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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, June 17, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-3 PRICE, INCOME FREEZE Labor's undying opposition may spell trouble for possible Stanfield regime OTTAWA (CP) Vows of undying opposition by organized labor to the major Progressive Conservative federal election pledge of price and income controls could spell trouble for any future government led by Robert Stanfield. To union leaders, the pledge boils down to a wage freeze and since the election campaign began, they have made clear a firm and unanimous stance against that. They term income controls a phoney and unworkable sham that will hurt wage and salary earners. President Joe Morris of the 1.8 million-member Canadian Labor Congress says labor would not even sit down and discuss controls with a Con- servative government. Controls has been the one issue directly affecting labor in this campaign. While labor leaders have not stormed to the hustings to campaign actively for their favorite party, the NDP, or against the Conservatives, they are making clear where they stand to all who ask. Mr Morris, elected in May, said in a recent interview controls did not work in Britain or the United States. -We don't think it is possible for a government to control all incomes." he said. Income from real estate sales, interest and dividends would escape any controls. Don Montgomery, congress secretary-treasurer, also criticized controls in a recent statement, saying they would cause resentment against those who escaped a freeze and impose hardships on wage and salary earners. One of the strongest statements from labor came Sunday from Grace Hartment, secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the largest national affiliate of the congress. Price and income controls are an impossible .dream, she said at an Ontario region meeting of the union. of the evidence clearly shows that with wage and price controls, wages of average workers are frozen solid. But prices are about as frozen as a Popsicle on a hot summer afternoon." A Conservative government would just leave prices to trust but would enforce a wage freeze, she predicted. The congress, which supports the NDP and has urged affiliated unions to cough up financial support, has accepted that party's proposals of selective controls on -'unjustifiable prices and windfall profits. Another top union official, Harold Thayer. a vice- president of the 800.000-member Ontario Federation of Labor says unions will oppose wage controls with every legal means possible. Mr. Thayer also is a GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET H L Pre 90 83 72 83 87 71 Lethbridge----- Pincher Creek Medicine Hat Edmonton Grande Prairie Banff....... Calgary. Victoria Penticton....... 90 Prince George 72 Kamloops....... 92 Vancouver 69 Saskatoon....... 76 Regma .....74 Winnipeg .....66-38 Toronto 68 50 Ottawa 66 61 61 52 63 46 44 47 54 48 54 45 59 58 59 49 .04 .04 .03 St Halifax Charlottetown 80 fil Chicago 63 75 Los Angeles Las 73 76 Phoenix 115 67 Mexico City 72 63 Rome Pans London Berlin 81 82 68 61 50 54 63 .66 .31 .03 .18- FORECAST: Lethbridge, Medicine Hat Regions Today: Cloudy periods. Scattered thundershowers. Highs near 85 Tuesday: Sunny. Lows about 55. Highs 80 to 85. Calgary Region Today: Sunny. Winds northwest 20 to 25. Highs 75 to 80. Tuesday: Sunny. Lows about 50. Highs near'80. Columbia, Kootenay Today and Tuesday, sunny and warm Highs both days 85 to 90. Lows tonight 45 to 55. Montana East of Continental Divide Scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday mostly- south portion. Risk of strong gusty winds near the thunderstorms. Highs 80 to 90 Monday. 75 to 85 Tuesday. Lows both nights in the 50s. West of Continental Divide Scattered afternoon or evening thunderstorms mostly south portion today and Tuesday. Risk of strong gusty winds near the thunderstorms. Highs Monday SO to 90 and highs Tuesday 75 to 85. Lows both nights 45 to GEHL 880 MOWER CONDITIONER Use a GEHL 880 machine to cut and condition ifie hay Rugged built lot the toughest jobs Lower rubber roll and" upper spiral steel roll to condition the hay to a 1lu1fy windrow See the 9 ft. 3 in. 880 GEHL at GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coutts Highway Box 1202 Phone 328-1141 Ports of entry: Times in Mountain Daylight Time Albc-rta opening and closing times: Carway 7am to 10 p m closed. Coulls open 24 hours: Del Bonita 8 a m. to 5 p m Kingsgate open 24 hours. Porthill-Rykerts 7am until 13 p m Wild Horse 7a.m. to -4 p.m.. Rooscvillc 7am lo 11 pm Pass member of the NDP federal council and chairman of the OFL political education committee. He says there is no way a Conservative government could live up to party promises and make controls retroactive in cases of profiteering. Nor was it possible for a government to control the quality of goods produced. Traditionally the NDP has been the party of labor. But past election results show that the 2.5 million rank- and-file members of various unions in Canada have never adopted the almost total devotion to the NDP of many labor leaders. Of the top four congress officers, Mr. Morris was a founding member of the NDP, Mr. Montgomery joined the CCF in 1940 and later stepped into the NDP, while executive vice-presidents Julien Major and Shirley Carr have both been NDP candidates. A congress resolution of support for the NDP adopted at the May convention