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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Violence near' over B.C. land freeze WALTER KERBER photo fSocreds ousted because gov't too successful' CALGAKY (CP) - The Social Credit party is still a viable political force in Alberta and has "considerable popular support", says a University of Calgary political scientist. "One has to understand that the Conservatives came to power in 1971 because of an unusually high turnout of voters and that the social credit party polled 40 per cent of the popular vote compared to with 45 per cent for the Conservatives," Dr. Tom Flanagan said. He said he doubled there would be a similar turnout at the next election and "it's quite possible a number of those who voted for Lougheed in 1971 will be angry at him by then." He was addressing the second of a series of lectures on the Social Credit Party. The major reason for the party's fall from power in 1971 was the failure of the provincial Liberal party to attract its usual 10 per cent of the popular vote, he said. "The Liberal party's bungling from 1963 to 1971 led to its eventual suicide and meant the opposition party vote in Alberta was no longer split among the Liberals and Conservatives." Another reason for the Social Credit downfall was that Ernest Manning's successful long-range economic policies led to increased urbanization, he said. With increased urbanization came increased wealth to Albertans and the Social Credit party "historically has had less appeal to urban areas and wealthy people" than to rural areas and low-income people. "This rural support is reflected in the party's leadership which has always been dominated by lower status professions such as teaching and the ministry. On the other hand, Liberal and Conservative leaders have always como from higher status groups such as doctors, lawyers and architects." The Social Credit party must return to the theories put forward by former premier Manning in his book entitled "Political realignment", if it is to regain power Dr. Flanagan said. In the book, Mr. Manning explained he need for strong prinicples, policies and political organization. Social Credit should abide by its principles of individualism, personal freedom, doing what is financially feasible and upholding the virtues of democracy,, lv said- Get off my back This Volkswagen beetle needed a little assistance to get back on its feet after it flipped on its back. The small car, driven by Patrick Fleming, 18, of 818 12th St. N. was westbound on 7th Ave. S. Mr. Felming lost control of the car, and it rolled. Mr. Fleming escaped injury. Damage to the beetle, in addition to its pride, was estimated at $300. Cardston man lolled VERNON, B.C. (CP) - The proposed British Columbia Land Commission Act has stirred up a hornets nest of irate farmers and has land developers predicting up to a 50-percent rise in land prices in the Greater Vancouver area. In Vernon though R. C. Freeze, chairman of the B.C. Interior Vegetable Marketing Board, has urged growers not to be stampeded into radical action. He was referring to comments by the president of the B.C. Federation of Agriculture, Charles Bernhardt, who said Friday that B.C. farmers should stop producing to protest the legislation. The furore exploded Thurs- Seen and heard About town JULIUS MOLTZAHN r e-turning to liis room to find visitor Leo Bourassa jr. literally all rolled up in the spare folding bed . . . Gene Scully asking for a new light on a subject-immediately after the power had failed . . . Bill Ilavinga arriving at hockey practice early in the morning and tying both skates, .together. day when Agriculture Minister Dave Stupich introduced legislation setting up a B.C. Land Commission with powers to determine land use in the province. The New Democratic legislation would replace the current freeze on subdividing farmland, in force since Dec. 21. Under the act, the commission will have power to preserve agricultural land for farm use, encourage family farms, preserve green belts, preserve land banks for urban or industrial development, restrict subdivisions and preserve parklands. Mr. Stupich defended his proposed act in a Vancouver television interview Friday night, saying the land act would not give the government any powers it does not already have. Meanwhile, farmers throughout the province expressed near-unanimous condemnation. Mayor Doug Taylor of Mats-qui, a former chairman of the Central Fraser Valley Regional District,- said the act will eventually be tested in the courts. In Vernon, rancher Leg Klinger labelled the legislation "not too far from communism." "It's in line with the socialist philosophy that the state would own all the land," he said. Mr. Klinger is head of the Landowner's Association, formed recently to fight the government's land-freeze. "All the farmers I've talked to have had it up to the hilt on this farmland freeze," he said. "Some of them are talking about using revolutionary tactics. Violence isn't far away." Ross Marks, mayor of 100 Mile House and president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities, said the NDP government is "walking on very thin ice." Mr. Marks said the government is apparently trying to make agriculture a more viable industry, but "the bill may have the opposite effect, especially in terms of not recognizing any cash compensation for the farmer wishing to sell." The past president of the B.C. fruit grower's Association, Allan Claridge, called the leg- islation "pure robbery." He said farmers had considered the prospect of ultimately selling or developing their lands as a form of pension that would compensate them for "the years of sub-standard returns