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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Candidates reach from varied platforms to give farmer hand up By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Political parties in the July 8 federal election campaign for Lethbridge paraded their agriculture policies at a Unifarm forum in the city Thursday Dean Lien, representing Progressive Conservative candidate Ken Hurlburt, told an audience of 50 persons that the party's proposed income and price freeze would not apply to farmers and fishermen. Mr. Hurlburt was attending a PC rally in Edmonton. "Primary producers cannot be blamed for he said. The Canadian Wheat Board should be restructured to put it in the hands of agricultural representatives, not government appointees, and movement of grain on the domestic market "should be wide open and free." In general, the Conservatives believe that "the only way to reauce relatively high food costs is to increase our domestic production and give farmers a fair return for their Mr. Lien said. "International piracy and speculation" on farm products has to stop, said Vern Young, Social Credit candidate. "What we should be trading on the world market are things we don't need, "not mutton, sugar, pork and lumber. The federal government should concentrate on maintaining good international trading relations, not on interfering with "internal" agriculture problems better handled at the provincial level. He said farmers are being "held up by highway robbers" in transportation and processing of products. International speculators are "playing with other people's lives." Farmers deserve some protection as a priority industry, with encouragement of local initiative "at the production Mr. Young said. The priority issue in the agriculture field for the New Democrats is orderly marketing, Bessie Annand, NDP candidate, told the forum at the Lethbridge civic centre. "We are solidly behind the wheat board and would give it a permanent she said. Farmers need a constant guaranteed price for their product. The family farm has to be protected against corporate farms and the assault of agri-business. Taking feed grains out of the board's purview would be "the thin edge of the wedge" in destroying orderly marketing. The NDP would institute a two price system for products and roll back excessive prices at the consumer level, she said, "anyone with any knowledge of farming knows it is not the farmers who cause inflation." It is due to excessive profiteering by food processors whose profits increased an average 60 per cent last year, Mrs. Annand said. "We must have a system that can keep the producer paid and the working man supplied with Sven Ericksen, Liberal candidate, said. He said strikes are handicapping the nation's ability to meet customers' demands. Big international unions and companies tell the majority of the population what to do. "A handful of people can control our destiny as far as supply is concerned." He told farmers their land is being bought up by foreign interests faster than they realize. "We should not be controlled by selling our birthright. much faster than is comfortable for Canada." The only solution to many of the problems is to work towards "trust and confidence in each he said. Prime Minister Trudeau demonstrated his courage in taking that approach when he came to the Western Economic Opportunities Conference, surrounded by four hostile premiers and a critical press, Mr. Ericksen said. Mr. Lien, president of the Lethbridge federal PC association, faced several questions about his party's claim than an income and price freeze would "stop at the farm gate." If other incomes are frozen, how would prices to the farmer selling his products to people with frozen wages not be one written ques- tion asked. If retail prices are fiozen, wouldn't that freeze the price to the farmer, the ques- tioner continued. Farming is a "primary production" industry whose pricing structures are based on international structures, Mr. Lien said. Farmers' incomes would be difficult to freeze because they get what they sell their products for. But he confessed he was not fully informed on the subject. Defending federal leader Bob Stanfield's refusal to give details about the proposal, he said there would be chaos if he did so. Investors would make a run on the stock market and people would start hoarding. The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, June 28, 1974 PAGES 15-28 Heat wilts campaign zeal I I I "We hope we can get people to look at the whole of the proposals being made in the campaign rather than singling out only whether they're for or against a prices and incomes he says. "In agriculture, in transportation, we have things to talk about a Story and photos by Andy Ogle positive program that commits our party to meet some very long term grievances of the West." The former agriculture minister talks of the elimination of discriminatory freight rates and other policies, he says are great steps forward in responding to Western Canadian problems. But in the same breath he adds: "Because the election is on at the time it is. there doesn't seem to be a great deal of'interest in these issues." "We're going to make an attempt to get them before the public." The attempt will be largely through mailing of party literature and the media. "I don't feel we can get any attendance at meetings even from our own supporters who want to says Mr. Olson. His position all along has been that the election was called by the opposition and the people didn't want it. Social Credit candidate Ed Ens, was the last of the four candidates to begin full-time campaigning and didn't officially open his Medicine Hat headquarters until mid-June. But he made up for it with the splashiest headquarters of all. A 'Raymond painter and Socred supporter did up the outside of an empty dairy entirely in Social Credit green and white. The building and adjacent billboard are festooned with such slogans as: "If you can't make ends meet, meet Ens" and "Go for a Western Go-Getter." Mr. Ens says he doesn't feel his later start is much of a handicap, although it did mean he has had less of a chance to meet voters personally. But. he says, it won't hurt if people "really want a different government instead of changing one nuisance for another." The Socred candidate said he'll do more advertising from now to the end of the campaign and see as many people as he possibly can. And he says he'll turn his attention from the rural parts of the riding where Social Credit is strongest, to concentrate on the Medicine Hat voter in the last week of electioneering. "It's an awkward time of the year, difficult to get people out for an election Mr. Ens said. "A large percentage of young people, the urban young especially, tell me they're not going to vote." he says. "I think some of them aren't serious when they say that, but a lot less would vote if I weren't