• Short Summary

    CANADIANS GO TO THE POLLS ON APRIL 8 TO ELECT A NEW GOVERNMENT.POLITICIANS ARE NOW?

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    "THIS IS BREWING THIS UP INTO A TREMENDOUS EMOTIONAL ISSUE. I'M NOT GOING TO FACE THE ELECTION ON THEIR GROUNDS. BECAUSE WE (APPLAUSE) ... AT THE TIME WE ESTABLISHED THE TWO BOMARCS IN CANADA (APPLAUSE) THE UNITED STATES TELL US THAT THEY'VE HAD IT FOR SOME YEARS WHEREBY THEY WOULD SET UP A SHIELD OF SOME THIRTY TO FORTY BOMARCS TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND. THIRTY TO FORTY, HOW MANY ARE THERE TODAY? TWO IN CANADA AND SIX IN THE UNITED STATES. WE STARTED IN AT THE TIME THAT THE BOMARC WAS BELIEVED TO MEET THE PROBLEM OF THE BOMBER. HOWEVER, MORE AND MORE IT'S BECOMING KNOWN AND APPARENT THAT SYSTEM NO LONGER IS EFFECTIVE. THAT'S WHILE THE THIRTY TO FORTY THE UNITED STATES INTENDED TO ESTABLISH, ALL THEY ESTABLISHED WAS EIGHT. WHO WILL IT PROTECT? WILL IT PROTECT THE CITIES FROM FORT WILLIAMS TO VICTORIA, FROM MONTREAL TO ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND? NEVER DESIGNED TO PROTECT CITIES. IT WAS SIMPLY A MEANS WHEREBY BOMBERS MIGHT BE CUT DOWN. THEY TALK ABOUT COMMITMENTS. MY FRIENDS, THIS GOVERNMENT HAS NEVER FAILED IN CARRYING OUT ANY COMMITMENT IT MADE. (APPLAUSE)."




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    Background: CANADIANS GO TO THE POLLS ON APRIL 8 TO ELECT A NEW GOVERNMENT.POLITICIANS ARE NOW BUSY CAMPAIGNING THEIR ELECTORATES.THE CANADIAN PARLIAMENT WAS DISSOLVED ON FEBRUARY 6 FOLLOWING TWO "NO CONFIDENCE" VOTES AGAINST MR.JOHN DIEFENBAKER'S PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE (MODERATE RIGHT-WING) GOVERNMENT.

    THE ISSUE THAT TOPPLED THE GOVERNMENT WAS MR.DIEFENBAKER'S REFUSAL TO ACCEPT AMERICAN NUCLEAR WARHEADS ON CANADIAN SOIL.IT ALSO CAUSED THE RESIGNATION OF THREE CABINET MINISTERS.TWO OTHERS RESIGNED FOR "PERSONAL REASONS".

    MR.DIEFENBAKER CAME TO POWER IN JUNE 1957, WITH A MINORITY ADMINISTRATION.IN THE GENERAL ELECTION IN MARCH 1958, HIS GOVERNMENT SWEPT BACK WITH THE BIGGEST VOTE IN CANADA'S HISTORY, WINNING 208 OF THE 265 SEATS.HOWEVER, LAST JUNE, HIS PARTY LOST HEAVILY, RETAINING ONLY 115 SEATS WITH TWO SPLINTER PARTIES HOLDING THE BALANCE OF POWER.

    HIS CHIEF OPPOSITION IN THE APRIL GENERAL ELECTION IS EXPECTED FROM THE LIBERALS, LED BY MR.LESTER PEARSON.

    UP UNTIL NOW, MR.DIEFENBAKER HAS DISCLAIMED ANY ANTI-AMERICANISM, BUT HE DISPLAYED IT STRONGLY IN HIS OPENING CAMPAIGN SPEECH IN TORONTO YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA54LOLZICC1URQCQX9NHIMEL0F
    Media URN:
    VLVA54LOLZICC1URQCQX9NHIMEL0F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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