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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District SECOND SECTION The LetKbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, June 12, 1974 Local news a hand was m By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer FORT MACLEOD The Progressive Conservative candidate for Lethbridge leaped out of his car to climax a carefully staged reception by numerous campaign workers here Tuesday. The press had been coached to arrive a minute or two before the candidate, who waited quietly around the corner in his Chrysler. The press arrived and the candidate arrived. But the reception committee was still inside the restaurant waiting out of the dust. So Ken Hurlburt. incumbent MP. had to drive around the block while his hometown supporters rallied their forces. The replay was a resounding success. The only complaint was obviously pro-Hurlburt: "He's not shaking our hands." said one of a pair among the 40 greeters. "I guess he thinks we're Liberals." But the veteran auctioneer caught up to even that pair of supporters in the back row. Not a hand in the whole day of campaigning missed his attention. Mr. Hurlburt spent many years getting top dollar from bidders at his auctions. He travelled miles a year to do it. He spent Tuesday as he will spend many other days before the July 8 federal election auctioning Ken Hurlburt for the highest vote. Included in his wares at this auction is a novel package for an ardent free enterpriser the Conservatives" wage and price controls to battle Canada's "inflationary Mr. Hurlburt told audiences in Spring Coulee. Cardston and Fort Macleod that. "No one hates controls more than I do." But inflation was such a serious problem that. "We can't sit idly brand watch people's savings disappear." If the Liberals have an alternative to what would be -a 30-day or 60-day or maximum 90-day freeze, they have not presented it. he told farmers and their families at a farmhouse coffee party. Federal Conservative leader Bob Stanfield has to be given a chance to try the only solution presented so far. he said in Cardston. He told two area ranchers the controls shouldn't affect the prices they pet for their cattle. "We have to fight fire with firr this one control can be used to knock out all the others used by government, to interfere in the marketplace." The freeze would break the back of inflationarv thinkinp by Canadians. People would have to consider smaller cars, less fancy houses and fewer frills, he said. Then he jumped into his issed This story by Herald political reporter Al is the first of four he intends to write be- fore the July 8 federal election. Over the next three weeks he plans to spend a day on the campaign trail with each of the candidates in Lethbridge constituency. 'Fellows, meet candidate Ken Hurlburt' Herman Linder makes introductions at Cardston's Dine-Away Cafe Rounding up some strays Hurlburt helps Mrs. Shirley Bennett of Spring Coulee collect herd 1974 air-conditioned Chrysler Imperial for the next stop on the seven-hour tour. Relaxing later at his home in Fort Macleod. the MP said the car was his first new one after 27 years of second-hand models. He had conceded earlier that he was as much a victim of "inflationary psychology" as the next fellow. Mr. Hurlburt. 46. bounces along the campaign trail like a welterweight prizefighter He has a jaunty wTalk and practiced ease in greeting his public. Being an MP is not much different from auctioneering when it comes to that, he says. People are inclined to like him immediately. He -says he is out for the small entrepreneur, the small farmer. He points with pnide to businesses in the constituency which started from scratch. Some of them stayed on their feet with his help from Ottawa, he says. It was government help denied him that pushed him to fight for aid to small business as an MP. Wish his business and family interests. "I didn't go to Ottawa because I want a A campaign worker says he has never failed to respond (o a call for aid from a constituent. no matter how minor the problem. One problem with a balkv crow of heifers was Inflation's a tcorry Meeting Anna Bust at Cardston Mainstreeting Another handshake, maybe another vote sorted out by the rancher- auctioneer-businessman on the campaign trail Tuesday. He set his schedule back by stopping to round them up. They had scattered when he pulled over to talk to farm wife Shirley Bennett near Spring Coulee. Later he would tell audiences about the leaderless cows. "That's just what this country's like all il needs is a leader He said he would ma Mr Stanfield's leadership and his growing popularity against Mr. Trudcau's declining number of seats since 1968 any day. But. he confided. "I too wish Mr. Stanfield had a better television image he will make one of the best prime ministers this country has ever seen." He told farmers that whether or not the cattle growth supplement DES is a danger to health. American cattle should not be allowed Jo flood the Canadian market. The government once allowed New Zealand and Australian mutton to destroy a vital Canadian sheep industry. It should not repeat the mistake with cattle, he said. Competition is needed to fight a complacent Wheat Board, he said. Farmers should be able to sell wheat freely to feed lots and local grain buyers. He argued for new- markets for western beef. "We in Western Canada are at the mercy of one market and that is Montreal. There has to be a better way." he said. "This government should be defeated on its agricultural policies alone." Mr. Hurlburt labelled as "slanderous" Liberal advertising about dissension in Conservative ranks. "Thank the Good Lord we had Jack Homer PC Crowfoot' and Stanley Schumacher (PC Pallisen in Ottawa when Bad Olson was minister of agriculture introducing dictatorial farm marketing policies. "We need a few- mavericks When the crunch comes, they're at vour side We're not a bunch of sheep, there are individuals in our party. That's what makes us a great party." Pages 13-2'- 11 ending down election trail Noi all the roads Tuesday were as smoolh as this one LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAYS An exhibition of pre-school children's art on display at Lethbridge Public Library proves that kids say the darnedest things even when drawing and painting. The exhibition and slide presentation on loan from the provincial department of culture, youth and recreation continues at the library until June 17. As its last meeting the library board added a children's librarian to the library staff effective Aug. 1. The board also made three policy changes: library will be closed Sunday afternoons from Dominion Day to Labor Day; citizens are exempted from all library fines: minimum age for adult borrowers cards is reduced from 14 to 12 years of age. Outdoor program wins boost Proposed outdoor education projects for the separate schools next fall received an unexpected boost of from the department of culture, youth and recreation, the school board is informed todav. 36 pupils received special aid A diagnosis and instruction program for children with learning difficulties established in local separate schools last fall provided special instruction assistance to 36 children during the past school year. In a report to be presented to the separate school board tonight. Maurice Landry. director of curriculum, says a total of 84 children were referred by their schools to the program, of which 35 were found to be able to continue to improve their learning with special assistance from their classroom teachers. Eight of the children were referred to other professional people such as psychologists, sociologists and eye and ear specialists. The diagnosis and instruction program was operated by two teaching specialists who were hired by the separate school board and paid with funds it obtained from the province's learning disability fund. In another report to be presented to the trustees today. Mr. Landry says all seven of its education opportunities fund projects have been evaluated and "found worthwhile" by department of education personnel. The education opportunities fund, introduced by the department of education about a year ago. is designed to improve the quality of education at the elementary school level. 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