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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta SttlWV FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY NEAR 75. The LetHbridge Herald LETIIBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES HARRY STROM Social Credit PETER LOUGHEED Conservatives PCs serious in bid to oust Socreds By KREVENCHUK EDMONTON (CP) Peter Lougheed's Progressive Conservatives made it clear Monday they are serious in their bid to oust the Social Credit party from power in the Aug. 30 Alberta election. When nominations closed at 2 p.m., the Conserva- tives were Ihe only parly to keep pace with Social Credit by fielding candidates in all 75 constituencies. The New Democratic Party managed to get 70 into the race, and the Liberals 20. Three independents brought the candidates' total to a record 243. The previous liigh was 241 in 1935, tha year Social Credit first came to power. There were 235 in the last election, May 23, 1967, when Social Credit was returned In office for the ninth straight time. Redistribution since the last election created 13 new constituencies and eliminated three, increasing membership in the legislature to 75 from 65. It is only the third time a single opposition party has challenged Social Credit in al ridings in the prov- ince. The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation did it in 1944 when Social Credit won 52 of 60 seals, and the NDP in when Social Credit took 55 of 65. Originals missing For Ihe first time, none of the original Social Credit MLAs of 1935 is seeking re-election. William Tomyn, who represented Edmonton Norwood, and former cabinet minisler A. J. Hookc of Rocky Moun- tain House have relircd. The dean of the Social Credit corps now is High- ways Minister Gordon Taylor. 61, who has won eight elections since 1940. A candidate in Drurr.heller, Mr. Taylor is one of 36 Social Credit candidates seeking re- election. At dissolution, Social Credit held 54 seats in the 65-seat legislature. The Conservatives had JO, and one seat was vacant. In the 1907 election. Social Credit won 55 seats, the Conservatives six, Ihe Liberals three, and one went to an independent. It will be strictly a Social Credit Conservative fight in five ridings Bow Valley, Cardston, Innisfail, Stel- tier and Tabcr-Wanier. There will be a contest in 21 constituen- cies and a Ibrce-way baltle in 43. There are five can- didates in one riding, Lesser Slave Lake. Two oppose Strom Harry Strom, in his first election as premier, has two opponents in Cypress. Mr. Strom, a member of the legislature since t955, succeeded E. C. Manning as premier and party leader in December, 1908. Mr. Loiighced, Ilie only surviving party leader from has three opponents in a hirl for re-election in Calgary West. Mr. Luiighccd had Hie largest majority 111 1967, voles. NDP Leader Grant Nollry, in his tlu'rd Iry for the legislature, lias gone northwest to Spirit River- Fairvicw. His Ihree opponenls include A. 0. Fimrile, a minister without portfolio in the Social Crcdil cabinet. Bob Russell, the Liberal parly leader, also has three opponents in St. Albert A couple of candidates are attempting polilicaJ comebacks. E. W. Hinman. a former Social Credit pro- vincial treasurer, is running in Cardston, and Cliff Smallwood, a former member of Parliament, is the Conservative candidate in Wainwrighl. Eighteen-year-olds will be able to vole fur Ihe first lime but Ihe youngest candidales are 19 Lawrence Illinois if Ihe NDP in Rl. Paul, Liberal .lames Tanner in J'Jdnionton Wliilcmucl and the NDP's Gary Luciow in Wainwriphl. There arc 15 women in the field, including Ethel Wilson, minister without portfolio, in Edmonton Kings- way. They include II New Democrats, three Liberals, two Conservatives and Iwo Social Credilers. Europeans fear big trade war LONDON (CP) There was a growing fear among West, Eu- ropeans today that they might bscome the victims o[ a trade and monetary struggle between a prosperous Japan and the United States, struggling to pull out of a recession. Government officials and economists foresaw a real dan- ger ol monetary chaos and a trade war arising" from Presi- dent Nixon's efforts to slow the flood of Japanese goods into the United Slates and Tokyo's deci- sion to fight his policies. West European governments sought to coordinate their poli- cies in the face of the growing threat. The European Common Markets monetary committee met in Brussels to prepare for a full gathering Thursday of the eoinmi'mly's foreign and fi- nance ministers. The British government was urgently trying to arrange