for their hard work." "Now this is going to be pirated away from them by the government," he said. But Mr. Stupich said Friday night that the five-man commission will have no power of expropriation. Meanwhile, Premier Dave Barrett called on the people of British Columbia Friday to take a calm, rational approach to the provincial government's contentious farmland preservation proposals. The LetKbtldge Herald VOL. LXVI - No. 64 LETTIBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS - 60 PAGES Hutterite act dead, protest told Staff and Canadian Press EDMONTON - Growing discontent with the pending repeal of the controversial Communal Property Act landed on the government's doorstep Friday, With the 26 - year - old act scheduled to be repealed next Thursday, a delegation of about 400 rural Southern Albertans made what appeared to be an unsuccessful attempt to have the Progressive Conservative government delay the repeal. The demonstrators waited for almost an hour on the steps of the legislative building before presenting a brief to Premier Peter Lougheed. More than 300 protesters carrying such placards as "Emancipate Alberta Slaves," "Bill of Rights for Hutterite Children"- and "Let them Pioneer the North" demanded an immediate freeze on all land sales until a comprehensive land - use policy can be worked out. The premier invited the in mi One man is dead and another is in satisfactory condition today in Cardston Municipal Hospital following a single-vehicle accident Friday night on Highway 505, 19 miles northwest of Cardston. Tire dead roan who was from the Blood Indian Reserve, was a passenger in a half - ton westbound truck, which went out of control, left the road and overturned. The injured man is also of the Blood Indian Reserve. No further details were available. A police investigation is continuing. crowd, which had travelled in four buses and about 70 cars from South and Central Alberta, to work with the government to solve the problems of the declining family farm and, dwindling small communities. The protestors presented a brief, prepared by the Vulcan Chamber of Commerce that echoed similar expressions of concern from other organizations that the repeal will open the way for the Hutterite sect to purchase large parcels of land. The effect, they claim, would be the eventual demise of the small family farm as Hutterites acquire large tracts of agricultural land and destruction of the economy of rural communities. "We are fearful that removal of restrictions on land purchase by communal groups will quickly lead to a monopoly ownership of the agricultural land in Alberta," Dave Mitchell, a spokesman for the chamber of commerce, told Premier Lougheed. No changes But Mr. Lougheed gave no indication that the government intends to change its stand. The Communal Property Act is "dead in Alberta." "There is no way it can be continued." The protesters came from such places as Pincher Creek, Claresholm, Nanton, V u 1 c an, High River, Brooks, Drum-heller, Stettler, Wainwright and Camrose. Schools in Vulcan were closed Friday to enable families to participate in the motorcade. Later in the legislature, the opposition attacked the premier's response as a "rather casual approach" to the whole question of land-use. With repeal of the act, the 7.200 black - clothed members of the prosperous Hutterite sect will no longer have to ask for cabinet permission to purchase land. The strongly - worded brief came right to the point: "We think that because of the structure and organization of the Hutterian Brethren sect and their commitment to the communal living concept ot life, there is the very real expectation of their being able, over time, to possess almost total ownership of agricultural land in Alberta." Unifarm, a provincial farm organization, has entered the scrap with the warning that the repeal poses a serious threat to the family farm. That suggestion has been disputed by the National Farmers Union which says people malting such allegations "are either misinformed or deliberately distorting the truth to confuse the real issues." The only real concrete backlash to repeal of the act has come from the Drumheller city council. A motion calling for the prohibition of the sale of produce in the city by Hutterites will be discussed at a March 6 meeting. Many Hutterite colonies sell some produce such as chickens and eggs door - to - door and often at prices .well below what local merchants can offer. Spokesmen for the protesters who met privately with the cabinet for about 20 minutes after the demonstration said they were disappointed with the government response, but that the procession had been a success by "creating an impact to point out that there is a problem." Debate denied Lc^ty Premier Hugh Horner told the protesters the government is concerned about land - use problems, the small farm and the rural communities, but that a solution must be found that will preserve a "free enterprise style," as well. Under a barrage of opposition fire in the legislature, Premier Lougheed said the cabinet will consider the presentation from the protesters and make a report about the whole land-use issue next week in the legislature. Ray Speaker, Social Credit MLA for Little Bow, which includes Vulcan, the' community where the protest started, tabled in the assembly a 235-signature petition calling for immediate government action. Mr. Speaker was denied a motion for an immediate debate on the matter he charged was of "urgent public importance." MLA Speaker charged that there are numerous acres under option to the hutterites and corporations that will be purchased as soon as the commun- al properties act is repealed March 1. He said private land