Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 31, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
WINDY FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 75-BO The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXIV No. 221 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PACKS PREMIER ELECT Progressive Conservative leader Peler toi'cjheecl ond wife Jeanne arrive in Edmonton Monday night following the Con- servatives victor) over the 36-year-old Social Credit regime. new force in Tory party J EDMONTON7 (CP) Peter Lougheed, the man who breathed new life into a strangling Alberia Progressive Conservative parly, has emerged a new giant in Ca- nadian politics. Just over six years ago the party was wandering in the political wilderness, unrepresented in the legis- lalure. He agreed to try to rebuild il, and today, with 48 of 73 legislature seals after Monday's general elec- tion, he is premier-elect. As Conservative leader he. has directed his ener- gies al offering Alberlans a credible alternative a party which could end 36 years of Social Credit ad- ministration without making tire people feel uncomfort- able about change. The Calgary buyer's appeal first be- came evident in the general election when he led six Conservatives into the house ar.d formed the offi- cial Opposition. Later the parly won two byclectioii? and Mr. Lougheed persuaded the lone Liberal mem- ber and on Independent to join his cruise. During the last tn-o sessions of the legislature, his Email band continually harassed the government, and us part of ils strategy of alternatives, offered 40 bills. The Social Credit majority declined lo debate any part cf them. Holds Harvard degree Mr. Lougheed brings considerable business experi- ence lo the premier's office. He has a master's de- gree in business administration from Harvard Uiii- versily rnd served briefly as vice-prcsidcnl of Mannix Constniclion Co. before selling up his own legal prac- lice. lie was admitted lo the Bar in 1955, becoming the first third-generation Alberia lawyer. Ills father and grandfather were well-known lawyers and the town of Loughcrd, in east-central Alberta, was named after his family. Mr. Lougheed has natural appeal. He is lithe, muscular, good-looking and has a smile which even staunch Social Credit supporters find html lo resist. lie used these atlribulcs lo full advantage during the clcclioi; campaign, tic visited all 7.1 conslituen- cics. raeoling llie people in whal ho termed door-to-door and fnnnyard-to-farmyard campnigning. Fell. chance i wenl i.ilo this. 1 said I'd he in it lor Uiree he said late, in tin- campaign. "At [irst I didn't think had any chance-, lint now I Uiink we do." Monday night IK: adiv.il led the victory surprised him. I'erb.ipi ,-fiiur nf his fierce '111.11 hi.s activities. He played fixilball in university mid v.as a defensive half-hack for Ihe Edmonton Es- kimos. Mr. l.mmlierd's plalfurm promised a new deal for the nmv.nim man. II railed for irjpcrl for human dig- lily. protection of individual rights, open government, rdnralioii lo Irani people lo improve Ihe of Iheir lues, wrllare lo help people help Ihem.selve.s and rccoKiiilion of agriculture as a ba.s'.o. industry. lie has promised lhal his gmcrnnienl's (irst piece rf legislation will IK: an Allirrta Dill of liiglik; ISo surprise lo Liberals TORONTO.ICP1 Lillle sur- prise over the Liberal showing in the Alberia cleclion was ex- pressed early today by Scnalor Richard Slaiibnry, president of the Liberal Federation of Can- ada Tin: 1'roprcK.si'. c UIHM-H s- lives won the election in an upset lhal threw the Social Credit party out of power after :ili years ill office. The Liberals failed to elect a candidate. "I just Illink i( means that Hie people ol Alberia wanted an al- ternative lo they've had for so many years and the one learn (o be the most likely aller- iKilivo. lo them was Ihe Consorv- nlive party, so Miry elected il.1' Lethbridge still Socred country Cabinet first job EDMONTON (CP Peter Lougheed, Alberta's 43-year-old premier-elect, said Monday night he was surprised at the overwhelming Progressive Con- servative victory in the provm- cial election. At an impromptu news con- ference at the party's northern campaign headquarters, Mr. Lougheed fold reporters: "I thought we cculd come close. 