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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Election 72: It'll be a long, hot two months as Trudeau appeals to Canadians for Grits' re-election The lethkulge Herald Third Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, September 8, 1972 Pages 23-28 By VICTOR MAKIE Jlcralil OUawa Bureau OTTAWA Canadians are in for a hard, tough two months ol slanging and slugging as Prime Minister Pierre Trudoau seeks re-election and this time lie will have to defend his in of- opposition has ample fice. The ammunition to use against the Liberals in the next 54 days, seeking to persuade the voters to defeat the government as they prepare to go to the polls glnerally want the taxation load lowered. Four years ago Trudeau was able to sweep into power with a non-camp'aign. He said little about the previous Liberal ad- ministration and was seldom campaign, That does not worry (other postal strike looms over him." Majority governments, ha called upon to delend its Oct. 30. Progressive Conservative, New Democratic Party and So- cial Credit patty spokesmen all professed this week to be con- fident that they would cut sub- stantially into the number of seats held by the Liberals. The political organizations were shifting into high gear I his week. The Liberal Campaign Com- mittee wanted the prime minis- ter to call an October election and he finally obliged. The Grits are happy with the latest Gallup poll and its upturn in fa- vor of the Liberal party. The government is also going to the country with a better economic climate that was the case last spring. The pace of economic activity stepped up sharply in the second quarter of this year. However unem- ployment is high, the cost of living is high and Canadians Book relumed 42 years KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) A book 42 years overdue has been returned to the public library. Austin Foley found a copy of Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens in an apartment house garbage heap. Rather than sec it de- stroyed he took it back'to the library. Although the fine goes un- paid, librarians calculated the bill would have been record. This time its different, he will be called to account. He will also outline his plans and promises for the next four years. Then he was the "young" playboy, bachelor. He put on diving exhibitions, slid down bannisters and romped through the campaign promising noth- ing but offering to bring about the "just society" and implying that he was the best man to keep Canada united. This time he is the most dig- nified middle-aged family man. The prime minister, carrying the responsibility of continuing to administer the government while at the same time leading the campaign for re-election, is hoping to shorten his time on the hustings by two days each week. He will try to put in that much time at his desk in Ot- tawa. Other ministers, such as Fi- nance Minister John Turner, he recruited to go put across the country carrying part of the burden of campaign- ing nationally. There will be fewer mass rallies and more use of the media to get the gov- ernment's message across ap- pealing for re-election. However there will he a char- tered jet to carry the prime minister and his entourage out across the country during the campaign. The Conservatives this time have also chartared a jet to transport Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield back and forth across the nation as the campaign warms up. The NDP have char- tered a turbo-prop aircraft for the last three weeks before the election date. The Conservatives are enter- ing the campaign confident that this time' they can win. At worst they expect to form a mi- nority government. The NDP leader David Lewis has also forecast that a minority gov- ernment could result from the points out, result in high unem- ployment. In the last election one factor leading to Trudeau's election was the conviction that he could preserve Canadian unity and persuade his home prov- ince of Quebec not to separate. But as the new campaign be- gins separatism in Quebec re- mains a strong sentiment. Some Canadians are beginning to wonder if the numerous con- cessions to keep the Quebecers in confederation are becoming too costly. The prime minister has worked hard to bring about a fair proportion of French speaking Canadians in the pub- lic service. A backlash has built up witlun the civil service that could lose the Liberals sev eral seats. Shortly after taking office four years ago the present gov ernment found it had a run away inflationary situation building'up in Canada. Trudeau vowed to fight inflation even though it brought about very severe unemployment. The remedies to reduce the inflationary fevers besetting the the administration and could occur during the campaign. When selected as leader of the Liberals in 1968 Trudeau was regarded by many as a But once in power lie took some steps that were regarded as small "c" con- servative. He is a pragmatist ather than an adherent to any jarty platform. He has altered the direction f the country's foreign pol- cies. Shortly after announcing economy brought about man jobless. Trudeau eventually pronounced inflation "licked" but found he had created an- other unem- ployment." It has stayed on to haunt him and on the eve of tin's election he is wrestling not only with unemployment but rising prices and wages again. Social welfare programs, in- troduced or augmented by the present administration, have added to the tax burdens on the middle class. They are protest- ing the load and crying for alle- viation but have been warned by at least one member of the cab- inet that the middle class can only expect more and more taxes as welfare programs are expanded. Labor problems have also be- set the government. Just before the election was ca'led parlia- he election date he proudly outlined his accomplishments in oreign policy as: a new rela ionship with Russia, the recog nition of Communist China eading to that country's re-ap- >earance on the inlernationa scene and a new tougher ap- proach to our relations with our American neighbours. The government's determinec efforts to encourage develop- ment in underdeveloped areas of Canada through "DREE1' the department of regional ec< nomic expansion has plaudits and criticism. The policies of the Trudea administration and his dema for a disciplined party arousec antagonisms within the caucu Two cabinet minister resigne in disagreement with his po icies and his approach to go ernment. Others, in the bac benches, have crossed the floe or quit in frustration to retur to provincial politics or get o of the game altogether. When it went to the peop the Liberal government he 1-iV seats in parliament. T Conservatives had 73 seats, the KUP 25 and the Social Credit- ers held 13. There were two In- dependents and four vacant ment was emergency summoned session to iaito pass seats. The combined opposition now hold 111 seats in the house, 113 including the Independents. They only need 133 seats to put the government in a minority position. All three opposition leaders are prepared to forecast they can win enough seats to about a minority government. The Liberals realize they are in A soldier's best friend is his foxhole The South Vietnamese sold- iers dug in, above, near Phong Dien have learned one of the prime lessons for an infantry- man: There's nothing like a nice, deep hole. Among those who Icamc d it be fore were the American GIs on Utah beach, Normandy, during the Allied D-Day invasion ot 1M4, above right. 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