Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 24, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Second Section Local news Three more candidates surface to contest provincial election The lethbridge Herald District Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, February 34, 1975 Pages 13-24 Three more candidates have surfaced to contest the March 26 provincial election in Southern Alberta. In Lethbridge West, New Democrat Trevor Cook, 20, will seek his party's nod at a nomination in the Rainbow Hall Wednesday at p.m. In Macleod constituency, Liberal Bill Olaf- son, 45, manager and part owner of Southern Feeds Ltd., will seek his party's nomination Tuesday at 7 'p.m. in Picture Butte at Lee's Palace restaurant. At the same meeting, Liberal Ben Lomen, an Iron Springs farmer, will seek the nomina- tion for Little Bow. Liberals also nominate in Lethbridge East Tuesday after the joint Macleod Little Bow meeting but no names of candidates have been announced. Solicitor General Helen Hunley arrives in Pincher Creek Crowsnest to tour all day Tuesday. Lands and Forests Minister Allan Warrack tours Little'Bow Tuesday afternoon. Premier Peter Lougheed arrives in Cardston at noon Thursday and in Taber for an election rally the same day at 8 p.m. Buchanan agrees funding unfair to large bands Special teachers requested A report calling for the hir- ing of 12 teachers to work with slow students will be heard by the public school board Tuesday. Compiled by a committee of principals and members of the student personnel services department, the report suggests many children of normal intelligence have trou- ble in school. A system of evaluation, diagnosis and instruction should be established to assist the poor achievers at an early age to avoid a school ex- perience marred by failure, the report recommends. The report refers to studies that estimate the number of children with learning dif- ficulties make up about 30 per cent of a school's population. Lakeview School has found that 44 of 93 children entering Grade 1 have learning dif- ficulties that range from mild to severe. Sixty two of 230 Grades 2 and 3 students were identified by teachers as retarded one or more years in language or mathematics. Additional teachers are needed, the report suggests, to be able to help poor achievers in small groups or as individuals. "Most children with learn- ing problems are unable to function in the large classroom group, nor are they able to work on their own without constant attention. This demands teacher time that is simply not available in a regular the report states. The twelve resource teachers would not only be re- quired to have special training in the area of concern but must also be "humanist, child centered the trustees will be advised. Tim's operation delayed Tim Neil Coreman, the seven year old son of Neil and Norma Coreman of Stavely, has not yet had his heart operation, Gloria Schwartz of Stavely said today. She said information supplied to The Herald last week by a Mayo Clinic social worker was incorrect. The operation has been postponed for at least two weeks because Tim has a very bad cold and a high temperature. The social worker told The Herald Tim had undergone heart surgery and was fine. Mr. and Mrs. Coreman were unavailable for comment last week. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer STANDOFF Indian Af-1 fairs Minister Judd Buchanan promised housing and agriculture assistance and a look at changes to ad- ministrative funding at a meeting with Blood Band leaders here Saturday. Mr. Buchanan and his aides were closeted with Chief Jim Shot Both Sides and Blood Band councillors and ad- ministrators for more than an hour following a helicopter tour of the reserve with the chief. In a brief press conference after the closed meeting, Mr Buchanan admitted Indian af- fairs core funding for band ad- ministrations discriminates against the larger bands because it sets a funding ceil- ing at a population. The Bloods have a popula- tion of and the Peigan Band, which Mr. Buchanan visited later in the day at Brocket, have a pop- ulation. "We've heard similar concerns across the nation and we're looking into Mr. Buchanan said. New housing policy The 45-year-old minister who took over the portfolio from Jean Chretien in the cabinet shuffle last fall said he hoped to arrive at a new housing policy soon that would go a long way toward meeting housing problems on reserves. New housing and upgrading of existing housing was a ma- jor concern expressed by the Blood band, Mr. Buchanan said. On agriculture, Mr. Buchanan said: "I hope we can jointly make this a far more productive aspect of the reserve." Most of the Blood' reserve land is leased to white farmers but a number of five- year leases