Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
HIGH FORECAST SATURDAY 70 The LetKbttdge Herald VOL. LXV No. 1G4 LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES Socreds start drive to win back electors Implementation won't be delayed Small farms program bill given committee approval By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA federal Social Credit Party is in Ihe midst of a determined drive to win back the prom- inence it held in the early IBBOs when it, and not Ihe New Democratic Party, had the third largest num- ber of members in the House of Commons. While tlio new attempt to mold the parly into a significant coast to coast national force may seem an almost impossible feat for the basically Francophone party it now is, there's no doubt that Ihe Socred's next election cam- paign will be the most impressive mounted since the 1962 bout which sent 30 Socrcd MPs to Parliament. Party leader Real Caouctte says the Socreds will field some 200 candidates in the next federal election. That compares with 217 in 1962. With only 13 MPs in the Commons now, and all of those from Quebec, tha party is now banking heavily on making break- throughs in the West, the Atlantic provinces and also, hopefully, in Ontario. With the exception of the Yukon and Northwest Ter- ritories, it will field candidates in every region of Can- ada. In British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan it hopes to field a full slate, as it does in Quebec. Perhaps the only major area the Socreds will ignore is Winnipeg. The city's seats have already been all but written off as barren ground. Tliey will be left for tlie other parties to tight over. The rest of Manitoba hasn't been written off. Can- didates have already been nominated to oppose Con- servative Jack Murta in Lisgar and Liberal Gerald Cobbe in Portage. More are expected. And, says Henry Landry, special assistant to Hie Socred House leader Andre Fortin, Jacob Froese, lone Eocred 1ILA in tha Manitoba legislature, is already working "furiously" to get the party moving in that province. In British Columbia candidates have already been nominated to oppose Housing Minister Eon Basford, former NDP leader and former premier of Saskatch- can T. C. Douglas, and Barry Mather the NDP MP in Surrey White Hock. Ironically, also in the Surrey fight as a Progressive Conservative hopeful is Robert Thompson, the former national leader of the federal Socreds during those heady months in 1962. The fed- eral Socreds claim to have tho support of Premier W. A. C. Bennett in that province. Good hunting grounds AlberlanSi which ended three decades of Socrcd government provincially las.t year, is looked on by Mr. Landry as excellent hunting ground. The federal feel- ing is that Albertans are shocked by the languid attU tude that allowed Premier Peter Lougheed's PC gov- ernment to form and are waiting breathlessly to make up for if, by electing Socred MPs to Ottawa. The fact that one Socred MLA has already defected to sit as an independent and five more are reported to be con- sidering to move doesn't disturb the federal .strategists one bit. You'd think that Saskatchewan was pretty solidly divided between the PC and NDP parties. Not so, says Mr. Landry, a top Socred strategist, in this province where a full slate will be fielded the federal Socreds picked up "26 per cent of the popular vole" in 1962 and can do it again. Even in 1962, however, that largo popular vote didn't elect one Socred MP. Quebec is of course the bright spot for the party. Socred claims of upping their number of the 74 Que- bec seats is acceptable. Another claim is that the Socreds could irnse.it three cabinet ministers: Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin, Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Jean Chretien, and Regional Economic Expan- sion Minister Jean Marchand. Mr. Landry's claim that the Socred candidate only trailed Mr. Chretien by 109 votes in 1968 does not, however, hold up. According to the Parliamentary Guide the figure was votes. But it is true that in all three cases the Socreds put up a good fight. It is the Atlantic provinces where the Socreds predict big, if unexpected, breakthroughs. Mr. Landry has just finished a two-week tour of the four prov- inces and with lu's typical keenness says he slopped more than 400 pel-sons on the streets and passed on the Socred message. An Atlantic council will be formed in August to co-ordinate the campaign there. In New Brunswick, at least, a full slale will be fielded, The federal Socreds claim that while they haven't the financial backing of the major parties, in each province Ihe party is paying its way. "After all, who'd lend us money if we asks Mr. Landry. In both Saskatchewan and Newfoundland a 15-minute se- ries of educational television programs ran for a num- ber of weeks, at a cost of in advance. Mr. Lar.dry himself sees no difficulty in convincing English-speaking Canadians to vote for what is now bssically a Francophone party. Having just managed to learn French to the point where he can hold con- versations in it, he believes party leader Caouetle has (he best attitude towards bilingualism: Start leaching French and English to children in kindergartens and in 25 