Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, June 19, 1974 Pages 13-20 A red carnation for Denmark Mr. Ericksen had a carnation in his pocket when he met Iron Springs post office operator Frank Uyeda, Sven calls 9em the way he sees 9em 'It's like this' John Raasch of Picture Butte with candidate. PICTURE BUTTE Parliament Hill may not know whether it's gaining a fried chicken chain or new MP if Liberal Sven Ericksen is elected for Lethbridge July 8. Mr. Ericksen demonstrated Tuesday that you can measure almost anything with chickens, including the state of the economy. It was typical of the surprises during a day's campaigning by the proud Danish immigrant. Like an Horatio Alger of Southern Alberta, the can- didate told his success story to a number of rural constituents. He thanked Canada for his rise, since landing here 48 years ago, from dishwasher to owner of a prosperous Lethbridge restaurant and peddler last year of 220.000 crisply fried chickens. Now it was time to return his services as par- tial payment for the oppor- tunities he had been offered. "If I can do something for the country, that's what I'm going to do." he told Frank Uyeda. post office and coffee shop operator in the hamlet of Iron Springs. 30 miles northeast of Lethbridge. "I'm not just a bystander looking for a job." he said earlier in this town. 25 miles north of the city. "If you get me in there. I'll do something." But the 67-year-old Dane with an eternal twinkle in his eye admits he is in very unfriendly territory for Liberals. No Liberal has occupied the seat for more than 50 years, he said. "Boy, that's an uphill battle against this anti- Trudeauism, or whatever it he added after a stop at a country grocery store. ''The country certainly has been the hard nut to crack." An opinionated Mr. Ericksen doesn't make it any softer a nut with statements such as he made to a grain elevator agent in Turin, a hamlet 40 miles northeast of Lethbridge. "You know why you pay so much in- come he asked. "Because the farmers don't pay their share." To people in a grocery store in the same hamlet: "You never had it so good you live well too... I hear your husband has so much money, he's too tired to carry it to the bank don't get on a soapbox say- ing the government has to sell your wheat." He insists that if he doesn't tell farmers and others they have been well- off in recent years, "you're not being honest." "I think most people respect me. I have to sell myself (but) I'm too outspoken. That's one of my problems. I hurt a lot of people." Spurred by daily hot and cold showers and push-ups, his enthusiasm at 67 for new pursuits such as the campaign trail is astoun- ding. "I feel like 47." he says. Some of the things he ad- vocates, such as using chickens for an economic barometer, can catch observers offguard. People are buying "unbelievable amounts" of fried chicken from his franchise so must be relatively prosperous, he claims, to indulge in the treat so regularly. And, "The chicken farmers are doing all right. I should know I pay a premium." Other farmers could do as well if they would improve the quality of their products, such as hogs, he claims. He also insists his fierce belief in free enterprise and entrepreneurs does not leave him unsuited for Liberal ranks. "If I were a Conservative, I would keep it all for myself and build protective barriers. I believe what I create I'll share with others. "The average person wants to be recognised as a human being to know he is doing a good job. If you get things to be that way, you wouldn't need many unions." But his loudest rallying cry is that Alberta needs a voice in the government it is now denied by lack of a Liberal member in Ottawa. One constituent concedes that if Mr. Ericksen does get to Ottawa. "At least he'll get things done." His campaign manager. Wayne Petersen, sums up Mr. candidacy and style this way: "Sven is Sven. I'd tell you he wasn't running for Sven he's running for Southern Alberta but you, would say that was a political answer." vote Mr. Standstill9 Supermarket owner Dan Fletcher listens to Mr. Ericksen. Story by AI Scarth Rick Ervin photos HAWAIIAN QUEEN TO RIDE IN WHOOP-UP DAYS PARADE The Queen of Hawaii, Anna Lindsey Perry- Fiske, will ride with the RCMP in Lethbridge's Whoop-Up Days parade July 15. Mrs. Perry-Fiske, who claims ancestry back to Hawaii's High Chief Kalakaua ehu a Kama, will represent the State of Hawaii here and in the Calgary Stampede parade July 4. She will be travelling with her husband, Lymann Perry-Fiske, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Caldwell. Lethbridge's parade and exhibition, from July 15 to 20, will have an RCMP theme a salute to the force's centennial. Hawaii's queen will wear a royal red and gold velvet pa'u, to compliment the red jackets and gold trim of the Mounted Police, along with gold colored leis to represent the official red and yellow colors of Hawaii. Her horse and those of her attendants will wear maile leis. The parade this year will be in the after- noon and to reinforce the RCMP theme, a veteran Northwest Mounted Police officer will officially open the exhibition after the parade. In the space normally used by the midway, a Boy Scout village and trailers from the Glenbow Foundation in Calgary will be featured. The trailers will contain displays on the RCMP. Indian and Eskimo art and mineral and scientific material. The midway will shift to the paved portion of the grounds in front of the Exhibition Pavilion and the 4-H Building. Tories nominate Milk River teacher By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer COALDALE Bob Bogle, a Milk River High School teacher, will contest the Taber Warner constituency for the Conservative party, probably against Social Credit leader Werner Schmidt, in the next provincial election. Mr. Bogle, 30, who contested the riding in the last election, won the Tory nomination by acclamation at a meeting Tuesday in Coaldale. Mr. Schmidt is the only Social Credit candidate seek- ing the Taber Warner nomination so far. Candidates will be fighting for the riding which was won in 1971 by Doug Miller. Mr. Miller, who announced last month he would not be running again, defeated Mr. Bogle in the last provincial election by 710 votes. But the 700 vote margin will be overcome, Mr. Bogle told the