Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
42 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, August 21, 1974 Political honeymoon over in Portugal us-bil1 LISBON (Reuter) Three police bullets, which killed a demonstrator here last week, put a bitter end to the political honeymoon Portugal has enjoyed since the April 25 coup. After rejoicing at the overthrow of 48 years of right-wing dictatorship, the people of Portugal are now trying to agree exactly how tar the revolution should go, and for whose benefit. The armed forces, who staged the coup and hold most of the power at present, have reacted to the tension with increasing toughness. Three of Lisbon's four evening newspapers were abruptly suspended for a short time for reporting a rally at which the armed forces were criticized. Then the newspaper of an extreme left-wing organization was indefinitely banned for "ideological aggression" against the armed forces. Paratroopers and military police with armored cars were sent to block off a square where the organization planned to demonstrate against the ban. Finally 01 Aug. 15, police opened fire on a banned rally in support of an Angola guerrilla movement, killing one man and wounding several others. It is in this uneasy atmosphere that Portugal's political parties are shaping up for the electoral battle which early next year is due to end the revolutionary period and settle the country on a firm course for the future. The Communists and the Socialists, serving together in the military-dominated provisional government, are vying to win the traditional left-wing vote, which for years has been sup- pressed. The Communists emerged from hiding with the best-run organization, and the vast numbers of disciplined supporters it musters for rallies held with other coalition parties testifies how well they have built on this basis. The most likely line-up for the elections at present is an al- liance of the Communists and Socialists pitted against a coali- tion of all the conservative forces. With the prospect of a Socialist-Communist alliance emerg- ing, the left-wing slogans, which at first ruled supreme, have now been joined by invective against the Communists. The great imponderable remains the military. In the com- plicated power structure, they already exercise authority through the presidency and the junta of senior officers. They are predominant in the Council of State which can veto laws, and holds nearly half the posts, including the premiership, in the provisional government. Nixon patrol withdrawn CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) The United States Marine Corps has withdrawn its 28-man patrol from the boundary of former president Richard Nixon's San Clemente estate, a spokesman said. 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Obviously overjoyed with his new responsibilities, Danson nevertheless conceded in an interview, that it takes mortgage money as well as federal policies to build housing. Danson is a little disturbed about the recent fall-off in housing starts. There were only starts in July, a decline of 28 per cent from starts in the same month last year. "It's simply a matter of mortgage says Danson, "people hesitate to borrow at current rates and money isn't available for less. Interest rates are a result of international conditions. "But I think we can do something about he commenced, a hint of some action on mortgage funds in Canada. On the longer term Danson sees an immense task in the field of urban affairs. He is working on the basis of reports predicting a tremendous population growth for Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver by the end of the ceiitury. "That growth will come, if we don't do something about it. We intend to do something about he says. "We won't stop the growth, but if we could just slow it by five percent in those centres it would be a major achievement." The "something" includes land banking, establishment of dormitory cities outside the larger centres, and efficient transportation to get people to work and home again. It has been the experience in England, Danson says, that business and industry has moved out to dormitory the waiting pool of labor and professional people. Perhaps the same thing can be made to happen here. "We have the land banking fund. What we need is planned growth and dispersed growth. The concept of a Windsor-Que- bec transportation corridor may well be the he adds. As for house prices, land costs are still the key. If there is a good supply of serviced land, housing can be provided at reasonable costs. Despite the constant cries about house prices and availability of homes, Danson insists there is "no housing crisis in Canada." Canadians still have the best housing qualitatively and quantitatively, of any people in the some exceptions such as low income families and native peoples. Danson doesn't agree with those who say it is the "right" of every Canadian to own his own home. "Canadians do have the right to have the option of owning a Danson says, "but it might involve some as color television, a second car and other 'luxuries Urban renewal is not the answer to housing needs, Danson adds. In Canada's larger cities land costs are such that housing in city centres must be eithei "high density or high cost."