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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE June Trudeau might be PM even if Tories get get more votes ,r., j_ _i_j ir. Aumiet ctnnfioiri rantnrpfl four nr Louis St. Laurent in 1957 fou By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau will probably carry on and meet parliament even if he finds on July 8 that his group of Liberals is four or five members less than the largest group in the house. There is a precedent for this when Mackenzie King met the house as prime minister in 1926 after his Liberal party had elected only 101 members and the Conservatives had 116 members. The Progressives had 24 members, there were two Labour members and two Independents. The possibility of Mr. Trudeau carrying on even with a smaller group than the Conservatives, emerged here as Liberal and Conservative party workers and organizers have been totalling up the possible number of seats each side might win. There are estimates from both sides on the possible outcome of what appears to be a very close election. But a word of caution, don't take any bets against Mr. Trudeau heading up another minority government after voting day. Cautious Conservatives were forecasting Thursday that Robert Stanf ield would be leading a group large enough to form at the very least a minority government. Less cautious party members, encouraged by private poll results, were predicting a majority government headed by Mr. Stanf ield. Liberals asked to make a' realistic assessment of the possible results at this stage in the campaign predicted Mr. Trudeau would emerge on July 8 with 122 to 127 seats. The best they would give the Tories was 111 seats. However there are some Grits who conceded that the vote could be very close, perhaps 120 Conservatives and 124 Liberals. Or the figures could be reversed with 124 Tories to 120 Grits. In the event of the latter situation developing, that is the Liberals lagging behind the Conservatives by four or five seats, there are Liberals in Ottawa who are confident Mr. Trudeau would not resign as prime minister and turn the office over to Mr. Stanf ield. They believe that pressured by the large bloc of French Canadians within the new Liberal caucus he would retain power and meet parliament. That would place the New Democratic Party under the leadership of David Lewis squarely on the spot. Mr. Lewis would have to meet his caucus and decide what strategy the party should follow in the new parliament. In the last parliament, with the Liberals having only a one or two member edge on the Conservatives the NDP decided to support the Trudeau minority government. In that situation however the Liberals were justified in forming a government and meeting parliament because they had the largest group in the house. The day after the election in October, 1972 it was believed they were tied 109 to 109. But as final results were tabulated including recounts, it emerged that there were 109 Liberals to 107 Conservatives. Mr. Trudeau would have the constitutional he meet parliament as prime even though his group of-Liberals might be three or four less than the Conservatives. He would be gambling that Mr. Lewis and his NDP supporters would decide to continue supporting the Trudeau administration. If the NDP decided to with- draw that support and Mr. Trudeau could not get enough votes from the Social Credit group in the house to have a majority in the commons, he would be defeated and resign. His first test of strength would arise on a motion of confidence. Should Mr. Trudeau carry on as prime minister in the commons even though.he might have a group that was four or five members less than the next largest group he might be defeated on the motion of confidence in the throne speech debate. That defeat however might not come until the fall. The prime minister could delay recalling parliament into session after the election for four to six weeks. That could carry forward until the last week in August. It would mean the test of strength in the commons might not come until early in September. If he was defeated in the Commons Mr. Trudeau would submit this resignation to Governor General Jules Leger and he might propose dissolution of parliament and another election. The governor general would have to decide whether to grant that dissolution or whether to call on Robert Stanfield to form a government and meet the commons. If Mi. Stanfield on forming a government could not win the confidence of the house Canada would be plunged into an autumn election. There is the possibility that Mr. Trudeau might decide to step down if he finds that Mr. Stanfield has captured four or five more seats than the Liberal party. However Quebec Liberals say Mr. Trudeau would be under strong pressure within the Liberal caucus to carry on and meet the house. The previous French-Cana- dian prime minister Rt. Hon. Louis St. Laurent in 1957 found the Conservatives had captured 113 members under John Diefenbaker's leadership and the Liberals returned with only 104 members. Despite the urging of some of his more politically-minded cabinet ministers .he decided to resign. DR. WILLIAM PETRUNIK CHIROPRACTOR Wishes to announce the opening of his Chiropractic Practice associated with DR. C. D. LUNDGREN St. 104, Medical-Dental Bldg. 434-7th St. S., Lethbridge Ph. 328-9646 Police want to remove bullet from murder suspect's chest NEW YORK (AP) Police authorities will seek the re- moval of a bullet lodged in the chest of John Smith, 27, a sus- pect in the June 20 murder of a police lieutenant. The bullet is regarded as a key piece of evidence in the in- vestigation of the death of INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. Established 1911 Lower Floor 517 4th S. Phone 327-1541 Lieut. Henry Schmiemann, who was shot during an apparent robbery on the street near his home. Schmeimann fired one shot before falling, fatally wounded. Police want the bullet in Smith's chest to see if it came from Schmiemann's revolver. But Smith was reported to have refused permission to extract the bullet and doctors say there is no "medical necessity" for extracting the slug. The police department said last week that it would not press for removal of the bullet, but changed its mind when legal research found a precedent in which Georgia's highest court approved an operation to recover a bullet from a suspect in the murder of a doctor and his wife in 1971. Smith, who has a long arrest record, checked into a Brooklyn hospital shortly after the Schmiemann shooting. He denied killing the lieutenant, saying the bullet in his chest was fired by a robber. Cartoonist wins prize MONTREAL (CP) Adolf Born, 44, of Prague has been named cartoonist of the year by a jury of fellow artists, Robert LaPalme, curator of the International Salon of Cartoons, announced Friday. FABRIC SALE CLEARANCE SALE CONTINUES Poly-Cottons 65% poly. 35% cotton prints. Reg. yd.............yard Acrylic Prints 99 99 Rag. yd. 1 1 Poly-Cotton Voiles 129 jc" --J Dan f 9 00 till Hird MB 1 45" prints and solid shadis. Rtg. yd Drapery _99 Fibnilis. dralon. acrylic, fishmt and solid acrylics. Values to yd Cotton Knits 199 60" solids and to yd Denim }99 1 00 Tyi-dya. 50% poly. 50% cottoa. Rag S2.99 yd.............. 3000 Yards Plus many unadvertised Specials such as polyesters, jerseys, etc. Fanny's The New Home of PFAFF SEWING MACHINES FANNY'S FABRIC PACTOBY Bummer Salesarana NOW... while they last.. 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