Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
THI lETHBDIDGE HCtALQ Janwrr 35, 1971 COMMANDERS WITH MODEL Astronauts Charles (Pete) Conrad, Jr., Gerald P. Carr and Alan L. Bean with a model of Skylab that will orbit the Earth during 1973. The three will command three man crews that will have one 26-day mission and two 56-day missions at the space station. Chief electoral officer primed for election OTTAWA (CP) Like oth- ers, Jean-Marc Hamel enjoys guessing when the next fed- eral election will come. But whenever that is, the chief electoral officer is more reedy than anyone else, ex- cluding Prime Minister Tru- deau of course. Calling elections is the pre- rogative of a prime minister and Mr. Hamel has no better information on what Mr. Tru- deau will do than the man in the street. But he is aware of the signs pointing to an election this year and feels any one of the four June re- quired day for voting unless it is a be a good bet. The Liberals have a June- bride reputation. In the six el- ections called by Liberal lead- ers since 1945, June dates have been selected four times, Mr. Hamel noted in an inter- vief. HE'S READY But whether the call comes in June, next fall or next year, Mr. Hamel is ready on about 60 days notice to put the country through the complex exercise in participatory de- mocracy. And, it's no easy task. Proceedings in those 60-odd days from election call to vot- ing day are just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath is a mass of facts and figures collected by Mr. Hamel from his elec- toral watchdogs in each of the 264 federal ridings. The 60 days allow time for last-minute details that cannot be tackled until a firm elec- tion date is of candidates, getting their names on the ballots and list- ing all eligible voters. But the whole process would come apart without the between-el- ections spadework by Mr. Hamel and his experts. This includes keeping a fin- ger on the population pulse, so polling divisions can be kept to manageable size, and de- ciding what changes are nec- essary in the system to hand- le, for example, a reduction in the voting age to 18 from The age change was made in a revision of the Elections Act passed by Parliament in 1970. LIST OVER 1Z MILLION There were eligi- ble voters in the 1968 federal election and Mr. Hamel fig- ures, with population growth plus the 18-year-olds, there will be about if an Native society to reorganize EDMONTON (CP) The Al- berta Native Communications Society is lo be reorganized and restructured, its board of directors said after 22 staff had walked off their jobs to pro- test the firing of five depart- ment heads. Thclma Coulter, spokesman for the board, sniH the society was rehiring and would be open to all applications. Matters came to a head last week when the staff put out 2 special edition of the society's newspaper, The Native People, which Included a story head- lined "Turmoil and choas strike the A.N.C.S." The staff put the case before the society's readers, saying "power strug- gles among board members" and "the struggle for monetary gain" hod undermined the so- ciety. election is called this year. Kow good is the estimating? The Ontario election last October was the first in the province to include 18-year- olds. There were some eligible voters. Mr. Hamel's experts had set as the number of Ontario voters eligible for a 1972 federal election and he says tile 1971 Ontario head count makes it likely this will be close. "We're pretty satisfied with that cue." Figuring out Uie voter num- bers is a must. The revised Elections Act stipulates that, as far as pos- sible, polling divisions should remain unchanged from the previous election. LIMITS NUMBERS It also says there should be no more than 250 voters in a division. In some big apartment block is an exam- is permissible to have larger polls but they should be as close as possible to multi- ples of 250. For sparsely-settled rural areas, a rule of thumb is that there should not be less than 29 voters and no more than 10 of them should be required to make more than a 10-mile round trip to vote. So returning officers in each of the 264 ridings must keep close tabs on population ebbs and flows. These government appoint- ees, who hold office lo retire- ment at age 65, continually watch all the developments in their area that may have to be reflected in the next organ- ization of their polling divi- sions. Pamphlete now are being prepared on the way a voter can exercise his franchise under the latest Elections Act revisions. These include intro- duction of proxy voting for the first time, a changed ballot form including party affilia- tion of a candidate and wider access to advance polls for persons who would have diffi- culty voting on the regular el- ection day. The aim is to have these stockpiled in regional post of- fices for delivery to every voter in the week after an el- ection is called. Supporting the theory that Hope Mission hopes for aid EDMONTON (CP) Hope Mission, which offers physical and spiritual help for ghe "down and was hoping to- day the public will come to the rescue of the 40-year-old mis- sion. Howard Hunt, mission super, intendent, said it was hoped still due on a mortgage can be wiped out by deben- tures authorized this week. Mr. Hunt doesn't deny lhat possibly 90 per cent of the about 125 "desolate" men come to the mission each day come for the free food and clothing. More than three tons of food and clothing is distributed by the mission eacn month and an evening gospel service is held daily, followed by a lunch. Cleavar hiding ALGIERS (Router) Black militant Eldridge Cleaver ap- parently has gone underground since stepping down as leader ol the Black Panther party's Al- giers-based International section a week ago. June could be the month, Mr. Hamel has set April 1 as a target deadline to have the booklets ready to go. Never a dull minute Stanfield finds job fascinating OTTAWA (CP) Robert Stanfield in four years as