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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE lETKBRIDCE HERAID Monday, December 18, 1972 Tories view Liberals with disgust By Peter Desbarats. Toronto Star Ollawa commentator An accident-free Christmas An accident-free Vuletide is the goal oi the Alberta Motor Associa- tion in introducing its latest bid to alert motorists to the additional haz- ards of holiday driving. Association branches throughout the province have purchased two by three foot Xmas signs to be erected at seven foot heights on lamp standards closest to accidents sites. This is an attempt to motor- ists of the necessary extra precau- tions needed throughout the festive season. If there are no accidents no signs will be posted. The Police Yourself campaign in- troduced by the association in 1963 had good results. Inspector West. Lethbridge police traffic and highways supervisor credits the pro- gram with the fact there were fewer impaired drivers on city streets last Christmas than in previous years. He welcomes anv arid all attemotj on the part of the association to fur- ther traffic safety and thinks the present idea oi introducing, the Xmas signs will be a further accident deter- rent. Tne Police Yourself campaign ad- vised motorists to be their own dis- ciplinarians, to leave their cars and take taxis home alter attending fes- tive parties. Hostesses were urged to serve coffee and sand'.viches an hour or so before guests were due to leave. A lot oi time and work is involved in setting up such traffic safety mea- sures but educational programs are still the best measure of teaching motorists their responsibility on the roads. Even' safety-conciotis citizen is hoping that none of the red, white and green aluminum Xraas signs will have to be erected in Lethbridge this year because the city's Yuletide will be accident-free. Legislation to reduce income taxes ami increase old age pen- sions would be brought before Parliament within a few weeks of a minority Conservative gov- ernment astumirjg -vffice in the event of a defeat of the Liberal government scon alter the new Parliament meeets Jan. 4. After these measures were passed, there would he a longer recess of the House while the new government under Stanfield prepared a more com- prehensive legislative program for a resumption of the session. This was the scenario outlined Tuesday by Opposition Leader Stanfieid during an interview in his parliamentary office on the eve of his departure last week for a two-week Christmas vaca- tion on the French island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. Instrumental program needed So Brussels to pre- sent a a request for auch an agree- mftri The answer he received is not what the people at home wanted to hear. Tne EEC was prepared to remove tariffs from some Norwegian prod- ucts hut not in the case of the cru- cial ctes: aluminum, paper and fish. It is particularly ironic that the EEC for the elderly Institutional care for the elderly is exjuinsive and necessarily limited to the fortunate few gain admit- tance. Along with its benefits such s living arrangement removes the el- deriy or handicapped person from his familiar surroundings, his horns and his family. He can choose to !ive on his OV-TI or with his family hut here again he could he the victim of sic'xerlinj' loneliness a.-: family members off to work daily leaving him to the con- fines of an empty house. This ar- rangement leaves his family a guilt complex as they worry about leaving him. Will he fall, have a stroke or scald himself while they are at work? Planning for family vaca- tions also presents a problem as they worry about what to do with dad during their absence. A similar pro- blem faced by the wording spouse of a handicapped person who has reaped the stage y. here he can nr> longer prepare h.s food or u-.e the bathroom. he be r.e U rerr.ove-'l from wife ar.ri home surroundings? should he be forced V; go even against his wishes? With the current emphasis OR the need for mental stimulation among the e'o'eriy. invo-ving them ir the in- terests of the family becomes in- creasingly important. The need to Stanlicld also revealed that the same procedure would have been followed this month ii he hid i to in the days following the Octo- ber 30 election. "Follo'Aing the election, when It seemed that we might well caiied on to form a govern- ment." he said, ''we were con- sidering very seriously that we well have to Parlia- ment in December to get some things done such as these things to which we were committed and which had to be done Tne taxation measures which a Conservative government would bring quickly before Par- liament would include a contin- uation of the three-per-cent in- come tax reduction now sched- uled to expire at the end of this month, and a four-per-cent in- come tax cut applicable to the las', six months of this year. Increases in the old age pen- sion would be designed to com- pensate