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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Alberta, B.C. Labelled The Promised Land FOtKAST MICH SUNDAY 45 The letkbddge Herald baft AOwti l.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LXIII No. 113 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, APRIL 25, WTO FOUR SECTIONS 70 PAGES QUEBEC (CF) The Creditisles bave barged into tot Quebec election campaign to vent their dJsgurt tixea, interest and pourjeil pcrtiea. Thar la heariest In small-town tad roral Quebec, where they have t glowing reputation Icr harvesting UK protest vote under the flamboyant leadership of Real Caouette In federal elections. The Rallieinent Crafiste du Quebec, with 9J can- didates in the 10e-riding province, is led by tall- kud-speakmg ear salesman from Rouyn 35-year-old Camil Samson. Mr. Samson says his Creditistes will win the gen- eral April 29, even though his provincial party was landed only last January and be was elected leader only last month. The new party's opponent! discount the possibility of Creditute victory, but mey nevertheless rale the Creditictes a significant (orce. 'One reason is the Credible recent in federal elec- tions. jilr, Caduelte came from electoral nowhere in 1962 to win M of Quebec's federal ridings. He took 20 in 196J, We in 1965 aad H in 1968. say the 14 federal ridings won in represent an area involving 29 ridings on tie provincial election map in regions such as the Abitibi, the Eastern Townships and Quebec City. With Ox exception oi Abilibi where they challenge three incumbent Liberals, the Credilistes are a threat to the governing Union Nationale Party in its rural power base. It amounts to something of a grudge match between Mr. Caouette and the Union Nationale, which sided with the federal Concervatives to campaign against Creditistes in Uie 1968 federal election. Mr. Caouette says the Tory-UN alliance in 1968 cost the Credilistes at least five ridings and he is'cam- paigning actively to support the provincial Creditistes. Hope To Profit the Opposition Liberals hope to profit from the Credit'sles-Umsn Naticaale struggle, which could split the conservative vote and help elect Liberals in sev- eral rural ridings. But Union Nationale organizers say tire you-bave- Dolhing-to-lose approach used by the Creditistes in fed- eral politics will not work in provincial politics. The reasoning is that pork-barrel 'politics still pre- vail in rural regions and an opposition member of the legislature swings little influence over road paying and public: works. This reasoning was implicit in the campaign com- ments of Roads Minister Fernand Lafontaine, chief or- ganizer of the Union Nationals, who told an electioo meeting: "What have the Credtlstes ever done for Quebec? Have they ever built you a road, 'a single bridge? Just tell me one thing Caouette ever did, one concrete thing." Creditistes have been getting good crowds at then- 'They bave a knack for expressing the frustrations and problems of low-income groups. Mr. Samson isn't a spell-binding orator like Mr. Caouette. He speaks at a shout from start to finish and does not rouse the crowds the way Mr. can. But, like Mr. Caouette, he entertains his audience! wtth ripe language that brings alive rural sight and unells'and beeps scorn on "the old parties." Some Samson comments: On traditional politicians: "You can get up at 5 a.m. to milk the cows. They get up at 10.a.m. to milk you." On traditional parties: "We're in the biggest eco- nomic mess we've ever experienced because of me old parities, which are on the payroll of high finance." On the Credilistes: "Give me 10 true Creditistes and we'll clean up the mess, we'll block tax increases, we'll put the technocrats in their place." On education reform: "They're taking the good Lord out of the schools and they're bringing In drugs and Points To Alia., B.C. Alberta and British Columbia, two provinces with Social Credit governments, are protrayed as the prom- ised land in Sarrson speeches. He tells election meetings: "Why should we be afraid to follow the.path of those who have succeeded. They enrich themselves on natural resources. We give ours away." Mr. Samson tells Quebecers that neither Alberta nor B.C. has a provincial debt, that there is no sales tax in Alberta and that Quebec has borrowed money from B.C.'s Socred government. "When a baby is bom in Alberta he gets a gilt from the government. When a baby is bom In Quebec he gets a bill for his share o( Uw provincial debt." Duvalier Says Peking Joins Space Club Mutiny Over MIAMI, FTa. (AP) dent Francois today a mutiny in the Haitian Coast Guard was "completely under control." The airport in Port au Prince, dosed Friday after mutineers fired on the capital from three vessels, was lo international traf- fic. An Ah- passenger plane flew from Miami to Port an Prince this rooming and an- other flight was scheduled this the airtme; laid. The coast guard-vewek ap- parently' tried to shell Duva- ller's palace. One person was injured and several homes dam- aged, the said. Duvalier immediately closed airports and hartal telephone service (or all but Ihe palace and minister-level officials. Citi- zens were ordered to clear lie slieels. The 63-year-old president-for- life, interviewed via transatlan- tic telephone by France's inde- pendent radio station Europe 1, chuckled as be said he was rely- ing on his feared militia the Tonton Macoute, to keep things under control. The Tonton Ala- c o u I e, whose name means Machete Uncles, frequently are described as Ihe backbone of Duyalier's dictatorship. Dm'alier declined to make a direct comment on reports from Washington that the United Slates, has refused a Haitian re- quest for air cover in Uie event the mutineers strike again. Asked lo explain thev muti- neers' motives, he said: "They don't know what they're doing." Duvalier said, the: mutineers would be placed before a mili- tary court when captured. has been -.d with oottesti for U yean nee to