in Vancouver provided little but moral backing but it urged affiliates to give financial and staff help to the party. Large affiliated unions such as the United Auto Workers and the United Steelworkers are providing funds, while union members and officers are par- ticipating in the campaign individually. The Quebec Federation of Labor, while expressing reservations about NDP policy on Quebec, has also endorsed the party in this election. Of a total NDP campaign budget of million, about will come from unions. Some of this will come from locals that are directly-affiliated to the party and whose members pay 10 cents a month each. The International Association of Machinists, for example, has 16 of its 176 Canadian locals directly- affiliated to the NDP. The United Auto Workers, which gave to the NDP in the 1972 election, is likely to pay more into party chest this time, particularly with Charlie Brooks, a president of one of the union's largest locals, running against Agriculture Eugene Whelan in Essex- Windsor. The OFL political education committee is providing to the NDP and printing copies of a leaflet backing the party. Despite the solid support given by labor leaders to the NDP. the other parties can expect to share in the union vote and Liberals, in particular, have been making bows in that direction. Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde said recently in Winnipeg union members should vote for Liberals rather than for the NDP to ensure the Conservatives never get a chance to bring in a freeze on wages. And Prime Minister Trudeau reappointed former labor minister Bryce Mackasey, widely popular in labor circles, to his cabinet. Trudeau blitzed hostile West for nearly a week In Saskatchewan only politicians seem to be excited REGINA (CP) Despite five weeks of campaigning. Sas- katchewan politicians seem to have drummed up election en- thusiasm only among themselves. While voters express a profound disinterest in the election outcome, each of the three major parties seems to have convinced itself that there is a subterranean current of opinion running in its favor. But if each party's expectations are correct, some seats in the Commons will ha've to be piled three deep with MPs. Progressive Conservatives display confidence in nine vic- tories. New Democrats also in nine, and Liberals in five. That adds up to 23 winners in Saskatchewan's 13 con- stituencies, which in 1972 elected seven Conservatives, five New Democrats and one Liberal. The parties equally conflict on what are the major issues. The Conservatives concentrate on inflation and New Democrats on feed grains and the grain transport system. Lib- erals, meanwhile, stress regional development in the broad sense of a comprehensive new deal for the West. Whatever the issues, observers report general apathy. Assiniboia Mayor Gabe Tremblay. a long-time Liberal, says. "I couldn't care who gets in" adding that more people agree with that opinion now than in the 1972 election. In Hodgeville. Art Thompson, secretary-treasurer of the rural municipality of Lawtonia. says he has yet to hear anyone ex- press a preference between Prime Minister Trudeau or Op- position Leader Robert Stanfield. Down the street, in Wong's Cafe, a weatherbeaten farmer mutters "they're all just crooks." A cattleman-farmer buttonholed in Ponteix is ready and willing to sound off about his getting priced out of our products, machinery and everything we buy. it s too high." He has at his fingertips such examples as barbed wire, which a year ago was under S23 for an 80-rod roll but now is almost But. like many others, he becomes less talkative when asked which party if any has a solution to such problems. "It doesn't matter which one of them gets in. it won't help us in the West at all." he finally says. "Politicians are always prejudiced." comments Tommy Douglas former Saskatchewan premier now running for re- election in British Columbia. "People tell them what they want to hear." Hamilton former Conservative agriculture minister and candidate for re-election in Qu Appelie-Moosc Mountain, heheves voters are responding to Conservative concern about inflation. Bill Knight, seeking re-election in Assiniboia. emphasizes that one political party in this general election stands on the issue of orderly marketing in the feed grains question and that is the New Democratic ParU The Liberal campaign is based on the argument, tirelessly repeated by Justice Minister Otto Lang at meetings across the province, that "if there ever was a time when a government ought to have the support of this particular region of the country, that time is now His speeches asserting that the Liberals are totally com- mitted Jo a fair deal lor the West and have made concrete steps towards that fair deal are complemented by a chorus ol praise from other Liberal candidates for him personally. The candidates attribute everything from new railway cars for gram to higher wheat pnccs to the efforts of Mr Lang, the province's only Liberal MP in the last Parliament and minister responsible lor the wheat board. vole lor any Stanfield Conservative is a vote against Otto Liberal ads trumpet on radio. And Mr does not disavow the emphasis on his role He says 1he election may be close and election of any one Saskatchewan Liberal candidate "may decide an fact whether 1 can continue that work THE CANADIAN PRESS Prime Minister Trudeau spent most of the week cam- paigning in the West where he unveiled new