Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, February 23, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 13 Liberal party's fortunes on upswing LONDON (Reuter) The first major revival of the mi- nority Liberal party in more than 50 years may be one sig- nificant result of the general election next Thursday. Opinion polls show the Liberals steadily gaining, raising hopes the party may hold the balance of power between the Conservatives and Labor in the next House of Commons. Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe predicts 60 seats for the party, compared to 11 in the last House. Political analysts see the Liberals emerging possibly with 26 seats, providing voters are not polarized around the two main parties in the final days. Buoyed by byelection successes before the dissolution of Parliament, the Liberals are fielding a record 517 candidates in the fight for the total 635 seats. They appear certain to increase the 7.5-per-cent share of the total vote gained in 1970. Latest polls give them 16 to 21 per cent. Britain's system of simple-majority verdicts in single constituencies has always been difficult for any third party to surmount, but this time the Liberals feel they are riding a genuine wave of popular support from the moderate centre of the electorate. Many voters have told Conservative and Labor canvas- sers: "We are fed up and we are going to give the Liberals a chance." Britons who promise to vote Liberal say that neither Con- servative nor Labor governments have been able to cure economic ills. Under the Conservatives, industrial strife has increased compared with the previous six years of Labor rule, and basic living costs have risen by 49 per cent, despite the 1970 promises of Prime Minister Edward Heath. The Labor party, which seems to be suffering most from the Liberal surge, may have alienated many floating voters by its move to the left, and by talk of more nationalization, the polls suggest. In the current crisis atmosphere of the coal miners' strike and the government's refusal to breach its statutory wage ceilings, Thorpe and the Liberals are picturing Heath and Labor leader Harold Wilson as extremists and deploring their continuous "slanging match." Both big parties, they say, are in the pocket of vested in- business in the case of the Conservatives and the trade unions in Labor's case. Opinion polls show more than 50 per cent of the electorate yearn for a coalition government on wartime lines, although both main parties say this is not feasible. Thorpe's message is simple: "At last the country realizes that moderation is the only way out. If all the moderates can get together now, we shall have a victory for the centre." Liberal policy has not figured prominently in this election so far. Opponents say much of it is impractical. Liberal policy is based on the proposition that a fair society must be developed. Liberal proposals include a guaranteed minimum wage, higher pensions and a punitive tax on em- ployers and employees who exceed a government ceiling for wage and price rises. In industry, the party proposes a two-tiered management structure, including worker directors and higher taxes on property profits. Thorpe's personality also seems to have been a factor in recent Liberal successes. Xt 44, he is 13 years younger than Heath or Wilson and, polls indicate, more attractive to women and young voters. After the death of his first wife in a car accident, Thorpe married the former wife of Lord Harewood, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, last March. Wilson and Heath are both from lower-middle-class families. .Thorpe, a lawyer, has a talent for snaking bands with everyone in sight and remembering first names. With his lean, rangy build, he cuts a dashing figure in three-piece suits, velvet-collared coats and dangling gold watch chain. While the party shows strength, Thorpe personally is under pressure. He is defending a precarious 369-vote majority in North Devon, a constituency where new boundaries included voters from an adjoining area that went Conservative in 1970. The first official Liberal party was formed in 1868, with William Ewart Gladstone as prime minister. From 1868 to 1914, the Liberals and Conservatives func- tioned under the classic two-party system. In 1914, the Liberal party was firmly in power but 10 years later, after the emergence of the worker-based Labor party, it was a shattered remnant with only 40 members in the House of Commons. The party has never had more than a dozen seats since the Second World War. Canada files aircraft suit Flights are cancelled OTTAWA (CP) The Canadian Transport Commission has cancelled approval for three air charter flights to be operated by Wardair Canada Ltd. to Mexico and the Caribbean in April. The commission said in a decision last week that Wardair will not be allowed to operate to Acapulco in Mexico April 15, Barbados April 18 and the Island of Aruba April 19. there Goldilocks Look sweetheart, if you're looking for a dark, deep, rich, neat, sparkling; delicious, wild, ecstatic and nifty wine, you're looking for Baby Bear. f s here new