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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Opposition worried over non-campaign By 11KNN1S TIKI.l, 01 Tlic Canadian J'resj VANCOUVEH The chislvo wlillc ralibit in Brit- ish Columbia's political wonderland lliis summer turns out to lx> William Andrew Cecil Dennett, tlic 71-year- old Social Credit leader wlio is beating the bushes for votes for the ciglitli time in tlic pust 20 years. It is tlie premier's announced intention to conduct his campaign for the Aug. 30 general election without benefit of news coverage. This leaves newsmen in the rote of Alice, chasing him from one warren to the next, Tv'hila the- premier uses his cabinet ministers to pump a steady stream of new to the electorate. Premier Bennett's "new way of campaigning" with no prior disclosure of his itinerary has left the leaders of British Columbia's three opposition parties apprehen- sive about just wliot the old political professional lias up liis sleeve this lime. (iroused Uavid lianclt. 41-year-old leader of the provincial New Democratic Party: "Is there an election or isn't there? If there Is an election on in tliis province it is the responsibility of tho premier to tell the people where he is, where he's going and what he intends to do." Premier Bennett blames it all on Derril Warren, 32, leader of the resurgent Progressive Conservatives. Mr. Warren crashed the Vancouver news conference at which the premier announced the election July 24 and stole a lot of the Social Credit leader's thunder. "We're not going to have anyone laying eggs in our the premier sniffed the day following the Incident. "This time 1 haven't got an itinerary and I'm not going to have Tm itinerary." Organizers of Liberal leader David Anderson fay that the degree of secrecy surrounding the premier's campaign activities is deliberate .strategy to play down his role while mounting a massive advertising campaign on television and in ttie press. "They don't want him around because he's an em- barrassment to them" said a strategist at Liberal heatl- ntiarlers in Vancouver. "Everyone knows he's going to retire in a couple of years and that's why Social Credit is stressing the accomplishments of the party rather than NIC party's leader. Popped in In reality, Premier Bennett's campaigning tech- niques are nothing new. Joseph Smallsvwoct tried n smi- ilar system in Newfoundland last October when he an- nounced n lew weeks before the election there that ho was "travelling with an itinerary known only to my- self." Tho Liberals wore beaten by Premier Frank Jloores1 Progressive Conservatives. Generally, the premier gcLs found by reporters only when he wants lo be found, lie was located in Northern Clictuynd hist week when he r.nnounced i multi-million-dollar coal development project. He popped into town, popped off, (hen popped out again. AH o[ (his hn.s left the Ihrce loaders of the opposi- tion parlies little lo .snipe at. Mr. ]3HITCH, Mr. Anderson nnd Mr, Warren all arc conducting set-piece campaigns with heavy emphasis on media coverage, Mr. Barrett, a social worker who was once fired hy the provincial government for hi.s outspoken criti- cism of its correctional services, has been relying heav- ily on the effect of personal appearances in all parts of tho province. The NDP has coupled Mr. Barrett's personal campaign with its methodical battle-tested door-to-door canvassing techniques in cncli riding. Mr, Anderson, n 34-year-old bachelor from Victoria who earned a national reputation as a pollution fighter during four years in the commons ns MP for Ksqui- rnalt-Saamch, hasn't had tho freedom of action that Air. Barrett enjoys, Tho Literal leader has a tough battle on liis hands for personal election in the two-member Victoria riding, a traditional Social Credit stronghold thai, relurned two cabinet ministers in the election with huge plural- ities. Consequently, he's hwl to allot 14 clays of tho campaign for activities in his home riding. Oppose Grits Tho lateral campaign nlso scienis to hick the Bmootliness of the slick, breezy that Mr. Anderson's predecessor. Dr. T'at McGcer, put together in 1969. The I.ilKr.ils still Tire 11 candidates short o[ a full slate, and it was doubtful they would fill it by nom- ination day, next Wednesday. The Tories nrc clearly nfter the live Literal scats fn Ihc greater Vancouver area, all of Ihcm affluent upper-middle class areas that Ihe Conservatives view as a base for future elections. Mr. Warren liim.sclf is running against n