Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, February 9, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Ontario expected to be main battlefield in next federal election By DAVE MclNTOSII OTTAWA (CP) The main battlefield in the next federal el- ection, which may come as early as April, will be Ontario. Spokesmen for both the Liber- als and Conservatives say the main, and perhaps only, chance of Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield forming the next gov- ernment will be through big gains in Ontario. One experienced Liberal strategist said: "You can talk about the Conservatives holding the Maritimes and disaffection with the Liberals in the West and our hold on Quebec, but On- tario is where the action will be." A Conservative organizer said: "We can hold all that we have now but if we did not pick up, and pick up considerably, in Ontario, we are dead for an- other four years." New sulphur tax urged by Nixon WASHINGTON (AP) Prcsl- Nixon sent to the United SYates Congress Tuesday a spe- cial environmental message proposing new legislative mea- sures including a tax on air-pol- luting sulphur emissions. Oilier proposals made by the president would: the United Nations to establish a special environment fund, which would reach million over five years and the United States would support with a fair share of the funding. states to start controlling the location of high- ways and airports by 1975 or else start losing federal aid for such projects. construction on the dwindling lands bordering lakes, rivers and oceans by re- stricting tax advantages. -Control the land-disposal of toxic wastes through state regu- lation under federal guidelines. soil runoff from con- struction projects, again through federal gudelines and state regulation. it a federal offence subject to criminal penalties for the first time to harm animals listed as endangered species, and extend legal protection to species headed for the endan- gered list. BANS POISON BAIT At the same time, Nixon an- nounced a ban on the use of all poisons to control predatory ani- mals on federal land. Poisons have been used by livestock grazers on federal lands, espe- cially to control coyotes which attack sheep. The reduction of sulphur ox- ides, the aim of the new sulphur tax proposal, already is one of the chief goals of the national air quality standards set by Nixon's environmental protec- tion agency under the 1970 Clean Air Act. Nixon's proposed tax would take effect in 1976 and apply to sulphur emissions in areas which remain in violation of the air quality standards once they take effect in 1975. Where primary standards pro- tecting public health have not been met, fuel-burners would be charged 15 cents for each pound of sulphur they emit into the air; where secondary standards protecting property, plants and aesthetic values remain unmet, the charge would only be 10 cents per pound. There would be no sulphur ci-arge at all where bolh stand- ards are being met on a re- gional basis. He added (hat another four years on the outside could result in a Conservative leadership convention. Mr. Stanfield re- placed John Diefefibakcr as party leader in September, 1967. GUESS AT TIMING There is considerable specula- tion on Parliament Hill about the timing of the next election. Prime Minister Trudeau has said he has not even decided whether it will be this year or 1973, when his mandate expires. Governments seldom wait for full five years before seeking re-election. The general belief, however, is that the election may come in June and that it may be as early as April. Some Conservatives now are speculating that Mr. Trudeau will have the throne speech, an outline of government legisla- tion, delivered as scheduled Feb. 17 and then dissolve Par- liament for an April or May contest. A cabinet source said all signs point to an election sooner rather than later. U.S. economic troubles were gathering and could quickly slop over into Canada. PICTURE UNSETTLED All parties appear of the same opinion: The political situation is unsettled and no parly is in particular public favor at the moment. However, a Liberal spokes- man said he believes his parly hit rock bottom in public favor late in 1971 and now is on the upgrade, even if that upward slope is slight. A Conservative spokesman said he is not surprised the Lib- erals fell substantially in public opinion polls late last year but he Is surprised that the Con- servatives did not gain by the full amount of the Liberal loss. The number of undecided voters has grown, he said. The Conservatives hope to pick up some Quebec they now hold only they can find a known leader there and some excellent candt dates. But. their mam effort will be in Ontario, which has exactly one-third of all federal seats. Of 88 Ontario seats in the Commons, Ihe Liberals now hold 60, the Conservatives 18 and the New Democratic Party Agro without subsidies: is it the impossible dream? REGINA (CP) The pres- ident of western Canada's largest grain handling organi- zation lias taken exception to Prime Minister Trudeau's statements that agriculture will have to operate without subsidies in the future. E. K. Turner, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool president, says the prime minister would be "hard pressed" to find any basic in- dustry in Canada that does not receive some assistance through tariffs or subsidies. Mr. Trudeau, speaking In Montreal earlier, said agricul- ture, like any other industrial sector, will have to operate without subsidies, "without out- side aid and as a mature or- ganism that has developed its full potential." Mr. Turner emphasized that consumers have been receiving benefits from such financial support in addition to the "ef- ficiency" of producers and cheap food policies. On the provision of additional subsidies to certain areas of eastern Canada to aid in the purchuse of feed grams from the West, Mr. Turner said he had "mixed reactions." He said livestock producers should be on an equitable basis across the country and the fed- eral assistance "may give east- ern livestock producers an un- fair advantage in the market place." While admitting there may be some basis for the conten- tion of the eastern producers that feed grains are cheaper in the west, the president said production costs were lower in the East and that "the price (or the finished product is high- er in eastern Canada." Mr. Turner said it was doubt- ful if the new federal assis- tance policy would result in "larger western feed grain sales in eastern markets." seven. There is one independent Liberal, one independent and one seat is vacant. LIBERALS HOLD 150 Present standing in the seat Commons is Liberals JrJO, Conserve lives 71, NDP 25, So- cial Credit 13, Independents 2, Independent Liberal 1, vacant 2. Even if the Conservatives gain 50 seats in Ontario and all other provinces remain the same, they still would be able to form only a minority govern- ment. But they accomplished this in 1957 under Mr. Diefenbaker. They took only nine Quebec seats but they won 61 in Ontario to form a minority government with 112 seats. The Liberals won of them in Quebec and 20 in Ontario. Eric Kierans, former commu- nications minister in the Tru- deau cabinet, has predicted a minority Liberal government after the next election. If he is if the Con- servatives form a minority ad- will he re- verting to recent form. H elected minority governments in I 1957, 19G2, 1963 and Schools taxes EDMONTON (CP) Harold Gundcrson of Calgary, presi- dent of Ihe Alberta School Trus- tees' Association, said here new municipal taxes may bo neces- sary if the province does not make more money available to schools. He told the Edmonton Public School Administrators' Associa- tion that a municipal tax was one possible source of revenue. Others were a poll (ax. an apartment occupancy tax or an amusement tax. He predicted that schoolj hoards soon will he consider- ing operating municipal libra- i rics and parks, that hoards will levy their own taxes and thnt trustees will bitterly reject any municipal council attempts to determine education budgets. "Caught in Ihe cross fire nf opinion and the many criti- cisms from different publics in the comnumjly, we arc seeing j emerge a new kind of trustee who is semi professional to say the least and is equipping himself to make better deci- sions and to be more vocal and responsible for the policies he sets. "Some trustees are regarded as the village idiot by the tax- payer who can't or won't lake the time to get information on the schools. "lie is looked upon as a coun- try cousin by municipal and provincial politicians. 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