Op- position leader has pro- nounced his views on practi- cally everything from taxes to Tibet. But how did he really feel about being called "Big Thun- the less-lhan-flattering title beslowed on him by some Liberal MPs to mock that ex- tremely low-key Stanfield ora- torical approach The question caused him to throw back his head and laugh, and it wasn't just a po- lite little giggle. "No, opinions like that don't bother me at he said, still smiling, "it's rather funny." Turning serious, the 57 year-old Progressive Conserv- ative party leader added that it bothers him much more to read Ulings that are inaccur- ate simply through lack of re- search. "When I see conclusions being reached through sheer laziness, it bothers me a lot." The purpose of the inter- view was more concerned with whether Mr. Stanfield en- joys his work, whether he was sorry he ever left Nova Sco- tia, how he gets along person- ally with Prime Minister Tru- deau, or whether he minds having former leader John Diefenbaker looming largely a few seats away from him in the Commons. There is no doubt that after four years in Ottawa, life has changed drastically for the non-dynamic Mr. Stanfield who used lo walk leisurely to his Halifax office and look for- ward to frequent evenings with favorite books. He now can't recall the last time he read a book simply for relaxa- tion, or took a night off to go lo a movie or the theatre. "My personal life here Is well, I must say I en- joyed very much living in Halifax." Did this mean he was sorry he entered federal politics "No, not at all. I didn't come here expecting things would be easy, and I have never looked upon politics in terms of personal enjoyment. "But I will say this, that If I had known some of the difficulties that would arise in Nova as the clos- ing of the Sydney steel plant (it was taken over and oper- ated by the I would not have left the province. No, I would not have come." Having come, however, Mr. Stanfield said ha finds the job fascinating and that it chal- lenges all o! his physical, emotional and intellectual re- sources. Sometimes it is frus- trating, sometimes satisfying, "and there is no doubt that tensions are greater here than in Nova Scotia because the forces are stronger and more complex." Typically, Mr. Stanfield pondered the question when asked whether these tensions are affecting him, changing his temperament. "No, I really don't think so. My theory Is that If you're In- clined to worry, you'll worry even if you're doing nothing. I think you can step up your ca- pacity to deal with tensions. "The thing is not to let yourself get tired. Providing you get a good night's sleep, you can face just about every- thing." He was asked whether there was any one disappointment in his move to federal politics. "Yes, it's the limits on dis- cussion and debates at the na- tional level. In Nova Scotia, whether it's the slower pace or the traditions, the people were prepared to listen to a full discussion and debate on any issue. But it seems to me that in order to get a point across on a national basis, it has to be slated very suc- cinctly, over-simplified, and put across in a dramatic way to catch attention." Mr. Stanfield says television may have influenced this. "Is- sues must be compressed into a 30-second clip." GETS ON WITH PM Asked whether he likes his political opponent, Prime Min- ister Trudeau, the Conserva- tive leader said the personal relationship is fine, "but t don't know the man very well." On several occasions, when the prime minister thought the leader of the Opposition should be informed on certain issues, Mr. Stanfield was in- vited to lunch at Mr. Tru- deau's residence. "Of course we went on to talk about other things, but, no, I don't feel I really know him." Mr. Stanfield talks about small personal things with the same slow, careful concentra- tion he gives to national Is- sues. He studiously avoids the facile yes or no, Most issues, regardless of size, have two sides. "Do you really mind having Mr. Diefenbaker sharing the front bench with you" "We don't always agree with each other, and to that extent things become a little complicated. And of course, Mr. Diefenbaker's parliamen- tary skill and color have tended to create a standard which is difficult for me to match. i "But we have known each other a long time and I think our personal relationship has always been good." Mr. Stanfield looks at eight daily newspapers on a regular basis "and I glance at one or two others." He and his wife the children have left manage to preserve an evening to spend with friends when poli- tics aren't mentioned, but these events are rare. "What worries me about life here is that you have to make a constant effort to break out of these walls and prevent yourself from being com- pletely enveloped by the job.'.' Asked If any embarrass- ments stood out during his four years as party leader, Mr. Stanfield gave the matter a lot of thought. "I am sure there have been many, but none that scorched my toul GO much that it immediately comes to million compensation bill paid REGINA (OP) Premier Allan Blakeney announced here the provincial government will pay million as compensation costs arising from the govern-, ment's withdrawal last year from a pulp mill agreement. Mr. Blakeney said mil- lion will be paid to Parsons and Whittemore Equipment Corpor- ation and to Parsons and Whittemore (Contractors) Ltd. the two companies are sub-, sidiaries of the giant New York pulp and paper mill developers of Parsons and Whittemore. In addition, the province as- sumes expenses incurred or to be incurred by the company which total about million for a total outlay of just over million. Negotiations were held be- tween government and Parsons officials since early, last year when the new NDP government tore up agreements between the company and the former Lib- eral government. The agreement covered a pro- posed million pulp mill in the. 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