The six-week long Canadian federal election has been a tough campaign for the party leaders as they criss-cross the country in their chartered plans, often travelling several thousands miles in one eighteen-hour day.
Band playing at Liberal Party rally
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Margaret Trudeau in crowd
Prime minister Trudeau
Policemen taking PM through crowd
Interior of chartered DC-9 (silent)
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Trudeau working on plane
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Stanfield rally, M/S Stanfield
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Bandstand and Stanfield speaking
Crowd listening, boats in background
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Stanfield speech: "No surprises, no gimmicks..."...of an new parliament."
Lewis in rally crows
Woman with baby at rally
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Wide shot of stampede grounds at Williams Lake, B.C.
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sound is BG except for Standfield speech from 35 1/2 ft to 41 ft
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Background: The six-week long Canadian federal election has been a tough campaign for the party leaders as they criss-cross the country in their chartered plans, often travelling several thousands miles in one eighteen-hour day. The predictions are for another minority government at the questions most often asked are which of the two big parties will get the most seats and which of the two smaller parties would then hold the balance of power.
The politicians in the last week of the campaign have been raising new issues. Margaret Trudeau, the wife of the prime minister, has been campaigning alongside her husband throughout this election, breaking with her custom of usually staying in the background. In the 1972 election, Pierre Trudeau and the liberal party only won one-hundred-and-nine of the two-hundred-and-sixty-four seats. This time the liberal leader is going for a majority and telling his party to keep on fighting until after the July eighth election day, and breaking with his past practice of not making election promises. Robert Stanfield, the leader of the Progressive Conservatives, says Mr. Trudeau's promises of far this campaign would costs three-billion-dollars more during the life of the next parliament. The Conservative leader, on his part, has promised to cut government spending by a billion-dollars to help keep down inflation. He had one-hundred-and-seven seats in the last election, only two fewer than Mr. Trudeau.
Until their defeat on budget day, the liberal government had stayed in power with the support of David Lewis and the thirty-one members of the New Democratic Party. Mr. Lewis has no members from Quebec east and has been concentrating most of his campaign in the four provinces which have elected NDP members. His latest campaign plank has been to turn the responsibility for housing over to the municipalities and freeze out the private developers.
Real Caouatte, leader of the Creditistes, is trying to keep his hold on fifteen Quebec ridings but ill-health has forced him to do most of his campaigning on television. The Creditistes are strongest in rural Quebec where they campaign vigorously for a united Canada. The separatist movement, the Parti Quebecois, is not fielding any candidates and has asked its supporters not to vote. For the first time, the Communist party and the Marxist-Leninist Party will have their names on the ballots, but none of their candidates are expected to win.