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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta David's daisy wilts. e in onslaught of Grit votes Lewis says he'll quit as leader of the NDP By ANDRE OUIMET Special to The Herald TORONTO David personally defeated in his To- ronto riding of York in- dicated last night he will step down as leader of the New Democratic Party. thing to since I've been to step the 65-year-old Lewis said in an interview shortly after his defeat became of- ficial. He said he would not be in- clined to accept a seat from any of his elected NDP mem- bers if one were offered. Lewis lost to Liberal Ursula whose husband was defeated in 1972 by Mr. Lewis by nearly votes. Appolloni's campaign was strongly aimed at the large ethnic population of the riding. As results began coming in last night from the NDP hopes soared with the election of Father Andy a Roman Catholic in Cape Breton-East Richmond. But they were quickly dashed when Lewis was one of 15 NDP members of the last House who lost last night. The party wound up with 16 seats in the new Parliament compared with 31. Lewis had represented the riding for the past nine he was defeated in 1963 after his first year in Parliament but re-elected in 1965 and he had been the leader of the NDP since 1971 when T. C. Douglas stepped down. He has been with the NDP and its the CCF for nearly 40 years. Last night he was driven to what was meant to be a party celebration but delayed his ar- rival until his defeat had been confirmed. He angrily slamm- ed the car door upon but realizing that a reporter was witnessing this rare show of he immediately regained his and managed to smile his way up to a platform in the rented hall. have no regrets on having brought down this government on an inacceptable he told the sad but cheering party workers. There was a chorus of when he added won't have to worry about the electors of York South may have decided to retire Both Lewis and his were visibly moved by the reaction. He attributed the loss of his he won by a nar- cow margin in the fact that lot of people switched from Tory to about and it is a democratic right for people to be wrong. wife says you may have lost a but she has gained a husband I will try to continue to work for social democracy in whatever capacity I The loss of his seat was par- ticularly painful since Lewis' campaign m his riding was managed by his Michael. He proudly said earlier in his campaign in an interview that Micheal had been asked to manage his campaign by the and through no pressure of his own. He would not speculate on possible successors in the par- ty leadership post. Stanfield blames Ontario for loss That's what politics is all about David with wife Sophie at his concedes personal defeat Turner hints defeated budget to be modified By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Finance Minister John Turner hinted election night that the new majority Liberal government will re-introduce a modified version of the defeated May 8 budget that would be designed to minimize the threatening federal-provincial conflict over taxation of the country's petroleum and mining in- dustries. Speaking at Liberal Party Headquarters following his own successful Mr. Turner revealed for the first time that the next federal budget will not necessarily be exactly the same as the con- troversial budget which sparked the federal election battle when it was defeated May 8. committed to that he told reporters. budget will be brought in as he adding two to the economic conditions of the to seeing what we can do to easing the conflict between Ottawa and the provinces over he added that in con- sidering the new the new government would have to consult with the premiers of the provinces on the resource tax as the Prime Minister had already promised. And perhaps more impor- tant for mining and petroleum companies in Canada that have been nervous about a re- elected Liberal Mr. Turner got to leave suf- ficient room for the resource industry to There is obviously too little profit left for the resource companies if both proposed federal and provincial tax and royalty schemes in the resource area were to be im- he indicated. He also suggested the federal government would ex- pect the provinces to make concessions in the resource tax field. In both Ottawa and many of the provinces are vy- ing for the same tax dollars with their tax and write-off proposals of recent budgets. Mr. Turner noted that the resource taxing provisions in the last federal budget affected more than just the petroleum interests in Alber- Saskatchewan and B.C. There are the mining inter- ests in B.C. and he said. On the budget Mr Turner said that the budget that was defeated on the floor of the House of Com- mons has been approved by the Canadian By IAIN HUNTER Herald Ottawa Bureau HALIFAX Tory leader Robert Stanfield blamed Ontario Monday for his defeat at the polls but refused to consider whether he will resign as party leader following the Liberal viriciy. at a press conference in his hometown appeared tired but in good humor despite the resounding defeat which he suffered in the election. He admitted his campaign for price and in- come control did not appear to have sold particularly in Ontario. He suggested that voters in that province did not think that a Conservative government had a chance of forming a majority to bring those controls into effect. be the people of Ontario felt that the important aspect of controlling inflation was to have someone with the position of a ma- he said. The Conservative leader's headquarters here were jammed with enthusiastic support- ers when the polls closed in the