Earth Day puts Conservative government's environmental policies under scrutiny
There are 1 comment on the The Hamilton Spectator story from Apr 22, 2012, titled Earth Day puts Conservative government's environmental policies under scrutiny. In it, The Hamilton Spectator reports that:
as millions of Canadians gathered at rallies and events to celebrate Earth Day
The Tory Republican government's environmental record was put under scrutiny with an Election in that state/province this week on Sunday ...
The U.S. was still knee-deep in the blood of Vietnam. Charles Manson and three accomplices were sentenced for the Sharon Tate murders. In Canada, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau married Margaret Sinclair.
The Beatles were moving on. John Lennon moved permanently to New York and Paul McCartney was forming his new group Wings.
Danielle Smith, born in Calgary, was five months old.
Lougheed, like Smith today, had a small caucus built on homegrown candidates and defectors.
He criss-crossed the province on a campaign for change simply titled Now.
He was young, 36, and telegenic and the PCs used the new medium of TV to get their message out.
Strom, a southern Alberta rancher approaching 60, looked worn and wan by comparison. And he was weak on TV.
With poll numbers flattening, Social Credit looked for a boost by basking in the glow of their history.
They trotted out popular former premier Ernest Manning to rally the troops. Forty years later, the Tories would do the same thing, getting a personal endorsement for Redford from Lougheed.
The Social Credit tried labelling the truth about the Tories as dangerous, but had trouble getting the word out with the controlled mass media. A vote for Lougheed, Strom told a late-stage rally, would be the first step in the takeover of Alberta by the socialists.
Forty years later, Redfords team would try a similar tack, suggesting in recent days that a Wildrose government would mean institutionalized intolerance and a renewed attack on the hard won rights of minorities and women.
On election night in 1971, the end came swiftly 49 seats for the Tories to 25 for Social Credit. Strom made a quick concession speech, was given a golden horse statue and packed off on a plane back to Medicine Hat.
He left the statue behind.
Asked later to explain the defeat, he said he couldnt.But defeated Social Credit candidate Don Hamilton urged people to not over-think it.
The people wanted change, he said.
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