more than 80 people at the meeting. "I don't think we can be stopped we can and will make this a Conservative riding." Mr. Bogle said the needs of the constituency are what his campaign will be centred on. The prime need in the area, he said, is an upgrading of all irrigation districts and in par- ticular the two in the Taber Warner riding St. Mary's and Taber irrigation districts. "They are badly in need of upgrading. It is going to take a lot of money and it is up to us to have a share in this province's oil bonanza." Another priority is more facilities for senior citizens in the area. Coaldale needs a senior citizen's home because it is "not good to uproot residents and move them to a home somewhere he said. The five year veteran of Milk River town council, was supported in his nomination by guest speaker Bob Dowling, provincial consumer affairs minister. In an elastic campaign speech that stretched from government progress in men- tal health reform to the government's implementation of a litter act, Mr. Dowling said Southern Alberta needs a voice in the government caucus. "And what is needed is a strong voice from Bob he said. Mr. Dowling reviewed his government's progress in making natural resources a priority and providing Alber- tans with a fair share of oil profits. "People may complain about the price of gasoline at the pumps and part of this is that (the government is now charging companies per barrel of oil) but we are gain- ing that back." He followed his own government's progress with a jab at the federal government, saying Ottawa has no right to interfere in provincial oil policy, which is based on free enterprise. "I have never seen a government run anything the private sector can't run better." he said. However, in virtually the next breath the consumer af- fairs minister patted the provincial government on the back for its decision to es- tablish the Alberta Energy Company, and enter into an agreement with the Saskatchewan government in the operations of IPSCO Steel. "People can ask why a private enterprise govern- ment is getting involved in so many things. We got involved because we want the oil sands to get moving." he said. Later, Mr. Dowling ruled out the implementation of a sales tax "in the foreseeable future." deeming it "totally Recreation officers announced PICTURE BUTTE (Staff) Culture. Youth and Recrea- tion Minister Horst Schmid paid a brief visit here today to announce three new ap- pointments to his department and hand over some money. Mr. Schmid presented 11 area groups with cheques for 1973 projects approved recent- ly by his department under the Project Co-Operation program in Southern Alberta. He announced the appoint- ment of three area men as regional representatives for culture, youth and recreation: recreation direc- tor for Lethbridge north dis- trict recreation board, 27 year old Morley Roelofs; Schott. 24, a psy- chology graduate of Universi- ty of Lethbridge; medallist in judo at the 1971 Canada Winter Games and graduate in recreation administration from University of Alberta. Guv Sunada. 23. Oberholtzer to address chamber J. E. Ofaerholtzer. federal counsellor for small businesses, will speak Thurs- day to the last regular meeting of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, noon in the Park Plaza Motor Advance poll hours set for next month's election Tough row to hoe Mr. Ericksen ran into skeptical Conservative farmers in Picture Butte. Eight advance polls have been established in the Lethbridge electoral district for the July 8 federal election. The polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 29 and July 1. They are intended for per- sons unable to be in their elec- toral district to vote on elec- tion day and for persons who expect to be in hospital or otherwise incapacitated. The Lethbridge urban ad- vance poUs are: Gilbert Paterson School, polls 86 to 121; Lethbridge Collegiate In- stitae. polls 122 to 157. and Galbraith School, polls 158 to 194. The rural polls are: Coaldale. Kate Andrews High School, polls 1 to 17; Picture Butte. public library, polls 18 lo 24. 26 to 38; Fort Macleod. W. A. Day School, polls 25, 73 to 73. 75 to 84. Pincher Creek. Mathew Halton School, polls 51 to 53. 50, 60a. 61 to 70, 74, 75; Card- ston, E J. Wood School, polls 39 to 50. 54 to 59. Rural and urban voters must be on the enumeration 1o vote in the advance polls Urban voters have until Friday to get on the lists and rural voters had until today. Rural voters are those in centres with less than 5.000 population. Edwin Davidson. Lethbridge returning officer, urges all voters to attend the polls, be it an advance poll or on election day. with their enumeration notices. The notices are positive proof of enumeration. Even if a voter's name is missed on the comprehensive lists, his notice insures him of the right lo vote. The notices also help speed procedures at multiple polls. The appropriate poll is rnart- cd right on the notice. Thirty "traffic dirt-dors" at the bipper polls on election day ran refer to the notices lo avoid confusion and direct voters to the proper polling stations. Voters who cannot attend an advance poll or election day poll can vote by proxy under rcriain conditions. But Mr. Davidson says only one application for a proxy cer- tificate has been made so far this election. If a voter's job. by its nalurc. keeps him away from his electoral district, he can fill out an affadavit to vote by proxy. Such jobs include fishing and prospecting. A medically incapacitated person can vote by proxy if he obtains a doctor's certificate. Siudent5 can x-ote by proxy by producing proof of enrol- ment at an educational institu- tion which would keep them away from their electoral dis- trict. The person voting in their place must be an elector of the same polling division and take the proxy oer! if irate lo the poll. 1'ollinp hours election day will he fl a.m. to P p.m. A vpfTial travelling ballot box will be used election day ior residents in four Lethhridpe nursine homes Blue Sky. Southland. Golden Acres arid Devon nursing homes, all within short dis- tances of earn other. Pollmp stations have also been arranged for the convenience of residents of senior citrons' homes, says Mr Davidson. Patients in general hrispitals ran vote m the advance poll or by proxy if necessary.