1 really wasn't sure we could win it but I thought there was a chance we could." Mr. Lougheed said his first major decision will be to select his cabinet. After an hour-long flight from Calgary in a chartered same aircraft wliich flew outgo- ing Premier Harry Strom from Edmonton to Medicine Lougheed and his wife were met by a large crowd which surged around and made it difficult for him to get to a waiting car. LKU BY HAND A path was made and a pipe- and-drum group led the way, flanked by city polJce. Excited, shouting supporters reached out to clasp his hand, slap him on the back and scream congratulations. The Progressive Conservative leader said he will call the leg- islature into a fall session in fu- ture years, but he had no inlen- lioi' cf calling one this year. Mr. Lougheed declined In make any predictions about his cabinet, saying thai he was cx- ciled and concerned that all nine of his colleagues in the last legislature win re-election. Asked about the leadership the federal party, he reiterated he had no intention of becoming involved personally in (lie fed- eral Progressive Conservatives. By MYRON JOHNSON Staff Writer Lethbridge still is Social Cre- dit country, as it has been since 1944. In Monday's provincial elec- tion both city constituencies, Social Credit candidates won easily against two opponents each, c.ij'i'.inns more than 50 per ccnl i.f !ho total vote in their respecth c ridings. Dick Gruenwald from Leth- bridge West and John Ander- son from Lethbridge East will join a solid bloc of Social Cred- it candidates from southern Al- fa e r t a on the Opposition benches. In Lelhbridge East, Progres- sive Conservative candidate Ri- chard Barton conceded defeat to Mr. Anderson two hours alter the polls closed. The final vole from (he 55 Dolls showed Mr. Anderson with 5..157 voles (51 per Mr. Barton with 4.377 (41 per cenO and New Demo- crat Doug Poite (vailing with COS (eight per contl. With 44 or 4fi polls renorling from West. Mr. Gruenwgld led with 3.9-0 voles (55 per cent. Wowed hv Con- servative Dick Grav with 7.558 (3C, ner cent! and Klaas Buiiort, NDP. with 635 (nine rer EM-LOTS LOCKED ix The totals from two noils in Lethbridge West wem inndver- tently locked in (he ballot boxes, and the final figure for that riding will not be known until (he boxes are opened Thurs- The missing totals are from the FlEchvond Bawden and Hamilton Junior High School polls. Wnalcver the results of these polls, the outcome of the election in Lethbridge West will not change. This is the first election in the province's liistory that Leth- bridge has had more than one seat. The lone Iicthbridge rid- ing was held lor Sofia! Credit for the past 27 years by John Landeryou. Mr. Landeryou cud not seek a Social Credit nomin- ation this vcar JOHNNY ANDERSON Lcdihrirlge East Q P O DICK GRL'EN'H'ALD Lcthhridge West Way cleared for Ontario Vauxliallman electioi killed as truck rolls A 52-year-old Vairdiall man was killed Monday when the tandem truck he was driving left a road five miles northeast of VaiKhal! and rolled in the ditch. Killed was Robert Louis Hig- glns. Coroner Dr. C. J. W. Dick of Tabor has announced no in- quest will he held. TORONTO (CP) Premier William Davis said today his government will nol extend pro- vincial granti to Grades 11, 12 and 13 in Ontario's Roman Catholic high schools. Tlie announcement, reached after several major cabinet and caucus meetings, clears the way for the calling of a provincial el- ection. Mr. Davis had said the grant issue would bo decided first. Speculation centres on Oct. 14 or 21 as elect on nates EDMONTON (CP) The Progressive Conservative party, led by 43-year-oJd lawyer Peter Lougheed, rode a "time lor a change" thtme to a stunning upset victory over Social Credit in the Alberta election .Monday. The "Lougheed team" the other key campaign pitch shattered Premier Harry Strom in the big cities, sweeping all 1C Edmonton seats, to