Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
20-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD May 1974 Inflation likely to be major campaign issue OTTAWA Inflation caused the political execution of the minority Liberal government and threatened to be the dominant issue of the ensuing campaign. Rising prices for cloth- shelter and an in- ternational pattern infecting the Canadian economy as touched in some way each of the 13.3 million voters eligible to cast ballots two months hence. That was about more than on Oct. when the first majority government since 1958-62 was pared to another minority. Higher costs have not spared the election machinery which may need about million more to operate this Jean-Marc chief electoral says the general election will cost about million compared with million only 18 months ago. He cites in- creases for paper and printing and a pay to a day from for deputy returning poll clerks and enumerators. Inflation plagued the minority Liberal government almost from the beginning. It was the issue the opposition used to hound the government for more than a year and a stated major factor in the NDP decision to withdraw its balance-of-power support from Prime Minister Trudeau over the budget. The opposition said the budget was not good enough to fight while the government said it was willing to fight an election on its anti-inflation policy. Inflation. 9.1 per cent in was running this year at more than 10 per highest since the Korean War The election spotlights four politically-seasoned each of whom might be in a last campaign in that de- pending on results. For Pierre Elliott 54. the election tests anew both his government's policies and his personal which declined sharply in the last campaign from the dizzy heights of 1968. Would he stay as leader of his government if defeated9 Conservative Leader Robert who turned 60 April risks his political fortune in his third attempt to oust a Liberal government. David whose Demo- crats precipitated the election needs more seats to continue moving the party down the long road to becoming an alternative to the two major parties He turns 65 June 23 and is in his second campaign as leader. The fourth 56-year- old Real is faced with expanding the base of his Social Credit party beyond where it met sharp reverses provincially last October. The see-saw 1972 de- cided after some weeks of late returns and produced the thinnest margin of victory since Confederation and a popular vote of 38.5 for the Liberals to 35 per cent 17.7 7.6 Social Credit and 1.2 per cent other. There were 109 107 a record-high 31 New 15 Social Credit and two Independents. One was Lucien of the well-respected Commons Speaker since the early 1960s who abandoned plans for political retirement to fight one more campaign. At dissolution the standing Liberal Conservative NDP Social Credit Independent vacant 2. The Conservatives lost two members late last year with the deaths of Harry Kuntz and Wally Nesbitt Roch LaSalle' who had left the Conservatives to sit as an returned Feb. 27 at the opening of the 29th Parliament's second session. the 1972 re- sults maintained exactly the Liberal grip on with 56 of 74 seats to 15 Social up two down and an Independent. There were marginal Liberal gains in the Atlantic to 10 of the 32 seats from and the rest stayed Conservative. key to the 1972 vote and considered once again the major trimmed Liberal representation from the 1968 Trudeau swell to 36 of the 88 seats. Conservatives rose to 40 from 17 and the NDP to 11 from with one Independent. Liberal erosion was marked in the where the party had taken 27 of 68 seats in 1968 but fell to seven. Conservatives surged from 25 to 42 including all 19 Alberta seats and the NDP rose to 19 from 16. The NDP won the Northwest Territories from the Liberals and the Conservatives held the Yukon. The 29th Parliament began Jan and lasted much longer than some had expected. But minority governments led by Mackenzie King and Lester Pearson survived longer. The minority Parliament approved 56 bills compared with about 175 during the previous majority Parliament which lasted almost 4Vt years. It approved reductions in some federal and corporate increased family allowances and a variety of pensions and tied such major benefits to the rising cost of living. It renewed a five-year ban on capital banned approved the first election expenses reduced tariffs on goods from developing authorized measures to prevent aircraft hijackings and approved housing legislation to foster community planning. Since it started its second sitting Feb. Parliament approved a bill designed to modernization of fishing granted more autonomy to the two northern extended the Veteran's Land and approved the annual bill authorizing financing for Canadian National Railways and Air Canada. Limited foreign investment a long-debated also were approved. The election spending legislation does not become law until July so has no bearing on this campaign. About a year the minor- ity Parliament established the food prices review board when the cost-of-living debate began bubbling furiously on a