years time you won't have any don't expect middle-aged people to suddenly start becoming linguists. In the West, he bolies-cs the Socreds could get .strong support from the farmer, After all, didn't Mr. Caouctte hit home with his recent jibe: "The farmers get wp at 5 a.m. lo milk the cows, and the financiers gel up at 10 to milk the farmers. Despite the slur on Hie financiers, Mr. Landry says businessmen arc giving .the party .significant, support, both actively and financially. The social platform of the party is aimed at appeal- ing to a wide number of voters without attracting tha charge that the Socreds are trying lo buy votes. In- cluded in the proposals arc basic lax exemptions of for a married couple and for a single person. says Mr. Landry earnestly, "in tha JSSns when the Socreds proposed a monthly dividend lo Canadians Ihe other parties laughed. Now, with tho ir.isninlccd annual income being waved from the roof- lops, no one laughs. But WQ were there fust ami pro. plo. win remember." OTTAWA Legislation to adminlslcr a federal small farms program received Com- mons agriculture committee ap- proval Thursday, ending about two months of scrutiny. Agriculture Minister H. A. Olson, in final testimony, reiter- ated that implementation of' the program won't be delayed by difficulties in discussions with the provinces. "The farmers of this country have waited long ha said. "We are having intensive dis- cussions with at least four prov- inces but we are not willing to hold up the whole program." The legislation now goes back to the Commons for further dis- cussion before third reading, then to the Senate. Facing the legislation Is tha government's suggested dead- line of June 30 for a summer re- may be flexible, considering that the farm legis- lation and other Important bills slill await passage. The bill approved without amendment Thursday is to re- vise the Farm Credit Act. The revisions are designed to help the smaller farmer to im- prove his economic base or leave the farm. The Farm Credit Act would administer the program. Mr. Olson said: "There arc a large number of farmers in the country now who feet they are too small and would like some means of sell- ing their farm. We have to leave the small farmer some option." Mr. Olson refused to comment on the progress of federal-pro- vincial negotiations for fear, he said, that any province men- tioned might take exception to his optimism. He said the problem of reach- Ing an agreement with the pro- vincial governments "doesn't loom quite as large when you look at the public interesl in the program." "Citizens benefiting from this program are residents of prov- inces but they are also citizens of Canada." Some of the provisions of Iho federal small farms program include the listing of land to help in land transfers, grants to sellers of small uneconomical farms, a land purchase and re- sale plan and a counselling service to help young people slart farming or older, poorer farmers move into other forms of work or retire. Move surprises world Britain frees pound By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) Britain sur- prised Ihe world today by allow- ing the pound to float free and an informant said later the country will be in no hurry to fix a new exchange rale. Officials said Ihe Bank of England move is designed to counter the attack of specula- tors but it also appeared ob- vious the road has been opened to devalue sterling in slages withoul causing a possible rup- ture among Britain's trading partners. The encouragement of a downward float, with the Bank of England possibly intervening periodically to direct the pound's path, Is the first such British move in post-war liis- tory. It follows the Canadian float- ing patlern which Britain often criticized in its call for stabi- lized exchange rates. The Bank of England said floating of the pound is only a temporary mea- sure but the informant added Commons gives green light to govt. spending estimates GETTING TOGETHER Former prime minister John Diefenbaker, and Leonard Cheshire, a Second World War bomber ace and Victoria Cross winner, examine ti World War 1 German helmet prior to Mr. address to pasf ana! present members of 617 Squadron, Royal Air Force, more commonly known as The Dambus- lers, irt Toronto, It was the first-ever Canad- ian reunion. (CP Wirephoio) Airliner hijack attempt foiled ROTTERDAM (R e u t e r) Dutch police today arrested a British seaman here on charges of attempting to hijack a KLM airliner on its way here flora London. First reports said the airliner landed safely at nearby Zestien- hoven airport, where the sea- man was arrested. Police identified the man as G. F. N. Brien. Hydro strike over MONTREAL (CP) Hydro- Quebec employees ended a two- day strike over a contract dis- pute early today, as the union representing the workers re- sponded to the provincial labor department's appointment of a mediator in the dispute and or- dered its members back to work. Charles Cuerrier, president of Ihe Canadian Union of Public Employees local, said tlie re- turn-to-work decision was mado because suspension of the strike could lead to a settlement of tho dispute in new negotiations with a government-appointed media- tor, Yvon Dansereau. Labor