Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The lethbridge Herald THIRD SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, January 31, 1973 Pages 29-S8 Who will be the successor? William Aberhart Ernest C. Manning Harry Strom LEADERSHIP CONVENTION Socreds expect delegates On the operiing day of the senior, "of legislature. Harry Strom stole the spotlight viih his announcement '.hat he stepping down as leader of tie Social Credit party. The announcement was timed to upstage an opening address by Premier Lougheed viJ-ose Conservatives ended 36 years of Social Credit goi-omment with s 1971 Election victory. Mr. Strom, a quiet spoken 58-year-old former rancher who held the party- leadership for four years, has refused lo show preference for a successor. The decision Trill be entirely up in about 1.500 voting dele- gates who assemble in Edmon- ton Thursday. Friday and Sat- urday for only the second lead- ership convention in the party's history. The first Socred leader. Wil- liam "Bible Biir Aberhart died in office and Ernest Manning took over without a convention. Trie first convention was held In IMS following Mr. Manning's retirement announcement. Mr. Ss-ora the second ballot at a gals .Catherine nt complete with placards, bands, fancy hhts and mini- skir.ed cheer leaders. Too old? Wnile there were rumbling at the convention about the party getting too old and on: of touch v-iih the electorate, it was 35 full of pornp and cere- mony surrcKir.dins the choice of a premier of the province. The convention ihis will be less significant because of the lesser task choosing an K-posi'.i'.-.n leader. Registration Thursday at 9 s.m a: the Chateau La- combe where first two days of the convention will take place. The official opening is set for l.X> p.m. with policy discus- sicns a; p.m. and" an all- candidates forum at 8 p.m. Resolutions Friday begins with a resolu- tions and constitution session at 9 a.m.. seminars with tne lead- ership candidates at 10 a.m., nominations for executive posi- tions nt a.m. and speeches of candidates for exe- cutive positions at Resolutions and constitution session continues at 3 p.m. Fri- day and nominations for parly leader close at p.m. Marry Strom Nicht begins at fl p m. Fnday an jtddross by the retiring leader and tri- butes to hini from the parly. convrnlmn moves Sat- in day to the Jubilee Audi- torium. Balloting for the exe- cutive begins at a.m. At a.m. the leadership nomi- nators and candidates speak and balloting starts at 1 p.ro- leader Tne new leader should be known by Saturday afternoon. Each of the 75 provincial rid- ing associations are eligible to send 27 voting delegates. This includes the MLA. five members of the local executive. 15 mem- bers at large, three members of Hie women's aimlisry and three members of a young age. alternate delegates and others, about persons are expected to the convention. Mr. Strom. Eric Linpnau. executive director of the Alberta Social Credit League, and Orvis Ken- nedy. the past eescutive direc- tor. are serving as a steering committee to organize t h e event. Uncommitted Mr. Luignau said recently that it appears that more dele- gates will be going to the con- vention uncommitted ?s to '.'to for .'eader, a'- tended tie 196S convention Southern Alberta MLAs. like Socreds in oilier parts of the prorince, are mainly uncom- mitted. Leighroi ELvkn'fll. MLA for Mac'.eod. has express- ed a preference fo" Schmict. vice of Lethbridge Cr-llere. v hile one city MLA who asked not TO irientifiea >et. f.-vn-s Bob Cli-k. MLA ior bids. Dio's- The other John ni business at Ajvrts fcKeji-. F.-pi.-.n'en private school, nrd Gordon Tay- lor. ihe MLA for could bo joined bv candidates r.oniinited at the convention. Olbcrs Early sperulaf'c.-n Ray Speaker, the MLA for Little Bow. However. Mr Speaier is working for Mr. Schmidt. Also mentioned were Walter Buck. MLA for Clover Bar, AM Jim Henderson, the representa- tive for but both have slated they nc I run. Viith [he concern the pariy niwut nvrjitins; n ideas and people, ace could play a l.irpe part in divisions about the best candidate. Mr. Clark is 35. Mr. Lndwig and Schmidt are both 40 and Mr. Tnyivr is 62. Mr. Clark and Mr. have held cabinet posit cvluc.ilion minister and high- VTIVS minister Mr. Luduig and Srhr.iidt bolh d.-feateil in the Ir.st rrovineisi election whore (hoy ran ,'or the first lime. City MLAs to attend telhbridge MLAs John Anderson, (lethbria'gs Ecsl) left, crd Dick Gruenwald (Lethbridge will be ariicng 24 MLAs from the provincial Social Credit caucus ct the annual rneeting and leadership convenfioi Thursday thrcugfi Saturday at Edmonlon. city MLAs ere re- serving a public announcement cbout who they will sup- port for leader until convention lime. Some ether S-o-jI'i- ern Alber'a Socred MLAs, however, such as Doug Miller (Taber-Warner) and Ted (Cardston) havs come out publicly in favor of Bob Clerk, the former education minister. Social Credit picks a new leader Who will secceed Harry Strom os Alberta Socred lender? Who will follow in the footsteps of Aberhart and Manning? will find out Saturdcy. That doy, Social Credifers will choose the men wha will HWy lead them throughout the rest ef this decode and perhaps beyond. Hit leadership will to a large extent determine whether Social Credit jurvivej at a viobla political force in Alberta. Four candidates have been campaigning extensively in recent weeks for the job, II is unlikely anyone else will itep forward Friday when nominations close. All four candidate! have been in Southern Alberta, where Herald Staff Writer Greg Mclntyre has observed them as they for delegate support. He interviewed each at length to gain a measure of Insight into each candidate the man end the politician. His profiles on these mftn, one of whom will be the next Sacred leader and perhaps someday premier of this province, end thi background to the Sociol Credit leadership conven- tion in 1973, follows on this and the following four paget. MAYFAIR VOGUE'S Super Savings in every group as Mayfair clears out all winter stock at Final Clearance Prices. Slims Sweaters Arnel Nighties Bnby Dolls 6 Body Shirts Skirts Dresses Ski-Jackets Pant Suits Formats C Housecoats Sweaters Pant Tops 9 Coats Pant Coats 9 Formals Pent Suits Mohair Sweaters Snuggle ur to thete ullra Ippcial wliila Intl. 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