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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, June 19, 1974 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD-25 Parachuting: the political ploy no one likes and everyone uses Palliser aim 4M gallons OTTAWA (CP) Para- chuting as a political sport is something none of the major parties say they are any good at. Liberals say Progressive Conservatives do it well: Tories say its a sport best played by Grits. New Democrats, who have dropped more July 8 general election candidates into outside ridings than either, say both their competitors are more ex- perienced at the game. Yet all three parties have been led by men who were successfully parachuted into ridings and all three have candidates with no previous connections in the constituencies they hope to represent. Though spokesmen for all three say they attach little im- portance to parachuting, all jump on other parties for playing the game. The practice is regarded variously as a surefire way of electing a candidate, a duty to voters, a necessarv evil and, at times, a joke. "We've always had bad luck with says Senator Keith Davey, co- campaign chairman for the Liberals, a party which has successfully parachuted in such candidates as former prime minister Mackenzie King. Lester Pearson and even, in one sense, Pierre Trudeau. Similarly, a Toronto-based spokesman for the Conservative party, says "we've never been very successful with para- chuting.'' Yet the country's first prime minister, Conservative Sir John A. Macdonald, ran variously in the Manitoba riding of Marquette, the British Columbia riding of Victoria and the Ontario ridings of Kingston, Carleton and Lennox. He lived in Kingston and To- ronto. NOT IMPORTANT Cliff Scotton, federal cam- paign chairman for the NDP, says he doesn't regard the practice of dropping plum candidates into selected ridings as "terribly important." But former NDP leader T.C. Douglas, who represented the B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Cowichan-the Islands in the last Parliament, won the seat after being dropped into it following defeats in Saskatchewan and the B.C. riding of Burnaby-Co- quitlam. In the current campaign, Conservatives have been subject to more heat on the hustings over the practice of parachuting than the other parties, primarily because many outside candidates running for the party are well known. The most heavily criticized Conservative hopeful, for in- stance, is Duff Roblin, former Manitoba premier seeking the Ontario seat of Peterborough. But while his links with the riding are tenuous' at former president of Canadian Pacific Investments Ltd., whose subsidiary, Marathon Realty Co. Ltd., is building a hotel complex in downtown Peter borough they are firmer than those of, say, Liberal Murray McBride running in High Park-Humber Valley. Mr. McBride, a former Ot- tawa-area MP defeated in the 1972 election, said in an inter- view from Toronto that he has "no connection, per se, with this riding." But he added quickly that his opponent, incumbent Con- servative Otto Jelinek, has no real connection with High Park-Humber Valley either. Mr. Jelinik. a native of Prague. Czechoslovakia, lived in Oakville, Ont., before running in the Toronto riding during the 1972 election. ONLY ONE LIBERAL Sen. Davey says Mr. McBride is the only Liberal to be parachuted in this campaign. And, technically speaking, even he isn't a parachuter be- cause the local riding executive invited him to seek the nomination. Conservatives use the same argument for all the candidates running in outside ridings. Mr. Roblin. for instance, "refused to run in Ontario until the local people approached him personally and invited a party spokesman said. "He wouldn't be parachuted." Neither, said the spokesman, would former CBC television reporter Ron Collister of Ottawa who is running in the Toronto riding of York-Scarborough, or Calgary oilman John Thomson, who is running in Toronto's Etobicoke riding; or Eugene Rheaume, an Ottawa consultant and former Conservative MP for the Northwest territories, who is running in Saskatoon- Humboldt. Even Ronald Ritchie, a for- mer Imperial Oil Ltd., vice- president who ran and lost the Conservative nomination in the Ontario riding of Wellington, then moved to Algoma where he received the nod, was invited by local organizations to run, the spokesman argued. TOO INDEPENDENT "Conservatives are just too independant for us to try and tell our candidates where to run. I guess that's the philo- sophical difference between the Conservatives and the Liberals." Ironically, the Northern On- tario seat now sought by Mr. Ritchie was held for 20 years by former prime minister was called Algoma East he never lived in the riding. The seat has been occupied by Liberals since 1935. New Democrats, on the other hand, are more candid about parachuting. John Penner, NDP campaign chairman in Quebec, says he expects about a dozen party candidates in the province to be running in ridings they don't live in. Further, the candidates will not have been nominated