Annand Li fourth place was Social Crediter Vern Young whose vote also dropped With virtually the same number of votes being cast in the electoral district as in 1972 with more than appeared to gain from all the opposition candidates Surrounded by celebrating Mr Hurlburt said his victory was a victory over socialism there was any type of victory for the Conservatives at all m this it was mine on the local and on the federal the elimina- tion of a Socialist leader just deplore Caouette and Stanfield com- ing out and saying they are go- ing to miss a great Parliamentarian in David Lewis far as I'm concerned it is the greatest thing that ever happened in Parliament Lewis' Mr Hurlburt called his own Robert for regretting the loss of Mr Lewis wnen he had earlier opposed the NDP leader's policies Other Conservatives went down to defeat on the question of wage and price controls they never explain- ed it the way I explained it in this Mr Hurlburt said Mr Stanfield was also han- dicapped because he was honest and too to make the billions of dollars in promises made by the Liberals He attributed his even larger margin over last elec- tion to the electorate realizing worked as hard as I knew how my first and will have more to contribute during this term Campaign workers and par- ty supporters had their own views on the election results I'm a little disap- pointed in those people in On- tario the Conser- vatives were Mrs Hurlburt said Lost the war have a lead but not a commanding thank said a supporter enough to keep them from getting cocky We won the battle and lost the said another sup- porter defeat certainly came as a surprise to me and people here We thought there would be at least a PC minori- ty and possibly a majority and price controls were just a very unpopular policy which didn't meet with 'the approval of the Canadian Herb University of Lethbridge said want to really see if he can do all the things he says he can said another cam- of Mr Trudeau tired of people running off at the mouth about what they can do making promises like they weren't even in government With only two polls to report. Mr Hurlburt won his second term in Parliament with followed by Liberal Sven Ericksen with New Democrat Bessie Annand with and Socred Vern Young with Results in 1972 were Conser- vatives New Democrats Socreds Inside Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News 18-21 22 4 15 'Sound the alarm. It's another O CA 44 OH Markets ..........23 Sports Taeatres........ 5 TV ........5 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT HIGH WEDNESDAY SUNNY. ;