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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 31, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta HOT FORECAST HIGH TRIDAY NEAR 75. Lctlibvidije Herald VOL. LXV No. 221 LET1I13RIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES END OF THE TRAIL Premier W. A. C. Bennett smiles and waves to supporters as he leaves Social Credit headquarters in Kelowna afler conceding B.C. election to New Democrats. may upset JL PM's plans By VICTOR MACKIE Herald OUawa Bureau OTTAWA Unexpected opposition over another issue could upset Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's carefully calculated plans to get legislation speedily passed by Parliament to end the West Coast dock strike and clear Ibe way for a fall election. Will] Ihc emergency session of Parliament under- way at noon MDT most members o( Parliament wore, concentrating on the need to get Vancouver imd other IVosl Coast porls back into operation. Prairie grain growers have been alarmed over (he backup in ship- ments which might lead to a loss of Asian markets. Social Credit members in Parliament however ara just its concerned over the severe crop losses suffer- ed by farmers in Quebec and Eastern Ontario. Per- sistent summer have ruined the crops. The Socred group was hinting that it would make a determined stand to get major financial assistance from Ottawa for Iho eastern farmers hard hit by tho poor summer weather. Tlioy were suggesting lhat they v.il! insist it deal first with Ihc eastern farm crisis before moving end the western dock strike. Severe crop tosses from the OUawa valley east to the Quebec-Main boundary mean as much, if more lo them, Iban a lie-up of shipping at the west coast. If tbe Socreds delay fast passage of the govern- ment's back-to-work bill it might mean tbe House of Commons sitting today, Friday and Saturday. Prime Minister Trlldcau optimistically told tho prc.ss Wednesday that lie hoped the hill to end tho dock slriko would bo passed by Thursday night. Tim Socreds could shatter those hopes. Tlie Liberals, encouraged by the latest Gallup Poll results Issued Wednesday, are gambling that quick passage of Hie bill to end the dock strike would pro- vide a spring board for a leap into a fall election. The party strategists were spreading the word lhat this manoeuvre would show Iho Tnideau government was a decisive administration not hesitant about taking firm action wbcn it was required. They saw it as an excellent image on Ihn eve of an election. The public opinion poll gave tbe Liberals a lead of 10 per milage jxiinls over the Conservatives. Ear- lier the gap was only four points. Many Liberals were heartened by (he upswing in the poll. However Progressive Conservatives were also en- couraged by tbe poll. They claimed regularly the Gal- lup poll shows a gain for the government in the bright summer months and a slump in October. The Tories contend that the gap lielwcen tbe two major parlies is too small to ensure the govern- ment success at the polls. They argue lhat with only a 10 point difference (tie Literals going lo the coun- try now viould he lucky to emerge with a minority position and likely might end up without enough to form a government. The Conservatives arc just us eager as Ihn Lll> crals for a quick fall election. Some Liberals however from castein Ontario aro by the crop losses suffered by Ontario farm- ers. They will sympathize witli a Social Credit battle in the House to got greater aid for the rained out farmers. August was (he wettest month to be record- ed in Ottawa for Ihiiiy years. The prime rnmisler, if lie is still conlcniplaling an Ocl. .'in election dale, will want Ilic back-lo-work leg- islation passed by Friday nighl al Iho very latest. If tbr Ifriii.v corilimios the debate irlo Saturday or Monday ho would probably have to set a Nnvrmlxr date. Anticipating an early election the opposition mem- bers will not up the chance lo roast (he Tru- dcint administration. After Iho question period Labor Minister Martin O'Coiuicll will Introduce his back-lo-work bill. Covi'riimont llouro Leader Allan MacKachcn ox- pn'U to bv able lo c will) the coivsi'ilt of (he oppoMlinn tho rules o[ tho House am waived to pormit fast