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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta One new Canadian's asking, 'How did Sven get rny name9 By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer At least one new Canadian in Lethbndge is upset about receiving a Liberal campaign letter asking for his vote and a citizenship court official agrees with him Liberal candidate Sven Encksen's cam- paign manager has sent out about 240 letters to persons who became citizens in the past year The names were provided by the national Liberal Party offices which obtained them from the secretary of state's office Blair Williams, national party director, says the names are given to MP's as a matter of course The political parties also have access to the lists, he said in a telephone interview from Ottawa, if they make a re- quest for them The research bureau for the Liberal caucus compiles constituency-by- constituency lists and saves them until an election They are then forwarded to con- stituencies without a sitting Liberal member for use by the local Liberal candidate, such as is the case here Sitting Liberals, as do all MPs, receive notification from the secretary of state of new citizens in their constituencies as they are sworn in MPs usually send a non- partisan greeting to the citizen. "If it comes from Ottawa that's their John Schnurr, regional ad- ministrator of citizenship courts for Southern Alberta, said in a telephone interview from Calgary "Due to the invasion of privacy, names here are not released to the general Mr Schnurr said He called the lists confiden- tial One Lethbndge resident, a former Australian, became a Canadian citizen last tall He has objected to the letter he received from campaign manager Wayne Peterson last week "I fear some new Canadians, whose English may not yet be 100 cent and who may have vivid memories of the past, could misconstrue the reference to ttie immigration department in this campaign he said They may feel they are being told how to vote July 8 The campaign letter said Mr Encksen maintained an interest in immigration policies since coming to Canada in 1926 In part, it says, "He would like to extend an in- vitation to you to come out and help put the Lethbndge constituency on the government side of the House of Commons Make it a great day for new and old Canadians, VOTE SVEN ERICKSEN on July 8th Bob Foulkes. an assistant to the natonal Liberal Party director, said Thursday in a telephone interview the secretary of state's office (not the immigration department) makes the names, available "so new im- migrants are made aware of the political process as> soon as possible 'They are used so people realize there is more than one political party not just the sitting MPs he said The intent of the letter was to inform new citizens Mr, Encksen might be able to help with their problems, Mr Petersen said Thur- sday "The information is available to MPs and it would be unfair fdr only one candidate to have it Everyone should have it It provides an op- portunity to let new Canadians get involved in the Canadian political he said District The LetKbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbndge, Alberta, Friday, June 21, 1974 Door to door in Fort Macleod Candidate meets Mrs. Penny Wolstenholme and son William You need the town gossip on your side9 There's nothing shy about Lethbndge Social Credit candidate Vern Young "Social Credit is not an end, it is a means It is the next natural step in the evolution of man Such statements are common as the 37-year-old partner in a Lethbndge sign firm tramps the July 8 federal election trail However, chasing one of his ideas is sometimes like approaching a soap bubble As soon as you get too close it explodes into nothingness Social Credit is going to bring fresh air to the halls of Parliament, a new dawn for civilization, young blood to the tired monetary veins of society, he promises How9 Well, money can't be looked at as an end in itself It is no more than a tool of measurement to in- dicate the health of the economy Coveting money would be like saying to a carpenter, "I'm going to steal three inches off your Mr. Young says "Social Credit has the answer to today's inflation If we can attract some young peopole maybe we can rebuild the party There's a new day coming You can just see the crack of dawn "We'll put some 100-cent dollars in people's pockets again Of himself, he says enthusiastically, "Social Credit has a viable and alive and awake candidate ready to straighten out the mess in Ottawa The Social Credit theory he expounds is based on balancing purchasing power against goods produced The Bank of Canada would carry out that task. But it remains vague how the bank will increase productivity to match output of money or cut back money to match production One method will be to abolish the "fractional reserve system" which allows banks to keep less in reserves than necessary to pay out all their customers 'f the customers demanded all their money simultaneously Story by A! Scarth Photos by Phil Illingworth and Bill Groenen "Money is the same thing as blood as far as the social body is he tells 14 members of the Fort Macleod Social Credit Women's Auxiliary It is similar to an analogy used by pioneer Social Credit leader William Aberhart, who came to power in Alberta in 1935 He argued that there may be only seven or eight pints of blood m a body but that thousands of gallons passed through the circulation system every day to keep the body alive Mr Young tells the ladies that too much or too little blood is disastrous to the body Edna Sand, president of the auxiliary, tells Mr. Young that the organiza- tion has been in continuous operation since 1936, sup- porting and discussing the basic tenets of Social Credit Frances Dixon tells Mr Young that one of the aux- ihary's most serious problems is convincing three-quarters of the members to vote Social Credit federally "They vote Conservative in federal elections because they don't understand Social she says "We're not dummies or replies Mr Young "We use scientific analysis "If every