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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 - THE lETHBRIDGE HERAID - Wednesdny, December 9, 1970 Man ill the news No-nonsense premier Dv n. J. ANni'.HSON TORONTO (Cn - The heat tmclcr (lie glaring lights was stifling, nerves on edge, tempers frayed. Voting for the Ontario Progressive Conservative party leadership had been clasc throughout that long day and evening in dingy Varsity Arena Oct. 25, ISXil. John Parnionter Robarts, tlie lall, impassive, seemingly confident man from London had been second on the first ballot. He had led, by increasing margii\s, the next four. His advance was unspectacular; inexorable. Jolrn Robaits led the fifth ballot; pre-convenlion favorite, Attorney-General Kelso Roberts, was second. Robert Macaulay of whom ft was said he wanted the leadership so badly he could taste it, controlled himseK with obvious effort but was gracious in defeat. After coming last in the fifth ballot, he turned to his sti-ategists beside him and said: "Go tell our i)coplc to vote foi" RobarLs. We don't want Roberts." A political unknown had become leader of Ontario Tories. Nine years later he still was premier of Ontai-io, perpetuating Progressive Conservative leadership that has been unbroken for 27 years. SEEMED IRREPLACEABLE Leslie Frost, who in 12 years of firm control of the party and the government had earned the sobriquet Old Man EVEREADY BATTERY SPECIAL I NO. 216 - 9 VOIT TRANSISTOR BATTERY ONLY AVAIIABLE AT: LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. And The Following; 0 Matt's Confectionery 0 Thriftway Drugs 0 Value Village Pharmacy # Gait Home Appliances 0 Short Stop Service # Chimo Union 76 9 Oddie's Central Drug* Taber Ontario, seemed irreplaceable when he announced his retirement. John Robarts had represented a London riding for 10 years. He had been on the fringes of the cabinet hierarchy as minister wiUiout portfolio. Then as minister of education for three years, he did solid but unspectacular work. But premier? He spoke seldom and when ho did, it was stodgy, unir>-spiling, follow-lhe-lcxl, Ict's-get-it-over-with performances. Mr. Frost-never "Leslie" -was the Boss, the glad-han-der who knew all the politics of local wards, the kindly Old Man Ontario. This new man Douglas plans to remain in ranks of NOP NANAIMO, B.C. (CP) - T. C. Douglas, national leader of the New Democratic Party, says be will seek re-election as MP for Nanaimo, if he is nominated. "As long as you want me to serve you, I'll be at your disposal," Mr. Douglas told a crowd here. It was his first public statement here on his political future after he retires from the national leadership of the NDP next April. Muskie favored over Kennedy WASHINGTON (Reuter) -More than half of American voters favor Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine over Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972, says a Louis Harris opinion poll. HEART IN WORK EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The Glades Brigade, more than 100 citizens who volunteered their labor, sweated along a nine-mile canal in Everglades National Park to dean up two truckloads of trash left by careless fishermen. "This was the most gratlfjang experience I've ever had," park manager Robert Peterson said Monday after watching the huge piles of paper cups, plastic containers, beer cans and other junk being carried away. -he says himself now that he's a "management man"- was different. As head of the government he has directed the cabinet like a chairman of a board ot directors. Ministers were permitted to nm their dcpart-menLs on their own-but were dropped quietly when the chairman felt they had failed. In the legislature, Pi-cmicr Robarts would back away from a prickly issue rather than beat down the opposition with his top-heavy majority. THEY LIKED HIM Premier Robarts produced few headline-type quotations ajid at public functions he plodded through his texts without deviation. The Image was that of a no-nonsense business-like administrator. Ontario's voters liked it. In 1969, in one of his rare newspaper interviews, he said the thing to learn as head of a government is "never let it be betrayed that you aren't in conti'ol of the situation." He went on* "One tries never to become loo aware of how much power one has. It is easier to say 'do it' to people, Instead ot using what 1 choose to call tlie ration approach-sitting down and discussing it." But when a decision was made, it was his. "I accept the responsibility of making up my own mind, and the blame." BORN IN BANFF John Robarts was bom In Banff, Alta., Jan. 11, 1917. His father was a bank manager. The family moved first to Winnipeg, then to Gait and on to London. He joined the navy as a rating and ended the war as a lieutenant after service In the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific. He won mention'in dispatches for Mediterranean action. He obtained his law degree from Osgoodc Hall in Toronto in 1946. His first political office was as an alderman, in 1951, and in the same year he was elected to the legislature as member for London North. At 53, what's ahead for Jolin Robarts? Considered generally a s perhaps the most influential, even most powerful, provincial premier in Canada, observers feel he could have any post he wishes in the fcd-ei-al Progressive Conservative party, not excluding the leadership if Robert Stanfield gave it up. Premier Robarts has indicated strongly in private talks that he seeks nothing more than a return to private life in London. Golden Treasures rom iviacKenz es A B Sculptured for the modern woman, highly styled ladies rings to accent today's fashions. A. Cameo in 10 Kt. gold $37^� B. Birthstonein lOKt.gold $60�^ ' C. Opal & Garnet in 1 4 Kt. gold $90�� OPEN AN ACCOUNT TODAY. JUST SAY CHARGE ITI - AFFItlATED WITH MAPPIN S tIMITED.