talks with European Common Market leaders to align its policies with theirs. Foreign exchanges around the world except in Japan remained lighlly shut. The London and Zurich gold markets cautiously opened tiieir doors to business for the first time since Friday. The pi-ice of gold was virtually unchanged from Friday and dealers reported trading was practically non-existent be- cause of genera'- uncertainty. Governments and market op- erators studied implications of the American and Japanese monetary and trade conflict. In London, tourists seeking to exchange their travellers' cheques for British currency today are being charged a rate of about 52.52 to S2.55 U.S. to the pound. While the exchange makets continue to remain closed at the Bank of England's instruc- tions, commercial banks and other currency dealers are al- lowed to complete small trans- actions for tourists and other travellers. Benson cuts vacation to tackle U.S. ECONOMIC MEETING The cabinet's economic policy commitlee was called into special session Monday in Olfowa to study the effecls of President Nixon's new eco- nomic policies on Canada. Among those in atfendance were (feff fo right) Trade Minisler Jean-Luc Pepin, acting prime minisler Mitchell Sharp and Louis Rasminsky, governor of the Bank of Canada. feared dead in savage storm Cattlemen may suffer Strom HIGH RIVER (CP) Alber- ta premier Harry Strom said Monday that United States moves to halt inflation and pro- tect their dollar reflected a practical approach. Mr. Strom, on an election campaign tour in the rural areas of the province, declined to speculate on the effects of the U.S. policy but said the Canadian beef industry might not fare well. Because Hie United Stales controls were imposed by presi- dential decree, he said, they would carry more weight than tJie prices and incomes com- mission recommendations in Canada. Mr. Strom said he hoped the interim controls would bring people back lo their senses be- cause inflation now is more psychological than imposed, as during a world war LITTLE EFFECT In Calgary, a spokesman for the pelroleum industry said there be little effect from the 10 per cent surcharge as such products are now under stricl quantity control. Also, Canadian crude oil and natural gas already enjoyed a price advantage, said Carl Nic- HONG KONG (Reuter) A ferryboat capsized in typhoon- lashed waves near here today and between 70 and 80 seamen were feared diowned. Only four survivors were found after 100-mile-an-hour winds from Typhoon Rose over- lurned the Hong Kong-Portu- guese Macao ferry, Fat Shan, off Hong Kong's Lantao Island. At least 12 persons died and were injured in the British colony itself as the typhoon carved a Irail of destruction and chaos early loday. Aboul 1.500 people were re- ported homeless u. d about 30 ships were ripped from their moorings and driven aground. The typhoon, the most savage (o hit liong Kong (his year, left streets on Hong Kong Is- land and Kowloon littered with trees, signposls and other de- bris. Four children were buried when a landslide crashed their village hut. Two of them were dug out dead and a third was taken to hospital alive. The fourth is missing. Cranbrook fire loss CRANBBOOK, B.C. (CP) Damage was estimated at 000 Tuesday in an early-mor- ning fire which ripped through two frame buildings in this city's business ciistricl and The whole of Kowloon and Ihe New Territories were plunged into darkness for the first time in Hong Kong's modern history when an explosion and a fire occurred at a major power sta- tion. Power was restored after three hours. French-speaking units set up in public service kle, publisher of the Daily Oil threatened lo engulf an Bulletin and president of Con- city block. There ick Petroleums. In Edmonton Industry Minis- tor Bay Balzlaff said Alberta will walch Ilie U.S. economic policies closely but Ilie prov- ince does nol believe Ihey will have a .serious effect on its trade. wore no in- juries. The Iwoslorcy buildings had commercial space on the first door and residential living quarters upstairs. Only three persons were be- lieved lo have been in the build- ings when Ihe fire broku oul. OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment will create 457 French- speaking units in the public service, Treasury Board Presi- dent C. M. Drury announced today. They will employ about 29.000 public sen-ants. Such units were recom- mended by the royal commis- sion on bilingualism and bicultu- rahsm. Prime Minister Trudeau said last year that the recom- mendations were being studied as a means of developing a bi- lingual