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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 38 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, June 1974 A good listener Mrs. Suzanne Caouette, wife of Social Credit Leader Real Caouette, listens to her husband at a federal election campaign rally. hint Just what resourceful juniors are looKing for Fashions that gracefully move from summer right into fall Dots do ii all. so alive in white on sophisticated dark tones Do it up right 3 ways m silky triacetate knit that's machme- washable-dryable Green, brown, burgundy with white Jrs 7-15. a-The jacketed dress set 31R 032 9 b-Gown 31 R 046 40 c-Jacket. halter top. pants set 31R 032 4 Can T U. RNEL Simpsons-Sears Ltd. Store Hours: Open Daily a.m. to p.m Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.m. Cenlre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 satisfaction or money refunded By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau PETERBOROUGH Manitoba's former premier Duff Roblin is finding it rough going in his uphill fight in Peterborough to unseat popular, articulate Hugh Faulkner, the Liberal candidate who is secre- tary of state in the Trudeau cabinet. Mr. Roblin not only has to run against his vigorous and well known opponent but he finds he is also running against the only local newspaper, the Peterborough Thomson newspaper. The paper has taken a "scunner" against Roblin whom it regards as a Manitoba transplant via Montreal. Sight unseen it launched an editorial campaign and headed one editorial about Roblin: "Who needs That was before he had arrived, he said. The former Manitoba premier is also finding that his efforts to attract industry, to Manitoba when he was head of the Tory provincial government, are coming home to haunt him in his current campaign. Specifically his involvement with the Churchill Forest Industries project as premier, has been raised in stories in The Examiner. The newspaper had a front page story June 10 regarding the northern pulp and paper complex launched under the Roblin government and placed into receivership by the New Democratic Party, in 1971. Premier Ed Schreyer of the NDP government ordered a public inquiry in 1971. It continued for two years and is expected to re- port soon. The Examiner's headline on that story was a body Ex-Manitoba premier in trouble blow to Duff Roblin. It read: "Manitoba is not quite finished with our Duff What has Mr. Hoblin incensed is that while it recited all the facts about the CFI complex and that project's problems The Examiner did not set out any of the achievements of the Roblin regime such as the Winnipeg Floodway floodway which was so helpful this spring. All he asks is fair treatment in the one newspaper in the single newspaper city. Bill Neville, one of Mr. Roblin's local Conservative campaign organizers, is a master of understatement. He said: "The Examiner has not been very helpful." But as he warmed to the subject he showed his indignation: "In fact it has been downright hostile to Duff ever since he an- nounced he would seek election in Peterborough. The newspaper almost. seems neurotic on the subject. It has indulged in innuendoes which are very unfair. "Tt has Questioned Mr. Roblin's personal integrity something that has never happened to him before in all his years in political life. It is a difficult thing to deal with when the arti- cles are mostly factual but the headlines leave innuendoes." explained Mr. Neville. Mr. Roblin by nature is a calm man. But he is puzzled and somewhat bewildered at this bitter attack on him. He says, "I find The Examiner dif- ficult to understand." His campaign manager Alexander Fleming has labelled the newspaper's article a "smear job" and The newspaper has been so strong in its campaign against Mr. Roblin that there is some concern among the Grits in the constituency that it might stir up a sympathy vote for the likeable Manitoban Tory who has adopted Peterborough as his new home. Mr. Faulkner is avoiding the issue like the plague. Mr. Roblin's supporters are spurred on to do their best for their man. They laughingly reject the label "outsider" as applied to Mr. Roblin, they point out that Hugh Faulkner too was an "outsider" before he decided to seek a seat in the commons. To answer the claim that he is an outsider Mr. Roblin has opened negotiations to buy a house in his adopted city. At 57 years of age Mr. Roblin resigned from the presidency of Cana- dian Pacific Invest- ments Ltd. to return to the political arena. 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