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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta May 1174-THI LITHMIDQI HIMALD-M Trudeau unlikely to lose much ground in Quebec By DEREK HILL Henld Quebec Bureau QUEBEC-Although the Ca- nadian electorate as a whole may dump the Liberals this summer for failing to keep in- flation in Prime Minister Trudeau is unlikely to lose much ground in Quebec where his patty won 56 out of a possible 74 seats in Oct. 1972. In fact there is a strong possibility the Liberals will come out of the campaign with more support in Quebec than they expected. That does not mean Quebe- cers are ecstatic about Liberal efforts to combat the rising cost of living. They are just as vexed .as other Canadians about the shrinking value of their take-home pay. Perhaps a more plausible explanation for continued Liberal loyalty in Quebec is that none of the opposition parties has been able to establish a lasting rapport with the people of Quebec. Heading into the the weakened Social Credit party will have a tough time trying to hold the 15 seats it won in the last election. The Conservatives will be seeking to bolster their existing three-man Quebec caucus. The New Democratic Party has yet to elect a member in Quebec. Although Socreds- may appear to be Mr. Trudeau's only worry in his main concern lies with the Conservatives. Staying in power may very well hinge on the Liberal campaign to keep the Tories out of the few as 10 Tory seats here could spell the Lib- eral downfall at the national level But Mr. Trudeau won't be losing much sleep about his chances in his real nightmares will stem from the west. FALLS FLAT Conservative leader Robert Stanfield has made a valliant effort in recent months to demonstrate his sincerity to the French-speaking population of Quebec. He has visited the province more than a dozen times in the last year to muster enthusiasm at the party organization level. His bonne entente has done little to in- dicate even the slightest up- surge of party support. At a party convention in Trois-Riv- ieres last month culmination of many months of half of the expected delegates showed up. Struggling in badly broken tries Conservative leader has repeatedly appealed for support in Quebec so that French-Canadians will be adequately represented in parliament if his party is elected. He has warned of the threat to national unity if the Cana- dian electorate polarizes along language lines. The Liberals have always countered with the argument that their party is the only party capable of winning enough support from both lan- guage groups. In the last Mr. Stanfield counted heavily on superstar candidate Claude Wagner to woo the Quebec voters. The idea was a failure by Mr. Stanfield's own admission. Mr. a former justice minister under Quebec Liberal Premier Jean was elected by a narrow margin in his own riding but the party's popular support throughout the province dropped to 17 per cent from 21 per cent in 1968. This time around the Tory strategy will be to put more emphasis on Mr. Stanfield as national leader and to concen- trate on finding candidates who are popular at the local riding level in Quebec. AMBITIOUS Efforts to find such candi- dates with a few have been disappointing for the Tory brass. Other than Roch who returned to the Conservative family after leaving them to become an independant the only other big name to offer his candidacy is Marcel a former separatist and former member of the late Premier Daniel Johnson's union Nationale cabinet. Like Mr. Mr. Masse is a very ambitious politician who knows there will be a place for him in the Conservative cabinet if he and his party win the election. The Social Credit un- der the leadership of Real will be seriously hampered in this election by internal party squabbles. Mr. Caouette no longer com- mands the loyalty of his troups in especially since he blundered in his support of Yvon Dupuis for leadership of the provincial Creditiste party. Mr. Dupuis managed to win the leadership but he also led the party to an embarrassing defeat at the polls in last Octo- ber's provincial election. Only two Creditistes were both of them personal enemies of Mr. Dupuis. The old-line Credit- ones who hardest in election never really forgiven Mr. Caouette for helping Mr. Dupuis walk off with their party and destroy it The actual impact of this ill- feeling may very well be translated into Liberal k WAGNER CAOUETTE Plan won't work By BRUCE LEVETT WASHINGTON Be- cause of the rich diversity among people and countries of the international environmental standards for that area just would not a Canadian report states. it calls for country- by-country environmental pol- icies and objectives. The report was prepared by W. H Mehaffey of general manager of engineering and manufacturing development for MacMillan Bloedel for presentation to the environment committee of the Pacific Basin Economic Council a non-governmental organization of the top business executives from the Australia and New is holding its seventh annual general meeting here. head of the Cana- dian environment committee of outlined Canadian experience in environmental matters in his report. as both a developed and undeveloped had much in common with most nations of the Pacific. in some developing a prevailing attitude that environmental concerns are a a pastime for the the report states. Canada could only cite its experience. estimated the importance of environmental concern and sacrificed this as a priority to other priorities. We erred in doing so We now are paying a heavy price both as societies and as corporations within our for that lack of judg- has learned something from her the report states. Canadian in- dustry and government circles are becoming more and more sensitive to the social environmental aspects as well as those of the in major projects. The report suggested that other countries in the Pacific which have not already done so should establish an environmental policy to provide guidelines both for their own nationals and for foreign investors. will ensure that the culture of the investing nations will not be superimposed on that of the host with all the attendant risks of social disruption this could victories in ridings where the Social Credit squeezed by in 1972. Another factor which spells trouble for the Social Credit party is the Parti Quebecois' recent decision to urge its members to abstain from any participation in federal elections. In the last federal the unofficial mot d'ordre was to vote Creditiste in any riding where there was a chance of beating Mr. Trudeau's Liberals. And when the election results were the Parti Quebecois then tried to capitalize on English Canada's rejection of French power. PQ leader Rene Levesque said the rest of Canada voted strongly Conservative to tell Quebec it was an unwelcome partner in confederation. There are a few people within the PQ who would like to see nationalist party founded to elect federal candidates oversee the transfer of federal powers to an eventual sovereign A similar idea was tried in 1972 but it failed miserably when the separatist party re- fused to endorse it. The official PQ policy decided earlier this month Parti Quebecois excludes all forms of electoral direct or visible or to a Canadian political party operating in If members abide by that the NDP can't hope to make any inroads in Quebec. The PQ draws most of its strength from the heavily populated working class districts of east-end Montreal where the NDP's only potential electorate lies. 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