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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Signs pointing to April general election In Alberta fit least Tory strategy indicator is pointing to an April general election in Alberta. The Lougheed government is said to have warned local par- ty associations to expect and gear for an election by next June. But a break in traditional timing of the Progressive Conser- vative annual provincial convention could mean a new game plan geared for April. The key a date for _________________ the winter session of the is still lacking. If it's an early the government could complete By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer At the fair Attendance 1974 1973 Monday............... Tuesday............. Wednesday............ Thursday Friday Saturday............ TOTALS.............. record Calendar THURSDAY Citizen's Day time at Whoop-Up Downs. 8 chuckwagon races at Grandstand. 11 close. closes. 2 closes. Summary of special Whoop-Up attractions on Page 13. FRIDAY YOUTH DAY 12 and midway opens. 2 opens time at Whoop-Up Downs. 8 chuckwagon races at Grandstand. 11 close. closes. 2 closes. Summary of special Whoop-Up attactions on Page 13. Inside Classified........18-22 Comics............10 Comment...........4 District............15 Local Markets...........23 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 Youth ............24 LOW TONIGHT HIGH FRI. HOT. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. JULY 1974 15 Cents an impressive legislative package in time for an April election. The convention timing provides a in the mean- time. A second date which may or may not be a clue is Dec. 6 of this year. The provincial Tory organization has booked the Banff School of Fine Arts that day for a strategy conference which will clear the decks for an election whenever it is called. Between 250 and 300 party organizers and other constituency officials will meet to map out campaign plans. Such a meeting could be expected to be held not to far in ad- vance of an election date. More significant is the shift of the annual convention to a March date for the first time in recent years. This eminently suitable vehicle for kicking off an enthusiastic campaign will come to a climax March 7 at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary. The hotel has been booked solid for the three-day convention opening March 5. Premier Peter Lougheed might cap the event with an election call. By the election writ would have to be carried out within 39 days. The scenario would see the writ run out April a Monday and Mondays have traditionally been favorite election days. Provincial party association officials were not immediately available to comment whether a simple scheduling problem shoved the annual convention more than a month behind its predeccessors and into a prime election slot as far as televi- sion viewing and farm seeding are concerned. But the fact is that this year the convetion was held Feb. 2 and 3. In it was held Jan. 20 and 21. In 1972 it was Jan. 29 and 30. And in just before the Tories toppled the Social Credit government of Harry it was Jan. 24 and 25. All of these dates avoided any conflict with the winter session of the busiest time of the year for every MLA and cabinet minister. the same engineering will take place this year. The question remains whether the convention will for the first time instead of the legislature session. But opposition spokesmen suggest that other factors weigh heavily in favor of the convention and an election following close on the heels of the winter session. like spring says Bob leader of the official opposition. guess would be that we'll have an early spring session beginning in January or February. The an- nual convention date surprises me. I thought it would be much earlier. information would lead me to think an election would be earlier than May which is bad for an April election wouldn't surprise me at says Grant lone New Democrat in the legislature. strategy indicates an early session called in January. By March we could certainly have a fair amount of the work done in time for a great ballyhoo of a convention. is better for Mr. Notley says. The Tories relied heavily on that medium to upset the Socreds in 1971. More viewers will be at home to watch the national hockey and fewer away from their sets indulging in outdoor recreations. The NDP leader says the Tories would be forced to delay an election until the unpopular summer months if they had their convention before the winter legislative and miss the opportunity of using the convention to kick off the campaign. can't imagine it being in March unless an April election is he says. The election date is a closely guarded secret for the moment. It won't be official until Premier Lougheed announces a