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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, April 15, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-9 Pierre says 'good budget9 Tomorrow's world Mao deputy attacked will keep him in power j Not a pretty in China posters OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau has gone Ben Franklin one better. In 1789, the United States in- ventor-philosopher-statesman said that "in this life, nothing is certain but death and taxes." Mr. Trudeau apparently hasn't rejected the certainty of taxes in the next federal budget, but he is positive the budget will not mean the death of his minority government. "One party may support us on one part of the budget, and the other ort the other part of the he told reporters last week. "I think that it's go- ing to be such a good budget that nobody's going to be able to vote against it completely.1' Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield is cast as the Grim Pilgrims killed in crash SAN JERONIMO, Mexico (AP) A truck carrying more than 150 pilgrims in southern Mexico skidded off a road and plunged 22 feet into a ravine Friday night, killing between 20 and 30 persons and injuring about 80 others, authorities here reported. The truck veered off the road when it swerved to avoid a horse, a Red Cross spokesman said. The accident occurred about 50 miles west of Acapulco on a coastal highway linking small villages in the state of Guer- .rero. Reaper in this political drama, but he has the New Democrats to contend with because they have snatched the Liberals from parliamentary demise sev- eral times by voting against Conservative non-confidence motions. The prime minister feels "the budget will look too good" for the opposition to gang up on him. CHANCES SMALL It's unlikely the Conservatives will get that chance before the budget because the government allocates opposition which frequently result in non- confidence votes. None are anticipated until after the budget, expected early next month. Mr. Trudeau says it is ob- vious the Conservatives want a vote before the budget so they can bring down the government and force a general election. "The only conclusion I can draw is that they are afraid that when the budget comes, it will be a good budget for the economy, good for the Ca- nadian people. ..It will be more difficult to defeat us on that budget and, if they do, they know we'll have a good program to have a general election on." This paves the way for speculation about the budget's contents. How does the government retain NDP support and, at the same time, mollify the Conservatives. However, with 109 of the 264 Commons seats, the Liberals need only the continued support of the 31 New Democrats to keep the Conservatives, with 106 seats, in the background. Mr. Trudeau's remark that the budget will be good for the economy and the people sug- gests no increase in personal income taxes and, to keep the NDP in line, perhaps an excess profits tax aimed at corporations. There likely also will be a series of anti-inflation meas- ures, but these might prove the government's undoing if NDP Leader David Lewis carries out his threat. Mr. Lewis told reporters Thursday that the prime minister is "hurting the situation" if he is withholding inflation relief until the budget is presented by Finance Minister John Turner. He said Mr. Trudeau is play- ing politics by holding back the budget and he hinted that this might backfire on the Liberals. "If it is as good as he says, it's his duty to bring it in quickly instead of holding back for some stupid political game." Mr. Stanfield, under- standably, wants to be prime minister, but the NDP has thwarted this at every turn since the minority government was elected in October, 1972. Thursday, when he celebrated his 60th birthday and the Commons offered congratulations, there was no more than a trace of sincerity in his laughing reply. ISN'T IT TIME YOU HAD AN nn UIL CHANGE LUBRICATION! Oil changes and lubrication at factory-recommended intervals reduces needless wear to vital engine parts. Renew your car's body for spring Our modern equipped body shop is ready to serve you. QUALITY BODY REPAIR VINYL TOPS INSTALLED UNDERRATING WINDSHIELDS REPLACED See Jim McLaren our Body Shop Foreman or one of the fully qualified Body men. PLEASE NOTE: Parts and Service Departments Hours: Open Weekdays 8 to 12 a.m., to p.m. Closed all Day Saturday BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE Service Department 2nd Ave. and 8th Street S. Phone 328-1101 prognosis UNITED NATIONS (AP) Around here these days they're talking about what the world might look like in a generation or so, and the prospect as of now isn't pretty. What might it be like in the year 2000? A world jammed with seven billion people? Not enough fcxxHo go around? Intense competition for energy and resources? Crisis after crisis, pushing the big powers to the brink of a calamitous clash? They talk about all .these possibilities almost casually at the big glass house on New York's East River, where a special session on the future of the so- called Third World is in progress. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, in a statement to the opening of the special General Assembly on raw materials, sees an enormous global emergency in the making unless countries can find ways of cooperating effectively to head it off. "Stark, pervasive he says, afflicts two- thirds of the world, while never iir recent decades have world food reserves been so frighteningly low. Other delegates warned of a growing threat of widespread famine in many world areas. Possibly because Americans are unable to comprehend a picture of calamity on so massive a scale, these words seem to be received with almost as- tonishing casualness. They may find i't hard to believe their accustomed way of life is menaced by all the world factors enumerated by the secretary-general: poverty, popu- lation, food, apportionment of natural resources, environment problems, problems of trade and monetary systems and so on. But it might be much more believable in a relatively short time if cherished habits have to be jettisoned. The