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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta BUD OLSON Forecast from the 'Hat Sun should beam down on Tories Monday By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The July 8 forecast9 Sunny blue Tory skies over most of the province with a Liberal chance of showers in the Medicine Hat area Those early evening clouds could without so much as shedding a drop Still it's the only Liberal cloud on Alberta's Conservative horizon and it's enough of a threat to give a ring of truth in Medicine Hat to PC claims being made all over the province that they really are taking the opposition seriously Most national prognoses sum up Alberta in two words Tory sweep The Liberal candidates in all but two of the 19 the thinking will be lucky to recover their deposits by getting half the winner's vote Even though Medicine Hat is one of those they still don't hold out any hope of former Liberal agriculture minister Bud Olson regaining his seat from incumbent Bert Hargrave Locally the election guessing game is less fearless The Conservatives recall that all the so-called experts the last time were predicting that Olson would hang onto his seat last time One party organizer in Medicine Hat said a national TV newscaster in Toronto called him on election day in 1972 I told him we would win by he as much as called me a said the party worker Events of course proved him more than right Hargrave s margin was 5 624 votes even though Olson's total was about 400 more than in 1968 when he out-polled Conservative Chuck Meagher by a slim 208 votes This time many people expect Olson to do some catching up The big question on everyone's lips is can he catch up enough to overcome a vote The Grits say the anti-Trudeau vote beat Olson last time and it's just not as evident today Socreds deserted their party in large numbers for the Conservatives to register their they say This year Social Crediters will stick with their own party Olson the veteran who was first sent to Ottawa in is easily a more effective speaker than Hargrave and probably more personally popular As even one long-time NDP supporter put it 'If Olson wins it will be because he has contacts with the people He has a good reputation for working for the riding Hargrave has just plain had less of a chance in his 18 months as a backbencher in an opposition party to prove his effectiveness in Ottawa to the folks back home But his organization in the riding is impressive- Conservative volunteers appear to have worked the longest and the hardest in this campaign What of the issues7 On inflation Olson does a credible job of shooting down the Conservative prices and incomes policy and probably scored points by bringing in Finance Minister John Turner. on the other doesn't try to answer his opponent's criticism of the controls Instead he derides the Liberals for their 'vagueness in dealing with inflation and their defeatist in calling it a world-wide problem But the Stanfield could cost him a few votes Hargrave is much more at home in the cattle industry and tends to speak at great length and some detail on slamming the Liberal government beef subsidy program and its feed grains policy Mr Hargrave tned eddy in the campaign to make an issue out of impending closure of the defence research station at but it ended with both candidates declaring that if elected they would do everything they could to see it stayed open The issue appeared potentially damaging for but a Medicine Hat newspaper poll of 50 persons in the Suffield area showed Olson maintaining the 2-1 margin he had in the area in 1972 The newspaper which in total surveyed 300 people in six different rural areas of the showed Olson making gains on Hargrave in most of them The Conservatives tend to discount the poll. Conservative voters tend not to show themselves until election they which always gives the Liberals a big but unsubstantiated boost in the polls The Conservatives are quietly giving off the aura of a smooth- running machine that just has to keep going at the same speed to win again the feeling lingers in Medicine that possibly because he is one of the few strong Liberal contenders in just might be able to throw a monkey wrench into that machine BERT HARGRAVE At every opportunity during the Mr. Olson let it be known that he feels its politically unhealthy in confederation for a province to elect all its Members of Parliament from one be the party in government or in opposition. He doesn't say but the message is there if you want one of the other I'm your best bet. Will enough voters take him up on it7 Probably not the tides of Alberta conservatism and western resentment run deep There will be no showers to mar the PC picnic in this province Monday Train at Fort Macleod is railway buffs delight Locomotive 144 saw 73 years service with CP Rail before retirement in 1959 BILL GROENEN photos The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION July 1974 Pages 15-28 Power plant issue Conservation board asked about hearing Baggage car filled with artifacts Model of is central to exhibit Railway old timers arrive for Homecoming at Macleod FORT MACLEOD Of the hundreds of old timers in town for Homecoming few can match in age the railway veterans assembl- ed on a CP Rail spur facing 3rd Avenue It's the first public appearance of Canadian Pacific's display a collection of rolling stock from the age of steam that carries railway history back more than 100 years. The steam locomotive and six cars in the display were Artist featured University of Lethbridge art instructor Jeff Olson was one of the featured artists at the International Art Fair recently held in Switzerland. One of his neon sculptures was included in an exhibition sponsored by the Electric Gallery of Toronto at the world art held June 19 through 24 Mr Olson's works have been purchased by the Canada Council. Several other of his sculptures will be on display in Calgary's Glenbow Art Gallery until the end of along with paintings by Bill also a U of L art instructor. Mr Olson first exhibited nis works with the Toronto Art Gallery last when six of his light sculptures were featured introduced to local civic and community representatives by CP officials Thursday afternoon Today through Sun- day the train will be open to the public from 11 a m. to 9 p m Hosts at Thursday's tour were Ed CP Rail manager for Glen superintendent of the Alberta south and Earl assistant regional manager in CP's public relations division Andy president of the Fort Macleod Chamber of and Dr. John president of the Fort Macleod Historical took turns trying out the engineer's seat in old No 144 They put their hands to the throttle and gave the whistle a but they weren't reward- ed with a shrill shriek That will have to wait until next year. Omer Lavallee of CP Rail's chief oublic relations assured the visitors the engine was m condition to be fired but to do so would violate federal regulations The train was towed here by a diesel engine No built in Canadian Pacific's Montreal shops in saw service for 73 years before it finally