Atlantic provinces at 8 p.m. but were soon emptied as the returns came in. It was shortly after 9 p.m. that tabulations on television sets in the Tory headquarters showed Stanfield was losing ground in his own region Tory organizers were not too surprised by the Quebec but when the Ontario reports came they knew it was all up. be it's a good thing that they get an absolute majority so we can start to rebuild from the ground one harassed Conservative official said. Mary who with Stanfield's sat with her husband watching the returns come in above a rent-a-car said the Tory leader received the news on TV well. But she added that Stanfield perhaps today will be upset at the wasted energy expended by Conservative workers during the cam- paign. Neither she nor Stanfield would discuss the possibility of his resigning as Tory leader as a result of the election. Stanfield said he would not discuss the question until he had an opportunity to talk to his caucus and party officials. He noted that the Conservative con- as amended this provides for an automatic review of the leadership each year. Stanfield said he regrets the personal defeat of NDP leader David Lewis in York South and stated that will be the because of his defeat. He also said he wanted to congratulate Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau for his elec- tion as leader of a majority government and Social Credit leader Real Caouette for his personal victory holding on in It was Stanfield's often expressed dur- ing the that Trudeau would sweep Quebec and become too identified with that with the Tories holding the majori- ty of seats in the rest of Canada. Stanfield said his party fought a hard on the issue of the need for price and income controls to combat inflation and stated that the issue as presented by the Tories was accepted across' Canada. I don't argue with the people when they he said. He said he accepts the results of Monday's vote but added that his party will continue to fight in Parliament on issues as it sees them. He denied that the results of the vote in- dicated simply that Canadians rejected his campaign for price and income controls. He said the results in for could not be interpreted as showing such a re- jection. Discussing the reason for his he it was the province of On- He said residents of that province ap- parently felt that Canada must have a majori- ty government in Ottawa with the power to deal with inflation in the way it felt and had chosen the Liberals instead of the Tories to do this. he his price and income platform did not succeed in Ontario. Stanfield was asked if he feels Trudeau ran a fair campaign. The Tory leader recalled that he had attacked Trudeau during the cam- paign for being irresponsible in promising the electorate measures which would cost more than billion during a period of severe inflation said that this would fuel the fires of infla- tion and add to the difficulties of government to control Stanfield said. It was only one hour and 10 minutes after the polls closed in Atlantic Canada that Stan- field came into his campaign headquarters to thank his workers for their efforts to get him re-elected in his own riding. PM anxious to get on with the job By BOB DOUGLAS OTTAWA Prime Minister Trudeau said Mon- day that Canada has elected a strong government in an un- certain world. Canada has come out of this election strong and confident in its the prime minister said. very anxious to get on with the job The prime minister praised the election efforts of the three main opposition parties and expressed regret that David New Democratic Party will not be in the new Parliament. Stanfield had a dif- ficult he said referring to the Progressive Conser- vative leader's policy on in- come and price controls. was putting a difficult proposition before the Cana- dian people and I admire his courage in having sustained that fight during two long WAS PHILOSOPHICAL In a philosophical talk at his election night headquarters in the Chateau Mr. Trudeau expressed pleasure with the quality of candidates in the federal election. He said he was sorry so many good people had lost. Referring to the poor Liberal showing in the western provinces the prime minister said that he renews his pledge that federal policies will be applied fairly in the West. He thanked the Liberal par- ty for their support particular- ly after the election losses in 1972. sure Margan. and the children will be glad this elec- tion is Mr. Trudeau said. leaders needed EDMONTON Nick leader of the Alberta Liberal predicted Mon- day night that Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed will step down from his current oost to run for the leadership 3f the national Progressive Conservative party. Mr. Taylor's comment came after the Conservatives swept all 19 Alberta seats in Monday's federal election but still went down to defeat throwing the Future leadership of the party into doubt. Mr. Lougheed was elected Conservative premier of Uberta in 1971 jnd is ex- jected to call an election next fear. The Alberta who declined comment on the of Monday's elec- has repeatedly said in terested in getting involved in federal politics at the present time. Mr. leader of a par- ty without representation in the provincial said he wasn't surprised at the Conservative sweep in Alber- ta. 