Club of Rome, an international study group of concerned experts, issued a report last month saying a deadly geometric progression is in prospect "World society is torn asunder by growing and intolerable disparities in living standards and opportunities." it said. "Hundreds of millions of men and women live marginal lives Nature is pillaged and poisoned for the benefit of a few to the detriment of many and of the yet unborn. "The present crisis is much deeper than an oil or energy crisis or a food crisis Its negative effects will have many and diverse repercussions throughout the world. It is the poor nations and poor classes which will suffer most. This is inevitable whenever oil. food or any other basic product becomes scarce or whenever trade, aid or currencies are used as political weapons." This assembly session was called on the initiative of Algeria, to discuss raw materials. Poor countries have seen the lesson of a raw material oil used as a political weapon and the beginnings of new cartels are visible in such important areas as copper and bauxite, the raw material for aluminum. But the raw materials question with which this session is concerned is only one of many aspects of a challenge ahead involving such pressures as inflation, big-power competition for influence and keen competition for North American food production. By JOHN BURNS Special to The Ifcrald PEKING China's seven- month-old rectification campaign took a new and perplexing twist late this week with reports that Li Teh- sheng. one of five deputies to Chairman Mao in the Communist party hierarchy, has been attacked by wall posters in three East China provinces as a cohort of the campaign's arch-villain, Lin Piao. Like the utterances of the oracle at Delphi, the declarations of wall posters need to be treated with caution. Foreign travellers who saw them say the posters denounced Li as a "sworn follower" of the disgraced defence minister and heir apparent, an accusation that is serious indeed. But their authority for doing so was not clear, since the workers' organizations that signed them cited no licence from superior organs of the party or slate. That there has been no whisper of an anit-Li campaign in the party- controlled news media is not 'itself indicative. It was weeks after the supposed death of Lin in September. 1971, before the news media edged around to anonymous attacks on him and fully two years before he was denounced outright. But what does argue for a cautious interpretation at this stage is the experience of the Cultural Revolution, when more than one party leader survived quite-serious attacks in Red Guard wall posters. There are a number of reasons, however, for thinking that the attacks on Li may be more significant than. say. the abortive attempts that were made by some ultra-leftist elements to add Chou En-lai's name to those of the party leaders who fell from grace in the 1966-69 period. First among these is the simple fact that the current situation is not directly analagous with the Cultural Revolution, not withstanding the effort that has been made by the news media to present the anti-Lin, anti-Confucius campaign as a new phase in that earlier-and theoretically contmumg- upheaval. If the drive to criticize Mao's erstwhile heir and his alleged philosophical mentor is "a new and higher stage" of the Cultural Revolution, it is so in a mostly abstract sense. There is certainly the common theme of combating rightist deviations: but the mostly orderly, party- directed fashion in which the current drive has been conducted bears little resemblance to the sometime- chaotic. mostly unco- ordinated events of the Red Guard period. The distinction is important, for the repeated stress in party publications in recent months on the party's controlling role in the anti-Lin campaign makes it rather more difficult to envisage poster attacks on prominent leaders which do not have the prior sanction of the central authorities. Exceptions, of course, cannot be ruled out. but even if the attacks on Li are taken as exceptional and unsanctioned they are startling enough, for they suggest that the party is not holding as tight a rein on the campaign as a reading of the news media impies. Almost all the indications in fact, are that the party's role -remains primary, and that the centre is very much in control of events. While there have been incidents in the past two or three months notably the performance in Peking of the anit-Maoist opera Three Ascents of Peach Mountain suggestive of an acute power struggle behind the scenes, there has been a growing feeling among observers in the last week or two that party leaders have the campaign in check, know exactly what they intend to accomplish with it. CONDUCTED TOURS For The GENERAL PUBLIC Will Be Held Wed.. April 17th. p.m.. p.m.. p.m. Thurs.. April 18th. p.m.. p.m.. p.m. Friday. April 19th. p.m.. p.m.. p.m. Tours For School Groups, Clubs, Associations, Etc. also be arranged by Appointment for future dates. The Lethbridge Herald is pleased to conduct tours, on request, through its ultra-modern plant but requests a minfrniirn of 7 days notice. Call Gwen Westcott at 328-4411 Local 21 for all tour appointments! The Letlibridgc Herald "Serves the South" Canadian ships on exercises HALIFAX (CP) Seven ships of the Canadian navy are scheduled to leave here Tues- day for exercises, ceremonies and visits in Europe before re- turning in mid-May, Maritime Command announced today. The group of ships will be led by Canada's newest destroyers, the 280-class Iroquois, Huron and Athabaskan, and will include the older destroyers An- napolis, Skeena and Assini- boine. The operation support ship Preserver is also part of the force. Five of the ships will be joined by the destroyer Yukon, at present attached to the standing NATO naval force, for a six-day exercise in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. I I I The 74 Mercs. 100 ways better. Meet the 1974 Mercs. The most advanced outboards in boating. With over 100 improve- ments and refinements to give you better performance than any other power you can buy. 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