was retired in one of the last CP steam locomotives to be withdrawn from service. Government regulations re- quire the engine to receive a complete overhaul before it again moves under its own steam CP is displaying the tram at four other Alberta points and one in British Columbia this summer Should the tour prove it is likely the locomotive will be overhauled this winter and make a more active appearance during Calgary's centennial in 1975 Oldest car m the display is Official Car No purchased by the Canadian Pacific in 1882 It was constructed for the Saint Lawrence and Ot- tawa Railway Company sometime between 1850 and 1870 There's a wooden caboose of a breed rapidly vanishing from the railway scene The one in the display is furnished in traditional railway style. There are only about wooden cabooses left in com- pany according to Mr Lavallee. Other cars in the display carry photographs and ar- tifacts from nearly 100 years of CP operation in Canada. Included were scenes of the Fort Macleod and Lethbridge railway stations The photographic display concentrates on Western Canadian rail operations. On the walls are company posters which advertisied the colonist trains and urged summer tours to Sault St. Banff or China When the first overseas vacations were offered by Canadian Pacific in 1893 you could travel around the world from Toronto for The Save Our Power Plant Committee is asking the Energy Resources Conservation Board for a public hearing in Lethbridge on the sale of the city power plant. The committee says in a letter to the board it believes energy can be more efficiently used through a Lethbridge- owned power plant than through importation of energy from a source some 350 mjles distant It adds that it would like the opportunity to file a formal intervention at the ERCB hearing on the question of the city ceasing to operate a generating station and the question of Calgary Power Ltd commencing operation of a generating station here Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff told city council Tuesday that the ERCB would have to approve that but he was given to understand the board was aware of the situation here and willing to accept council's decision to sell the plant He said at the council it was hoped the whole matter would be wrapped up by Aug 1 But the Save Our Power Plant committee which spearheaded public efforts to keep the plant says in its letter to the energy board it is concered by the deputy mayor's statement know of no such opi- nion by'the board and would appreciate a copy of any for- mal statement which might have served as a basis for the deputy mayor's the committee says consider his statement somewhat given the fact that we believe a hearing must be held on the matter and that the board would only act after giving interested parties an oppor- tunity to file a brief Bob s on his way here from Montreal National Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield arrives in Lethbndge tonight after a gruelling day of cross-country campaigning His chartered DC-9 campaign aircraft was to leave Montreal early this morning It was scheduled to stop at mining towns and Ma en route to Moose Sask Medicine Hat and Lethbndge Mr Stanfield was slated to spend five hours today campaigning in the 'Hat for PC incumbent Bert being seriously challenged by Liberal Bud Olson This last leg of the national campaign should land Mr Stanfield in Lethbndge at 9 45 p m The Tory leader will have spent 20 straight hours campaigning tour organizers told a Lethbndge press briefing Thursday Mr Stanfield will go straight from the airport to his quarters at the Holiday Inn He is. scheduled to address an open air meeting on behalf of Alberta PC at 8 45 a m Saturday The gathering to be held in the northeast corner of Henderson Lake opens at 7 30 a m In the event of bad it will be shifted to the Exhibition Pavilion Conservative candidates Ken Jack Stan Schumacher Peter and Harvie will attend After his Mr Stanfield will greet the then leave for a 9 50 a m departure from Kenyon Field He will fly to Vancouver for a Saturday night rally after campaigning at stops in the British Columbia interior Organizers said it was uncertain if Mrs Stanfield would accompany him on this leg of the campaign They said she is thought to be suffering from the flu their will be aboard the campaign aircraft Air conference valuable Attendance by two city officials at the 3rd annual aviation conference in Calgary did more to further efforts to upgrade air service to Lethbridge than anything with the exception of the LaBorde report last according to Al Steve Kotch did a lot of and got to know people who will be handling the case on a first-name Aid Kotch said Thursday Aid Kotch attended the conference with City Develop- ment Director Dennis O'Connell Homecoming highlight of Macleod centennial FOKT MACLEOD Centennial workers in Fort Macleod have moved into high gear as they prepare for the highlight of two years of events. As the town marks the RCMP centennial and its own 100 years of Homecoming is the big birthday party to which more than former residents have been invited. Saturday and Sunday are packed full of events of every nature in order to have something of interest for every guest Some of the events for the weekend are the hillbillie breakfast for senior citizens on Saturday morning from 8 to 10 on the ok Kingston lot The parade is moving off at 2 p m from elevator row and will travel along 2nd Avenue to Mam street and then down 5th Avenue to the FP Walshe School The centennial dinner and local entertainment is to be at Midnight Stadium from 5 to 8.30 p.m. This is the birthday supper and a record crowd of thousands is expected The entertainers are all local or former residents. Some will be well known personalities such as Ernie McCoulough and Serry Kennedy The Miss Mary and her Bonnie Erickson and Brenda will be on hand They will be presented to Lt -Gov Ralph Stemhauer during the evening. Perhaps one of the most heartwarming scenes at the old Fort this week has been the reunion of the Imperials Orchestra Roy McGregor of Red Deer got all the band members together and they will play for the Elks' jitney dances Friday and Saturday The reunion of RCAF No. 7 Service Flying Training School personnel is another lively spot Former air force their families and civilian employees at the airport are guests of the Canadian Legion. A courtesy trailer has been set up across the street from the Legion Hall Possibly the most popular and the biggest reunion is the school students There are representatives of the class of 1899 to join three of their members still living here Sunday morning a reunion brunch will be served at F P Walshe Sunday will see the rodeo of Champions At 8 a m the south country club will serve pancake breakfast at Midnight Stadium and the slack time will be run off. At 2 p m the rodeo proper gets underway There are special church services. The special one for the public will be held at the Fort Museum Sunday at 8 p.m Archbishop H H former primate of the Anglican church will be guest preacher Mr Clark is a native son ;