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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Said Union Nationale Party would die with him Wednesday, October 31, 1973-THE LETHBRIDQC HERALD-41 Maurice Duplessis' legend shows in Quebec election results QUEBEC (CP) There is a legend in Quebec politics that the late Maurice Duplessis told his political cronies the powerful party he founded in 1935 would die with him. Although the story has been repeated in election after election since Mr. Duplessis1 death in 1959, few people put much credence in the legend until they looked at the results of Monday's election. The Union Nationale, of- ficial Opposition in the last national assembly, failed to win a seat. Gabriel Loubier, the party's leader, was one of its 110 candidates to be defeated. Mr. Loubier said in a post- election statement he plans a few days holidays and then will meet the party's ex- ecutive to discuss its future. To many it was almost unbelievable that the party Mr. Duplessis built out of a collection of Conservatives and dissident Liberals had been shattered, perhaps beyond repair, in Premier Robert Bourassa's overwhelming sweep. The Union Nationale ended a 40-year Liberal reign in 1936 and itself appeared headed for a lengthy term in office under Mr. Duplessis' authoritarian leadership. But the Second World War came in 1939 and Mr Duplessis decided to fight an election on a platform of non- participation The federal Liberals took up the challenge and came into Quebec with the party coffers and its moit powerful speakers to help lead the provincial Liberals to vic- tory. Mr. Duplessis' stay in op- position lasted until 1944 when he again ousted the Liberals with a battle cry that was to keep him in office through other elections in 1948, 1952 and 1956. The cry was "Lef Ot- tawa respect our autonomy." Government officials in Ot- tawa frequently said they did not know just what Mr.. Dupl- essis wanted. Quebec voters also confessed to be unsure at times. A pattern developed which saw Quebecers vote for Mr. Duplessis provincially and for the Liberals federally. The popularity of Mr. iJupl- essis and his party were on the wane when he died of a celebral hemmorhage at Scheffervilie, Que., in 1959. His successor, Paul Sauve, died of a heart attack after less than four months as premier, Mr Sauve's successor, Antonio Barrette, led the Union Nationale into a 1960 election and it suffered a resounding defeat at the hands of Jean Lesage and a pepper- pot team of young Liberals. Mr. Barrette disappeared from the political scene and the Union Nationale after a public disagreement with the controllers of party funds. Daniel Johnson was the next picked to lead the party and he scored an upset victory over Mr. Lesage's Liberals in 1966. Two years later. Mr Johnson was dead, also of a heart at- tack. You II get more than your fair share of attention m these long slinky soft evening dresses Choose your mood for the holidays go mysteriously matte, prettily printed or get your glitters on and light up the night1 Simply styled and fitting where they ought to, they show you off to your best advantage while you re showing them' Asst d solids, prints and glitter colors Sorry not all styles and colors in all sizes 8-18 and m the group Ladies Dresses Simpsons-Sears Ltd. STORE HOURS- Open Daily from 9 30 a m to 5 30_p.m. Thursday and Friday 9.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. Centre Village Mall, Telephone 328-9231 At Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee. Satisfaction or money refunded. Sears THIS VALUE Special purchase classic caftans We started with prints. A special purchase of brilliant prints in clean fall colours. With them, we created our caftans Bold, beautiful, free-flowing caftans in a single size that fits everyone. Caftans with the look you want for long fall and winter Buy two or more at this outrageously low price! 'Evaluate this value 'Consider the quality at the price. This'is the only way to evaluate a value ________________Simpsons-Sears Ltd. Al Home Wear at Simpsons you get the finest quarantec Store Hours open satisfaction or money refunded and tree delivery from 9 30 a m to 5 30 p rn, Tnurs and Fri 9 30 a m to 9 00 p m Centre Village mall Telephone 328-9231 ;