Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, February 1972 THE LErHBRIDGE HERALD Ontario expected to be main battlefield in next federal election lly DAVE McINTOSir OTTAWA (CP) The main battlefield in the ncxl federal el- ection, which may come as early as April, will be Onlnrio. 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 tan 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 ean 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) Frcsi- den1 Nixon sent to the United SVates Congress Tuesday a spe- cial environmental message proposing new Icgislalive mea- sures including a Lax on air-pol- luting sulphur emissions. Oilier proposals made by Ihe president the United Nations to establish a special fund, which would reach million over five years and the United States would support wilh 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 dtvindling lands bordering lakes, rivers and oceans by re- stricting tax advantages. the land-disposal of loxic wastes through state regu- lation under federal guidelines. soil runoff from con- st ruction projects, again through federal gudelines and state regulation. it a federal offence subject to criminal penalties for Ihe first time to harm animals listed as endangered species, and extend legal protection to species headed for Uie endan- gered list. BANS POISON BAIT At lire same lime, 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, Ihe aim of Ihe new sulphur lax proposal, already is one of the chief goals of tie national ah- quality standards set by Nixon's environmental protec- tion agency under the 1970 Clean Air Act. Nixon's proposed tax would take effect in 197G and apply to sidphur emissions in areas wliich remain in violation of Uie air quality standards once Ihey lake effect in 1975. Where primary standards pro- tecting public lieallh have not been met, fuel-burners would be charged 15 cents for each pound Schools may levy taxes EDMONTON (CP) Harold Cundcrson of Calgary, presi- dent of the Alberta School Trus- tees' Association, said here new municipal taxes may ho neces- sary if the province does not make more money available to schools. He told the Edmonton Public School Administrators' Associa- tion that n municipal tax was one possible source of revenue. Others wore a poll tax, an apartment occupancy lax or an amusement lax. He predicted that school hoards .soon will he can.skler- ing operating municipal libra- ries and parks, that hoards will levy their own taxes and Ihnt trustees will bitterly reject any municipal council attempts to dc'lcrminc education hmlgi'ls. "Caught in Ihe cross fire nf opinion and the many criti- cisms from different publics in the community, we arc seeing emerge a new kind of Iruslce who is semi professional to say the least and is equipping himself to make belter deci- sions mid to be more vocal and responsible for the policies he scls. "Some trustees are regarded as the village idiot by the lav- payer who can'l or won't lake time In get information on tho schools. "lie is looked upon a coiuv Iry cousin by municipal and provincial politicians. The leaching force accuses mnny trustees of hick of sym- pathy, of imfcHinpioss and, in a somewhat subtle a lack of grey mailer." MOST SMOKE Kixly-cighl per cent of Spain's rM-million inhabitants lire .smokers. i of sulphur they emit into the air; where secondary standards protecting property, plants and aeslhelic values remain unmet, the charge would only be 10 ccnls per pound. There would be no sulphur charge at all where bolh stand- ards are being met on a re- gional basis. Ife added that another four years on the outside could result in a Conservative leadership convention. Mr. Stanlicld re- placed John Diefefibakcr as party leader in September, 1967. GUESS AT TIM! NO 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 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 parlies appear of the same opinion: The political situation is unsettled and no parly is in particular public favor at the moment. However, man said he believes his party hit rock bottom in public favor late in 1971 and now is on the upgrade, even U that upward spokesman said he is not surprised the Lib- slope is slight. A Conservative crals fell substantially in public Liberal spokes- 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 they can find only if known leader there and some excellent candj. dates. But their main effort will be in Ontario, which has exactly one-third of all federal seats. Of 88 Oniario seals in the Commons, Ihe Liberals now hold 60, Ihe Conservatives 18 and Ihe 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 has taken exception to Prime Minister Trudeau's statements that agriculture n'ill 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 hi Montreal earlier, said agricul- ture, like any other industrial sector, have to operate without subsidies, "without out- side aid and as a mature or- ganism that has developed its lull potential." Mr. Turner emphasized that consumers have been receiving benefits from such financial "ef- and support in addition to the ficiency" of producers cheap food policies. On the provision of additional subsidies to certain areas of eastern Canada to aid in the purchuse of feed grains from the West, Mr. Turner said ho had "mixed reactions." He said livestock producers should be on an equitable basis across tile country and the fed- eral assistance "may give east- ern livestock producers an un- fair advantage place." in the market While admitting there rnay 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 for (he 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 seal is vacant. LIBERALS HOLD 150 Present standing in the 2M- seat Commons is Liberals 150, Conservatives 71, NDP 25, So- cial Credit 13, Independents 2, Independent Liberal vacant 2. 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