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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 25-30; high Tuesday 45-50. The LctUbtidge Herald VOL. LXV No. 272 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 THREE SECTIONS 44 PAGES Hurlburt wins Election in doubt by big margin Tories take lead in Lethbridge By GREG McINTYRE Herald Ken Hurlburt's victory in the Lcthbridgc riding Monday was so devastating that Conservatives were talking of moving Mm into a bigger league so he could go after more voles in the next election. The 44-year-old former mayor of Fort Macleod running for "the first time in a federal election cornered 58 per cent of the vote. He heat his nearest opponent, Liberal Andy Rus- sell, by 35 per cent of the vote and increased tho Conservative vole in the riding by 13 per cent over 1968. In the last election, Conservative Deane Gundlock who retired officially Monday, beat his Liberal opponent John Boras by 14 per cent of the vote. Final returns today were Mr. Hurlburt Mr. Russell Hal Hoffman, New Democratic Party, and Keith Hancock. Social Credit, All three of Jlr. Hurlburt's opponents lost their deposits. Hysteria fizzles out "Trudeau hysteria has fizzled out and the people took a good long look at the situation and decided Bob Stanfield could get the country back to said tho beaming victor. The Conservatives won in the Lethbridge riding with a bigger, smoother campaign than last time and a candidate who was very well known, particularity in tho rural riding. But even in the city, where the Conservatives feared they might have a fight on their hands, polls went down one after another to heavy Hurlburt votes. Tories knew they had it handily in the bag when even a poll at the University of Lcthbridge, where Russell support was thought to lie, fell in the onslaught. The U of L count was Hurlburt 96, Russell 61, Hoffman 44 and Hancock 12. Tories at their El Rancho Motor Hotel election night headquarters "command were jubilant. Ten telephones, three electric calculators and the efforts of about 700 active workers had Mr. Hurburt in an early lead which was never threatened. Through the day Monday there were Conservative scrutineers at all 114 polls who telephoned voting trends to headquarters at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Where voting was light, party headquarters dis- patched vehicles to get people out to the polls. By comparison, the other three parties together had scrutineers at about 20 per cent of the city polls and less than 10 per cent of the rural polls during the day. Winner surprised The large lead was a surprise to Mr. Hurlburt "I'll toll you, by golly, I thought Andy Russell was going to be right on my lail all the way." Party organizers, though, had predicted a largo win. Fred Weatherup, one of the campaign co-ordina- tors, had predicted Mr. Hurlburt would win K per cent of the vote a two per cent over-estimation. Richard Barton, another organizer, said rural Con- servative workers had guaranteed they could get SO per cent of the vote for Hurlburt, "and in many cases they did." "I knew we were in good shape when the turnout at the polls was he said. "If the vote had been light, the Liberals could have beaten us in the city. But the city wasn't even close." The percentage of the vote was Hurlburt 58 per cent, Russell 23, Hoffman 12 and Hancock seven. In 1068, the fifth consecutive win by Mr. Gundlock, the result was Conservative' 45 per cent, Liberal 30, Social Credit 15 and NDP 10 per cent, Some of Lethbridge's eligible vote of cast ballots, making the turnout about 73 per cent. AN ELEPHANTINE TASK Cambodian gov- ernment troops ride into the conflict aboard ele- phants during operalion agaiml the enemy in Koinpong Spcu Province, 40 miles norlhwesl of Phnom Penh, Cambodia'i capital cily. II. A. OLSON BERT 1IARGRAVE Anti-government sivamps son in CONGRATULATIONS Unsuccessful Liberal candidate Andy Russell, left, arrived at Conservative eleclian centre at p.m. to offer Tory Ken Hurlburt, the victor; bast Mr. Hurlburl points to vote tally near the end of the night giving roughly a 3-1 margin over Mr. Russell. him by Walter Kerber Liberals are flattened Tory rebirth in West EDMONTON (CP1 A rebirth of traditional western support for the Progressive Conservatives flattened Liter- als hopes in Monday's general eleclion. The Literals, still haunted in the West by the ghosts of the 1958 Diefenbaker sweep, dropped 20 western seats, most to the Conservatives. Final standings in the West compared with the previous election: PC 41 2s NDP 16 LIB 7 27 SC Doubtful 2 Totals 63 68 New Democratic Parly candi- dates held slim leads over Pro- gressive Conservatives in the two doubtful ridings-Churchill in Manitoba and Saskatche- wan's Meadow Lake. The Conservatives were the only ones to reap gains in all four western provinces. They took all 19 Alberta seats, up- setting Agriculture Minister Bud Olson and Minister of State Pat Mahoney. The two other Liberal losers in Alberta were Allen S'jlatycky, parliamentary