are up next year and the Bloods hope to go into farming and ranching themselves, with help from Indian affairs: "We asked the minister to give us funds to run farms so our young people will have work to keep them on the said Chief Shot Both Sides. Specifically mentioned was a lease near St. Mary's reservoir at the southern end of the reserve. Reply within 30 days Mr. Buchanan, who ended a three-day tour of five Southern Alberta reserves Saturday, said he hoped to have replies to the Treaty Seven bands within the 30-day .period some of them asked for. Chief Shot Both Sides said he wouldn't hold Mr. Buchanan to the 30-day period because the minister "has a lot of briefs to look over." But, said Mr. Buchanan: "Other groups requested 30 days and I hope to get back to these people at the same The Bloods also presented briefs on education and social services, but there was little comment on these Saturday. Chief Shot Both Sides said he supports the program but not the leaders of the Calgary Urban Treaty Alliance, which staged a sit-in at Calgary In- dian Affairs offices last November, protesting treat- ment by the office. The demonstrators claimed they were denied their treaty rights when they moved to the city, but Mr. Buchanan, who since ordered charges pressed against two leaders of the sit- in, has said he feels federal responsibility for Indians ends when they leave the reserve. Six Southern Alberta chiefs met with Mr. Buchanan in Ot- tawa following the demonstration. It was at that meeting they invited him to their reservations. Chief Shot Both Sides said Saturday some Blood Band members were in the'Urban Treaty Alliance and he sup- ported its objectives, if not its methods. BILL GROENEN photo CHIEF JIM SHOT BOTH SIDES, INDIAN AFFAIRS MINISTER JUDD BUCHANAN, RIGHT, AND DEPUTY MINISTER ART KROEGER Drain unopposed at 'Pass nomination By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer LUNDBRECK A mayor, speeding preacher and fellow candidates turned out Sunday afternoon to nominate Charlie Drain as the Social Credit par- ty's choice to contest the March 26 election in Pincher Creek-Crowsnest. Even the sun shone on dry road; after days of blizzard conditions in the 'Pass region, providing a final optimistic touch to the party's nomina- tion here. Mr. Drain was unopposed in his third bid for the Socred candidacy for the southwest mountain region seat. One hundred people attend- ed the uncontested nomination, held in the com- munity hall of this small foothills town 70 miles west of Lethbridge. Supporters, including Calgary Mayor Rod Sykes, purchased home-baked cakes from an auctioneer in support of the cause. Mr. Drain will have a tough fight to retain his seat in the legislature. More than 600 people turned out at the nomination of his Progressive Conservative opponent in Oc- tober. In that contest, Fred Bradley, a 25-year-old Blair- CHARLIE DRAIN more merchant, defeated two other candidates. First elected to the legislature eight years ago, Mr. Drain, 62, a Blairmore has established himself as a Lincolnesque figure in the house, dispensing an eloquent "backwoods" philosophy. While he recently told a reporter that he had reached only the third grade in school, it turned out he actually finished the eighth grade later adding university exten- sion courses in sociology and economics to his formal schooling. Mayor Sykes attended the meeting to tell supporters: "These are days in which it is important to speak your mind. Charlie Drain is the kind of fellow you can trust. "If people have their heads screwed on the fiery Calgary mayor added, "no matter what political party, they support the forthright, honest man." It was the second time Mr. Sykes attended a nomination for Mr. Drain. The first was in 1971 after the mayor met Mr. Drain during a visit to a Crowsnest Pass coal mine. SPEEDING TICKET Mr. Sykes passed Ed Benoit, law and order spokesman for the Socred Op- position in the last legislature, on his way to the nomination. Mr. Benoit, whose "bring back the lash" hard line speech on lawbreakers has become an annual tradition in the legislature, was receiving his first speeding ticket (forty miles an hour in a 30-mile zone) at Claresholm. The fundamentalist preacher from Nanton is. the incumbent candidate in Highwood constituency just south of Calgary. After a short dissertation on the evils of speeding, Mr. Benoit said the Conservative government's good programs are simply extensions of ones put into effect by the Social Credit administration and could be much better. "They're just not cutting the mustard with what they've got to cut the mustard he said. Leighton Buckwell, incum- bent Socred in Macleod, and Art Dixon, Calgary Millican Socred incumbent, completed the roster of candidates addressing the