Social Crediter in Alberta voted that way federally, they could get the balance of power, throw out Trudeau and vote as their conscience has been telling them They don't need to throw away what is only a protest vote Back on the trail after a donation from the aux- iliary members towards his campaign. Mr Young visits door-to-door in Fort Macleod Letting his companions in on one of the secrets of spreading the news that the candidate has been around, he says "You gotta get the town drunk and the town gossip on your side Back in Lethbndge, he gives hearty hellos to passersby in the downtown and provides them with copies of the Social Credit platform Returning to his cam- paign headquarters, he says he studied eastern and western fascist and com- munist philosophies during a six-year stay in Califor- nia He found them all lacking because they -treated money as a com- modity not as a mec- hanism of exchange A raucous laugh, sounding like verbal punc- tuation, often accompanies the end of what he con- siders a telling statement or important point "Instead of patching up a leaky boat, maybe we need a new he says with a punctuating chortle His evening campaign takes him to a forum on women's issues at the Lethbndge public library With the donation from the ladies of Fort Macleod safely in his campaign manager s billfold, Mr Young says the federal Social Credit Party is mov- ing "to eliminate women's separate role" within the party Whether it is any com- fort to the Fort Macleod auxiliary's pleasant tea- drinking group or not. Mr Young was answering a question on abolishing such separate groups so women could participate more ful- ly in policy-making and hold more senior positions in political parties Local news PAGES 15-28 Mainstreettng Spreading the word in Lethbndge Time for breather Just before evening forum LMH board will plead school's case By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The Lethbndge Municipal Hospital Board intends to press the provincial govern- ment to reverse a decision to phase-out hospital-based schools of nursing John Moreland board chair- man said in a prepared state- ment Thursday students in the Lethbndge area should have a choice in nursing programs There are two programs in operation The LMH operates the three-vear course at the Gait School of Nursing and the Lethbndge Community College operates a two year program "The board of trustees believes that the students of this area should have a choice in nursing programs and in tend to pursue with govern- ment the continuation of the hospital based-program. he said The board was reacting to a recent announcement by the provincial Minister of Ad- vanced Education Jim Foster that hospital nursing schools would be phased out and mov- ed into colleges LMH administrator Andy Andreachuck, said the greatest problem with the an- nouncement is potential students are turning away from the Gait school because they think it will not be operating next year Marv Gumming LMH director of nursing education told The Herald there is a rumor circulating that the school will be closed next vear that statement the minister of advanced educa- tion you are just left suspended she said Mr Andreachuck said there has been no clarification of the announcement bv Minister of Health Neil Crawford or by Mr Foster The hospital-based schools across 'he province have ask- ed f' a clarification by Foster but have received no replv he .added Mr Moreland said the Gait school and the five similar schools in Alberta "plan to continue functioning to serve the students oc Alberta and students enrolled in our program this fall Graduates from the school have proven very acceptable to the major employer hospitals in Canada and the United States In view of the shortage of registered nurses 'i1 the province and the acceptability of our graduates to the employer it would seem foolish to delete this source of supplv he said There are 1 100 students registered in the six hospital schools of nursing with about 90 enrolled at the Gait school Since the Gait school graduated its first student in 1913 more than 885 students received diplomas All hospital schools are approved bv the nursing education committee of the co-ordinating council of the universities in Alberta and ex- ceed curriculum re- quirements made by those in- stitutions Mr Moreland said Mr Andreachuck added that the Alberta hospital s Association has sent a letter to the government saying the hospital-based schools should continue But since that letter was sent there has been no replv There has been no reply or clarification from anvone in the department of advanced education or ministry of health he said One month to go Traffic police' fingers crossed By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer Onlv one month to go if there are no traffic fatalities in Lethbndge before July 21 the citv will have gone two years without a traffic death "We are worned about not making it July 211 because of some of the dnving patterns we're seeing now." Police Chief Ralph Michelson said todav Chief Michelson said there has been an increase in indicents of stunting, speeding and liquor in vehicles Stunting such as squealing of tares can distract or startle other dnvers. he said Chief Michelson said last spnng police clamped down on minors in bars and he believes minors are no longer dnnking in bars but have moved into cars We re encouraging people to slow down and dnve a little more carefully." he said "We need community support We can 1 be everywhere at once Police would like the whole community to get behind them to reach July 21 without a fatality However. Chid Michelson emphasized police are not just stressing safe dnving for a one- month penod but all 12 months of the Provincial Judge L W Hudson told The Herald he would be clamping down on careless and dangerous dnving He said he proposes lo start suspending licences for these offences where m the past he might onh Jevv a fine On a careless dnving charge a dnvers licence be suspended for three months and on a dangerous dnving charge a licence be suspended for a year or longer ;