Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tueedey, April LETHMIDOI HERALO-lf New party for West 'attractive9 By PETER THOMSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The big game in Ottawa is election speculation. The intermission entertainment is talk about formation of a new political party. Jack Horner, the maverick rancher MP from Alberta, is the man associated with disruption of present political alignments. According to rumor he is about to split with the Con- servatives because he doesn't like their policies. The rumors, although heartily promoted by the Prime Minis- ter's Office, and other Liberals are far removed from the facts. Mr. Horner has no intention of leading a new, right wing, party into an election that seems certain to come within 90 days unless NDP leader David Lewis loses his nerve again. But, Mr. Horner makes no secret of his disenchantment with Conservative Party leadership on some issues. In a private interview this week he explained his feelings. He does not doubt there will be an early election. And he ex- pects the Conservatives will win it. "If Mr. Stanfield were to ask me to serve in his cabinet, I suppose I would says Mr. Horner, replying to a direct question. That hardly sounds consistent with rumors of a person advo- cating establishment of a new party! But then Mr. Horner ex- plains his misgivings. He admits he is worried about those who seem to be most in- fluential with Party leader Robert whose view of Canadian society and its needs differ widely from Mr. Homer's. He is deeply concerned about the party's advocating a wage and price freeze without sufficient explanation of how it would work. He is concerned about its shift toward endorsing a guar- anteed annual income. He is deeply concerned because the party appears to be advocating an excess profits tax. Wage and price controls are a nice simple answer, he says, but they wouldn't the results of trying them might be chaotic. That policy is obviously aimed at group that outnumbers producers by a wide margin in Canadian society. And it is producers who need more representation that they are receiving in Parliament, according to Mr. Horner. "Everyone seems to agree that the next election will be de- cided in consuming province, Horner says. But while the Liberals, the NDP and the Conservatives are vying for Ontario support, the producers of this nation are not receiving the representation they deserve. Is there room for another political party in Canada? "Well, the idea of a Western Party is says Mr. Horner. "I have thought about that concept." It would not be more than a minority party, he says. But the fact is the Western provinces don't have the voice they deserve in Ottawa. It seems they only have influence when they send a solid block of representatives. In 1968-72, for example, there were 27 Liberals out oi 68 rep- resentatives from the West. It was probably the worst period the west has ever experienced in terms of its attention from Ottawa. In 1972 the west returned a pretty solid block of Con- servatives. There has been much more attention from the Government in the last 18 months. One is tempted to conclude that solid Western support for one party can achieve something. The key is to have the West united. But can the west not achieve more by working within an old line party with a separate party? "We seem to be into an era of minority replies Mr. Horner. Working within the confines of old line parties, the West is always Parliament, in the party caucus, and in cabinet. One is tempted to wonder if a separate party, in an era of mi- nority governments, wouldn't be more effective. For example, there is the growing tendency in the three major parties to try to win votes in votes. "We in the west are producers, of lumber, of wheat, of oil, of cattle, of oil are basically producers whose interests are diametrically opposed to those of Says Mr. Horner. Would a new party be strictly regional? Not necessarily, according to Mr. Horner. As old line parties shift more toward consumer interests, as evidenced in the cur- rent effort to curry votes in Ontario, practically all free en- terprisers are left short on representation. A party representing the interests of "producers" could have representation right across the country. Would Mr. Horner take any role in formation of a new party? If I was to play such a role it would be a traumatic ex- perience. "My whole family has been Conservative. I really can't en- vision its taking he says. in view of present trends, he adds, "I haven't denied it should be looked at." "If Western Canada could unite and stay united, it would be a potent he adds. "The greatest thing Dief (former Prime Minister John Die- fenbaker) ever did was that -he united Western he pulled it together. If Western Canada could stay united it would be a potent says Mr. Horner. NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING of the Lethbridge Early Childhood Services Society At the call of the planning committee, a general meeting of the Lethbridge Early Childhood Services Society hat been celled for Wednesday, May 1 at p.m. in flit Allan Wilson School Auditorium The Planning Committee will cause to be moved, the following extraordinary resolutions: That Article 6 of the by-laws be deleted and the new section to read as follows: The duties of the council shall be: (a) to meet the objectives of the Society by co- ordinating the resources of the community, to encourage and if necessary, develop and plan Early Childhood programs and services and by facilitating the operation of each program within the community. (b) to appoint such committees as it may deem expedient in the carrying out of the objectives of the Lethbridge Early Childhood Services Society. (c) to interpret the work of the Lethbridge Early Childhood Services to the community-at-large. That Article III Section 3 be amended by the addition of subsection "Provide members to serve the Local Early Childhood Services Advisory Committees of each member program." All interested parents, and people involved in Early Childhood programs are invited to attend the first meeting of this Society. OPEN WEDNESDAY TILL 9 Night Shopping Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until 9 The Ride's on us... Wednesday, Thursday and Friday a.m. to a.m. Trans-Canada Sale shoppers can ride free to Eaton's on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on any Transit bus, any city route, from a.m. to a.m. Eaton's will pick up the tab. JOIN TRANS-CANADA SALE FUN AND SAVINGS AT EATON'S ALL THIS WEEK! 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