Minister Jean Cour- noyer agreed to appoint a me- diator Thursday right on the condition the workers return to work this morning. Police said the incident took place late Thursday night when a man showed a gun to the plane's stewardess then walked to the cockpit, still holding a pistol. Police said he put the weapon down and told the crew: "I'll tell you what I want when we get down below." The pilot warned Rotterdam control tower he had a hijacker aboard and police were waiting to arrest the man when the plane touched down. DOESN'T RESIST He offered no resistance. Police said the would-be hi- jacker said later he had wanted to "show how easy it was to hi- jack a plane." The gun turned out to be an unloaded starting pistol. He said he was a member of the crew of an oil tanker moored in Rotterdam and was flying over from Brilain to join his ship. Police said the man had been transferred to Amsterdam, where he now is detained. The KLM plane had taken off Thursday from London's Heath- row Airport. By JOHN HAY OTTAWA (CP) In a display of principle and whimsy, the Commons sat until tha wea hours of today overcoming op- position hurdles to pass bil- lion in projected government spending. Starting at about 10 p.m. EDT Thursday, normal adjournment time, MPs struggled through 12 stand-up' votes and 31 Informal voice votes to approve, five hours later, a two-inch-thick book of spending estimates for the current financial year. Another 46 items "deemed to have been passed" by agreement among weary party leaders. New Democrats, lo express their opposilion to the way gov- ernment operations are scruti- nized by Parliament, forced the voting by entering 87 motions opposing items of spending on such things as the Senate, the North American Air Defence Command and government in- formation services. Conservative Robert Muir (Cape Brelon-The Sydneys) en- tered his opposition to more than million for Information Canada. The government had the final motion to approve the whole bundle. 185 MPs PRESENT Before Ihe first vote, com- pleted at p.m., 185 MPa were present in the 264-seat house, including Prime Minister Trudeau, who left five votes later. About then, NDP Leader David Lewis told reporters that he would slop forcing formal votes, saying his point had been made. But MPs from all parties, some having ducked out for re- freshment, breached the advice of their whips, forcing several more formal, time-consuming votes by inadvertence. The mood recalled the last all-night house sitting, when MPs finally passed the farm products marketing hill at a.m. last New Year's Eve. Liberals clapped and cheered every time former prime minis- ter John Dielenbaker rose to be counted in the latest overnight series of successor. Robert Stanfield, being absent on a western trip. So the Conservatives returned the applause for Finance Minis- ter John Turner, often rumored to be Mr. Trudeau's likely suc- cessor. EVEN SPEAKER CONFUSED At-a slap-happy a.m., even Speaker Lucien Lamou- reux confused yeas for nays on one vote. When Mr. rose to clarification, Mr, Diefenbaker stood up lo complain that the NDP leader was trying to vote twice. "I recall In reflected Mr. Diefenbaker, an MP since 1940, "when a labor MP fell asleep during a vote and begged for a second chance. 'You gci only one bite of the thj Speaker of. the day had re- plied." laler the government will wart "a good stretch of lime'' before returning to a fixed rate. The London foreign exchange was closed today and Monday in an effort to ease pressure on the pound. OTHER MARKETS CLOSED Following the British move, It was announced that foreign ex- change markets will be closed today in all Common Market countries. Soulh Africa and Rhodesia suspended transac- tions in foreign currencies. The U.S. dollar was hard hi! by the British move. Before the Frankfurt market shut down, the U.S. dollar plum- meted to its floor of 3.15 marks. The dollar also made a sharp drop in Zurich, to 3.72-3.74 Swiss francs. The London Stock Exchange took the news calmly. Prices moved up on international is- sues, a traditional hedge against devalualion, but otherwise trad- ing was quiet. The dollar rate In Zurich was well below the official interven- tion point of 3.7535, but a spokesman for the Swiss na- tional bank said it had cot de- cided whether to start buying. Floating Ihe pound is a way ol testing the true market value ot the currency. There appears to be little doubt that the govern- ment would favor a drop in tha pound to regain the edge in ex- port prices lost when Britain was forced to revalue the pound as part of last December's in- ternational currency agree- ments. Ceasefire promise under, pressure Canadian trade to feel pincli BELFAST (AP) The Irish Republican Army's new cease- fire promise in Northern Ireland came under pressure today on both the political and military fronts. British Army headquarters acknowledged that the truce an- nounced Thursday by the Provi- sional wing of the Irish Republi- can Army was not due to tako effect until Monday night. But a spokesman said that in the meanwhile violence has in- Longhead's New York visit criticized by NDP leader Seen oncj heard About town JJ1L1TIA Major Don Gra- bam wondering how he could gel blisters in addition