IF YOU had told a Calgary businessman two years ago that he would support Social Credit in the next Alberta election he would have laughed in your face. Two years ago it was a preposterous suggestion. But after the CCF swept into power in Saskatchewan and threatened to invade Alberta, the choice became one between Socialism or Social Credit and Alberta voters chose the heterodoxy with which they were familiar, with the Social Credit Government of 35year-old Ernest Charles Manning returned for a third term.By CLEMENT BENSON7 min
AS A harassed taxpayer you may have shuddered at the pyramid of postwar financial obligations which the Government piled up in the weeks before adjournment. Not all the figures that were added together were comparable. But the basic facts were clear and unmistakable-—that the guarantees and obligations written into the statute books in the early days of August for family allowances, demobilization, farm prices, housing and so forth reached well over the $3 billions mark.By THE MAN WITH A NOTEBOOK6 min
SIX million words were spoken in the House of Commons during this year's session. They are embalmed in Hansard at a cost of about $160,000 or 2 2/3 c. a word. The House sat 123 days. Talk therefore averaged about 49,000 words a sitting. But, while for 100 days or so the torrents of oratory floodswept matters of relatively minor importance, legislation involving expenditures of billions was rushed through with the speed of a Mosquito.
UP TO now, had you asked us what writer’s workshop had left the most lasting impression on our mind, we’d have said, “That of the late Edgar Wallace.” All because of his ash tray. A chain smoker, he grew impatient with ordinary trays which slopped over; had a metal trough built on to the back of his desk.
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