'I thought that we had only a slim chance to win maybe three seats in the Grant Alberta NDP said he thinks the par- ty will give strong considera- tion to giving defeated leader David Lewis a chance to get back into the Commons by do- ing some shuffling to create a byelection. A majority Liberal govern- ment with only scattered representation from Western Canada will need if westerners are to escape feeling Ontario returns to Liberal fold By DOUG SMALL TORONTO Most of what Ontario took from Prime Minister Trudeau and his Liberals in the election of it returned aiding a possible return to ma- jority government. Liberals easily captured the bulk of the province's 88 seats in the general as they did in and once again cut into what was traditional Pro- gressive Conservative sup- port. Voters returned all 10 of Mr. Trudeau's cabinet ministers from Even Labor Minister John the centre of a political patronage controversy during the elec- tion campaign in Hamilton East won easily over his Conservative opponent. In the 1972 the province delivered what was considered the crucial blow to Liberal chances for a majori- ty win. Party strength was cut to 36 from 64 seats garnered in the Liberal sweep of 1968. Party strategists had agreed before the election that the province would be the key to the and all major parties predicted gains. But the predictions proved drastically untrue for the New Democratic Party in par- who lost including York held by leader David Lewis. Mr. Lewis expressed dis- appointment with his but added philosophically that what politics is all He was beaten by Liberal Ursula a former broadcaster. Mr. was con- sidered ready to retire as leader after this election. He indicated Monday night that he might not accept traditional party offers of a safe seat in which to run in any later byelection. The Conservatives slipped substantially from the 40 seats won in the 1972 election. Ontario Premier William a very disappointed. I think Mr. Stanfield did all any person could do to suggest solutions to the present Party gains Canadian Press list of party Liberal From Progressive Con- servative Gander Twill- South Western Saint Hamilton Middlesex -London Niagara Ottawa Peel-Dufferin- St. To- ronto St. Toronto Scar- borough Toronto York Battleford-Kindersley. From New Democratic Par- To- ronto Scarborough York Coast Vancouver Comox-Alberni. From Social Credit Portneuf. From montDundas. Progressive Conservative From Okanagan-Kootenay. From New Democratic Par- Meadow Fraser Valley Surrey- White Kootenay West. From New Democratic Party From Progressive Con- Breton-East The Chief's mum PRINCE ALBERT Former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker reserved judg- ment Monday night on the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party in the wake of the defeat suffered by the party at the hands of the Liberals in the general elec- tion. Mr. who had little trouble posting his 12th consecutive victory for the Conservatives in a federal declined to comment on the possible effect of the election on Robert Stanfield's leadership of the party. too early to talk about those The election of Mr. Diefen- baker in Prince Albert was never in doubt. He piled up a commanding early lead and finished the night with more than more votes than the combined total of his three op- ponents. While expressing disap- pointment at the national Mr. Diefenbaker said his win the first time in Canadian history that someone has won 12 successive general The 78-year-old Mr. Diefen- baker said the late Sir Wilfred Laurier had 11 consecutive victories during his reign as disappointed at the national but after the people have spoken and I accept the said Mr. Diefenbaker. do feel that the people of the Prairie provinces took their and against the Trudeau govern- ment hot because too often in the last few years the west has been Mr. Diefenbaker said he was to hear of the personal defeat of NDP leader David Lewis. always had for him that respect which I give to political op- ponents who I regard as At that point Mrs. Trudeau stepped up and kissed her hus- band and the news conference ended. The prime minister then plunged into a crowd of several hundred some of them party sup- porters and others curious onlookers. Blakeney won't seek leadership REGINA Premier Allan Blakeney said Monday night he has no intention of seeking the federal NDP leadership job as premier is tax- ing he said in an in- terview after hearing of the defeat of federal NDP leader David Lewis. Describing himself as little bit in the general election Mr. Blakeney said people appeared to be voting for a majority as op- posed to voting on issues He predicted a federal provincial battle if the re- elected Liberal government re-introduces its budget. Mr. Blakeney had objected strenuously to the budget's resource tax proposals Saskatchewan Liberal Leader Dave was attributing Liberal gains in Saskatchewan to a backlash against the provincial NDP government. Mr. Steuart also said he ex- pects Prime Minister Trudeau to sit down with provincial representatives and work out an acceptable resource taxa- tion policy Mr. Blakeney declined com- ment on whether the provin- cial government might call an election for a mandate to op- pose re introduced resource tax while Mr. Steuart predicted no such provincial election would be held. In Regina defeated NDP candidate John Burton commented that said at the beginning that this was an election of people versus He added that one reason for the loss of NDP seats was that the New Democrats sup- ported the federal Liberals in Commons votes too long. But the victorious NDP can- didate in Regina Lake Les was more you you don't laugh too hard if you you don't cry too Minority 'better' By THE CANADIAN PRESS The president of the National Farmers' Union said Monday night that a minority federal government would have been better for Canada's farming community than a majority government. Mr. Atkinson said minority governments are sen- sitive to policty changes regarding than ma- ;