passage o! tha hill. Bennett to 11 ministers defeated; Anderson in steamroller derails B.C. Socreds VICTORIA (CP) The New Democratic Party turned British Columbia politics upside (Sown Wednesday night in an upset provincial election victory that trampled W. A. C. Bennett's Social Credit Party into minescule opposition. Premier-elect Dave Barrett, 41, led the New Democrats out of nowhere In an unparallelled rampage through the Social Credit ranks as 11 cabinet ministers went down to defeat. No one had predicted an NDP majority government prior to the election certainly not Mr. Barrett, a former social worker, who offered no prognostication at all. ELECTION HAPPY PREMIER-EIECT Reporters and Jubilant supporters surround the next premier of British Columbia, Dave Barrett. He lold a victory rally fn his riding of Coquitlam, near Vancouver, that Ihe NDP proposes lo initiate a "people's cenlury" in the province. VAJS'COUVEK (CP) Strik- ing longshoremen today pre- sented n counter-proposal lo Iho Britisli Columbia Maritime Em- ployers Association after ing down a contract offer Tues- day in (lie dispute which closed West Coast porls last week. Terms of the management of- fer and the union counter-offer have not. been revealed, hut it is speculated the contract dis- pute may he settled before Par- liament passes legislation or- dering Ihc striking union members back to work. The first formal offer to Iho union was made just prior lei Prime Minister Trudeau's an- nouncement that Parliament would be reconvened to pass back-to-work legislation. The legislation will also prevent a strike or lockout in the grain- handling operations. Elevator companies have re- jected a conciliation board re- port recommending settlement terms wilh the grain workers, who have accepted it. Ed Strang, president of the Maritime Employers Associ- ation, said he was appalled in (he government's intcrferenco in the collective bargaining process, lie said he sent Labor Minisler Martin O'Conncll a telegram expressing his dis- appointment. Don Garcia, Canadian area president of the Longshore- men's union, angrily accused all parties supporting the mova of trying to make political hay out of the dispute. "Everybody wants Ihe farm vote and the farmers bava never been in a belter position to extort political concessions he said. Seen and heard About town A UCTJONTSER Joe For- tich reluctantly admit- ting that the painting in bis office -signed ,L Perlich real- ly belongs to his sister-in- law .Ittinnc Cathy Mi- clialrxkt telling her mother to turn up the furnace anil get out (he wool blankets be- cause "winter isn't far away." Hail refused CALGARY (CP) Bail was refused Wednesday to Donald Wayne Malhcson, one of three men charged with the Aug. 10, kidnapping of 17-year-okl Mar- lone Hashman. Mr. Justice Harold Rilcy re- jected the application of (he 27- year-old Calgary stockbroker during a private .session in judge's chambers. Bail bad been refused Mathc- son in earlier bids. Patient charged in ,gs NELSON, B.C. (CP) Wil- liam Bernard Lcpinc, 27, be- lieved lo from Creston, B.C., appeared al a special provin- cial court session Wednesday nifilil, charged wilh the mur- ders of six persons in a shoot- ing spree Monday, He remanded lo loday for .1 medical examination. pine, dressed in oversized preen coverals, entered no plea lo Iho charges. He charged in the deaths of roller, Ifi, of Oliver, B.C.; Charles Christ- opher Wriglil, of Oliver; Phyllis Clark, 61, of Penticton; Herbert Kvan Thomas, 57, of Hock Creek, and liis wife Nelly, mid Thomas John Pozscy, 21. of Nahusp. I.cpine was arrestod Tuesday nl Galena Hay. nhnul ir> miles luii'llica.'vl of Oliver, where .shooting spree bo- pan. All PX bodiw were found In lhat area of the Kettle Val- ley in llie Monashco Mountains of tbe British Columbia inte- rior. Police sairf all the deaths were from gunshot wounds. About 25 IICMP officers took part in a manhunt after the first. (Tea th.s were reported. They followed llie trail from Oliver ea.st and north to Na- laisp and Galena Bay. Police said the assailant had a .22 calibre milomatic and a calibre riflo. In Vancouver, the acting di- rector of Ihe Rivemew mental hospital said I.epine had Admitted In the institution ear- lier this