public service. Of the 457 unils, about 100 will be in (lie Ottawa-Hull area and "30 will be in Quebec. There will he 12 in Ontario outside the cap- ital area, two in New Brunswick and one each in Nova Scotia and Alberta. The Alberta and Nova Scotia unils will be the armed forces. There will be eight French- speaking units abroad, at Cana- Cong frogmen sink vessel SAIGON (AP) Viet Cong frogmen sank an American freighter in Qui Nhon harbor today and overnight shelling attacks were reported along the demilitarized zone for Ihe sixth consecutive day. dian government offices in Eu- rope within the Royal 22nd Regiiiient, now stationed in Ger- many. Mr. Drury said in a statement thai about 300 of the new unils, involving some employ- ees, already work in French "lo varying degrees." The olher designated unils, involving about 2.500 employees, will be using French as the main lan- guage of work for the first time. Youth killed in Warner accident Robin Frank Bellham, 19, a summer employee at a farm near Warner was killed when the tractor he was driving over- turned in a ditch. Beltham a s pinned under the tractor and died before he could be removed. Tli accident took place about seven miles west of Warner at 3 p.m. Monday. Bellham was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bellham of New Westminster, British Co- lumbia. N'o decision concerning an in- quest has been made. Rebel govl. created in Ireland 1IOII ItUSSlSLL Llbcrnls (illANT NOTl.KY New Democrats From mCUTEH-AP BELFAST (CP) The out- lawed Irish Republican Army has announced Ihe creation of a rebel underground government in Northern Ireland. TRA leaders lold reporters Monday thai six "cabinet minis- (ors1' hnd been selected (o form an executive and Ihe first ses- sion would be held in Iwo weeks. They said there was a "par- liament" of 40 members and Ihe rebel government would seek diplomatic recognilion nround Ihe world. Finances would be provided by Irish exiles, Ihe 1I1A said. This defiant gcsluro ngninst the established government in the troubled country came as the British Army announced that more (linn (10 IHA officers were arresled since a measure making possible internment without IrinI introduced a weok The IRA also announced an intensified campaign of violence being prepared against the British Army, police and gov- ernment buildings. BOMBS KXI'UIDl.; A scries of bomb blasts and a brief spasm of shooting during the night shallered Ihe uneasy peace Ihal has held sway h'ro Ihe weekend. A single shol was lired by an unseen sniper al, an nrmy palrol in Belfast. In r. second incident (mops opened fire on a man they believed was carrying a their (argot disap- peared. 'lYoops clashed with n crowd of rocN-I.Iirowing youths in Lon- donderry lalo Monday nighl. The soldiers fired rubber bullcls (fi disperse Ihe mob and four men were arrested. llonian Calholies, Socialists and olher civil riphl-S mililanls opposed lo Ihe Protestant-based Northern Ireland government substituted a Gandhi-like civil disobedience campaign Monday for Iho puns, bombs and rocks which have ravaged Ulster for two years. Ten thousand supporters wont on strike, closing most public .services. Stores shut down, buses halted and postal deliv- eries collapsed. Govoi nmcnl sources admitted loday Ihey were worried by Ihe flevi'lopnit'iil. They fc.ired Ihe possible effects on I he riot- si nick economy of people refus- ing lo pay bills and (axes. In London, Ihe British govern- ment ruled out the possibility of an imnicdinlo emergency dc- balc in Parliament on Ihe crisis. Prime Minister Edward Ilealli sr.id the possible recall of Parliament from ils summer re- cess was being carefully consi- dered. Hut ho said nn imnicdinle emergency session was nol de- sirable in tho present situation. EDGAR BENSON (o Washington OTTAWA (CP) Finance minister E. J. Benson has cut short his holiday in the Netherlands and will return lo Ottawa tonight to deal with new American import restrictions, his office said today. He was summoned home by Ihe cabinet Monday to help it meet the crisis precipitated by president Nixon's announcement Sunday of new import taxes and other measures to correct the U.S. adverse balance of international payments. SKFK EXEMPTION' Mr. Benson is expected to gn to Washington later in the week wilh a Canadian mission seek- ing exemption from the lOper- cent additional levy on Ameri- can imports of manufactured and other goods. Mitchell Sharp, exlernal af- fairs minister and acting prime minister, announced Ihe govern- ments intention to send the mission after a three-hour cabi- net meeting