date and he presumably wants to keep his opponents in the dark as long as possible. Makarios backers by Greeks 24 Pages L UCK Y TICKET MEANS I NICOSIA Cypriot troops have establish- ed effective control over this Mediterranean island and launched a manhunt for left- wing and pro-Makarios politicians. More than people al- ready have been arrested since the military takeover Monday. The one of the first to come out of the troubled island since Monday's was a pooled dis- patch from correspondents in Nicosia. It was filed but was delayed in transmission. Soldiers began house-to- house searches in Nicosia and other towns and villages. All but token resistance to the new regime of Nicholas Sampson ended with the fall of the last stronghold of Archbishop Makarios on the west coast of the island. Shooting was reported today in the but the re- gime's new information Spyros told shots you hear are merely the rejoicing of national guardsmen. Our revolution is a complete success and there is no organized Papageorghiou's pred- Militiades Christ- was arrested Wednesday. He was one of Archbishop Makarios' closest advisers and an outspoken op- ponent of the Greek junta in Athens. Barbara the American-born wife of another Makarios Dr Vassos was captured in a mountain village. She is well known here as a writer and jour- nalist. Her still being heads the left-wing Centre Union party of Cyprus. Glafkos chief ne- gotiator for Archbishop Ma- karios with the island's Turkish was one of the first arrested. He was later freed but is being kept under close surveillance. Papageorghiou arrested will receive humane days of tyranny are CASUALTIES HIGH Casualties in three days of fighting between National Guard soldiers and pro-Ma- karios police have not been but Papageorghiou ac- knowledged they were and a nurse at Nicosia General Hospital said 200 dead and wounded were ad- mitted there alone. Diplomatic sources said a United Nations estimate of 30 dead in Nicosia was much too low. Broadcasts from Cyprus Radio threatened courts- marual for offenders found with weapons. They aiso warned that anyone moving through the city at night would be shot on sight. other story Page Back to work brand inspector George Dionne checks cows at Swift plant. Nixon 'furious' at press leaks High costs could absorb tax cut WASHINGTON President Nixon was so furious at leaks to the press of sensitive information in 1971 that he ordered lie-detector tests of 400 or 500 state and defence department officials to the A new transcript released Thursday night by congres- sional impeachment investigators shows the presi- dent venting his anger at a July meeting with Egil co-director of the White House un- created to plug news leaks. The president's ire on July Army takes Ethiopia city ADDIS ABABA The Ethiopian army has taken control of the country's second largest and arrested the mayor and the governor of Eritrea Radio Asmara reports. The broadcast said the ar- which already controls Addis Ababa and the national imposed a dusk- to-dawn curfew on the northern city- 24 was touched off by the leak of the U.S. bargaining position in the Strategic Arms Limita- tion Talks with the Soviet Union. The transcript is contained in five volumes of evidence on White House domestic in- intelligence gathering operations. Portuguese government sworn in LISBON President Antonio de Spinola swore in Portugal's new government today and called on the people to discipline themselves and respect the new regime. implies that somebody has the power to rule and to impose and that somebody is the Spinola said after Premier Vasco Goncalves and his 16-member cabinet took office. a colonel and member of the inner circle of officers who led the coup that brought Spinola to the presi- was picked as premier last week. He named his cabi- net Wednesday. MONTREAL -Rising production costs could offset price reductions made possi- ble by the removal of the 12 per cent federal tax on shoes and retailers said Wednesday. Major retailers contacted said prices of existing stocks will not be but prices on new merchandise will take the tax elimination into ac- count. Industry spokesman that rising costs of labor and materials may pre- vent the full reduction from showing up on price tags. Bob vice-president of Rubin Brothers Clothiers said the men's clothing industry incurred largest single labor increase in our earlier this year. plus other cost in- creases will counterbalance the removal of the sales BABY FOR COUPLE A lucky ticket in Canada's second winning draw has made it possible for a young Lethhridge couple to have what they want most a baby. Craig and Terry 1225 9th Ave who won say that now Mrs. Slawson will be able to take time off her job at Green Acres Animal Hospital to Sj have the child they wanted since they were married a year and a half