year, but escaped. Ho was captured near Creston July 6 and relumed lo Riverview. W. J. fl. MacFarlnnc of Tliv- prvicw hospital said Wednesday I.cpine reaped again July A wnmml was issued for his airo.st, describing him as "in> pufsive." .Beef grade system coining on Sept. 5 Canada's new beef grading system will bo officially im- plemented at the Medicine Hat Exhibition Grounds Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. The Herald erroneously reported in Wednesday's paper Hi at it hrul already been im- plemented. Federal Agriculture Minister II. A, Olson will stamp the first carcass before more than offi- cials and citizens. Labelled carcasses on display will show the various grades of meat available to the consumer under the new .system which is designed to allow Ihc consumer to better teil what quality of meal is being purchased. Speakers for tho ceremonies include Mr. Olson, Bert Har- prave, president of the Cana- dian Cattlemen's Association, W. A. Mill of Ihe Meat Packers Council of Canada and Charles Monroe, president of Ihe Cana- dian Federation of Agricui- turc. A barbecue, open lo Hie pub- lic, will follow the ceremonies. Tm on tho "All my life I dreamed o t the day there would be a Ts'DP government that day lias the jubilant NDP leader told a news conference in his Coquitlam riciing. he retained by a margin of more than votes. And he paid public tribute to the 71-year-old Social Credit leader, although the two men have been the bitterest of polit- ical rivals inside the legisla- ture and out for 12 years. Mr. Bennelt said in Ketowna, where he personal re-elec- tion in the Oknnagan South rid- ing, that he would return to Vic- toria next week "to hand over the reins of government in an orderly way to my successor Mr. Barrett in the shortest pos- sible time." TWO FACTORS COMBINE A combination of two major factors appeared to be respon- sible for turning Social Credit's seventh campaign for re-elec- tion into William Andrew Cecil Bennett's last hurrah. First, there was the re-entry into provincial politics of a re- vitalized Conservative party led by Derril Warren, 32, a Vancouver lawyer who was de- feated in North Vancouver-Say- inoiir. Although the Tories elected only two members on 13 per cent of the ballots cast, the partys 49 candidates bit oEf a big chunk of the Social Credit vote. Tliis allowed Mr. Barrett's New Democrats to elect 38 members on only 39 per cent o[ the popular vote. The Liberals, led by David Anderson, picked up their five seaLs on 1G per cent of Ihe vote. The other big factor was the of the Social Credit campaign bandwagon, hlovrn oft the tracks by announce- ments from three cabinet min- isters all of them defeated that they would run for the. Social Credit leadership when Bennett stepped down. It is doubtful that Mr. Ben- nett will sit in Ihe legislature as leader of tho opposition. And it is a virtual certainty that he will step down as Social Credit leader in the weeks ahead. The big question facing Social Credit now: Who Mill succeed him? Tho three announced can- didates, all Iwaten by New Democrats, were Rehabilitation Minister P. A. Gaglardi in Kainloops, Municipal Affairs Minister Don Csmpbcll in Comox and Resources Minister Ray Willislon in Fort George. Two other promising pros- Leslie Pclcrson in Vancouver-Little Mountain and backbencher Herb Capozzi in Vancouver- were beaten by what Mr. Bennett calls "Ihe so- cialist hordes." J.OST IN ALT A. TOO The defeat of (lie Bennett government came one year to the day after the country's only other Social Credit adminis- tration was beaten by the Con- servatives in Alberta. The tories in Ti.C. also faco some difficult decisions in the weeks ahead, with Mr. Warren losing lo New Democratic Colin G.ibelmann in a riding for- merly held by a Literal. The two Conservatives elected were D. G. Scott Wal- lace in Oak Bay and Mayor Hugh Curtis of Saanich in Saan icb and the Islands. Dr. Wal- lace wf.s elected as a Social Credilrr in 1969. boiled the party n 19fl to sit as an inde- pendent, then joined the Con- servatives this spring. Mr. Anderson, 35. a former foreign service officer, made it inlo the legislature by the skin of his teeth on Ihe strength of (ickcl-splilling by voters in Iho fwo-menitxr Victoria riding. He defeated Industrial Devel- opment Minister Waldo Skill- ings, THEM! SEATS The Liberals held their seat In dual-member Vancouver- Point Grey, in North Van- couvor-Capilano and in West jinconver-Howo Sound. They Iraded North Vancouver-Sey- mour lor Mr. Anderson's Vic- toria sent. AT A GLANCE 196? 