Monday. Mr. Sharp, himself a hard bargainer for Canada in inter- national trade for nearly 25 years, may head the delegation (o Washington. He has suc- ceeded in the past in bargaining such exemptions for Canada. He said it won't be easy. Hav- ing announced its move, the Nixon administration isn't likely lo make any exception without a fight. The Canadian embassy in Washington is inquiring whether the Canadian mission can be re- ceived by American authorities Thursday. In the meantime, Mr. Sharp has called a cabinet meeting for Wednesday when the composition of the Canadian mission will be determined, and Canada's argument for exemp- tion threshed out in detail. About one-quarter of Canada's annual exports of S10 billion to Ihe United Stales would be af- fected by Ihe additional duty, which can amount to as much as 10 per cent on the price of Canadian goods going across the border. Mr. Sharp noted that the im- port surcharges are being ap- plied by Washington lo encour- age other countries to lower dis- crimalory trade barriers and bring their currencies into bet- Ici exchange valuations with the U.S' dollar. He said Canada is clearly not guilty on either count. MUST SELL TO BUY Moreover, he said. Canada can argue that U.S. limitations on Canadian purchases can have an adverse effect on the U.S. itself. As two of Ihe world's biggesl trading partners. Can- ada needs to sell lo Ihe U.S. in order lo buy more American goods. CANADA IGNORED Meanwhile, former prime minister John Diefenbaker said in Ottawa he was sm-prised that the policy changes were made without notice to the Canadian government. He added, however, he under- stands that the ''administration in Washington loday does not trust the Canadian government and therefore will not give it any advance information." It was evident thai action had to be taken in the Uniled Stales to combat ac- tion, not the kind of pussyfoot- ing action we've had in Ottawa in the last lew years." Mr. Diefenbaker forecast a major reduction in exports of both agricultural and manufac- Allll-lllfIntifm lured products to the United ujnc.iiuu States, with the resull that Can- ada will experience grealer un- quiets down NEW YORK (AP) The stock market quieted down today Monday's explosive rally and lecord trading in reaction to President Nixon's moves to bolster the economy. The Jones average of 30 industrials dipped 0.08 of a point to 888.87 in the first half-hour of trading. It had soared 32.93 points Monday in its biggest one-day advance, outdoing the previous single-day record of 32.04 points set May 27, 1970. Trading continued heavy but was behind the record pace that shot the total of 31.73 million shares Monday. Analysts said profit lakers were actively taking advantage of big gains made by many stocks Monday. The Malory-making trading Monday was paced by a record-shattering 196 block trades of shares or more. There were about individ- ual transactions, about one-third more than normal. CHAOS REIGNS Chaos reigned on Tokyo's stock and foreign exchange markets again today as inves- tors hurried to sell Uniled Stales dollars and shares amid fears of a revaluation of the yen. Australian exchanges also were hit hard. In Europe, nearly ah" tile main money markets remained closed for the second straight day. Money markets in London, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan and Zu- rich remained closed. employment than ever before. U.S. firms roll back car prices fiKTR IT (AP) Ford Molor Co. and General Motors Corp. have rolled back their 1K'2 car prices (Or at least (ho 90 dajs of Iho wage snd prices controls ordered by President Nixon. Bolh firms had scheduled higher prices on their 1EI72 mod- els, which hit dealer showrooms this monlh Chrysler Corp. and American Motors Corp. gave no indication wh.il Ihey would do about 1972 pricing, but observers expected ll-oy would slay (lie 1971 model prices as Ford and were doing Monday's roll- back. budget offered CANBERRA, Australia (Reu- ter) _ The government an- nounced tonight an anti-infla- tionary budget with higher per- sonal income tax, higher taxes on gas and tobacco and more expensive postal and telephone services. The budget amis al an over-all budget deficit equiva- lent to million Canadian. manager, Frank Kinilli learning from ex- perience and carrying ilu than four pens in his shirt pockcl Ilymfa .loluison remarking he would hnvo to fill up wilh pas soon or scrape (he mud off his windshield accident-prone Hay Muc- Plirrson wr.rning Iho YMCA lo pel on! Ihe first aid equip- ment as he was aboul lo re- sume his noon hour activities there. ;