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THE LIBERAL LEADER. Sir Joseph Ward, Leader of the Liberal party, will reach Dunedin by the express from the South this afternoon, in order to confer with his party. CANTERBURY’S SUPPORT FOR LIBERALISM. [Special to the Stae.] CHRISTCHURCH, December 11. The surprise of the elections in Canterbury is the size of the Liberal majorities. The Government retain their two seats in the provincial district with much reduced margins, and lose Waitaki. Great interest was taken in the declaration of the poll results, record crowds waiting till midnight. The ‘ Dress ’ hopes that the three doubtful seats may go to the Government when the absentee Expeditionary votes are counted, but says : “ The position is about as unsatisfactory as it could be, seeing the paramount need that exists for a strong Government. Should the scale ultimately turn in favor of Sir Joseph Ward we do not envy him his task. He must satisfy eight Labor representatives, who, during the campaign, did not conceal their contempt for his milk-and-water policy, and will turn against him unless ho does their | bidding. On the other hand, should he proceed to obey their behests, one can hardly conceive the more moderate members of his party consenting to become tools of M'Combs, Webb and Payne.” SOUTHERN MAORI ELECTORATE. A vote was being taken to-day of the | electors in the Southern Maori electorate, i The Dunedin votes (about 50) will be for- | warded to Christchurch for the count, i The candidates are Teone Matapura Erihana (John Ellison, Government), Taaro Parata (Mr C. Parata, Opposition, and member in the last Parliament), and Hapareta Roro (Independent). OFFICIAL COCNT ABOUT MONDAY. So far as Dunedin is concerned, the only scat really uncertain is That of Dunedin Central. Mr Statham (Government) is so far one vote behind Mr Munro (Labor), but the victory is uncertain until Monday, when the official count will include absent voters’ choice, and there are 70 of these, 28 of whom are seamen. FINAL RETURNS. Hawke's Bay.—H. M. Campbell (G.), 4,197; Dr M’Nab (0.), 3,980. Mataura.—G. J. Anderson (G.), 2,856; W. G. Mehaffy (0.), 2,658. WHAT THE RESULTS SHOW. That the Prime Minister hart the record majority for the Dominion—viz., 2,734. That the late Speaker (Hon. F. W. Lang) polled the highest number of votes—s,s7B. Others who topped 5,000 were Dir Parr, Mr J. S. Dickson, and Mr Sidoy. That Dunedin once more provided the closest finish of the campaign But on ! this occasion the venue was changed from Dunedin North to Dunedin Central. That Taranaki went solid for tho Government. Mother Cow behoves i#i a practical farmer at the head of the Dominion’s Administration. That Dr Bud: (To Rangihiroa) threw away tho substance for the shadow in leaving a safe Maori seat for a European electorate. The color line was too big a. hurdle. That the usual fight to a finish was provided in the Wairarapa.. No constituency has been so conspicuous for close contests as has been provided by those old campaigners, Sir Walter Buchanan and Mr Hornsby. With them it is a frequent instance of tho “ins” and “outs-" That one Cabinet Minister (Hon. F. M. TL Fisher) and one ex-Cabinet Minister (Hon. “ Roddy ” ‘ Konzic) aro numbered among tho rejects. That the four Maori elections being held to-day aro tho key to the position. Unless, liko tho European electorates, they i-esi'lt in a tio the side el aiming the majority is in tho ascendant. That Otago sends four new members into Parliament. This is a, record for any provincial dietr.ct ’ That the State benefits to the tuno of £9O by forfeited candidates’ deposits. POSITION IN AUCKLAND. [Special to the Stak.] AUCKLAND, December 11. Tho Auckland ' Star,’ reviewing the disposition of the political forces, stresses instinctively the fact that in Aucklarid province, for instance, where the Conservative vote is only some 2,000 in a majority, circumstances have so befallen that Mr Massey has four supporters to the good for this comparatively small balance of power in actual popular support. The regaining of the Auckland West and Taumaranui scats was generally expected, the chief surprise being the return of Dir T. W. Rhodes for the Thames, while the forces at Whangarei were believed to be sufficient to cany tho Liberal candidate to success against the largely sentimental backing of Dir Mandor in the country districts of Marsden. Tho notable activity and organisation of the Labor vote is described by the ‘ Star ’ as a significant comment upon the outburst of popular discontent and the absence of any statesmanlike endeavor to deal with the foundation causes of industrial unrest. Confidence is expressed that Sir J G. Ward will return to power in the new Parliament with a very narrow majority. Tlie Auckland ‘ Herald ’ says that with rare exceptions the Government only lost scats under the pressure of discordant combinations, while every scat held was won by straight forward voting on the part of the supporters of Mr Massey. Attention is drawn to the strength of the Government wherever agricultural interests predominate. “It is evident,” continues the writer, “that if the Government hold office it will be by a bare majority, and that if fhV Joseph Ward returns to power it will bo by the barest, of divisional margins. Tin’s outcome will he excitedly acclaimed by the Syndicalists who have been restrained by no scruples of political honor in their determination to avenge themselves upon Dir Massey.” Tho Opposition are finally characterised as a medley of diverse political typh« and diverse individualities.

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THE NEW PARLIAMENT., Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914

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THE NEW PARLIAMENT. Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914