election eve nomination. Mr. Drain told the meeting that the government was irresponsible to call an elec- tion now. The "personal egotism of one the premier, was responsible for a budget and legislation package being derailed, he said. The government called the election because "clouds are appearing on the he said. "They have realized their popularity has peaked." Despite PC vows, municipalities still behind 8-ball: Sykes LUNDBRECK (Staff) Alberta's Progressive Conservative government has left a string of broken promises in its dealings with the cities, Calgary Mayor Rod Sykes charged here Sunday. "Municipalities are as much behind the eight-ball as the outspoken mayor said in an interview at a nomination meeting for Pincher Creek Crowsnest Social Credit incumbent Charlie Drain. Mr. Sykes said he can't explain what happened to the pledges of more local autonomy and less provincial government interference made by Premier Peter Lougheed when he toppled the Social Credit government of Harry Strom in 1971. INTERFERENCE Mr. Sykes was one of the men to arrive with personal congratulations at the premier's 1971 election night celebration in Calgary. "There has been more interference, more destruction of local autonomy in the last four years than in the previous Mr. Sykes lamented Sunday. As mayor he made "many vain excur- sions" to Edmonton for talks with the premier on more money for his city, Mr. Sykes told 100 people at the Socreds' nominations in this community 70 miles west of Lethbridge. "You can always go and talk to Mr. Lougheed, but usually you're out the air the mayor said. "As the money goes up in Edmonton, so do the taxes in Edmonton and Calgary and Lethbridge." After the election, the government promised a municipal finance commission to untangle local financing woes, Mr. Sykes said in an interview. "It went without a trace." The province took off the direct portion of the education tax, but still left half for the municipalities to collect, he said. "They promised to restore municipalities' share of oil royalties they haven't done it yet. "They haven't decentralized government, there is no consultation, housing programs ground to a standstill, they are freezing industries out of the ma- jor cities." Mr. Sykes said cities might be behind where they were four years ago still liv- ing "hand-to-mouth." They have required a 50 per cent funding increase in the past four years to keep up with inflation and rising costs. Responding to provincial government claims that aid to municipalities has sub- stantially increased in the past four years, the mayor said that "the arithmetic is all phony." In its now-defunct Feb. 7 budget, the government said total direct financial assistance to municipalities will increase 28 per cent this year to million, after substantial increases in previous years. Mr. Sykes accused the government of lending its huge resource revenues to "people who don't need it" and not to "the children growing up in this province." The government has proposed a billion Alberta Heritage Trust Fund for surplus resource revenues. "We've got one bunch of people lending our money in the East and abroad and talking about heritage it's a great phrase but you can't eat it." More of the money should be invested in Alberta payrolls and industries, he said. GOOD MEN The mayor said he doesn't support par- ties in campaigns like the one now under way, but he supports individuals. "The Socreds still are a free enterprise party that cares about people, that stands for he told the meeting. '.'But the thing is to keep good men in the legislature." He said Mr. Drain offered constituents much more than "a lot of (Conservative) backbenchers that raise their hands when they're told to." Biit, the mayor said later, "my assess- ment of Social Credit chances in this elec- tion is not good." The premier's statement that his party would consider winning 50 seats a healthy mandate is intended "to lull the undecided voter into the illusion he doesn't have to worry that there might not be an opposition." Mr. Sykes' comments on Socred chances were echoed by Macleod Social Credit candidate Leighton Buckwell. "We'd gotten pretty arrogant, we got pretty slipshod. Maybe this term out of of- fice has done us a lot of Mr. Buckwell said. "But Peter (Lougheed) is just as arrogant as any man in the province of Alberta." LONG SHOT "It's only going to be a very, very long shot that Social Credit can upset he said, "But 25 members would be a. nucleus to upset the govern- ment four years down the road." A "clean sweep" of the province by the Tories this time would be "one of the saddest things that could he said. Mr. Lougheed is a "very, very plausible politician" but voters should not take the word of such a "pretty salesman like Peter."