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    Canada's Political parties are stepping up their campaigns as the country's general election draws near.


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    Canada's Political parties are stepping up their campaigns as the country's general election draws near.

    The latest public opinion polls put Mr. Trudeau's Liberal Party out in front from its chief challenger, Mr. Robert Stanfield's Progressive Conservative opposition party.

    Mr. Stanfield is regarded as thoughtful, conscientious and thorough, although not a barnstormer. He's been fighting a positive campaign, as well as criticising Pierre Turdeau's performance on inflation, employment and for overall mediocre management of the country.

    He has also minimised the Prime Minister's personality, one of the major factors in his election 4 1/2 years ago. Now, Mr. Stanfield, points out the Prime Minister has a record, so it is no longer a personality contest.

    According to reporters on the election trail, the Prime Minister realises that he cannot win on charm and promise alone. They say he is on the defensive in his swings across Canada, hitting back at the minority parties' accusations that he has side-stepped issues, and that he talks in generalities.

    The election on October 30 is being held before it is due--reflecting Mr. Trudeau's belief that support for his Government is now on the increase after a dismal showing last winter.

    However, observers say that unless he can widen his party's ten-point lead over the opposition, Canada may well be in for another period of minority Government rule.

    SYNOPSIS: If, on October the thirtieth, Canada decides that it wants a new Prime Minister to replace Pierre Trudeau, then this will be the man. Robert Stanfield is the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party--the biggest of Canada's three minority parties. He's Conservative from Nova Scotia who's critical of the Trudeau Government for inflation, high unemployment and for overall mediocre management. He also minimises Trudeau's personality cult...

    This is St. John's in Newfoundland. It's a Tory stronghold and like the rest of the country it displays a strong regional bias. The people in this province believe they're being exploited by the federal Government. They hope that Stanfield, who's from this region, will be able to do more for them-bring them back into step with the rest of the country.

    The Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, still displays the magnetism which played so big a part in his election four-and-a-half years ago. But he knows that this time he can't win on charm and promise alone. Reporters on his election trail say he is on the defensive in his swings across Canada. The smaller parties have been sniping at him accusing him of side-stepping issues, of talking in generalities while he's pushing Liberal candidates.

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