ago. Meat plants facing cardboard shortage Canada's meat packing in- dustry is facing another test that could force closure of the plants a pending shortage of cardboard boxes. Members of the United Paperworkers International Union of Calgary's Domtar Ltd. plant have been o'n strike for two weeks and no end to the work stoppage is in says Eric a union spokesman The union members manufacture industrial con- tainers used in the meat pack- ing industry Jim Gough. manager of Swift Canadian Company Ltd 's packing plant in Lethbridge said this morning his firm operates with three weeks stock of boxes. the strike it could cause he said. Mr Gough said packing' plants use the boxes to package variety meats such as liver and the by-products of the killing process. These cuts are boxed in 30 to 60 pound units for sale to retail outlets. And these cuts contribute toward the make or break financial picture for packing said Mr. Gough. plants don't get righ on the sale of dressed car- said Mr Gough. Ross manager of the Canada Packers Ltd plant in said this morning he couldn't' comment on the paperworkers dispute since he hasn't heard of its im- plications on Canada Packers Ltd plants in Canada yet. he said. prices on men's clothing this fall will be about the same as last year's. If the tax had there would have been a tremen- dous increase in SAVINGS POSSIBLE Norman S. vice- president of public relations of said- shall pass on any sav- ings when they are realized. We have paid the tax on current and as merchandise is replaced with untaxed merchandise we shall reduce our prices. costs are still so some of the savings resulting from the elimination of the tax will undoubtedly be offset by these higher Mr. Cuthbert said the tax removal will have the overall effect of reducing the rate of price increases. Seen and heard About town Aid. Steve Kotch modestly ad- mitting isn't Southern this is Kotch Country. Chained women protest Quebec language bill QUEBEC Nine Montreal-area chain- ed together in their chairs to protest the government's controversial official language disrupted the national assembly's educa- tion committee eventually forcing it to ad- journ at least until today. But 'everybody's happy' Kiddies9 Day gate short of record accounted for a third of Wednesday's atten- dance total as under-14 fairgoers. spun through turn- stiles without charge. Despite the strong showing from Wednesday's gate total fell shy of last summer's record Wednes- day turnout. At the midweek point in Whoop-Up fair officials are happy with all aspects of the exhibits and public participation. Andy manager of the Lethhririre and Dtatrirt Exhibition said this morning the 1974 show is one of the best fairs Lethbridge has seen and public seems happy with A new layout for the midway is working out well and has been credited with boosting attendance in the Whoop-Up and Exhibition Pavilions. Mr. Andrews said an atten- dance record could be set this year if the weather continues to be fair. Attendance for the first three days is down 1.080 but there -has also been fivp hours less fair time due to the later opening Monday. Lethbridge City Police join- ed the Kiddies' Day fun as the 10-member Exhibition detail reunited 16 children with lost parents. The grandstand show finish- ed with a flurry as people whooped it up with Auto Stratus Faction and comic juggler Howard who claims to be only juggler in the world who can juggle seven balls at the same lima At Whoop-Up Wednesday was the third consecutive day that pari- mutuel betting totals were down from last year. Chief turf accountant Irv Sukut said bettors parted with down from Wednesday of last year. He blamed for the reduced take. you get a good field of horses the crowd gets excited and our handle begins to pick Gladys Johnstone of winner of in the daily Jaycees draw. The big Jaycees a bar of will be drawn for Satur- day. Ticket Number 36823 was drawn this morning for the daily attendance award. The winner must present that ticket number at the Exhibi- tion Office to receive the money. The attendance winner Tuesday was Mrs. Neils The protest forced the com- mittee studying the legislation to adjourn twice in the after- noon and again just after the evening session thus bolstering the faltering Parti Quebecois filibuster of ciause- by-clause study of the legislation. The women said Bill which would make French the official language of Que- is being adopted too hastily in its present is an injustice to French-speaking Quebecers. with Bill Have Pity on do you want to assassinate chanted the women. They also engaged in im- promptu debates with Liberal committee members and Labor Minister Jean Cour- noyer. Solenage leader of the said their demonstration was just the beginning and that housewives all over the province were mobilizing for similar ;