Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has decided to continue in office, although his Liberal party lost 56 seats and its majority in last week's General Election.
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TRUDEAU:"The business of governing must continue through the period of time required by law for the several recounts until the final tally is known. This is important both for domestic reasons and for reasons of our relationship with other Countries. It is even more important, however, that the Government submit itself to parliament as soon as is reasonably possible. Our system of Government demands this. Under the Canadian constitution the Government is responsible to Parliament. The continued existence of my Government will therefore depend upon the will of the House of Commons. This is the essence of the Parliamentary form of democracy. The voters of Canada have sent to Parliament a new House of Commons. It is now our responsibility to make that House of Commons work. Whether it will work depends on all members and all parties. for no single party has nearly enough support in the House to exercise its will without the co-operation of others."
LEWIS:"You may be as cynical as you like, but I'm just telling you that there have been no discussions, let along bargaining. Furthermore, I want to tell you that there has been no deal and there will be no deal. I'm not doing any bargaining with Mr Trudeau or anyone else, although I hope that he takes into account some of the things we have said and will say in the future if he want to remain and to have Parliament go on for a while."
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The film includes speeches from Trudeau and Lewis. Transcripts of the sections used follow.
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Background: Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has decided to continue in office, although his Liberal party lost 56 seats and its majority in last week's General Election. The Liberals have 109 seats in the 264-seat House of Commons, exactly the same as the Progressive Conservative Party lead by Robert Stanfield. At one time the Progressive Conservatives were ahead but one of their seats reverted to the Liberals after a recount.
Now, Prime Minister Trudeau will have to select legislation to suit the other political parties if he is to maintain successfully Canada's fifth minority government in 15 years. The Progressive Conservatives say they won't actively oppose any legislation which will benefit the nation. The New Democrats - led dy Mr David Lewis - who now have thirty seats, will also play an important role in the shape of the new Government. They have promised to support Mr Trudeau in getting through Parliament measures of which they actively approve. But leader Lewis has warned that he won't prop up mr Trudeau's majority merely to save the government from falling. So observers have commented that mr Trudeau must now juggle his agenda to make sure his proposals agree with one of the main opposition parties. Mr Trudeau, however, has said he will not govern for "any particular opposition party."