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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 3 intlBMDGE HERAID Wetinojday, Oitobsr 25. 1972 quiet: H'lull's cooking on vote slove? My GAIiliV FAlltllAlIlN Press Siall Writer I'oliticKins across Hie country are in Mmu'wluit the same stale of LUS tile veteran scout in the old Western movie into tlic nigiit and mutters "it's too quiet." Docs ttie imu'h-p'.iulieized ap- parent voU-r apathy moan there v.ill be link- chiiiicc in I he Oct. i m election'.1 Or (Ices it moan i Momiay wi'l a surprise j rebellion voters ngainit one of more parties? A O survey by Tlw Canadian P.'css shows poll-1 t i c i a n s radio open-line hosls and other ob- servers divide! on the question of voter apathy. Some, u Neu'foimdiaiid Liln-'ral spokeL-nian, say voters are quiet I ccanse tliey are not stirred up CUT any "they're fat and happy.'' Othe' obEC'.'vevs, like peg Free Press, say voters have been turned off by an election campaign that has j been "a transcontinental bore, a coast-to-coast Virtually all commentators say Ihe Tnulcaiimania of 1808 has disappeared. Perhaps related to this is the feeling of some political organ- i izers that only half of the 2.8 million young people eligible to vote for the first time will ac- tually cast their ballots. But others like Gordon Sin- clair, host of an open-line pro- j jlram on Montreal radio slation CM OX, say interest is liigh. When he had a Liberal and a Conservative candidate on tire! program Monday, "1 stopped giving out the call-in immber after 15 minutes of a two-hour show and the phone never stopped ringing." He reports that (lie most caller reaclion has come on the subjects of unemployment in- surance abuse and the S'2 in- crease given to old-age pensio- ners by the government. In Saskatchewan. New Demo- crat Les Benjamin-, candidate in Regina-Lake Centre, said "When people aren't saying anything it doesn't mean they aron't interested." "They may have made up their minds already and just aren't talking aboirt it." A Conservative spokesman in Quebec asserted that there is "a silent defiance of the gov- ernment." IN ALllKIVl'A Views on voter apathy vary from riding to riding'in Alberta, apparently .indirect relation to how close the contest is expect- ed lo be in each. "People don't seem, at all said Hugh Impey, campaign manager for Con- servative Gerald Baldwin in River. Jim llirsch, campaign man- ager in Medicine Hat for Agri- culture Minister II. A. Olson, said meeting attendance is high comparable with 19G8. In Calgary South, Conserva- tive Peter Bawden and Liberal I Pat Mahoney report their aud- iences at all-party meetings j have been dropping steadily since the campaign started. campaign Thompson's big vote machine r dfidian-jVlacle Women's Stylish Vinyl Snowboot 15" Canadian made snowboot s pile iined for warmrh ond has a full Jengfh zipper. Black and Sizes 5 lo 10. Homer acl issue aired VANCOUVER