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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, December 16, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Lougheed front-runner for Tory leadership OTTAWA (CP) A few weeks ago, as Premier Peter Lougheed of Alberta appeared to be gearing up for a thundering fight with Ottawa, Progressive Conservatives here were predicting that he would battle his-way out of contention for the party's national leadership. Now, with just one announcement, he seems to be back as a front-running he has never publicly ex- pressed interest in the job. Since Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield announced last summer that he would not remain on the job for another general election, party eyes have been focusing on the Alberta premier. Although none of the 95 caucus members wants to be iden- tified with any candidate at this stage, there is little doubt that "Mr. Lougheed would win if the vote were taken now. The only other name, outside caucus, to be seriously dis- cussed recently is Mayor David Crombie of Toronto. Several Ontario MPs are said to be keen on Mr. Crombie's entry. But for several weeks following the federal budget, many Conservatives here were saying that Mr. Lougheed would be- come locked ih an Ottawa-Alberta dispute that would kill any leadership aspirations he may silently harbor. It would be dif- ficult to enter a national leadership race after gaining a national reputation for fighting Ottawa. But Mr. Lougheed made a big move toward eliminating the expected battle last week with his announcement of a six-point program to bolster his province's oil industry. It was a move that Finance Minister John Turner called "both responsible and responsive." Some of the Conservatives who, a few weeks ago, were saying that Mr. Lougheed was locked in a self-destructive far as the national leadership was are saying he might emerge as the man who strengthened the foundations of Confederation. All this happened in just a few weeks and the next Con- servative leadership convention is perhaps a year away. A great deal could happen in the meantime. 'Do-nothing Fordnomies dangerous9 By THOMAS E. MULLANEY New York Times Service NEW YORK In their public statements and in private conversations recently, many leading businessmen, economists, labor leaders and other critics of the nation's economic policies have concentrated on one central theme: the lack of forceful leadership by the Ford administration in addressing itself to. the gravity of current problems. More than a few of these prominent private critics cite as exhibit A the fact that a full year has elapsed since the Arab oil embargo underscored the seriousness of the Western world's energy shortfall and the United States has still failed to fashion a viable program for coping with it and to diminish dependence on foreign oil. Other opponents of the administration's stance have pointed to the drift plainly evident in its response to the two other parts of the country's trinity of economic problems. Excessively high inflation lingers and a widening recession is developing while Washington vacillates about the proper measures for ameliorating either of them. Each day, meanwhile, brings further confirmation of a deteriorating economy. Unemployment is at per cent and rising, announcements of plant shutdowns are increasing steadily, retail sales across the country are disappointing to this normally robust season, the auto and housing industries are virtual disaster areas, corporate profits are declining rapidly, the financial markets are seriously depressed and business capital spending programs are being trimmed as sales and new orders lag. Admittedly, the troubles of the American economy are multifaceted, and in no way comparable to the mammoth problems besetting other leading nations, but a do nothing stance in facing up to them is plainly dangerous. And that, unfortunately, has been the record of the Nixon and Ford administrations so far, many observers contend. The head of a major oil company, calling last week for an immediate rnandatory energy conservation program, said' the administration fails to realize the spirit of sacrifice and co operation that exists in this country. What is needed to kindle it, he maintained, is a candid statement from the White House on where the nation stands and what every one must to to help extricate the nation from a grave danger. But that has not been forthcoming. Instead, there has been an attempt to paper over each problem as it arose with expressions of optimism that it would soon vanish. So it was with inflation the last few years. And so it is with the recession now. West Germany may have provided excellent inspiration in recent days for more aggressive movement on economic matters by this country. Shortly after his return from a visit to the United States, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt pushed through a resolute ante recession program in Bonn, hopeful that the United States and other western nations would join in a concerted effort to bolster worldwide confidence. With its low inflation rate of 6.9 per cent, West Germany is taking the lead in moving against the recessionary tide now. And the German jobless rate has increased merely from 2.2 per cent last summer .to 3.5 per cent now. ydlbcrra CHECK STOP The Check Stop officer who looks at your pink card is concerned about your life. To stop dangerous drinking drivers we have to stop safe drivers as well. It's one good way to prevent you and your family from becoming casualties caused by an impaired driver. Alberta Check Stop is a province-wide program working all year to make our streets and highways safer. But we need your help. When you are stopped show the officer your pink card and registration. Your delay will be kept as brief as possible. The driver we want to keep off the road may be the one behind you, or the one ahead. The bigtime drinker with death on his breath. CHECK STOP ALBERTA CAN MEAN SAFE DRIVING. HELP US KEEP THE IMPAIRED DRIVER OFF OUR ROADS. Under the auspices of The Solicitor General's Department 705 R74 j ;