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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, June LETHBRIDGE Trudeau family plays stronger campaign role NewU.S.spaceflights set for 1979 By VICTOR MACKIE OTTAWA "I don't like my family life mixed up in politics. I would prefer that my wife not be mixed up in the campaign. Sometimes she does travel with me out of pleasure or out of necessity and it may happen during the campaign." Pierre Trudeau in July, 1972. What a difference two years can make! In the current election cam- paign Margaret Trudeau is very much in evidence as is Sacha, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Trudeau. They ar a feature of Prime Minister Trudeau's campaign and his wife is taking a more and more active part as the election progresses. Correspondents travelling with the Trudeaus report that they often encounter people in the crowds who have turned out only to catch a glimpse of the beautiful 'young woman and her child. Senator Keith Davey, who is helping mastermind the Liberal strategy, obviously has hammered home to the prime minister the advantages of travelling en famille during the tour. The wily senator wise in the ways of advertising knows that you can't beat the "selling power" of a pretty girl and a cute child. More and more we are seeing Mrs. Trudeau upstaging her husband. The day he made his initial housing policy pronounce- ment the public was not talking about the importance of the Liberal program, ah no, what had caught their attention and provoked discussion was the lady's comments about her "loving husbans." One reporter ws asked: "Could you get that kind of a glowing testimoonial froh your The question was put by a smiling aide in the PMO. happy that Margaret had made such an impact. It was a query no doubt ech- oed all around the land in vari- ous forms as Canadians read with a great deal of interest what Mrs'. Trudeau had to say about Pierre. Vancouver, her hometown, was where she tookthe crowd of 1.700 into her confidence. It was her first formal speech in the campaign. She said all that talk about hih being "arrogant" simply isn't telling that to the MPs who sat opposite him in the commons." "Actually he's shy. he's modest and he's very she said. That's probably true. There are very few close ac- quaintances who could testify as to the accuracy of that statement from what after all is a rather biased source. Before he went into active politics old friends of Pierre recall that he was a very shy man. So was the late George Drew, who was a national leader of the Progressive Con- servatives, before John Die- fenbaker. Mr. Drew sought to compensate by being overly aggressive. The same might apply to Mr. Trudeau. Margaret at the west coast stepped up to the microphone in a West Vancouver auditorium, not far from, her parent's home and introduced her hssband to the crowd. That is a job usually assigned to the local Liberal party candidate. "I want to speak of him as a person, as a loving human being, who has taught me i the three years we have been married and in the few years before that, a lot about loving, which is something incredible Interrupted by the outburst of laughter and applause, she hurried on to explain not just living each other, which is pretty nice, but love for humanity." Mr. Trudeau grinned and stared at the floor. He then told the audience that campaign organizers were always trying to measure his popularity with the public. "With Margaret around it's impossible to tell who is more he said. "It suddenly makes politics extraordinarily said of his wife's unexpected praise. Indeed it has. The prime minister has ob- viously made a complete about face the idea of his wife and family participating in politics. The Liberals are running scared in this campaign and are pulling out all the stops. Margaret Trudeau and child was not overlooked by the Liberal planners. After her fulsome praise of her husband, which was still having repercussions on hot line shows and in private conversations over the coffee cups several days later, Margaret dropped off the PM's campaign plane to stayover in Vancouver for six days. She was to campaig in her hometown while staying with her parents, providing proud grandfather James Sin- cair. former Liberal minister of fisheries in the St. Laurent cabinet with an opportunity to play with his youngest grand- child. Margaret is the fourth of Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair's five bright and beautiful daughters. She grew up in an atmosphere of politics and lived for a time in Ottawa when "Jimmy" as he was known to his friends was a member of parliament for 18 years. Her father always a popular politician will be able to give her some pointers on campaigning. He enjoyed politics much more than does his son-in-law. Jimmy Sinclair had a flair for 'it. His son-in-law seems to be learning the hard way. Mr. Trudeau hardly had to cam- paign in 1968 when he first ran in an election for the office of prime minister. In 1972 he was confident that the people would return him to power without his needing to campaign strenuously. He was genuinely shocked by the near defeat. In 1973 he was chastened and subdued. But as the year wound to a close he shook off his disillusionment and bitterness and is now practising the art of poli- ticking as he runs hard to re- tain the office of prime minister with all its accompanying power and peiquisites. The marked change in the man from