by a convention. Mr. Scotton explained that the NDP constitution permits the party executive to endorse a candidate without calling a convention if a riding has no party association. Another NDP spokesman said the party "feels it has a .duty" to run candidates and offer voters the alternative to other parties, even when there is no local association. That was particularly true in Quebec where the NDP has never elected a member. Mr. Scotton says voters in large metropolitan areas are little concerned about candi- dates that may, say, live in one part of the city and run in another. Prime Minister Trudeau, for instance, is a candidate in the Montreal riding of Mount Royal though his homes are in Outremont and Ottawa. IDEA HAS MERIT But the historical idea that candidates should be local people still has merit in many rural ridings. Mr. Scotton adds. "It would be pointless to run a city slicker in northern Sas- katchewan. "If he was ever asked about rapeseed, he'd probably think it was a case of indecent assault." Sen. Davey says that Con- servatives are parachuting large numbers of candidates in this election because "we don't have to and they do." "People know who our big shooters he says, listing such cabinet ministers as Fi- nance Minister John Turner, Health Minister Marc Lalonde and Energy Minister Donald Macdonald. But Conservatives "obviously looked at the prospects of a cabinet filled with people they already have" and went hunting for others. "They're obviously trying for the main chance." HISTORY IS LONG The practice of parachuting, which stretches back before the days when the word was known, is rife with anecdotes. Current ones include such cracks as those of Mr. Trudeau. who has chided Conservatives for conducting "the biggest airlift since the Second World War." "If Robert Stanfield keeps it up, parachuting will replace hockey as the national sport." Or remarks by Science Minister Jeanne Sauve. who accused Claude Wagner. MP for St. Hyacinthe in the last Parliament, of being "an outsider" because he lives in Montreal. Mrs. Sauve. who represented the Montreal riding of Ahuntsic, actually has her permanent home in Mr. Wagner's constituency, 25 miles east of Montreal. Then there is the remark by a Conservative spokesman who said former prime minister Mackenzie King "could never get elected anywhere anybody knew him." It may have been true. Dur- ing two decades in the political arena, Mr. King represented the Ontario ridings of Waterloo and Glengarry, the Saskatchewan riding of Prince Albert and the Prince Edward Island rid- ing of Prince. He was defeated in two attempts to win the Ontario seat of York North. Then there was former Lib- eral transport minister J.W. Pickersgill, an Ontarian, who represented the Newfoundland constituency of Bonavista-Twillingate from 1953 to 1968. Or Finance Minister John Turner, who was dropped into Ottawa-Carleton for the 1968 election after his Montreal Lawrence-St. disappeared. Even former prime minister John Diefenbaker changed ridings. But his case may have been parachuting in reverse. After successfully running in the Saskatchewan riding of Lake Centre during the elec- tions of and 1949, he moved home to the Prince Al- bert riding where he has since served as MP. WILL VISIT CANADA TOKYO (AFP) Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka will visit Canada, Mexico and Brazil from Sept. 12 in the first overseas tour planned for this autumn, government sources said Monday. Tanaka is expected to stay from four to five days in each country before returning to Japan Sept. 27. 4 Congratulations to 4 PALLISER DISTILLERIES LTD on their Official Opening It was indeed a pleasure for us to have been associated with the Construction of this large industry in Lethbridge. We are pleased to have Supplied and erected THE MATURING WAREHOUSE ARMCO V a pre-engineered BUILDING 702 Farrel Rd. S. E. CALGARY, Alberta Phone 252-5535 More than four million gallons of liquor a year may ultimately flow from the Palliser distillery opened today in Lethbridge, says the general manager of the distillery. Jim Almond, who has experience in both the brewing and distilling industries, says the company's main line will be a range of Canadian whiskies. These include seven-year- old Palliser Reserve, six- year-old Colony House, and lour-and-five-year old whisky. Coldstream gin, Popov vodka and Green Island white rum are also in the Palliser line. The official opening of the distillery, which has been in production since October, is being marked by the establishment of six yearly scholarships, tenable at the University of Lethbridge. Three will be for Southern Alberta students and three for Northern Alberta students, but distribution by faculties will be up to the university. JIM ALMOND Congratulations PALLISER DISTILLERY ON YOUR OPENING 226-22nd STREET NORTH LETHBRIDGE PHONE 328-9246 CONGRATULATIONS PALLISER DISTILLERS LIMITED ON THE OPENING OF YOUR NEW DISTILLERY STONE S. WEBSTER CANADA LIMITED ENGINEERING PROCUREMENT CONSTRUCTION AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES TORONTO ;