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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta A Jew silver linings but: Success of Socreds depends on Caouette -Monday, Stpltmb.r 11, 1972 THE LETHMIDGI HUALD 9 conpoign Ethnic vote crucial for Liberals? By BOB DOUGLAS OTTAWA (CP) Social Credit party officials spot a few silver linings in what others re- gard as a cloudy electoral sky for the parly. Party workers here put liltle stock in speculation that the federal organization has been hard-hit by the defeat of the Bennett government in British Columbia and Claude Wagner's emergence as a Conservative candidate in Quebec. Pierre Dallarie, party press secretary, concedes tho recent defeat of the Social Credit gov- ernment in B.C. was a blow. But he says the provincial ship- wreck in B.C. has galvanized Social Credit supporters there into pulling all their efforts into winning seats in the Commons. Mr. Wagner will drain voies FRAME STYLES FROM AROUND-THE- WORLD rom the Liberal for- mer political Mr. }allaire. But the former pro- incial Liberal cabinet minister ill be regarded by Quebecers s a political turncoat and will ail to make much impact on ;odal Credit support, he said. The party expecls to make urther inroads in Quebec vhich produced all 13 Social Credit MPs in the last Parlia- ment. And it has hopes in New Brunswick, B.C. and Alberta. But it is plain that Social Credit success depends, as usual, on the appeal of party eader Heal Couelle, the fiery car dealer from Royn, Que. HAS STIFF SCHEDULE Mr. Caouette has been unwell for some months fighting his old problem of diabetes. But he has set himself a stiff schedule of campaigning for himself be ginning wilh meetings in his home riding Sunday. He will unofficially launch his national campaign at the an nual convention of the party' Alberta branch Sept. 15-16. Th official national campaign kick off will be later somewhere in the western provinces. The Social Credit leader re turns lo Quebec Sept. 17 start his Quebec campaign a hawinigan. Then he will lunge inlo an intensive 10-day our of constituencies in B.C., Saskatchewan, Mani-i oba and Ontario before return- cg to Quebec Sept. 29. Except for brief sorties to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and view Brunswick Mr. CAouette vill spend the remaining weeks n Quebec ridings. The 54-year-old Social Credit eader lacked none of his old at a recent news confer- ence following announcement of the federal election. He fenced with reporters, poked fun at op- josing party leaders and out- ined his program in a torrent of. words accompanied by slash- ing hand movemenls. TWO KEY PLANKS During the Sept. 1 news con- ference, he touched on two ol the key planks in his party's election se- curity and provincial auton- omy. He promised every unmar- ried Canadian over the age of 18 a guaranteed annual income of annually. Married couples would receive a year wilh an additional a year for each child if a Social Credit government were elected. Old-age pensioners would re- ceive montly at the age of 60. By JOHN BEST OTTAWA (CP) "The Croat vote goes to Stanficld." The remark was tossed out for the benefit of reporters by a talkative Yugoslav emigre demonstrator when President Tito visited Parliament Hill last fall. It sounded innocuous enough. In an indirect way, however, may have said a lot about a lillle-discussed area of govern- ment policy that could lurn out lo have an important bearing on the Oct. 30 federal election: Foreign affairs. The demonstrator's remark, spoken long before the electioi dale became known, indicates what one anti-Tito Croatian na tionalist thought of Prime Min- ister Trudeau's so-called "Ost politik." But it might also be taken tc represent what some opposition CONTINUES COLOR TV i I He said later this social se- curity program would cost bil- lion annnually but would re- place current federal, provin- cial and municipal social wel- fare schemes. The Social Credit leader also called for greater provincial represent what autonomy, wilh the federal gov- candidates see eminent handing over more ot disenchantment its powers lo the provinces. Provinces would have the right to use these powers if they wished. The party's greatest hopes still seem to be in Quebec, which has been Social Credit's chief federal stronghold snce Mr. Caouette led a contingent of 25 MPs from the province some ac> into the Commons in the 1962 election, election. FORMED OWN GROUP That was the party's most successful election, with 29 So- cial