sec- retary to Northern Affairs Min- ister Jean Chretien, and Ed- monton Strathcona's Hu Har- ries. ONLY LANG LEFT Manitoba elected seven Con- servatives, two Liberals, in- cluding James Richardson, minister of supply and sen1 ices, and three New Democrats. In 1963, the Liberals and Con- servatives each took five Mani- toba seats and the NDP three. The only Liberal elected in Saskatchewan was Otto Lang, justice minister and minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board. The Con- servatives won seven and the Trudeau to make vote statement OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau intends to meet his cabinet Wednesday and then will make a statement on the federal election outcome, his of- fice said today. He is advising Governor-Gen- eral Iloland Michener of this course of action today "as a. courtesy." The announcement followed word that Progressive Con- servative leader Robert Stanfield has scheduled a re- lurn from Halifax for a news conference here tonight at G p.m. Lellibridgc time. New Democrat leader David Lexis, conferring with party people in Toronto, said he would comment after listening to what the other leaders had to say. Social Credit Heal Caouettc, who won 15 two of Ihem in up-lo-tbc-wire ridings that the immediate future rests in the hands of the oilier parties. NDP four in the province that gave birth to socialism. Four years ago, Saskatche- wan sent two Lberals, five Conservatives and six New Democrats to Ottawa. The greatest Conservative re- vival was in British Columbia which totally repudiated that party four years ago. They took eght seats there, but had to share the spoils of a Liberal thumping with the NDP. The Liberals, who ran away with 16 B.C. seats in 1968, set- tle il for four Monday. The New Democrats capture! 11, a gain of four snd the best NDP show- ing ever west of the Rocky Mountains. Mr. Mahoney, 43, lost in Cal- gary South where he was first elected four years ago. He was defeated by millionaire oilman Peter Bawden. The only seat in the North- west Territories was stolen from the Liberals by the NDP's Wally Kirth, a 37-year-old In- dian who camped out in a pup tent during the campaign. He is the second Indian elected to Parliament. The Yukon returned Erik Niel- sen, a Conservative first elected in 1957. Returned to Parliament after a four-year absence was Con- servative Alvin Hamilton, a for- mer agriculture minister. He w o n in Saskatchewan's Qu'Appellc-Moose Moimtain. Frank Hamilton, former cliief commissioner of the board of grain commissioners, won elec- tion as a Conservative in Swift Current-Maple Creek. By STEWART MacLEOD Canadian Press Staff Writer The Progressive Conservative party won Canada's 30th federal election to- to some likely out the governing Liberals 109 seats to '108. The minority whichever the door to a confus- ing constitutional question that experts say may not be resolved for weeks. The northern Saskatchewan riding of Meadow Lake was the pivotal constitu- ency in the closest general vole in Canadian history. "incumbent Conservative Albert Cadicu squeezed past early leader Ellas Kes- doly who was running for the New Democratic Parly. The NDP was left with a record 30 seals. Recounts, however, in several seals could affect the outcome. Final results will not be certain for at least a weak, perhaps two. The parliamentary future is uncertain. Either of the old-line parties will need the New Democrats, balance-of-power holders, for support. There are 264 seats in the Commons so 133 are needed for a majority. The Speaker of the House ran and was elected as an independent. PARTY STANDINGS This was the standings of parties with all ridings report- ing: 1872 1363 Prog. Con. 109 72 97 Lib. 103 155 131 NDP 30 22 21 SC 15 II 14 Others 2 1 2 N e w Democratic Party Leader David Lewis, holding the balance of power in a new Parliament, said he would sup- port a minority government if it dealt with unemployment, high living costs and the "cor- porate rip-off." And Social Credit Leader Real Caouette, who again will lead an entirely Quebec-based party, said he would support ei- ther' a Liberal or Conservative government. MINISTERS LOST The Liberals, who left the last Parliament with 147 seats, lost four cabinet ministers- Trade Minister Jcan-Lvu: Pepin, Labor Minister Martin O'Connell. Agriculture Minister 11. A. Olson and Minister of State Pat the Conservatives, along with the three other opposition parties, flexed more muscle. It was She Conservatives who sent the Liberals reeling, de- spite the fact that the Liberals scored a massive victory in Quebec and picked up three ad- ditional seats in the Atlantic provinces. In Ontario, where Ihe Liber- als elected 64 MPs in 1963, they ran into a revitalized Con- servative opposition and ended up with only 35 members. The Conservatives, who elected only 17 in the last general election, came bouncing back with 41. And the XDP, which last time elected six, this time took 11. SET PRAIRIE FIRE And after Ontario, the Con- servatives