shunt the 30-year- old Social Credit party into a position it has never before occupied the legislative opposition. It was the first election in Alberia liistory in which there were more urban than rural seats al slake 38 to 37 and the Conservatives made off wilh 30 of them. Social Credit, which first came to power as a re- form movement in 1935, fell back on their traditional rural strongholds to escape with 25 seats. Grant Notley, the 32-year-old New Democratic Parly leader, slipped in as the victor in the northwestern Alberta riding of Spirit River-Fairview to become only the second mem- her of his parly to enter the legislature. BfILT ON LEADER The ConsXMTnlive campaign was built almost entirely around t'ne young, handsome image of Mr 'Lougheed. whose grand- father was the first Conserva- tive federa' cabinet minister from Alberta. The voters apparently liked what Ihey saw and elected Ihe first Conservative government in the province's history. But even Mr Lougheed was surprised bv the extent of his party's triumph, which saw eiftn't of 15 Social Credit cabinet ministers rairaht in the land- slide. He attributed it to "door- to-door and farmyard-to farm- yard'' campaigning. Premier Strom, 57-year-old farmer and rancher, sadly joined the six other government leaders who have been defeated in the last eight provincial elec- tions. Conceding defeat of his parly in his first general election as- premier, Mr. Strom (old a small group of supporters in Social Credit headquarters that "the voter is supreme and I accept that position, whatever it is." Mr. Strom, who succeeded E. C. Manning as premier m December, 1968. said there is a "distinct" possibility he will re- view his position as Social Credit leader. A party leader "can never shrug off responsibility" in such a situation, he said. SERVED SINCE 1955 Mr. Strom has served in Ihe legislature since 1955 and indi- cated he will fulfil his responsi- bility as an MLA during the next four j-ears. Mr. Lougheed, who won per- sonal re-election in Calgary West, paid tribute to the Social Credit movement for its "re- markable contribution" to the province. "I believe Alberta is the best dam province in the world and we're going to keep it that he said. Mr. Loughced said he will probably take about two weeks to form his cabinet and indi- cated the first piece of Conserv- Finnl sfunduig I3H7 6 55 0 1 65 alive lefisluiion will be an Al- berta Bill of nights. It has been a sion- for Mr, Longhecd. who be- came Conservative leader years ago when Ihe parly did not have a single seat in the le- islsrurc. Pushing the Conservat ives as a credible alternative tn Social Credit, he managed to build up Conservative strength to 10 at the riissoJulion of the last legis- lature. In cutting a swath through the Social Credit cabinet, the Con- servatives dropped Attorney- General Edgsr Gerhart; Munic- ipal Affairs Minisler Fred Col- home; Ambrose Ilolowach. min- is] er of culture, youth and rec- Ethel Wilson, a minis- ter without portfolio and the only woman in Ihe last legisla- ture; J. Donovan Ross, minister of lands and foresls; A. 0. Fim- ritc, a member without portfo- MORE COVERAGE Complete details of Mon- day's Alberta election may be found oa pages 2, 9, 10, 12 PC... sc NDP Lit) Ind Total 1971 ..49 1 0 0 75 ]io; Ray Reierson, minister of labor ar.d telephones; nnd Ray Raatzlaff. minister of industry and tourism. Two women, b-jlh Conserva- tives, made it into tlie new leg- Chichak, a realtor and accountant in Ed- monton Norwood, and Helen Hi'nley in Rocky M o u n t a i n House, where she has been mayor for the last five years. The 20 Liberal candidates, in- cluding party leader Bob Rus- sell in SI. Albert, and three In- dependents were defeated. Redistribution since tlie last election in 1967, when Social Credit won 55 of 65 seats, in- creased membership in the leg- islature by 10 lo 75. All 10 Conservatives in the last legislature were re-elected and several will probably be gu'en cabinet posts, including former Conservative MP Hugh Horner, a medical doctor, Lou Hyndman, party whip in (he last legislature, and Don Gelty. a 