transport and agriculture programs which he said a re-elected Liberal government would implement. After electioneering Tues- day in the Lake St. John area of Quebec, the prime minister revealed part of his new transport policy in Edmonton Wednesday. The policy includes remov- ing freight rate inequities, re- vamping grain-handling meth- ods, and creation of a Crown- owned reserve freight-car fleet. Mr. Trudeau's transport statement came as other fed- eral party leaders were blast- ing his government over the May rise in the consumer price index, the highest in years. However, the prime minis- ter said he would not become absorbed over the figures and he carried his campaign into British Columbia after noting that higher food prices were a major component of the May increase in the index. In Penticton and Terrace. Mr. Trudeau called Thursday for voters to deny the New- Democratic Party the balance of power they held in the last Parliament." The NDP had "caved in" and helped defeat the Liberals after seeing the minority government produce good programs for 18 months. TALKS ABOUT FARMING The prime minister's sec- ond major policy statement of the week came Friday in Humboldt. Sask.. where he said his party would stabilize incomes for grain farmers and producers of other com- modities if it forms the gov- ernment after the July 8 elec- tion. Other agricultural pro- grams promised by his gov- ernment before its defeat would be reintroduced. Inflation continued to be the key word in Progressive Con- servative Leader Robert Stanfield's campaign vocabu- lary. He began the week in Guelph. Ont.. where he ac- cused Mr. Trudeau of playing politics with inflation and con- tradicting himself by criti- cizing the -Conservative in- come-and price-control pro- posal. With the release Wednesday of the latest consumer price index figures. Mr. Sianfield said Jhere now is additional proof the government has failed on inflation and that controls are needed He maintained his inflation theme throughout the week as he loured Ontario, saying Thursday in Thunder Bay that Mr Trudeau is afraid to meet the press and the public to be questioned on his anli- mflalion proposals. Friday was a day of mainstrecting m the Toronto area lor the Conservative tem on certain Canadian-pro- duced commodities. Later that day. he became the first national party leader to visit the Northwest Terri- tories during the campaign, telling a Yellowknife rally the proposed MacKenzie Valley natural gas pipeline is an- other episode in the saga of selling the Canadian Arctic out to American interests. Friday night in Toronto he said the federal food prices review board lacks teeth to control prices. The XDP's proposed prices control board would be administered with- out a complicated bureau- cracy and would be headed by "a crusading champion of consumer interests." Social Credit Leader Real Caouette said in Sherbrooke. Que.. Monday his party would not support a minority Con- servative government if it tried to institute income and price controls. He said in Montreal Wednesday the latest living- cost increases provide a basis for more strikes "because sal- aries cannot reach living costs." Only his party would equalize purchasing power and production. Mr. Caouette campaigned in the Montreal area Thursday and was in Gatineau. Que.. near Ottawa. Friday when he accused other parties of try- ing to steal the idea of a guaranteed annual income, a policy the Social Credit party has favored for more than 30 vears. HAS LONG WINGS The wandering albatross of the southern oceans has the largest wing span of any bird, with the adult male averaging 10 feel two inches. Skeptical? Finance Minister John Turner points out informa- tion on his defeated bud- get to store owner Sakr Nesrallah. who seems somewhat amused during campaigning m Ottawa- Carleton. Mr. Turner's home riding. FRAME STYLES From AROUND-THE- WORLD __ Const. Brian McKenna Const Brian McKenna eldest son of Mr and Mrs Ear! McKenna of For! Macleod gradua'ed from basic at He is now ser.iig at Faust Alia the RCMP Cons; McKema bom ir Letho'idpe and received his education" m Fort Macleod He was active r the Macleod Corps of 'he Cadets pr'Or to the force MDP leader Lewis. told a New Westminster. H C gathering that recent polic> statements by Mr Tnideau were designed lo niislead young people into they would be able to buy homes more easily the NDP leader toured Vancouver's skid-road district Tuesday then travelled lo Kd- monlon where h" said Wednesday the consumer price index liciircs show the need for his party'-, policy oi a national control board with the power lo stop increases and a two-price sys- IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYER You'll possibly need some extra help this summer while regular staff are on vacation, and hundreds of willing high school students will soon be looking for work IF YOU ARE A STUDENT It will pay you 5o go to the Student Manpower Centre on Seventh Slree! South, ,'across item Canada Man- power) and register for work Hun- dreds of students nave been placed m jobs already so the earlier you register, the better your chances are1 AND HOMEOWNERS CAN HELP, TOO Many students must have their sum- met employment m order to continue their education next fall There are many jobs around your home 1ha1 students are capable o1 doing, so if you need help, call the Student Man- power Centre soon1 HIRE-A-STUDENT Contact CANADA MANPOWER CENTRE FOR STUDENTS PHONE 327-2111 ;