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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, June 22, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 Dateline Alberta Boy remains as ward Liberals in sorry state in West EDMONTON (CP) Michael "Car-Truck." a three-year-old boy who was found in an Edmonton hotel over a year ago, will remain for another three months as a ward of the provincial government, Judge A. P. Cheonio ruled at a special hearing Friday. The judge said Michael will remain in a foster home for three months while a woman who has identified herself as his mother will be allowed visiting rights "so he can get to know her better." Michael's nickname was adopted because "Car-Truck" were the only words he could say when he was found. Station files defence EDMONTON (CP) Edmonton radio station CHED and broadcaster Eddie Keen Friday filed a statement of defence in a defamation action brought against them by an Edmonton dance studio. The statement of defence denies allegations by Vaclav Milo and International Dance Club Ltd that they were defamed in editorials broadcast in February. The main allegation is that the broadcasts were defamatory Alternatively, the defence maintains the editorials were true and fair comment made in good faith Dragging under way FORT McMURRAY (CP) RCMP started dragging operations Friday for the body of Robert Bouchy, 9, of Fort McKay who was last seen Tuesday playing with friends near the Athabasca River. The boy's friends earlier said he wandered into the bush but RCMP have established that he was swept downstream in the Fort McKay area, about 200 miles northwest of Edmonton. Fires force change EDMONTON (CP) The battle against 38 forest fires burning in northern Alberta has forced a change in the Alberta cabinet tour planned for Monday and Tuesday. The premier. Education Minister Lou Hyndman and Solicitor General Helen Hunley will visit northeastern Alberta communities by car instead of helicopter because government aircraft are needed in firefighting efforts. Alcohol No. 1 enemy EDMONTON (CP) Retiring Lieut.-Gov. Grant MacEwan of Alberta told the Indian Association of Alberta it must "face and come to grips with" the native alcohol. problem. About 200 natives attending a banquet during a three-day annual conference heard the leiutenant governor describe alcohol as their number one enemy. He said Indians don't need legislated prohibition but can beat the problem with a "self generated movement." GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE SUNDAY SUNSET Paris London Berlin 79 57 73 50 68 Lethbridge___ Medicine Hat Edmonton Banff......... Calgary Victoria Prince Rupert Kamloops Vancouver Saskatoon" Swift Current Regina Winnipeg Toronto Ottawa Montreal Chicago Los Angeles Las Vegas New York Washington Miami San Francisco Phoenix Denver Athens Rome H L Pre. 80 54 85 58 79 54 77 46 .05 79 67 56 55 48 .08 89 64 .02 69 58 79 58 82 47 81 56 80 48 80 51 .i6 68 57 .12 70 53 .04 83 64 .01 72 60 106 75 81 68 .49 90 69 .03 84 75 68 53 114 84 93 59 79 66 77 63 FORECAST: Lethbridge, Calgary To- day sunny. Scattered evening thundershowers mainly in the western sections. Highs 80 to 85. Sunday mainly sunny. Increasing northerly winds. Lows 50 to 55. Highs 75 to 80. Medicine Hat Region To- day and Sunday sunny. Highs today in mid eighties. Lows tonight 55 to 60. Highs tomorrow near 80. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Considerable sunshine and warmer today and Sunday. Highs today 80s west 75 to 85 east. Lows tonight 45 to 55. Highs Sunday 80 to-90. West of Continental Divide Considerable sunshine and warmer today and Sunday with isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Highs both days mostly 80s. Lows tonight 45 to 55. VACUUM TANKS By PETER THOMSON Herald Ottawa Bureau time after the last general election the Parliamentary Press Gallery had occasion to create a rather humorous ditty called The West, a Test for Trudeau, which was sung to the tune of The West, a Nest and You. The west is still very much a test for Prime Minister Trudeau and the handful of Liberal members who are fighting frantically for their political lives. In Alberta it isn't much of a fight. There is no doubt in any- one's mind that the Con- servatives will again sweep the province, returning 19 members to Parliament. Not only will there be a sweep, but the extent of it will be awesome. It is a safe bet that 16 of the 19 Liberal candidates, and possibly 17 of them, will lose their deposits by failing to poll half as many votes as the winner. In one of the other ridings the only reason the Liberal will save his deposit is because the Conservative member in the last Parlia- ment lost his bid for re- nomination as the official Tory candidate and is running as an Independent Con- servative, thus splitting the Conservative vote. The only Alberta riding where the Liberals claim any hope at all is Medicine Hat where former agriculture minister Bud Olson is challenging Bert Hargraves. But even the Liberals have given up claiming any li- kelihood of winning. In British Columbia the situ- ation is even worse for the Liberals in the sense that there they have seats to lose. B.C. returned four Liberals, eight Conservatives and 11 NDP members in the 1972 general election. Political pundits are already convinced the Liberals will lose three of their four seats and may be wiped out completely. Only Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford is given much chance of retaining his seat. Fisheries Minister Jack Davis is regarded as beaten, as are, the Liberal candidates in the two interior ridings they held in the last election. In addition to making the Liberals an endangered species in B.C.. the Conser- vatives are confident they can pick up two to five NDP seats two of them