Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LctKbridgc Herald Third Scclion U'tlibi'ifific. Alberta, Thursday, Nov-Tiber 11, 1071____________ Social Credit philosophy is thriving in Quebec BLAST IT simply because locked his keys retrieve them ig Albert Shea of Ottawa was left behind, ha lost his temper. He hod inadvertently in his car trunk and his futile efforts to nited on explosive temper. Finally, in fruv tration, he decided he didn't need the car any longer placed a far sale sign on the back window. Good dance, he fumed. and HV i-.u'i. Herald Ottawa liiu-eliu OTTAWA The Social Credit philosophy as a federal force may be all but dead in Alberta ami British Columbia but jn Quebec it appears to be in thriv- ing condition. Of all the parties and men the Federal Liberals will be watching in the coming months none will he observed m o r e closely than Real Caouette and his Ralliement des Creditistes. For, strange as it may seem in the West, this outspoken auto dealer from Rouyn appears In be the one man who can make i Social Credit a force to be reck- oned with in the federal Par- liament- No one here believes thai Mr. I Caouelte and his followers rep- resent anything more than a strictly regional parly. But. in that alone." they arc at present the only threat to the huge fed- eral Liberal power base in Que- bec. II was that power base thai gave the Liberals 5C. of their 153 seats in the 19GB Trudeau sweep, and its a power base the Liberals feel must remain intact in future elections. So, the Liberals arc scanning Quebec cities and towns for other potential suitors of Que- bec voters. The NDP has yet to elect a federal member in Quebec. The Progressive Con- servatives are in a slightly bet- ter position, but until Robert Sianficld selects hi.s Quebec lieutenant it is diflicult to judge i whether the PCs might pose a threat of any substance to the Liberals. Bui there is no doubt that Mr. Caouette does. He has pre- dicted his party will take 50 Quebec seats in the next fed- eral election. No one really be- lieves this any more than they believe he will lake 20 seals in Ihe Tin- fall from grace of the provincial Social Credit parl> in Alberta has eradicated any hopes whatever of a federal j Socrcd upsurge in that prov-: ince. However, it is a very dif- ficult story when one looks East. In the sweep Mr Caou- c-tle was the only person who managed 10 gain a substantial showing against Trudeau. He gained'M of I he 7-1 seats, leav- ing for the federal Liberals Today, following a widely-pub- licized leadership convent i o n. Mr. Caouctte is in a much stronger position. The loyalty of La Belle Prov- ince to the federal Liberal.- is essential. Wilh the exception of one postwar election the Lib- erals have done extremely well in Quebec. Only in 19511 did Que- bec turn its back on the Lib- erals. Then, voters elected 50 Progressive Consenatives and only 25 Liberals. These days, the Liberals feel that their strength in Ontario, where they elected M members in is on the wane. Only in Quebec do they fed they can keep the Progressive Con- servatives down to the low point they had them in So any opposition to the Lib- erals in Quebec naturally con- cerns them. Right now. Real Caouelte is I making political hay out of nl selling Ihe home ablaze. killing lo per- I sons. The n.iirder Injures include I boll) capllal and nnn-caphal killings. okayed OTTAWA K'P' Th1.' federal umci-rmcnl has approved a loan for corsiriiction of a seniof housii'g project j in lied Deer. lied Deer Twilight Homes foundation gels Ihe money for addition of a new wing to an existing home for the elderly. The loan is for 50 years at inter- es' of per ceni. I I'HOTKST SKVILI.A. Spain iAP' IMIIU ii workers of ll'i- crairnt laclory re- porli-d tor work in Iheir under- wear lo baik demands lor over- alls said managemenl I prmniM'd Ihem n year ago.