- IN ^?|^|giiBRIDG^ LETHBRIDGE: 613 4th Ave. S. - Telephone 328-4214 JOHN ROBARTS . . . Born In Banff Drugs are easy to get at Banff CCA head wants sales tax lifted TORONTO (CP) - Robert Saunders, president of the Cana dian Construction Association, said here the constr u c t i o n industiy could offer a much bet tor market to equipment suppliers if the Canadian government would do something about the inequity of applying a 12-per-cent federal sales tax on the equipment. Speaking here after the official opening of the Canadian Construction Show at Exhibition Park, Mr. Sanders, of Vancouver, said other Industries are exempt from sales tax on their production equipment. "One would think that In the eyes of the federal government our Industry's equipment is not productive. , , . "It is a difficult decision whether to pay for highly-taxed equipment or repair old junk lying around the yard, which is much less productive." Faimers may lose more money OTTAWA (CP) - Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board, told the Commons Tuesday that western wheat farmers may lose $15 million from tlio govenmicnt's proposed termination of the Temporary Wheat Reserves Act. Under the act the government pays wheat storage charges at western elevators when storage exceeds 70 million bushels. Mr. Lang, in reply to a question by former prime minister John Diefenbaker, said the estimated wheat carryover for 1970-71 wUl be "in the order of 70 million bushels." That, he said, represents about $15 million in storage charges that will be charged to the farmer instead of the government. On the other hand, under the government proposals, western grain farmers would receive $100 million this year under a grain support program that would guarantee the industry as a whole an income equal to the average of its previous five years. BANFF (CP) - The Banff Advisory Council has been told there is a lack of qualified social workers to handle an increasing welfare problem in the national parks' community. The Drug Information Centre of Calgary, in a report to the council, emphasized a need for a permanent hostel where youth would have responsiblUtics for cooking and cleaning. "Transients unable to pay for accommodation could take on extra maintenance chores instead." The report said there are no social workers or psychiatrists in Banff, and staff at the local drug centre had to handle coun selling problems themselves. EASY TO OBTAIN Dining a three-month period from June to September, the Banff centre handled 21 "crisis" Province will finance school drug program EDMONTON (CP) - C. L. Usher, Alberta deputy minister of youth, said here the province is prepared to finance a pilot drug edtKBtion program in Edmonton's two school systems. He said in a letter to the Edmonton public school board that the government contribution, $4,800, would provide for a program for 1,200 junior high school students. Canada hopes Japanese will extend holtlings TOKYO (AP) - J. J. Greene, Canadian minister of energy, mines and resources, expressed hope Tuesday that Japan would extend more financial a.ssist-ance to help develop Canada's natural resources. Greene told Japanese iron and steel industry leaders tliat Canada wants assistance from foreign firms for the development of the resources, but it wovtld not welcome foreign investments aiming at rontroUmg its resources. Yoshihjro Inayania, president of Nipon Steel Corp., told Greene that Japanese iron and steel circles will offer co-operation along the line of Canada's policy. Tnayama said ho hop^ Uie Canadian government would improve port and harbor facilities in Canada because .Japan is scheduled to put 250,000-ton class vessels in service IxJtween the two countries in the futiu-e to transport iron ore and coking coal to Japan from Canada, TltKNI) OF TIMES WASHINGTON (AP) - Coiu--tcsy of the telephone company, 10 "picturepliones" have been in.stallod in the offices of President Nixon's principal aides. Press secretary Ronald Ziebler, who has one of the gadgets behind his desk, said none is installed iu the president's office. calls by telephone and 53 "drop-in" cases. A survey of 100 young persons shows that dnigs were "fairly easy" and "very easy" to obtain in Banff. Of 82 persons who completed the questionnaires distributed by the drug centre, 71 admitted contact with dnigs ranging from marijuana to heroin. The report said: "It Is important to note that this contact was made in Banff and several admitted to making their Initial contact when they came to Banff." ^^^^^^ SL�2CTROHOME TBLeVISION WITH THC DIffClfeNce CAVENDISH PARKDAIE S�e . . . 1971 ELECTROHOME - with Total Touch Tuning No channel knob to turn, puih or twiit means . . . Unique slide lever CHANNEL SELECTOR Electrohome Automatic Fine Tuning Select* Proper Fine Tuning Control Electrotint* automatically telectt correct color balance from tcene to scene Let JIM VAN 100 show you Electrehomo't extra degree of excellence in color TV �l THIM NOW AT ACTIVE TV SERVICE 'Z^t^ Open Thursday and Friday Until 9 p.m. Zeller's DISCOUNT ON ALL PURCHASES WHEN YOU (ASH YOUR FAMILY ALLOWANCE CHEQUE OFFER GOOD UNTIL 6 P.M. SATURDAY, DEC. 12, 1970 County Fair Located in the Soi/th Lethbrldge Shopping Centre en May or Magrath Drive. Open Daily 9 a.m. 'til 6 pm; Wed. nesday 'til 1 pm.; Thursday and Friday 'fil 9 p.m. Telephone 328-8171 ;