In Ihe sore feet he developed on the weekend escape and eva- sion exercise Norm Har- Icy falling out of a boat at Park Lake Bernie Pohl forgetting to wash off his lip- stick after performing as a Hawaiian hula dancer Simon Ho. after playing golf for two months as a right- hander, discovering he is left banded. MEDICINE HAT (CP) Premier Peter Lougheed's re- cent visit lo New York to con- fer with business leaders illus- trates the Alberta government js determined to protect the privileged at the expense of the poor, Grant Notley, Alberta Now Democratic Party leader said Thursday. Mr. Notley, speaking at a public meeting, said the Lough- ecd administration is "a gov- ernment, of big business, by big business and for big business." He said the progressive Con- servative premier had prom- ised to spend as much time as possible following the spring session of the legislation on meet-thc-people visits. "I found il amusing that his first meet-the-people visit was to the Rockefellers in New York." Tlie Senior Citizens Shelter passed at the spring ses- sion, appears commendable first glanca because it means the government will pick up the 30 mills of the property tax, which goes let education, for each senior citizen who owns a home, Mr. Notley said. GIVES EXAMPLE "For example, if Mr. Black is living in a nursing home or a senior citizens lodge, he won't receive a he saitl. "But, Daddy Warbucks, re- tired oil millionaire who lives in a mansion in Cal- gary or Edmonton, will receive approximately Tlie NDP leader also was crilical of the governments po- silion on oil royalties which, he said, are the "lowest in the world." "It is absurd for the oil com- panies to claim they cannot af- ford to pay higher royaltiw; be- cause their profits increased lo S389 million in 1971 from million in %3." Mr. Nolley said the industry Itself predicts profits this year will increase to million. creased, and lhat there was more shooting in Belfast and Londonderry during the night than in any recent night. An IRA faction in Belfast lashed out at "truce mongers" and vowed to battle on for a united Ireland. Militant Protes- tant leader William Craig said the "terrorist movement must be broken up, and if the secu- rity forces relax in any way, the people must act for Ihem- selves." Rev. Tan Paisley said if the army stops hunting down "mur- derers and other the Protestants will not tolerate it. TROOPS FIGHT GUNMEN Meanwhile, British troops fought gunmen for three hours in southwest Belfast on the fringe ol a Catholic district. More than 200 rounds were fired, and the army said three guerrillas were hit. Envoy ccdled home over Hag incident QUEBEC (CP) Yves Mi- chaud, Quelwc cultural envoy lo France, is expected here Friday to explain his recent conduct abroad, Premier Robert Bour- assa said Thursday. Mr. Michaud has been ac- cused by Jean Marie Scguin, Hull, Que. city councillor, of creating a "regrettable" inci- dent recently by ordering a group of Canadians visiting Quebec House in France to re- move o Canadian flag they wem wearing. By IRVING C. WIIYNOT Canadian Press Business Editor Britain's decision to float the pound has both immediate and subtle long-term consequences for Canada. A lot depends on how long the float is allowed to last. With both the Canadian dollar and the pound sterling floaling, the immediate result will be to complicate trading between the two countries. Trade stable mar- kets. But when currencies are floaling Ihere is the addilional problem of pricing when the value of one or both currencies is unknown. Traders can still operate, of course, by form of insurance that guarantees the currency in question will be worth in the future what it was when the Irade was made. But lhat sort of insurance costs money, which then is an added cost of doing business. The immediate result then will be that British goods will be cheaper in Canada but Cana- dian goods will be more expen- sive in Britain. That means that Canadian goods will become less competi- tive in Britain at a time when Canada is trying to develop markets outside the United States. The U.S, is by far Can- ada's best market, but Britain is second with about 15 per cent of Canada total foreign trade. dispute ended MONTREAL (CP) An agreement was signed early today between Ihe CBC and its broadcast technicians, bringing an end to a hitler labor dispute. A spokesmen for the National Association of Broadcast Em- ployees and Technicians that telegrams were being sent out to NABET leaders across the country and that terms of the new agreement would be re- leased laler today. Labor Minister Martin- O'Connell earlier confirmed in Ihe House of Commons that agreement in principle had been reached. Major issue in the dispute was job security. A NABET spokes- man said agreement on this poinl was reached earlier this week along the lines of a pro- posal hy Mr. O'Connell that tha CBC guarantee no employee be fired if his job becomes obsolete because of technological change. 'Sure I'm against foreign ownership. Er, two Cokes, please.' Kissinger ends visit PEKING (Reuter) Presi- dent Nixon's special adviser, Henry Kissinger, ended a five- day visit lo Peking today with still no word on the outcome of his exhaustive talks wilb Chinese leaders.