for rises in the cost of living that have occurred since the current system of pensions and guaranteed income supple- ments went into effect in 1967. "This would be quite a simple legislative said Stanfield, "But I also believe that in view of the sharp increases in the cost of living this year, old-age pensioners should have to wait until next April to get some kind of adjustment, but that this can be done on z con- tinuing basis with the facilities available to us now." The Conservative leader would liie to see cost-of-living adjustments made to t pen- sion. "At least quarterly, at the very minimum." This scenario, of course, de- pends on an early assumption of power by the Conservatives which depends, to some extent, on the eagerness of the party to defeat the government next month. StacficM made it clear that the Conservative Opposition isn't "drooling for office." "We're net so hungry for of- fice that we're going to support New Democratic Party or other resolutions that are unaccep- table to he said. "We're going to support resolutions just to defeat the governrr.ent, because our credi- bility is important to us and to future, particularly at this time. is not prepared to make any con- cessions on fish since it was the fish- erman's constituency that wss instru- mental in keeping Norway out of the Common Market. There are indications that some Norwegians are regretting their vote against entry. A recent poll showed 56 per cent now it favor as compared to 4fi per cent who voted for entry in the referendum. And Mr. Eika, who belongs to the government that took over after the vote, said in Brus- sels that he did not exclude reopen- ing the question of Norwegian EEC membership. Two lessons could he learned from the Norwegian experience: complex question.: such as entry into a com- mon market should he decided by elected governments and not by ref- narrow nationalism is a disease from which it is a blessing to be delivered. Unfortunately these are not lesson.-, easily learned. converse is basic to all. Volunteers delivering meals-on-meais to shut-ins agree that equally important as pro- viding a hot, nourishing meal is giving the rocip.ent ar; opportunity to chat with the volunteer to dis- cuss the weather, the o'og next door, anything as long as it gives him an opportunity to communicate. Possibly the best answer to pro- viding h'i'ri the health and gicai ot' the elrl'.riv is the taWishmer.t of 'Jay care centres wo.'king cou.'l take them for the day picking '.hern up and bringing them home 'y.ith them at night. Such centres are operating successfully in several American cit- ies one is being established in Victoria with several other areas in- dicating their interest. Here the el- derly and handicapped can spend the day others of similar age and interests. A hot meal, entertainment and are provided, b'.t the: greatest henef.' i-. that they are peop.e. Staying at home, rather than being institutionalized cuts down health "But we think that the gov- ernment has rejected by the people of Canada. We think it's incompetent and will continue to be incompetent in areas that are important to us. We think it's being cynical now in behaving in a way that Is quite incor.sLstent with what it v.-ts sayi.ig during the cain- paisn arid we think it's in the interest of Canada that it be re- moved from office as soon aa it's possible to do so." If this defeat occurs early In the session arid is followed by a Conservative government, Stanfield's plan would be "a relatively brief recess a couple oi v.seks, something of that enable us to get set up and to prepare and bring in matters that we considered to be particularly urgent deal- ing with the tax situation and the position of old age pensio- and then I think we would need another pause in which to get ourselves in a position to present a rnore substantial and complete legislative program to the House." While he discussed his party's prospects and strategy in Par- liament in his usual thoughtful fashion, the Opposition leader brightened at the suggestion, heird frequently in Ottawa these isn't ruth- less enough by temperament to the opportunities that present themselves to the oppo- site in a minority situation. it's going (o be a very he said, ''but I've been in politics for quite a while, and emotion- ally at least. I think that I'm equal to whatever may come along, main guideline that laid down, and to which I'll ad- here as far as the defeat of the, governrner.t is concerned, or go- ir.g for the jugular, and that of thing, is that we're not to o remove th e cast but this help you get General Sadek's friends want to oust Sadat By Joseph Kraft, L'..S. syndicated commentator CAIRO politi- cal in Egypt assumes that the Uni St.-: tes i soon be launching a r.ev; peace initia- tive in the East. The str- ious question here in Cairn 13 whether President Anvrar Sadat wilJ be ground to ait on it. For Mr. Sadat's political is probs.My nov; than at any time he Colotjsl president of EjFypt V, rr.or.ths ago. The presid en I' 3 ti or; is precsrioos partially what has happening ir- the rest of tte Near Ea.