ridings where the NDP member of the last Parliament is not running again. There are those who say the brightest hope for the Lierals in B.C. is in Vancouver Quadra constituency where the Liberal candidate, Frank Low-Beer, is waging an impressive fight against in- cumbent Tory Bill Clark. In Manitoba the Liberals re- turned two members in 1972, the NDP three and the Conservatives eight. Here. Liberal prospects are 100 per cent better than in B.C. It appears that they won't lose more than half of their seats and have a good chance of holding them both. It is generally expected the Conservatives will win Selkirk riding from the NDP. Doug Rowland held it by 20 votes in 1972. The only other really inter- esting race is in Winnipeg South where Defence Minister James Richardson, with the help of a promised hangar and repair base for Boeing air- craft, is trying to hold off a determined challenge from Ton- candidate Sterling Lyon, a former Manitoba attorney- general. No one is likely to wager too much on that con- stituency until July 9. It is in Saskatchewan mat the most election question marks exist in the west, and where electioneering is at its dirtiest in Canada. Saskatchewan, in 1972. delivered one Liberal, five NDP members and seven Con- servatives. The wheat province also produced the most exciting three-way races in Canada Assmiboia constituency, for 'CALUMET The King o1 Ihe Liquid Manure Spreaders Walking Beam Tandem Axle, 1500 Gallon Tank and Automatic Shutoff Valve tor Maximum Fill See Ken Dickson or Ken Thompson at GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Courts Highway.....Box 1202.....Phone 328-1141 Ports of cnlry: opening and closing times: Carway 7 ,i.m lo 10 p.m.. Chief Mountain dosed. Coutls open 24 hours. Del Romta 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Kingsgale open 24 hours. PorlhiH-Rykerls 7 a.m. until 11pm. Wild Horse 7 f m to 4 p m.: RooseviHe 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ixigan Pass. (Times in Mountain Daylight Time.) example, has been held by the Conservatives, the Liberals and the NDP in the last three genera) elections. The Liberals hope to regain it, and have thrust Ralph Goodale, an executive assistant to Justice Minister Otto Lang, into the race. The Liberals also hope to pick up Battleford-Kindersley from Norval Horner and the Conservatives. The Liberal candidate there is Cliff Mclsaac, a popular man who held three separate portfolios in the Ross Thatcher Liberal administration. The NDP has countered with Rod Thomson, who held the seat from 1968 to 1972. So hopeful are the Liberals that they have had Prime Min- ister Trudeau out into the rid ing. Justice Minister Lang as put his organizational people to work there and the party is spending more money in that riding than in all of AlBerta. Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield has also been there, and will probably return. In addition, former prime minister John Diefenbaker is likely to move in to help out. The only seat the Liberals are confident about, however, is Saskatoon-Humboldt, the riding of Mr. Lang. The NDP, partly as a result of Premier Allan Blakeney's popularity, is holding on well in Saskatchewan and, ac- cording to reports, hopes to pick up Mackenze riding from the Tories. The Liberal driving in Sas- katchewan is backed by tele- vision commercials showing broiler producers in the United States gassing their chicks, rather than raising them, during the period of U.S. incomes and price controls. That commercial, with voice over by Mr. Goodale, tells farmers in no uncertain terms that this is the conse- quence of incomes and price controls which are such an integral part of the Conser- vative election campaign. One can't help being a little cynical about the Liberal campaign when one recalls that three years ago the Trudeau government dished out million to subsidize the slaighter of laying hens in Canada, with the purpose of reducing the flock size and getting egg prices up. However, politics being what it is. it is convenient to have a short memory. The larger fact that emerges from the western political situation is that, even with maximum success, the Liberals are, and will continue to be. in a sorry state in Western Canada. Why? Well, much has been written about western alien- ation and the age-old grievances of freight rates and tariffs. Now. there are a couple of new elements. One is the oil pricing agree- ment. It is not that Albertans resent that price, although it is well below the world price. There is no complaint there. In fact. Albertans are quite prepared to go along with Prime Minister Trudeau's (and every other leader's) view that there should be one price for oil across Canada. That price should be below world prices, and there should be equal access to oil anywhere in Canada. Where the resentment arises is that the government apparently doesn't think the same principle need apply to other goods, such as eggs. In short, it appears to west- ern eyes that Mr. Trudeau and his Liberal government are mighty high on principle when it is western wealth being spread around but there is great hesitancy to give western producers equal" access to Quebec's egg market. A more important factor in pinpointing western dislike of the Liberals is the royalty tax- ation issue that arose in the May 6 budget. In short, the budget provid- ed that royalty payments to provincial governments would no longer be "deductible" in calculating federal taxes. The provision means hundreds of millions of dollars in ad- ditional taxes for petroleum and mining companies. The effect was overwhelming. While everyone likes to use big resources industry companies as whipping boys, the fact is BASFORI INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES I TO Established 1911 lower Ftoor SI 7