12 38 5 0 STANDINGS 1972 NDP................................3il Social Credit 10 Liberal 5 PC 2 POPULAR VOTE (From 97% of Polls) 1972 1969 NDP SC Lib PC Others Totals The New Democratic Party look all three seats In the southeastern British Columbia ridings of Kootenay, Nelson- Creston and Rosslajid Trail. The only NDP incumbent, Leo Nimsick von handily, while freshman NDP candidates unseated cabinet ministers Wes Black (Nelson- Crestonl and Donald Brothers (Rossland Trail) in other (wo seats. Mr. Brothers, Scored educa- tion minister, defeated by NDP newcomer Chris D'Arcy, said he plans to leave politics. Mr. Black, highways minister in the defeated Bennett admin- istration, said "It's a bitter pill to swallow but I'll lick my wounds and lay down to fight another day.1' Results loday were: Koote- nay Leo Nimsick David Reeves Ron Powell and Harry Caldwell Nelson Creston Lome Nicholson Wes Black John Sloan and Ned MacNeill 623. And Rossland Trail: Chris D'Arcy Donald Brothers and Colin Maddocks Them was speculation today that Mr. Nimsick, an NDP ML A for 23 years, would be the minister of labor in the Dew Barrett cabinet. Barrett victory called ''protest' OTTAWA (CP1 Political observers here regard the New Democrat upset victory In Ihe British Columbia provincial election Wednesday night mainly as a protest against tha 20-year Social Credit govern- ment. It is expected to have little effect on tho federal Literal government's political plans, which are generally thought lo include a federal election call for Oct. 30 or Nov. 6. The decisive vein hy provin- cial NDP leader Dave Barrett and his party surprised spokes- men for both the federal New Democratic Party and the Con- servatives. Liberal party offi- cials not available as Ihe results became clear. New Democrat Leader David Lewis said he had not "dared expect so decisive an li i 1 c Conservative House Leader Gerald Baldwin said his party expected "something like this, but not as much." Before the provincial election there was no general feeling by federal Liberals that the party would faro much better than Jt did in Wednesday's provincial vote. The party, generally consid- ered fairly weak provincially, was led by former MP David Anderson, who started the cam- paign late. He himself was elected along vvith four other Liberals to maintain the num- ber of seats the party be- fore the ejection. No Herald Labor Day The Herald v.ill not publish Monday, Sept. 4, Labor Day. Display advertisements lo appear Tuesday, Sept. 5, must be at The Herald by noon Fri- day, and ads for Wednesday, Sept. 6, by a.m. Satur- day. Classified advertisements re- ceived by a.m. Saturday will appear in the Tuesday, Sept. 5 edition. Pacific Time gets clock cleaned in Eastern B.C. VICTORIA (CP) Results were not complete, but it seem- ed almost certain that residents of Eastern British Columbia had voted to remain out of lime with Ihe rest of the prov- ince. Voters in five ridings in Ihe provincial election were asked in a plebiscite wliether they would favor going on Pacific Standard and Pacific Daylight Time, rather than the Moun- tain Standard and Mountain Daylight Time they now keep. Returns were in from three of the five ridings, with all three voting against setting their clocks by Pacific Time. Nelson-Creston was the clos- est of ,lho three ridings, will) ,4M favoring Pacific, Time and voting against. In Peaca River South, 1.778 voted to stay on Mountain Time and only 817 were in favor of the Pacific setting. In Columbia River, voted against Pacific Time and 351 were in favor. Returns were not available for the ridings of Kootenay antl Peace River North. Th; meant that resi- dents in Hie er.sterr. portion cf, the province would clocks or.c hour tr.cf.d of resi- dents in 'lie i-ftst of the prov- ince. Tho decision wasn't entirely unexpected, as most residents tho area have closer linis with r.carby Alberta, which Is largely on Mountain Standard Time. ;