holders are in jeopardy of the continuing purchase of land by corporations and special s t a t us groups. Roy Wilson (SO - Calgary Bow) demanded to know how much land is under option. Gordon Taylor, the veteran Drumheller Socred who voted against repeal of the Communal Properties Act last year, asked if a ban is being considered on the sale from door to door of farm produce. He also asked if there are any changes proposed, to the education of Hutterite children. Education Minis ter Lou Hyndman said the matter is under consideration, but did not elaborate. Mr. Taylor asked if there is an agreement between the government and the Hutterites regarding land purchases, as had been suggested in a CBC radio newscast. Mr. Dowling said "there is definitely no agreement be-,ween the Hutterite brethren and the government regarding the acquisition of land." Pageant symbol This is the symbol the provincial government has adopted for the Alberta-RCMP Century Celebrations. The symbol is made up of four components to represent the theme of the three-year-long pageant: "from our proud past, the promise of the future," The three sides of the triangle represent the march of the Northwest Mounted Police to Fort Macleod, the securing of the Medicina line and the signing of the treaty of 1877. The outline of the rose represents the beauty and rich resources of Alberta. The Mounted policeman represents the rich history of the force and the word "Alberta" is in a position to indicate upward growth. Hutterites 'surprised' at furore VULCAN (CP) - Residents of the Brant Hutterite Colony near this Southern Alberta town have expressed surprise at recent controversy over the effects of their lifestyle on the town's future. Hutterite elder Rev John Gross said Hutterites believe they are good citizens, supporting surrounding communities "all .we can." "We buy our gas, our machinery and our vehicles" in towns such as Vulcan, he said. Mr. Gross said his colony, a 6,800-acre tract supporting about 80 people, is not interested in purchasing more land for expansion. The colony maintains its own cow, swine and poultry operations and grows its own vegetables. Twice a week, colony residents go to Vulcan to sell their produce at competitive rates. Dayan says all parties to blame in air tragedy TEL AVIV (AP) - Defence Minister Moshe Dayan said today the flight recorder in the wreckage of the crashed Libyan airliner indicate i all parties involved in the tragedy were at fault. He said Israel welcomed an international investigation and suggested a"hot line" between ICC agrees to suspend operations By EDITH M. LEDERER SAIGON (AP) - After 18 years of frustration and stagnation, the International Control Commission has reached a rare unanimous agreement: To suspend operations in North and South Vietnam. Canadian Commissioner David Jackson said Friday he met with the Polish and Indian commission members in Hanoi this week and they adopted a resolution to suspend operations in Vietnam as of last Tuesday. The three-nation commission created by the 1954 Geneva accords to supervise the ending of the first Indochina war, between the French and the Communist Viet Minh, soon found it self overtaken by events-and bogged down by its own ineffectual machinery. Now, with a ceasefire in the second Indochina war and a new four-nation International Commission of Control ,and Supervision in operation, the old commission was more of a relic than ever. Jackson said the North Vietnamese asked the old commission to terminate its mission and the Canadians and Poles agreed outright. The Indian delegate agreed tentatively, pending final acceptance by his government in New Delhi. Egypt and Israel be set up to avoid similar incidents in the future. Dayan was speaking to a news conference also attended by Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. David Elazar, and the air force boss, Maj. Gen. Mordechai Hod. Elazard admitted, he gave the order to force the plane down. The plane was shot down near the Suez Canal Wednesday with a loss of 106 lives. The incident lsss stirred an international furore. Dayan said now that the three recorders of the so-called black box had been examined "we know more or less what happened." He said he felt what happened was the outcome of three ele. ments of error by the Libyan airline itself, the Cairo air control and the misinterpretation of events by "our own people." The Israelis traced the last minutes of the Libyan airline flight and called it "a combination of misunderstanding and mistakes and a lack of re- sponsibility of the control authorities in Egypt." Dayan said Friday he hoped the Arabs "will not feel they must take revenge." A Lebanese newspaper said Libyan jet fighters have been flying patrol missions oyer the Mediterranean with orders to shoot down Israeli El Al airliners wherever they encounter them. Al Yom. which has close contacts with Egypt, quoted reliable Arab sources in Beirut as saying the move was decided by Col. Muammar Kadafi's rul-i n g revolutionary command council to avenge the downing of a Libyan jetliner by Israeli fighters Wednesday. Reuters news agency reported that Libyan sources denied that Libyan war planes have been ordered to shoot down El Al airliners. Reuters said the Libyan sources, questioned on the re-port, declared: "It is utterly baseless and has no foundation." Inside Classified ............ 24-28 Comics ................ 20 Comment ............ 4, 5 District...............3, 15 Family..............16, 17 Local News ...... 13, .14 Markets .......... 22, 23 Religion .......... 18. 19 Sports .............. 10-12 Theatres ............ 7 TV ................. 6 w/cks. 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