I.itjerEil in Hie Noilli Vrmconvcr-Seymwir riding, as Is provincial president J'elcr Ifymlman in West Van- couver-Howe Soiuul. Tbc Conservatives who run only one candidate in ISfifl were just candidates short of a full slate, a total lhat exceeded Ihe wildest, expectations of party org.ini7.crs a Tow weeks from a standpoint, Mr. Warren has stcerwl clear of direct allarks on I'rcmicr ner.notl. In fact, be has on occasion lauded Ibe premier's past nccomplish- menls, hut now says H's lime lo consider a realistic free cnlcrnrisn allci nalivu lo (ho 20-year-old Social Credit administration in H.C. Tlie Liberals and Social Credilcrs nre feeling the pressure. Mr. this Ihc Conservative campaign ns an ego trip of massive proportions for Mr. Warren, nnd "for liirn lo present himself in terms of being the premier just doesn't make any sense at nil." George DricdiRcr, president of Ihe B.C. Social Credit called Mr. Warren an "ignorant and slupirl pTirly Ic.irlnr" fnr accusing Six'iH Credit of spend- ing in llu> TVarr- Ilivrr Sniilli HtlinR. where Inry Don Marshall. ,1 defector frrmi Ihr seeks reelection. Anything nliove ID per cent for the Tories (ind they expect lo finish with over 20 per cent could linvc a serious impacl on Ihc hopes of Ihc Liberals nnd Stx-inl Credit, The NDP, with n solidly entrenched third of Ilia popular vote, llicorctlcnlly stands lo make spec- taculnr gains. The, problem Is th.it theory Is rarely Irnnslnlnl into practice in a potilical nlrno.siihere. [full has licrn (loin- by Ihe presence of one man sir.ce W. A. C. Bennett. FORECAST HIGH SUNDAY NEAR 80 No. The lethbridge Herald 'Serving South Albcrla and Southeastern AUJ'ERTA, SATURDAY, AUGUST Price 15 Cents FOUR SECTIONS 52 PAGES Dockers overwhelmingly in. favor of calling strike VANCOUVER Long- shoremen on the B.C. caost have voted overwhelmingly fn favor of strike action to hack contract demands, but no im- mediate coaslwide walkout is planned. Meantime, the Port of Van- couver remained at a stand- still In a dispute over hiring practices which has paralled the master contract talks. Don Garcia, Canadian area president of (he International Longshoremen's and Ware- housemen's Union, said dock- ers had voted 93.1 per cent in favor of a strike. Whitelaw may end without trial [a i ON WAY DOWN Keith Gordon, 19, of Detroit, fell 40 feet down Mount Rundle earlier this week near Canmore, gels assistance from Dick Hows (left) and Bill Davidson, of the Calgary Mountain Rescue group. Above they guide his stretcher Mount Run- dJe. Gordon was reported Fn satisfactory condition with lacerations and injuries to knees end waist. Ottawa studying food price hike From AP-BEUTER. BELFAST (CP) A squad of 100 hand-picked detectives known as the "Ulster untoucha- bles" has begun a manhunt for teams of assassins who have slaughtered more than 40 men and women in Belfast since the beginning of July. The detectives are operating in both Protestant and Roman Catholic areas of the Northern Ireland capital. They moved into the former rival strong- holds in the wake of the tough British military action last Attempt cm Nixoii's life said planned NEW YORK AP) Andrew Topping, who blames the re- cent death of his wile on "pro- rightist was held in hail today on charges of threatening and attempting lo kill President Nixon. Topping, 27, was arrested in Central Park Friday after al- legedly paying to a U.S. Secret Service agent posing as a killer for hire. Topping told the agent he hoped the assassi- nation would come by early next week, oolice said. Tax credit plan might 4liurt municipalities' THUNDER BAY (CP) Federal Consumer Affairs Min- ister Robert Andras said today it Is too early to consider im- position of wage and price con- trols as a respon.se to last Fischer looks like champion REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) Defending world chess champion Doris Spnssky of the Soviet Union trails American Tfohhy Fischer live points lo eight and his slock is sagging. Fischer, looking more nnd more like the next champion, defeated Spassky Friday in tho 13th game of the gamo series. They meet. Sunday in the 14th. The year old Brooklyn challenger needs only 4'i mnro points to capture Spassky'fi crown while the Hussion needs another seven to keep it. A win counts one point, a draw half a point. Fischer couhf Ixx'ome tho new champion with a run nf draws. But Spn.ssky is so far iffihind he would have lo win three games just to pull even. Spassky find tho opening wilh Ihe whilr pieces but by Ihe linio they adjourned Thursday