Canadians go to the polls on July the 3rd for the second time in eighteen months.
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Background: Canadians go to the polls on July the 3rd for the second time in eighteen months. Campaigning has entered the last month with opinion polls still doubtful on the outcome.
In late 1972 Canadians voted Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau a minute majority. His strength came mainly from the eastern provinces and Quebec. The further west the voting.... the less the ruling Liberal Party polled. As in previous elections the province of Ontario will hold the key. In 1972 the Liberals lost ground in rural areas and Prime Minister Trudeau has been focusing his attention on this vital, rich, province.
The other party leaders are Robert Stanfield, of the Progressive Conservative Party and David Lewis, of the New Democratic Party. It was the NDP which held the balance of power after the 1972 election. The Liberals had a majority of two and only survived through concessions to the NDP.
In 1972 Trudeau was blamed for campaigning on idealistic issues. The opposition parties stuck to the modern day standbys of inflation and nationalism. Trudeau won support among the French Canadians but lost badly in the west.
This year the main issues revolve around the high cost of food and clothing, thehousing shortage in the big cities and the energy crisis.