Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 24, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbrtdae Herald LXVIII-62 Every athlete gold medalist LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1975 15 Cents By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Admitting regret, Alberta Lieutenant-Governor Ralph Steinhauer snuffed the torch to close the 1975 Canada Winter Games following a simple, one-hour ceremony Saturday in the Lethbridge Sportsplex. "It's with a little bit of sadness that you have to ex- tinguish a Mr. Steinhauer told brightly- uniformed athletes from 10 provinces and two territories, "but it was yours to carry high during the Games." "I would like to say this to the athletes: Win, lose or draw, every one of you is a gold medalist." Before a shoulder-to-shoul- der crowd of the lieutenant-governor com- mended athletes for "showing by your actions, courtesy to each other and to the com- munity and elegant prowess in each athletic field that Canada is assured of a wonderful future generation." Congratulating the efforts of Southern Albertans, Mr. Steinhauer, wearing ceremonial headdress, called the recent 11-day Winter Games "an example of what can be done in the true spirit of co-operation, friendship and brotherly love." Also praising athletes for a "spectacular exhibition of skill and was Horst Schmid, Alberta minister of culture, youth and recreation. Toques tossed high One hundred smartly- dressed Quebec athletes jubilantly flung blue-and- white toques aloft as Mr. Schmid broke into French to announce the winner of the maple leaf and snowflake- emblazoned Winter Games flag. For the Quebec contingent, which won top honors in nine of 22 men's and women's events as it garnered 30 gold medals, capturing the coveted Games pennant marked a successful step for Mission 76, Quebec's drive to form one- third of Canada's teams.in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Quebec's chef-de-mission, Gaetan Ste-Marie, flashed a wide grin as Mr. Schmid hand- ed the furled, red-and-white banner to the Quebec chef and figure skaters Ghyslain Briand, 12, of Ville St-Laurent and John Van Ditti, 17, of St-- Leonard. Sharing the elation of vic- torious Quebec was Nova Scotia, winner of the Centen- nial Cup, awarded by Bill McEwen, president of the Sports Federation of Canada, to the province best improv- ing standings from the last Winter Games. Proudly wearing the only gold medals ever ,won by the Maritime province in Winter Games competition, Graham Eldridge, a 23-year-old weightlifter from Windsor, N.S., and Chris Clarke, an 18- year-old boxer from Halifax, accepted the Centennial Cup Sportsmanship lauded Thanking all competitors. for sportsmanlike participa- tion were Charles Virtue, president of the Games society, and Judd Buchanan, federal minister of Indian af- fairs and northern development. Echoing a fitness plea made during opening ceremonies by Prime Minister Trudeau, Mr: Buchanan said: "Canadians are becoming armchair athletes, as shown by our collective waistline. We must become more concerned with our said the trim minister. Continuing in French, Mr. Buchanan said the spirit of the Games will outlive the barriers of provincialism which have traditionally plagued Canada. Also speaking in French, Mr. Virtue gave special thanks to the Game's "amis francophones" participation. for spirited "Something wonderful has happened in Southern Alberta over the last few weeks We have gained a new con- fidence in our communities to do new things and do them well." The decorous and colorful closing ceremony suffered only one mishap. The arrival of VIPs in three horse-drawn cutters turned out to be more of a surprise than Games officials bargain- ed for as one horse spooked, reared, and tangled itself with the other horse, which fell to the ice. After a short delay, the two- horse team was led out while a human team un- ceremoniously pulled the horseless cutter from the Sportsplex. PETER STAYING HOME EDMONTON (CP) Premier Peter Lougheed of Alberta has ruled out any move to seek the leadership of the national Progressive Conservative party if re- elected in the March 26 provincial election. In a weekend interview, Mr. Lougheed said there is no doubt he will serve another four-year term provin- cially if his party is returned to power. The premier said: "All of the strong Alberta stances I have taken are completely at odds with anyone that had national am- bition. All I can say is I'm challenged by the job of be- ing premier of Alberta. City air services unaffected by strike LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR RALPH STEINHAUER SNUFFS WINTER GAMES TORCH AT CLOSING CEREMONY SATURDAY Bangladesh now one-party state DACCA (AP) President Mujibur Rahman proclaimed Bangladesh a one-party state today in a further tightening of his control over the im- poverished country. Through three swift presidential decrees, Rahman banned all existing political organizations, although he permitted his own Awanii League to form the nucleus