Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
28 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, June 27, 1973 Schreyer government main campaign issue WINNIPEG (CP) If one is- sue has dominated Manitoba's election campaign, it is the gov- ernment itself, the policies of Premier Ed Schreyer's New Democratic Party and its record since 1969. The campaign has failed to reflect the stormy debate in five sessions of the legislature under its first NDP govern- ment, and the choice that awaits voters Thursday is whether four years of NDP rule has left them better or worse. Close to Manitobans are eligible to vote between 8 a m. and 8 p m., and interest in advance polls indicates a larger turnout on election day than the 64 per cent who voted in 1969, when 521.240 -were eli- gible. Both Conservative Leader Sidney Spivak and Liberal Leader Izzy Asper have urged voters to reject their "flirtation with socialism" and return their parties to their traditional leading roles in Manitoba poli- tics. The NDP won a surprise vic- tory in the last election, but with only 28 MLAs was one short of a majority in the 57- member house. The Con- servatives elected 22. the Liber- als five, Social Credit one, and one seat was won by an inde- pendent. During its term the NDP was able to gain a slim majority but there were also defections from the caucus last year. Standing in the legislature at dissolution May 25 were NDP 29. Conservatives 20, Liberals four, Social Credit one, inde- pendents two and one seat va- cant. Premier Schrejer has waged a vigorous campaign aimed at increasing his party's strength in the north and in traditionally Conservative rural areas of the south. He has travelled through- out the province and played a dominant role in NDP advertis- ing. While the premier had made a modest number of election pledges, including government fire insurance, a government- supported refinery tor minerals and the beginning of a dental care plan, the thrust of his ap- peal has been the government's record. Tax changes aimed at helping lower-income voters, lower pre- miums under government au- tomobile insurance and a "stay option" for rural residents are among the accomplishments outlined under the party's cam- paign slogan, "Keep your gov- ernment yours." For the two opposition lead- ers, the main task has been to rally the non-socialist vote, a task that has led them to attack each other almost as much as the NDP. Mr. Spivak. whose party formed the official opposition in the last legislature, has cast himself as the teneficiary of any reaction against the NDP and has come out with a multi- tude of policy alternatives a Conservative government would follow. The main emphasis in the Tory campaign, however, has been a thinly-veiled appeal to Liberals to forgo their tradi- tional party loyalty and throw their support behind the Con- servatives. Mr. Asper sees the key issue in the campaign in much the same way: whether the NDP should be re-elected. SAYS TORIES ON WANE Unlike Mr. Spivak. the Lib- eral leader sees Tory strength in a long-term decline, begin- ning with the last years of Pre- mier Duff Roblln and ending Thursday with the party's fall to third-party status. ''We sincerely believe that this election goes into its final stage as a race between the Liberals and the he said Tuesday. ''We have continued to gain ground daily since the beginning of this campaign and the Conservative position has continued to erode." As the campaign draws to close, the Liberals have staked themselves out as the most clear-cut philosophical alterna- tive to the NDP, as exemplified in their Self control, not state control." Differences between the NDP and the Conservatives are less distinct, with both parties advo- cating a measure of govern- ment intervention in the prov- ince's economic life. The differences are most ap- parent in the Tories' call for private insurance companies to compete with Autopac, the gov- ernment monopoly, and in Mr. Spivak's call for the replace- ment of the Manitoba Develop- ment Corp. with a privately- managed growth fund to help struggling businesses. In other areas, the 'policy dif- ferences between the three ma- jor parties have blurred. All three parties, for example, are proposing plans to assist resi- dents to buy their own homes and all have called for a better deal for Western Canada from the federal government and large corporations. opinion Public said turning against smoking CALGARY (CP) Public rates anticipated in 1965. there opinion is turning away from smoking, psychologist F. R. Wake of Ottawa said Tuesday. Smokers are beginning to get the message that cigarettes are bad for them and that others don't like breathing stale smoke. Dr. Helen Mussaallem of Ot- tawa, executive director of the Canadian Nurses' AssocSition, also stressed the increasing pressures on smokers to stop, saying many complain they are treated ss "modern-day le- pers.'' Dr. Herbert Meltzer of Ed- monton agreed, saying no ratio- nal person questions the rela- tionship between smoking and ill health. The three were panelists at a special session for nurses at this week's annual meeting of the Canadian Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Associ- ation. All three told the nearly 200 nurses attending that the smokers among them should quit and set a good example. Quitting was a major responsi- bility for health professionals. CHAIRMAN SMOKES Panel chairman Jean Dobson of Kentville, Alta a nurse'and a smoker, said she really un- derstood the pressures from non-smokers. But she made no promises. Dr. Wake, a professor of psy- chology at Carleton University, said educational programs against smoking should stress the positive and be low-key. It should be easy to be posi-1 tive because public opinion al-} ready was on the side of non-1 smokers. This point should be put to use in anti-smoking cam- paigns, especially those aimed at students. After all, he said, there are more non-smokers than smokers among the population, despite the myth to the con- would have been nearly more smokers than there now are. "We're not winning as rast nor as big as we should THE KIDS WEREN'T FORMAL TORONTO (CP) The royal opening of the Queen Elizabeth Playground at the Toronto Sick Children's Hospi- tal Tuesday may have been a formal occasion, but a little leg-pulling was in store for the Duke of Edinburgh. Following the opening, Prince Philip and Queen E 1 i z a b e th were drifting through the playground when 17-month-old Patrick Lough- ren of Calgary suddenly real- ized he was too short to shake hands. So he tugged at the Duke's trouser leg. Also making his presence felt was Taofik Adeosum, a Toronto two-year-old, who threw clumps of grass at Prince Philip. Sitting next to Taofik, Mi- chael Passmore of Peterborough, Ont., also two. was enthusiastically waving two Union Jacks until he turned his attention to a red plastic as the royal couple passed by. Pattern but we're theless." winning never- Pattern 7173 trary. health facts. There He urged nurses as teachers to promote are reports of in- creased smoking among teen- age girls, of increases numbers of cigarettes smoked and difficulties women are hav-. ing in quitting, but Dr. Wake said these are merely battles and the real war against smok- ing is being won. Anti-smoking programs have started to reverse the trends, he snid. 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