national scale. Since then food costs have continued to climb and the NDP has called repeatedly for the government to give the board power to and even roll price increases. The frustrated by a whisker-thin election miss in 1972 and the NDP determination to press its policies while keeping the minority Liberals kept urging adoption of a policy of price and wage to be launched by a 90-day freeze. the controls would be selective. But neither the Liberals nor the NDP favored such pointing to experience in the United Britain and elsewhere as evidence that controls don't work. The Trudeau government did introduce an anti- profiteering bill but it got short shrift from the NDP. From the early autumn rocketing petroleum touched off by the Arab reac- tion to the newest Middle East complicated political and economic life nationally and internationally. With Parliament's petroleum price rises were still working their way through the economy although prolonged federal- provincial haggling did work out a compromise giving the producer Weeds driving you help Everyone loves an attractive lawn. The trouble weeds seem to love too. At Co-op we can help you control those weeds before they take over. We have a complete line of proven weed killers and and we have friendly salespeople who'll help you pick the one just right for your needs. Call on and carry on gardening. 7 STORES TO SEBVE YOU BETTER and money and keeping domestic prices below record world lev- els. part of the Canadian mozaic from coast to produced sagging Prairie grain deliveries at a time of peak world demand and further angered the West. Transport Minister Jean Marchand said he admitted that present policies are not working and promised an overhaul. The styles of the leaders have been well tested in recent years. Mr. chosen to re- place the late Lester B. Pear- son in is in his third federal campaign as prime Mr. Stanfield assumed the Conservative leadership in 1967 after painful internal party up- heavals leading to replacement of former prime minister John Diefenbaker. Mr. Lewis succeeded T.C. Douglas in 1971 after long years of a political struggle as a stalwart of the NDP and its the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation It's the llth campaign for Mr. Caouette who had his first taste of federal elections back in 1946. Mr. Trudeau's image has changed considerably since and even since 1972. The early Trudeau was a relative with a libertarian image based on his _____ I years as a critic of Quebec's Maurice Duplessis Union Na- tionale as a global writer and persistent bachelor. But over the six years he evolved into the husband of the former Margaret Sinclair of two decades a father of two sons and a leader marked by the highs and lows of political life. Mr. Trudeau personally shouldered considerable blame for the fact that the Liberal campaign of 1972 lit few fires among the electorate and appeared to take a lower profile in the Commons. Critics said the Liberals had taken far too lofty a position at a time when there was public concern about unemployment and rising costs. The theme was land is but the Liberals re- turned drastically weakened. Mr. so near and yet so far from victory in has displayed little change from the witty and patient and tenacious figure who took over the Nova Scotia Conservative party in 1948 and eventually became premier in 1956. Both Mr. Lewis and Mr. Caouette have seen their political ups and downs. A former labor Mr. Lewis made his first bid for the Commons in succeeded in lost in 1963 and was returned in 1965. For a his leadership was hampered by the left-wing Waffle but that group largely has withdrawn from the federal scene. Mr. Caouette won election in served one and was defeated. He was elected again in and a year later split with national Social Credit Leader Robert Thompson and renamed his Quebec wing the Ralliement des Creditistes. In Mr. Caouette took on the national leadership and since then has been trying to re-establish Social Credit as a federal party outside especially in the West where the strongholds of Alberta and British Columbia are gone. CO-OP 1221 2nd AVE. LETHBRIDGE of 8ARONS BOW ISLAND CARDSTON COALDALE PICTURE BUTTE _ TABER Check On Alberta Blue Cross 1974 Did You Know That Over Residents Have Alberta Blue Cross Belonging to Blue whether as a Group or as an means peace of mind. It eliminates the worry of being unable to meet the expense of drug costs and other supplementary services that are necessary at a time of illness. 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You are allowed up to S40 00 per day to apply against any hospital Charges remaining after the Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission has paid its stipulated portion of costs incurred during your stay at any public general active treatment hospital located outside Alberta 2. Blue Cross will also pay any out-patient hospital charges remaining after the Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission has paid its portion of hospital charges incurred outside the province of Alberta. 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