blazed across the West like a prairie fire, burning up all Liberal hopes for another majority government. Alberta was the high point of the Con- servative revival, as they look all 19 seats. STRONG IN" QUEBEC With 58 seats in Quebec, the Liberals will have more than half of their parliamentary strength from that province. Al- though Claude Wagner, the for- mer provincial Liberal justice minister who now is Mr. Etanfield's Quebec lieutenant, won his own seat, only ono other Quebec J1P will join him in Ottawa. He is Howard Grnff- tey, returning to Ottawa afler being defeated four years ago. The resurgence of Ihe Con- servatives. had only 73 seals at dissolution, surprised many people- The public opin- gave at tin of Amnesty announced SAIGON (Renter) Nearly 700 political prisoners and con- victed criminals will be re- leased or (heir jail terms re- duced under an amnesty lo mark South Vietnam's national day Wednesday, President Ngu- yan Van Thieu announced Tues- day. CKIEYl Gordon Russell, in charge of avalanche con- trol (West failing miserably lo control tuc aval- anche in' which his father Andy was caught Union of B.C. Municipalities presi- dent R. Marks saying it's so windy in Lethbridge that the Holiday Inn is "the only hotel I've ever come across .nat puls seal bells on its bods.'' ion polls and surveys indicated (he gap had narrowed between the two major parties recently, but the Liberals were consis- tently in front. An although the voting ended in a dead-heat, the pnrty vole showed the Liberals remained in front, but by a smaller margin than most polls predicted. With 07.R per cent of Ihe Miles counted Monday night. Liberals hntl 3R.3 per cciil. Conservatives M'P 17.ii, Social Credit 7.5. while 1.2 per cent went lo Independents. One of the two Independents elected was Lucien Lamourcux, Speaker of the last Parliament who ran in Stormonl Dnndas. Prior to the I9S8 election he had been a By RON CALDWELL Herald Staff Writer MEDICINE HAT An hour before the polls closed, Agricul- ture Minister Bud Olson sat in his campaign office thumbing through a newspaper. "Anything interesting in the help wanted quipped a campaign worker In an ef- fort to break the tension that hung over party headquarters. "You know they (the voters) have done it to you but the trouble is you don't know what they've Mr- Olson shot back. Less than two hours later, at p.m., the man who held the agriculture portfolio since 1968 climbed on a chair at Lib- eral headquarters and told downcast party supporters that lie was conceding the election to 55-year old rancher Bert Hargra've, ail old friend and associate. What everyone expected to be one of the tightest races anywhere lurned into a Conser- vative runaway right from Ihe start. As the returns started com- uig in shortly after the polls closed, Mr. Hargrave, a former- card-carrying Liberal, jumped into a 400-vote load and was never headed. Unofficial final results gave Mr. Hargrave votes and Mr. Olson, Two other can- didates trailed far behind: Lewis Tcole of the NDP had and Scored Willard Pax- miui, Mr. Olson was firsl elected to the House of Commons as a So- cial Credit member in 1957. He was defeated in the Diefenba- ker sweep of 1958- He was re- elected in and 1963. Karly in 1968 he crossed the floor to sit as a Liberal and was re- elected as such in 1968. As the early returns showed the Conscrva live candidate inching steadily forward, Mr. Olson told party workers that "there is still a chance but, be- ing realistic, we know we are not going to get it. "I'm conceding the election and am going over to Conser- vative headquarters to let them know." Mr. Olson said what happen- ed to the Liberals is part of a trencj which has seen eight pro- vincial governments turned out of office in the last three years. In an interview later, Mr. Olson said. "Naturally I'm a lit- tle disappointed and maybe a little numb, "But its part of the political game, you uin a few and you lose a few." The Olson camp was not so shocked at losing the election as it was with the decisive defeat it suffered. Mr. Olson won in only 203 voles. "I can't understand how peo- ple could vote that moaned one party worker, as the Conservative lead rose to Mr. Olson said it is still tw early to assess [he reasons fo; his defeat "but I expect to IK examining all the factors." He said he Mill be leaving for Ottawa Wednesday to make ar- rangements for the transfer ol his portfolio. 74 per cent of voters cast ballots TORONTO (CP) In- dications are that 74.5 per cent of Canada's 12.SOO.OW eligible voters cast ballots in Monday'; federal election. With out of 61.335 polls per total of votes were tabu- lated. A projection covering all the polls comes to 71.5 per cenl of eligible voters. In 1933 when there were 10.- JCO.BoS eligible voters, a lotal of votes was counted or 74.R per cent. The number of eligible voter? increased this time because o! the lowering of Ihe voting age lo 18 from 21. VOTE BY PARTIES (Copyright, 1972, by The Canadian 1'rrss At a.m. of Percentages ;