38-year-old oil consultant anc former quarterback for Edmon- ton Eskimos of the Weslera Football Conference. Among those who survived the Conservative onslaught was Highways Minister Gordon Tay- lor, the dean of the legislature, was re-elected for the eighth lime in Drumheller. Mr. Taylor IKS been an -MLA since 1940. Hinnian stages political comeback V. I1IN.MAN Voters in nrra) sonlta-in Al- berta ridings burking llie suing In the Progressive Con- oriTlive p.'ii-ly ;ri oilier parLs1 of Ihe province, remained sol- idly committed (o Social Cred- it in Monday's provincial elec- tion. The live rural ridings sur- rounding l.i'lliliridpe C.'ird- slon, Mneleod. Lilllc Bow, Tu- ber Warner and Pincher Creek Crowsnesl all elect- ed Social Credit candidates lo Ilio legisl.-lnre, four ot them sitting MLA's. LEIGH'I'ON HL'CKU'KLL Tn Cards ton. fonner Social Credit provincial treasurer 1C. Jiiiiinan made a i'ticeossfi-J comeback after four years out of the legislature, defeating Conservative ch.illenficr Lorry 2.IMI lo in a straight two way fiul'it. liny Kp c a k r r, minister uf health and social development in Ihe defeali'd Social Credit won h.-indily over two challengers, laking voles lo Conservative John O'rccu's Democrat UOUG MILLER Ediv.ird Rodney trailed iviili 286 voles. Social Credit MLA Ix-ighlon Buckwell won re election in the Maelcod riding, although hi.s majority this time was re- duced lo (IOC from 1.000 in tlie election. Mr. Ruckwell tool: voles against 2.WH for Conservative Dan Ix'Urandeur and 430 for N'DP candidate Dr. Sid Cornish. IMII.LKH UEPEATS In Tahcr .Socred MLA Douc Miller won re-cjec- CIIAKLES DRAIN lion handily igainst his only opponent. Conservative Bob Bo- gle -UK In S.27ii. One of I ho closer races in the s out h was in Pinchor Creek Crowsnesl, where So- cial Credit MLA Charles Drain picked up voles lo defeat. Conservative Morgan Johnson .iml NYw lVinocr.il Pr. Clarence Sn-illi I.MI. 11 was the mil; one of Ihe five ridings ihe candidate O.TJV lured enough voles to save his dejvi.sil half llie can- clidalc'i toi.il. PREMIER STROM reviews position EDMONTON fCP) Rural residents joined the already- convinced city dwellers in a province-wide plebiscite Mon- day (o approve introduction of daylight lime in Alberta. The plebiscite, held jointly wilh the Alberta genera! elec- tion, showed in nearly complete tabulations that 296.720 or G2.75 per cent favured the introduc- tion of daylight time, illegal in Alberta since 1MB. A iota! of or 37 25 per cenl, opposed the measure. Most of the opposition came, as it did in the plebiscite in 1967. from rural residents, par- ticularly farmers who said that a switch from standard lima would disrupt their operations. Their opposition, h o we v e r, was weaker than in the 1967 plebiscite and the city vote was stronger in favor of it. GIVES MOP.E TLME Many constituencies In Ed- monton and Calgary voted 4 to 1 in favor of daylight time, a measure which 'would give them more time for summer sports or other outdoor activities in the evening. In 1967 the vote was 236.555 or 48.75 per cent in favor of day- light saving and 2-J8.680 or 51.25 per cent against it. A simple majority decides the issue. Daylight time now will have to he enacted by the legislature. LETiinnmr.E TALLY In Lelhbridge voters followed Ihe provincial trend in approv- ing the plebiscite. In Lcthhridge East There were voles for daylight time and 1.770 against. In hridge it was 4.131 to l.Klil in favor, for a total of (o 3.G51. Four of the five rural riding1; also favored daylight lime, with only Little Mow opposing tlie measure 2.226 lo 3.325. It was supported by voters in Pincher Creek Crowsnest 3.322 to 2.001. in Warner to 3.737. in Ma-eiood 3.399 to and in Cardslon 2.7-i'i to 2.367. The lolal in Ihe five ridings wnn 15.555 in favor and against. Seen anr] heard About town e o o ITOrSKWll Nora lld- mcr hiiying her (er a doll's house "so she won't become one of those bbrr.ilod women" Jim llurgpr arriving home a new pipe and his wife, Anne, claiming it jiwl nMkcs him s'.jnk 1 roil llrm-y and Cjillirrinr H.irMry plannir.L; ,1 Jiolid.iy in Switzerland.