Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Olson's second defeat by Hargrave could be his last ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer MEDICINE HAT The lights went out momentarily at Bud Olson's Liberal cam- paign headquarters when a violent thunderstorm ripped through the 'Hat area about half-an-hour after the polls closed Monday. But it was clear even before then that incumbent Conser- vative Bert Hargrave had put the lights out for good on the Olson campaign. The 57-year-old Walsh rancher jumped into an early lead with the first returns and won going away in what his campaign manager called a of the 1972 election. Unofficial returns with all 232 polls reporting showed Hargrave increased his plurality from to votes. He garnered to for for New Democrat Lauranne Hem- and for Socred Ed Ens. The loss was a bitter pill to swallow for the former agriculture minister and could easily spell the end to his political career. On that Mr. said only that he doesn't cross his bridges before he comes to them and hope no one needs to think about that for the next three or four years Word that Mr. who first went to Ot- tawa as a Socred in had to be persuaded to run again this time after his '72 and won't likely try again. An obviously disappointed Mr. Olson- said he couldn't ex- plain the election results in his riding. of us are not so terribly he we thought it would be somewhat better than it The trend to the he seemed to stop dead at the Manitoba-Ontario border. The local returns quickly deflated the buoyant mood produced at the Olson head- quarters by the national results which showed the Liberals headed towards a majority government. It was exactly the opposite scene at Conservative head- where early gloom turned to cheers as poll after poll in the Medicine Hat con- stituency went to many by wide margins. By 9 an hour after the polls it was all over and Mr. Olson telephoned his rival to concede for the se- cond time in 18 months. Mr. Hargrave attributed his easy win to fantastic that just picked up where it left off IVz years Two special events seemed to help the July PC spon- sored picnic in Medicine and leader Bob Stanfield's visit he said. But Mr. Hargrave admitted that the prices and incomes policy was difficult to explain. There could have been a better understanding of the need for he said. On the question of Mr. Stan- field's future as leader of the Mr. Hargrave said there are bound to be some developments. But he quickly certainly not about to make any pronouncements. I think very highly of Stanfield to me he was a leader's leader. I have some sincere regrets about his position According to Jack who along with his wife Carol served as Mr. Hargrave's campaign managers for the second this election was a carbon copy of 1972 in the 'Hat. by poll there were no voter shifts what-so-ever in this he said The Uthbridge Herald SECOND SECTION' July 1974 Pages 13-24 Great night for Grits Writing on the wall by By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer A Liberal supporter in a well-tailored summer suit strides up to Sven Ericksen and enthusiastically pumps his it a great night for the Liberal he asks. Sven's reply comes straight from his a great night for the but it's a lousy night for Although the Liberal can- didate for Lethbridge sees the country's voters endorse the Grits Sven isn't pleased with his own perfor- mance in Lethbridge. By p.m. on election a scant 15 minutes of GBC national coverage tells a surprisingly subdued audience of 25 Liberals that their candidates down east are wiping out the opposition. And by the national success of the Liberal party is obvious to all. But no one celebrates. By the writing is on the wall for Sven. He refuses to bask in the reassuring glow of national party success coming from the color TV in the com- The tough part After a hard-fought contest it's tough to finish behind the winner. Mon- day evening you might have asked Bessie Annand as she watched national results on or Sven Ericksen as he discussed the tally with Fred or Vern who glumly surveyed his defeat with Gerald Wal- deon and Willard Paxman. Election babe right on schedule If you want to know when the next election will you might ask Jim and Mariann Hillyer of Stirling. Mrs. Hillyer gave birth to her second consecutive election-day baby. James Nation Hillyer was bom early prior to the opening of the polls. Frederick Herman Hillyer was born Oct. as the polls were about to close. The only disadvantage is that Mrs Hillyer has been unable to vote in the past two elections. Tally prompts optimism mittee room in his Mayor Magrath Drive restaurant. Sven glances apprehensively at the blank expanse of poster paper taped to the wall and neatly ruled off into 212 urban and rural Lethbridge polls. And by the bad news goes on the wall with results from three southside city poll- ing PC 253 votes. Liberal Ericksen 40. The early returns are greeted with silence from the sombre Liberal gathering. Most of the party faithful are still out scrutineering at 212 constituency polls. One party member glances at the three results posted on the wall and asks his- can- your don't know is Conservative says rejoining his quiet sup- porters watching television. But a few minutes with all of 11 city polls show- ing large gains for Tory oppo- nent Ken Sven shakes his head in dejection at the trend which would con- tinue without interruption throughout election night. change from last mutters referr- ing to the trounc- ing of fellow Grit Andy Russell by the same Tory adversary in 1972. But no one admits defeat. It's still too early for Sven's backers to offer condolences. Thirty-five Liberal members are still watching the national election results as cigar srnoke curls before the TV screen and ice cubes rattle away from the hospitality bar. More polls but only two are close. It's not enough votes for the restaurateur to retrieve his deposit During election Sven appears honestly surprised that the Tories could so soundly defeat the Liberals. as the vote margin widens between the energetic restaurateur and his party members begin the inevitable con- gratulations and thanks. As in the results con- founded the predictions of many observers who expected Olson to at least narrow the gap since the anti-Trudeau vote blamed for his defeat last time wasn't supposed to be a factor in this election. we don't elect Bud this we'll never get a Liberal one Grit party worker remarked minutes before voting and the counting started. got everything go- ing for us a good a good economic