SYNOPSIS: Over thirteen million people are eligible is vote in Canada's general election. There are?
SYNOPSIS: Over thirteen million people are eligible is vote in Canada's general election. There are twelve hundred and nine candidates running for the country's 284 parliamentary seats. The party leaders have completed their campaigning now and it's now up to the voters to decide who will form Canada's next government. At parliament's dissolution eight weeks ago, the party standings ware: Liberals 103, Conservatives 105, New Democrats 31, Social Credit 14, Independents 2 and there were two vacancies through deaths. In the last parliament, the Liberal governed with the support of the New Democratic Party. However, the New Democrats voted with the Conservatives against the Liberal proposed budget and the government was brought down.
The advance polling that took place throughout the country was heavier than usual, mainly because of the summer season. Many people will be away on vacation on election day. A heavy voter turn-out is also expected for election day. The leader of the Social Credit Party. Real Coquette had to go into hospital at the start of this campaign but rejoined the tour a few days later. However, Mister Caouette is relying on his son, who is a candidate, to spread the party message.
The New Democratic party, under leader, David Lewis, embarked on an attack against the cost of living and the power of Canada's big corporations and the taxes they pay.
The leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, Robert Stanfield is advocating a 90-day wage and price freeze to be followed by flexible controls.
Prime Minister Trudeau and his Liberal party have promised changes in housing, transportation and fisheries. He feels that the Conservatives wage and price controls won't work.