night it appeared ho would be lucky to get a draw. month's sharp Increases In food prices across Canada. Imposition of such control would be "irresponsible and over reacting right at this Mr. Andras said in an interview while visiting his Jionio riding of Port Arthur. Statistics Canada reported Friday that food prices in July rose 3.6 per ccnf from .June, the largest July increase in if) .years. Mr. Andras said food prices were relatively stable for (ho first -six months of this yenr nnd (he government would wait to .see if the increase is more ttian a one month trend before looking at remedies such as wage and price con- trol, He described wage and prico restraints as very heavy sword" that would Involve .sweeping changes in Ihc wholo of economic policy. From information be hns re. reived, Mr, Andras said it ap- pears last month's increases are the result of "the classic demand-supply problem." Cof- Jee prices we're up because of crop shortages abroad, heef prices rose because of n "splurge" of United stales buy- ing and increased egg prices were rellccled in belter prices for tlie producer, There was no evidence of ''the dtslributors'1 (Toug i n g of situation." While !ie "wouldn't he.sitnlo lo im-ile fond chainstore penplo- in to talk." it did not siipen-iarkots profits were a cause of Ihe prico increases. EDMONTON (CP) Oppo- sition Leader Harry Strom said loday Implementation of rec- ommendations of Ihe farran port on municipal provincial financing might seriously hurt the "financial capabilities" of all Alberta municipalities. Mr. Strom said it appears the government would remove about million of tbe ?42 mil- lion paid under Ihe municipal assistance grant program. On tbe surface tho report looked good to Albcrtans, but in depth it appears to lie mov- ing in the direction of hurting imiivicipalitiefi. Edmonton Mayor Ivor Dent sale! Friday he was pleased tbe government may try to make properly (axes more equitable. The report proposed home- owners are allowed to write off part of their education tax pay- ments against provincial in- come (axes, It proposed that homeowners relieved of the property tax burden to a maximum in- come tax credit. Mayor Dent added it would be cheaper and more efficient if tho province took a part of the provincial income tax, des- ignated it for municipal pur- poses and allowed municipali- ties to allocate it as Ihey thought best. Meanwhile, Lethbrldge Mayor Andy Anderson declin- ed to comment on tbe report until he has had a chance 'to thoroughly study its recom- mendations. A City of Lethbridge brief presented to the government earlier asked tbe provincial government to completely take over welfare and education and pay a larger share of health costs, week that rolled aside barri- cades and routed the guerrillas. The enclaves were the hide- outs from which tbe assassina- tion gangs struck at night, kill- ing or kidnapping their victims. But police believe the killers are not connected with the Trisb Republican Army or tbe Prot- estant's Ulster Defence Associ- ation. The killers have murdered 23 Roman Catholics and 19 Protes- tants in the last six weeks, fur- ther inflaming the hatred be- tween Prcestarit and Catholic cxtercmisLs that has plagued Ul- ster for 50 years. Many more victims may He in unmarked graves around this boinb- scaued city. MAY END INTERNMENT Meanwhile, observers close to Ihe British government said it is likely internment without trial in Northern Ireland, the main grievance of the Catholic community, will end within six weeks. Observers said the British, Northern Ireland minister, Will- iam Whitelaw, was ready to gamble on ending the intern- ment of suspected extremists to soothe the feelings of the Catho- lics. After a meeting Friday with Ulster's leading Catholic politi- cians, s aid he planned a long-awaited all- party c ouference in late Sep- tember to discijss the future of Northern Ireland, He also an- nounced the release of 18 more internees, leaving 265 in deten- tion, The Catholic politicians, lead- ers of the Social Democratic and Labor party, replied that they would not attend the con- ference until all internees were freed. They also asked for an early meeting with Prime Min- ister Edward Heath to discuss internment. Austerity move cuts out holes Seen and heard Abouf town nnilUCK driver Roy camplnininj; about the hot weather and shimmering hijilnvays but refusing to pay miytliing nice about winter rilher Mary I.cistcr, spoiling a hunting dog on point, stunning hubby Fret! wilh a comment Hull she