of a new national party. The sheik said that having only one party in the country will help promote "the funda- mental principles of state pol- icy, namely nationalism, socialism, democracy and secularism." The new party is to be known as the Krishak Sramik Awami League, or the and Peoples' League. The sheik's action had the effect of wiping out 13 political parties ranging from the Communists on the left to conservative Islamic groups. Lougheed's election motives questioned A second federal govern- ment operation in Lethbridge was hit today by the blue collar selective strike, as air- port maintenance employees booked off sick. Airport manager John Fifield said he was told Sun- day night the five workers would be off work sick. They are members of the general labor and trades (GLT) group of the Public Service Alliance of Canada Other GLT members at the Canadian Government Elevator have been on strike since last week. Mr. Fifield said air service would probably not be interrupted today, but the strike's effect depends on the weather. The snow is not yet deep enough to block runways, he said. One inch fell overnight, the weather office reports. Time Air Vice -President Richard Barton said it's hard to say what amount of snow would halt aircraft operations. The amount of drifting and the degree of slipperiness count, as well as the depth of snow, he said. A de Havilland Twin Otter might operate in three to four inches without drifts, and a Fairchild F-27 in two to three. Postmaster Art Lewis said mail volume picked up over the weekend after a slump late last was lower than- usual. Pension cheques have aeriyed .and 'will delivered Tuesday, he said. In Calgary, mail delivery :was completely stopped by stepped up strike action today, as letter carriers refus- ed to cross picket lines set up by the strikers. Calgary International Air- port, the Calgary Customs Building, postal facilities and the government grain elevator in Calgary were picketed. The Parks Canada office was picketed by strik- ing snow removal crews from Banff. Seen and heard About town CALGARY (CP) The Social Credit and Liberal par- ties have questioned Premier Peter Lougheed's motives in calling the March 26 election. Holding their respective election kickoff conventions a few blocks away of each other in downtown Calgary, the two parties drew only small was announced. Liberal Leader Nick Taylor said Premier Lougheed is "flirting with divisiveness and ideas of separatism" by call- ing the early election on the energy theme and "has every intention of taking 70 seats" in the 75-seat legislature. Games president Charles Virtue introducing Judd Buchanan to Saturday's clos- ing ceremonies crowd as the minister for "Northern Af- fairs and Indian Development" Buchanan thanking him for the oppor- tunity to speak at the closing of the "1976 Winter Games." territory for treaty crowds during the weekend. And spokesmen for both par- ties did not conceal that they have a hard time fighting the Progressive Conservatives. Werner Schmidt, leader of the Social Credit party, said the Lougheed government is trying to get a "blank cheque" before going to the first ministers' conference in Ot- tawa April 9-10, during which o oil and gas prices will be dis want to trade cussed. J Mr. Schmidt, who leads the official Opposition party from outside the house and is seek- ing a seat in the legislature for the third time, announced Fri- day the Social Credit party's eight-point election platform. There was a conspicious lack of MLAs at the'Social Credit convention, attended by 150 delegates; while 50 miles to the north at Olds, nearly 500 persons attended the nomination meeting of Social Credit House Leader Bob Clark in the Olds- Didsbury constituency Satur- day night. Across town, the Liberal party's campaign got some assist from federal Grits, in- cluding Urban Affairs Minister Barney Danson and Alberta Senator Earl Hastings, the federal Liberal party's co-ordinator for Alber- ta. The Alberta Liberals now have no representation in Ed- monton or Ottawa. Nova Scotia Premier Gerald Regan -spoke at the Liberal convention, attended by about 250 delegates, Satur- day night, but told reporters that he accepted an invitation The ASSOCIATED PRESS The president of Syria says his government will sign a peace treaty if Israel gives up all the territory it captured in the 1967 war and agrees to a Palestinian state made up of the West Bank of the Jordan MONIQUE LEBLANC OF QUEBEC DOES SOME LAST MINUTE PACKING BEFORE LEAVING FOR HOME to come here last November, before the March 26 election saw t lovely sunset on T.V. last River and the Gaza Strip. It was his strongest state- ment yet on the possibility of an agreement with Israel, Israel, however, has repeat- edly rejected those two de- mands. Inside 24 Pages Classified....... 20-24 Comics........... 18 Comment.......... 4 13-14 Family........ 16, 17 Markets 19 Sports !..........9-12 Theatres........... 7 TV................ 6 Weather........... 3 low tonight IS highTucs. 40 Chinook winds.