-.t aV.d the world at He say- that recovery the lands by during the jK? war h '-'the ar.d foremost prok- that f.r.e of Egypt But con.-tsr.t military prepar- ations and dipl-onvatx: ths tj-.f; cajis, ar.d Arab have yielded r.o sign of sol-ring thfi problem.'' So there is a to at Ssda: here in Cairn. Apart from logins personal prestige, has destroyed the Egyptian tefi win? which Preyrferit to a v.heet against the a rrn y. A ?ood li ver r. irfiseif, the president has baiftrf hia regime almost entirely on F. of military nven and civil fie ha-, even placed the Arab Socialist Urjon, or.ce the main base of the F.O- ciai reformers, the direc- tion of Say erf Maeri, a rich a taste for brewing With left th'K checlrerf, tr.f; -Aing had for iU ghe-.-ances ar.d ri- valries. w an urn to rellsioui f'jjvisrrjer.tsli.'sr.i that has corns to thfc rewntjy in ugly incidents Egypt's OirisUan, or Ovp'.ic, corrtrr.urjty. Po'Jticaly, the real tro'jhie corries in array, which is the major source of power in this country. PJ ?ht- opposition to th-% presi- v.ithin the military has de- v e I o p e d in tv.o successive waves. First, there was opposition led by the 'jeferi.-A a I Moharfi S adeJf, to reliance on Rjjisia for training and wnjiprnent of the army to fight against IsraeL pres- sure from funeral Sadek, the FJdderJy decided last July to invite most of trx; RJJJI- sian of Kgypt. General Sadek Xftpt up cri Li ds rn es, the pr idert, on Oct. di.trnis-ysrf him a.% minister of Since ttiOrj, friends of Oirrseral have to gftt the president. month- t r e were at three inciderit? within the armed forces grave enough to warrant arrests. One of the incidents seems Lo havs been a full-fledged attempt at a a coup d'etat, involving plans to move on Cairo an arm- ored force, to move Gen- eral Sariek into the president's office. The coup rumors are nov.1 EO prorniwrnt that it is hard to make any confident judgment? of will happen next. But rny OV.TI guess is that President Sadat nill muddle: through. a decline in services, one thing, tte president has managed to keep the Egyptian middle relatively v; e 11 stuffed with cars, apartments, TV sets, and other There is dis- content among class that runs but like '.I o r e o v e r, errny has H numbers about rneri to the point v- here a a mall c ii que c annot stage the IdvJ of coup Colonel Na-se-r broygr.t off back in YA1, Many officers have to be in on experience EO far suggests that a at least tend to Finally Sarfal ritttnwr.ed. to hold on. Ke ha.? iurrourirfed himself with efftctive police a inciudin? a former i Ahmed as new rrjnUter dtfeixft well ui -tr s tft plots the He has not to stride the even, it steni? to U.'e point of placing General Sadek in custody. In thevi circumstances, m7 rxst judgrrierit is that President Sadat the man to v-ith move to- comes in the But it has to be added that precarioua inter- nal here does not give >jim rrj'xil roorri for on of Eettlement. Matters of life and death that worry France PARIS fiy Boris and cri M, OMerver commentator care expenses. A visit from a V.'.V nurse is ten times cheaper than the cost of the same person occupying a bed. It is likely this pro- gram co.ii'! provide care for ten as people as care and at one tenth trie cost, for ?.y SJ-A. It; rx-i f; tiTA ffi K to f-S- of t 't.'.'-j.t'f; of r.'; i r s for v.-it.h ivy P'rsr.ce's ere protect a -Sj-itP, wAtinz chaos in a gyard of tir.ft vrith piTtJ.'r.rr.fXfi any- off iS a tzl-S; of A f. i i on vi werii sr partly f.rA F'rtTifjh pri.von con- moriths hi.3, Par ii t' s re! ucta to v.irh thft 52-ytar-old ab- ortiort U tx- poijtical 1ff> v, omen a re tirnfttjyJ annually, of existing W of At Ifcajst v-vrr.frn dift. PublJc attrition on of a -A o r Ja r: j? rr- r v, hw; T.e ftoman Catholic Church t', him so do naUoo- Fx-fente, Minister, M. l ftar an un- favorable effwi en the French 'xwfifxi with money to have ab- ortions easi ly ur.der medica 1 supervision, whiJe poor have to clandestme He thst he had performed abortion in birthrate ahortwn ia made his ywth on a working-cUsa easier. of four who had been Aether next Parliament by husnand. fx. to face up tr> for soda! reasons. abortiori U uncertain. Tr.e Health Minister, M. Jean far caution and con- P'oyer, is a fervent opponent have proved V) h-s abortion. "It's not rny stronger pressure for re- social progress to pass form, atxive all, OTJ vices o( the rich to the ive French governmeriU have is reported to have lacked the courage to take recently. lead in favor of change, thftn had to end i-'1 fh'j rr.o-' c.'xi ed five in jail, but in this lenier.t and Trt: vwd ict does v e aborttOTi Ap- Psul a ice which makes it posssMi; for The LetWmdge Herald 7th St. S., LETHBRIDOE HERALb LTD., arxl Published 1905 hy Hon. A. fiUCH Clan V.I? Prm IM G CLEO Ecjifv PuWiiKr H. Ger.erai tftrvpi btn PiL'-i'J'i "THE SfRVES SOUTH" ;