climate. it Barely half-an-hour later when the trend was obviously going against his of- ficial Ted Anhorn don't know what we did For the Hargrave Conser- the edge was taken off their by the party's national defeat. Before the campaign was even under everyone was predicting Ontario would be the said Mr. Hargrave. It was not a happy night for NDP or Socred supporters either. Miss in her first campaign polled a handful less votes than the 033 won by the NDP candidate in whie Mr. who lost in Palliser riding in polled only some 20 votes more than the votes managed by the 'Hat Socreds in 1972. Bad one for Sven A disappointed Olson Liberal trend stopped too far east BILL GROENEN photo Horner blames Stanfield for national Tory defeat By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer rigidly sticking to wage and price controls defeated the This was the view of re- elected Conservative Crow- foot MP Jack Horner Tuesday. Mr. speaking in a telephone interview from his said if more members of the PC's national caucus had spoken out against the wage and price freeze policy before the election a Liberal victory could have been avoided. The Pollockville who won his riding Tuesday by of the Clark worried about Grit failure Relations between Alberta and Ottawa be in for tense unless Prime Minister Trudeau recognizes and rectifies the West's rejec- tion of his the re- elected Conservative MP for Rocky Mountain said Tuesday Joe Clark told The Herald he is about _the West's obvious rejection of a government elected by Central Mr. who won the riding Tuesday by votes over his nearest Liberal Arthur said the is on the prime minister to demonstrate in his actions he recognizes Western In winning his the former assistant to John even outdistanc- ed the Liberals in one of their strong areas the Crowsnest Pass. pleases me more than the support shown in the Crowsnest Pass it is a ma- jor Mr. Clark told The Herald in a telephone interview. The winning of the 'Pass by more than 700 was only one set of polls in the massive riding that racked up 15.958 votes for Mr. Clark. Mr Yates was a distant at follow- ed by Bob at and C. J. Social Credit at Both the Tories and the Social Credit gained votes over the 1972 when the PC's won and the Socreds In the last election the Liberals polled votes and the NDP About more voters cast ballots this time around. caucus who knew in their hearts they couldn't sell the should have spoken Liberal can- didate and second-place finisher Ernie who collected votes to Mr. Homer's failed the in- cumbent for speaking out against the freeze when it suited him and supporting the policy at other times. can you beat him when he's on all sides of the fence on wage and price con- he asked. Mr Horner has been brand- ed a for speaking against party policy but as he said know what my constituents want The two major candidates were both disappointed Mr. Horner with the Tory defeat nationally and Mr. Patterson with his personal defeat The defeat for Mr Patterson may have also been hard to take financially as he was expected to spend about about a vote as it turned out. Trailing the two leaders were Jim Social with votes and Muriel Me with 1.066 votes The only party to increase its vote total from the 1972 election was the Liberals who polled in that election. The Conservatives polled in the Social Credit and the NDP Johnston By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Anger and optimism prevailed at the local campaign headquarters of the Social Credit and New Democrat can- didates as the final results of Monday's federal election confirmed a Liberal majority. When Alberta polls closed at 8 p.m. Monday and national news broadcasts informed Lethbridge NDP supporters of the defeat of national leader David the moans of disbelief quickly wiped out local anticipation of national NDP gains. the long faces of the energetic campaign workers soon turn- ed to smiles of optimism when it became apparent their candidate Bessie Annand would collect almost as many votes as the Lethbridge collected in even though other NDP candidates in the nation were suf- fering heavy defeats. The atmosphere at Vern Young's Socred headquarters carried an air of satisfaction and projections of Socred gains in the West shortly after local nnllc But chuckles that mounted when it was evident the predicted demise of Social Credit in Quebec did not soon turned to remarks of gloom when it became obvious Mr. Young was not even in the running after the first poll reported. While the remarks of campaign organizers at the Lethbridge campaign headquarters indicated they were never very optimistic about their can- didate's chances against PC encumbent Ken Mr. Young obviously believed victory was within his grasp until the polls indicated otherwise. As it became apparent Mr. Young was destined to finish last in a four- candidate riding and his prediction of eight or nine Socred seats in Alberta and British Columbia fell short by the same his political poise suc- cumbed to anger. years people of this country will scream for a Social Credit he maintained. It may not be the Social Credit party that forms the government but the party that adopts Social Credit thinking will win he added. After shaking the shock of leader David Lewis' defeat in bis own the smile Bessie Annand displayed dur- ing her campaign returned and she calmly studied the results of each poll as they were reported throughout the evening. expected to get more votes than NDP did last Mrs. Annand said after 219 of 221 polls reporting showed her with 761 less than the Lethbridge NDP received in 1972. She believes the local NDP organiza- tion is much stronger and consists of a broader base of representation as a result of th'is year's campaign. The national NDP she resulted frpm voters wanting make the Conser- vatives didn't form the government rather than the product of a public backlash against NDP politicking in last Parliament. Both candidates refused to rule out the possibility of their running in another federal or a future provincial election. Winner in 'carbon Bert Hargrave accepts congratulations when victory assured wins in Okanagan Howard a former Social Credit has won in his second try at the B.C. riding of Okanagan-Kootenay under the Progressive Conser- vative banner. He received almost more votes than second-place finisher Hari who was contesting the seat for the Liberals after the retirement of the Liberal incumbent Doug Stewart. With 301 of 307 polls repor- standings 1972 results in Howard 688 Hari Peter Helmut Norman 310.