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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKbridae Herald VOL LXVII 153 Record number of candidates seek 264 seats By THE CANADIAN PRESS The number of entries in the July 8 federal election set a record Monday with a surge of last-minute candidates who filed their papers before nominations closed. Unofficially, the total was compared with the who set the previous mark in 1972. The 1974 total was in dispute because of uncertainties in a few ridings, unresolved hours after nominations closed at 2 p.m. local standard times. But the figures left no doubt that the number seeking office hit an all-time high. The Liberals and Progressive Conservatives had full slates in the 264 constituencies while the NDP entered 262 As the weekend closed, a total of candidates had been chosen by party conventions or had otherwise indicated their intentions to run. The big surge on nomination day came among Social Credit candidates and others in such groups as independents, Communists and Marxist-Leninists. The Social Creditors added more than 50 to their weekend numbers while candidates of other groups ballooned by more than 80. Monday's activities constituted the second stage in the nominations procedure A week ago, candidates in 21 remote ridings filed their papers seven days earlier than in the rest of the country because of the difficulty in getting election supplies into those distant areas across the top of Canada. The NDP fielded full slates in all provinces but Quebec where they were two short of the 74 needed. Social Credit's largest group was in Quebec where the figure of 69 was disputed. Their total across the country left them about a dozen short of the 166 who ran under the Social Credit banner in 1972. Representatives of the other groups unofficially totalled 268, a record number for these parties which put 173 in the field two years ago. The number of women seeking office also set a record A total of 135 filed papers compared with the 71 who entered the race in 1972. Cabinet members plan city visit Six provincial cabinet ministers will be in Lethbridge for three day visits during July, August and September. James Seymour, director of the Calgary Office of the premier, says in a letter to city council, the visits are being arranged to provide better access to the provincial cabinet. The ministers will be available for appointments to the public as well as municipal and other officials, he says. Cabinet ministers coming here are. Dr. Winston Backus, minister of public works. July 3-5; Bill Yurko minister of environment, July 10-12; Dave Russell, minister of municipal affairs July 31-Aug. 2; Gordpn Miniely. provincial treasurer, Aug. 14-16; Merv Leitch, attorney general, Sept. 4-6; and Allen Adair, minister without portfolio in charge of northern development, Sept. 11-13. The visits to Lethbridge are an extension of twice yearly visits to Calgary made by cabinet ministers to meet the public, media and city officials. Nursing homes strike mulled Nursing home employees in Southern Alberta will go ahead with a planned strike vote although labor and management have agreed to mediation, an official of the Canadian Union of Public Employees said today. Nap" Milroy. CUPE representative in Lethbridge. said the vote would be taken in case mediation fails. He siad mediation usually involved a senior official of the labor department trying to arrange a settlement after the conciliation stage. The union does not want a strike, he said. The workers are employed as dietary, laundry, housekeeping and nursing staff at Blunts Nursing homes in Calgary, Lethbridge and Fort Macleod. Last week, the union rejected a conciliation report giving wage increases of 45 cents an hour over 15 months, retroactive to Jan. 1. The workers are seeking parity with similar workers in provincial hospitals to an hour from Management accepted the conciliation report. OPEC royalty hike will be QUITO. Ecuador have posed as a workman An underground ga- rage is being built in the area and security was reported to have bmi relaxed for the workmen "This place is like Liberty Hall." said one worker "Vi one asks for and mam people don't even have one Members of Parliament indicated that their altitude to the situation in Ireland will not he changed by such attacks Liberal Leader Jeremy Thorpe said Whatever may have been the objective of this lunatic action, it should strengthen the determination M) this House to rout out terrorism and seek a solution to Northern Ireland on a basis of fanners ;