from Chalet CHALET WINES LTD.. CALGARY. ALBERTA. CANADA Historical bomber An AICHI D3A, an example of the first Japanese aircraft to bomb Pearl Har- bour in 1941, makes its final flight at Rockcliffe Airport in Ottawa. Crewman Cpl. J. C. Richarz displays a bottle of vintage champagne while pilot Major Donald Sweetman looks on. The aircraft now will be taxied to its place in the National Aero- nautical Collection at Rockcliffe. Stations should be on air during local emergencies EDMONTON (CP) The director of Alberta's Disaster Services Organization says he will ask the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Canada Emergency Measures Organization to devise a system to keep CBC repeater stations on-the-air during localized emergencies. Ernie Tyler said in an interview the failure of a station at Jasper, Alta., during this week's 40-hour power failure left residents of the Rocky Mountain community 230 miles west of Edmonton without radio service which would have helped keep citizens informed. Mr. Tyler said he will ask the CBC and CEMO to outline a standard operating procedure to ensure that repeater stations unmanned transmitters carrying programming from major centres to small communities will have emergency power and can be manually operated during local emergencies. The satellite transmitter is pretty important in a community like said Mr. Tyler. "Fortunately there were two there and the Edson station got their sateiiite back on the air. The thing I'm interested in is: is it engineeringly feasible to have a satellite operated locally by placing the appropriate equipment there and some authority provided to someone locally. If the thing goes off the air and it is an emergency, you should be able to push buttons and pull plugs and actually talk locally through the satellite. "I gather there may be some problems but with both satellites down there was a problem in talking to the people in Jasper." Residents of the townsite, located in Jasper National Park, complained during the black-out that residents of Edmonton probably knew more about the power situation than they did because of the lack of radio communication. Electric cars coming WASHINGTON (AP) An international group of scientists agree that the day of the electric commuter car is coming but add that much more work is needed. The scientists, meeting Thursday at the International Electric Vehicle Symposium, presented these conclusions in research papers detailing work on projects ranging from electric powered motor- cycles to internal combustion electric wheel powered vehicles. "Electrically powered ve- hicles can be assembled from known and matured modules derived from automobile tech- nology and electrical engineering said Dr. Hans-Georg Mnller, a member of the technical staff of West Germany's Rbeinisch- Westfalisches Elekt- rizitatswerk AG. "Great developmental chal- lenges, however, have to be met in the area of devices for the storage of electrical energy. "Particularly the specific storage capacity, in terms ol the lead-acid storage batteries inreferred today, would have to be boosted by about six to eight times of present-day capacities." One scientist attending the symposium suggested that a battery-powered bicycle might soon be practical for short trips. Snoop suit launched DETROIT (AP) United Features Syndicate has filed suit in federal court to stop the manufacture and sale of watches which depict the cartoon character Snoopy uttering an obscenity. The suit filed in United States district court charges Worldwide American Time Co. of Detroit violated copyright laws in producing and distributing the watches with the likeness of Charley Brown's pet. United features syndicate, which holds copyrights to the Peanuts characters created by cartoonist Charles Schulz, charges the watches destroy "the wholesome established public image" of Snoopy and his friends. OTTAWA (CP) Canada has launched a countersuit against the. Northrop Corp. of the United States for alleged breach of contract in provision of CF-5 aircraft for the Canadian Forces. The suit is in answer to a suit launched about two months ago by Northrop which alleges Canadian breach of contract. Lawyers for the supply and services department filed the countersuit and a statement of defence in federal court here Friday. Northrop had started its action in federal court in Toronto. Litigation in the case is ex- pected to take up to five years, which means that lawyers still will be arguing while the armed forces is considering a replacement for the controversial CF-5. The federal statement of de- fence denies all allegations made by Northrop in its suit and seeks million in costs for what it says are Northrop-, caused delays in production at the Canadian Ltd. plant in. Montreal. It seeks another million for loss of revenue because of alleged failure of Northrop to live up to offset arrangements made in the contract for the aircraft. It says t'hat almost million in payments the federal government is withholding from Northrop can be deducted from the million it is seeking in dam- ages. 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