Credit MPs returned to the Commons. Mr. Caouette then was deputy leader of the party to Robert Thompson of Red Deer, but he led a group of 13 Quebec MPs out of the party in 1903, forming Le Ral- L'ement Creditieslc. With western Social Credit MPs since defeated or absorbed inlo the Liberal and Con- servative parties, Mr. Caouelte easily won election as leader of a reunited party at a founding convention in Hull, Que., last fall. There were murmurings of a resurgence in the West despite the defeat of the Alberta Social Credit government last year. But the collapse of the B.C. government in the Aug. 30 elec- lion may have affecled party fortunes in that province. In the past, the party flou- rished in rural Quebec. Party strategists look for gains, espe- cially along the southern bank of the St. Lawrence River ex- tending into the Gaspe Pennin- sula. SEEKS NEW GROUND Social Credit already repre- sents eight constituencies south of the St. Lawrence and wants to break into the Liberal for- tress in the Gasoe. The party also hopes (o pick up seats In North.ern New Brunswick, a heavily French- speaking area where there is high unemployment. Party or- ganizers have been busy in New Brunswick for weeks. The party's popular vote in Quebec has slipped from about votes in to votes in the last federal elec- tion. But greater concentration of votes allowed Social Credit to emerge from the 1868 elec- tion wilh 14 seats in Quebec compared to four for the Con- servatives though the Con- servatives received about more votes. One seat was lost to the Liberals in a subsequent byelection. widespreai among eraigr groups, particularly East Eu ropeans, with the present gov ernment's foreign policy. This, it is said, could spe trouble for the Liberals In cer tain urban constituencies wher the ethnic vole, long considered solidly Liberal, is heavy. An Ihe final effect could" be some account in a close-run election. DENY DISCONTENT Liberal spokesmen deny th there is any deep discontent. In addition lo "pslpolitik" Mr. Trudeau's policy of forgin closer lies between Canada an >mmunlst East Europe, in-, uding Ihe Soviet tr foreign initiatives in the last ur years have included a 50- r-cent cut in the size of Can- da's NATO contribution in Eu- pe. Recognition of the Chinese eople's Republic could be a ctor In ridings where thet-e is heavy Chinese vote, but how mil affect the campaign is unclear. A riding where some o! these sues may attract more alien- on than in others is Toronlo arkdale, which has an ethnic ote representing 48 per cent of total. Some other Toronto idings have an even higher thnic percentage. Among a diverse mixture of acial elements in Parkdale 'olish and Ukrainian groups re prominent. The candidates >f both the major parties, Stan ey Haidasz for the Liberals and Lubor Zink for the Con servatives, are of ethnic origin hemselves. BORN IN TORONTO Mr. Haidasz, who representet the riding in the last Parlia meni, was born in Toronto Polish parents. Mr. Zink, newspaper columnist, was born in Czechoslovakia. The NDP, which ran secon to the Liberals in 1968, origi nally nominated Waffle lcad< Mel Watkins but when th Waffle was read out of party it became necessary name a new standard beare This has not yet been done. Mr. Zink claims to have de- oreign affairs has been re- tected a "strong in and muffled. Party door-to-door 'canvassing, against Mr. Trudeau's have criticized aspects of the China-recognition his effort to open up a new era of friendly and the move to better elations wilh Russia, but not with the Soviet principles involved. And This is part of t has been virtually no "fed-up-ness" wilh tho criticism of Mr. minister among electors, decision to establish relations with the Mr. Haidasz does not troubled that foreign-policy Conservatives took fun- sues will hurt his chances objection to Ihe gov- re-election. He said he has NATO policy, how- ceived more mail favoring when it was announced ovemment's initiatives 3, 1969, and have main- mail opposing it 'ever since. "REACTION TO NDP has supporteS Like others across initiatives taken, while lis constituents are more for more of the cerned with with respect to NATO and economic issues, he existing place in le concedes however there American air defence. leen some local against way-out ;rants under the Local NATIVE tiatives Generally, Conservative pine Is not nallve lo sition to government moves WHY DO THEY FEAR HIM? Toronlo Eetik Heine hoi many years In Soviet prisons. 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