his attitude in 1972 was apparent in his reaction on the eve of the current campaign when questioned about the role his wife and family would play. In 1972 the whole idea of Margaret or his son taking an active role was repugnant to him. But this spring when queried if iis wife and son would be cam- paigning he said it would de- pend on Margaret. However he hoped she would be with him for some part of it because he planned an intensive campaign and he would not like to be separated from his family for seven or eight weeks. What a change was there! As a result Margaret and five- month old Sacha have been with him on the campaign plane until she dropped off in Vancouver to say 'hello' to the folks. Justin was already there because crowds make' him excited and unable to sleep nights. Father Pierre didn't want to be wakened in the middle of the night by a restless didn't want any walking the floor in the middle of a hectic campaign. Meantime the Liberal organizers are happy with the reception Margaret's been getting. But as one political correspondent asked recently: "Do wolf whistles pay off in votes0" July 8 will provide the an- swer. WASHINGTON (AP) -The United States plans only one manned space flight in the next five years. But starting in 1979, Americans will fly into orbit on an airline schedule, with 725 flights projected over a 12-year period. That is more than one mis- sion a week, with four to seven persons on each. Among the travelers will be men and women scientists and researchers of many lands. The flights will be for working personnel only, and individuals will not be able to book passage to take sightseeing trips. Dr. Myron Malkin. director of the space shuttle program, said the cost of developing two shuttle vehicles by 1979 will be billion. The high projected launch rate probably will require seven shuttles in the 1980s, with five extra craft being purchased from the contractor, Rockwell International, at about million each. To make this launch rate possible, and economical, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is developing the shuttle, a Buck Rogers-like vehicle that will be launched like a rocket, lly like a spaceship and land on a concrete runway like an airliner. NASA officials discussed the shuttle and its over-all space transportation plan for the 1980s at a briefing Wednesday. In t'tlect, passengers will buy seats on a shuttle to conduct experiments in orbit for periods up to 30 days. Those making the trip will share the estimated million cost of each mission. That compares with a million pricetag for an Apollo space mission, in which nothing was reuseable. Initially, the shuttle will be used to place communications, weather and scientific satellites into orbit. Oil and mineral companies, farm, fishing and timber organizations and other industries have expressed an interest in having their own researchers on the shuttle; metals processing, electronic and pharmaceutical companies want to explore production possibilities in the unique weightlessness and vacuum of space; and the U.S. defence department plans to operate 29 per cent oi the shuttle missions lor military purposes such as reconnaissance. Nine Denmark, France. West Ger- many, Italy, the Netherlands. Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom--div devel- oping at a cost of million a small space station called a Space! a b Jl is to be hoisted into orbit by a shuttle in 1980. and it alsu will be reuseable. Several 'teams of European researchers are to inhabit the station for periods up to a month to conduct experiments ;n earth resources, li.stroriomy. physics, commu- nications and metals process- ing. NASA noted that toilet facil- ities for both men and women are being developed for the shuttle. Graduate The University of Alberta at spring convocation conferred the degree of bachelor of science in medical laboratory science on Marilyn Ruth Blakie of f'oaldale. Miss Blakie was graduated with distinction. New commissions j plan comes under attack What oo oo Knows Advert! Herald LetHbrioge Phone EDMONTON (CP) A provincial government proposal to establish metropolitan planning commissions would be a denial of the democtaric process, a brief being prepared by the City of Edmonton for presentation to Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell warns. The brief is being prepared by city administrators and will be presented for council approval next %veek. If approved it would go to the minister within 10 days In its brief, iht; eit> reiterates ib> tonlenlior.. Uidi the best form oi metropolitan government is a unitary government of one local body to govern a metropolitan area. The proposed commissions, "under the guise of planning authorities, are being vested with the major responsibilities of loeaJ governments, that is transportation and utility systems and recreation facilities." says thecily brief. "The city of KdmonUm this deiiia) the demoiTalir pnwoi- whereby regional government js implemented through an appointed body." The city briet says the city objects to the special status given Edmonton and Calgary which would empower the planning board to prepare and adopt a metropolitan plan for each city. "It is an unconsionable intervention by an appointed provincial body into the right of the people of the metropolitan areas, through their own elected representatives, to determine their own planning goals through preparation and adoption of icgional plan.-." Appointed OTTAWA