in it. They've had the others before." MEDICINE HAT A sign in a downtown appliance repair store seems to unintentionally express the election mood here in a nutshell. It says: "Too hot to work. Gone on vacation. Back July 8." With temperatures in the high nineties, and the highways already crowded with tourists and hitch- hikers, politicians and stay-at-home voters alike must wish they too could go on vacation until July 8. While there is some interest in the outcome of the election, both locally and nationally, enthusiasm for the campaign itself, as it struggles into the final week, is definitely not at a fever pitch. All the candidates are going through the motions, doing all the things that must be done in any election campaign knocking on doors, co- ordinating the usual media barrage, speaking at meetings, although fewer than usual are being held. At party headquarters, volunteer workers keep busy stuffing envelopes with campaign literature to mail to voters, finding other volunteers to go door- to-door, sending out lawn signs. Campaign bosses admit. however, it's more difficult' than usual to find volunteer workers people are on holidays, or would just rather be at the lake. NDP candidate Lauranne Hemmingway, in her first campaign, says she's dismayed by the lack of voter response on the issues. "I found one guy who didn't even know when the election is." she' said following a morning of door-to-door campaigning in Redcliff. a community just outside Medicine Hat. "A lot of people seem to be saying they haven't really thought about it yet." Miss Hemmingway added. She says she's disappointed in the number of "un-educated" voters she's met people who don't know what the policies of the respective parties are. A Home Stretch With barely a week to go, campaign activity is intensifying at Medicine Hat party j headquarters. Progressive i Conservative party worker i Leone Watson helps complete Bert Hargrave's mailing campaign, NDP candidate 3 Lauranne Hemmingway, talks strategy with campaign worker j Agnes Wiley, a clutch of Liberal party workers stuff envelopes for Bud Olson, while Socred Ed Ens makes a splash with the biggest political billboard in town. "People are complaining about inflation and about high taxes, but when you try to talk to them about solutions they stop listening." But despite the heat and the voter apathy, the NDP candidate says her party will step up its door-to-door campaigning in the final days of the campaign. PC incumbent Bert Hargrave has wrapped up the rural part of his personal campaigning and will concentrate on winning city votes in the campaign's llth hour. He's spent a lot of time shaking hands in the small towns and- farms of Southeastern Alberta, noting that "farmers have been too busy to go to meetings and there hasn't been much interest in the city." The urban-rural voting population in the riding, which has some eligible electors, is about evenly split. In keeping with the nature of a summertime election, the PC's are staging an "Old Tyme'' Canada Day picnic in The 'Hat's Lions Park, with old-time uninflated prices soda pop five cents, hot dogs 10 cents etc. The really big PC push in the last week before election day. however, will be a national pamphlet, mailed to every household in Canada, that, says Mr. Hargrave. will "succinctly explain the details" of the Conservative prices and incomes policy. Liberal Bud Olson wants to spend the campaign's dying moments on other issues. City set to mark Canada's birthday To some people July 1 is Dominion Day. To others it's Canada Day. And to many it's simply the July 1 long weekend. The name maybe isn't as important as the holiday itself and three days of picnics, ball games, swimming and just plain relaxing. City residents can cool off over the long weekend in any of the city's three pools, all operating on regular schedules. Public skating starts Monday night on the newly-laid ice in Henderson Park ice centre. Ice times are 8 to p.m. There's baseball Saturday night and Sunday afternoon as Lethbridge Lakers meet the Red Deer Generals of the Alberta major league. Saturday and Sunday the senior men's southern Alberta golf tournament is set for the Lethbridge Country Club. Folks in the Sundial district, eight miles north of Turin, will be kept busy this weekend with a reunion of Sundial School students. There's a barbecue Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. and a picnic Sunday at 3 p.m. at the old school, now a community centre. The Sir Alexander Gait Museum will be operated Monday from 2 to 5 p.m. by members of the Alberta Historical Society. Time Air will operate Monday on its Sunday schedule, with five flights to Calgary and none to Edmonton. Greyhound Bus Lines will follow its regular schedule all weekend. City buses will use the Sunday schedule on Monday, running hourly from 12': 30 to p.m. There will be no garbage pickup by the city on Monday. The court house, provincial judge's court and lawyer's offices will take a holiday on Monday, as will civic, provincial and federal government employees. Most city stores will be closed Monday, with the exception of confectionaries and small convenience stores. Banks will be closed for three days over the holiday County, ATA talks over to fall Negotiations for the 1975 collective agreement between the County of Lethbridge and the 165 teachers of the Alberta Teachers Association Local 21 concluded this week after agreement had been reached on several minor issues. Both parties expressed an interest to work for the betterment of relations and the maintenance of quality education in county schools when they resume negotiations in September. When county and trustees met June 24, it marked the first meeting of local county negotiators since the expiration of the 1969-70 collective agreement. Since that time, both groups have been negotiating through the larger bargaining unit of the Southern Alberta School Authorities Association The county left the association in late 1973 to enable it to again do its own bargaining with its teachers. weekend. Downtown bank, trust company and credit union offices will be open Friday until 6 p.m. Some suburban branches of chartered banks will remain open until 8 p.m. Friday. There will be no bread or milk deliveries Monday. Lethbridge Public Library will be closed Monday. YMCA and YWCA are also closed July 1. Lethbridge Post Office and city sub post offices will not be open for wicket service Monday, and there will be no home delivery. The lock box lobby will remain open throughout the weekend. Special delivery mail will be delivered and collections will be made Sunday from street letter boxes. City taverns will be open Monday for residents commemorating Confed- eration with a glass of suds suds. The Herald will not publish Monday. SOUTHLAND HOME WORKERS WIN RAISE Workers at Southland Nursing Home should come close to parity with auxiliary hospital employees in about nine months, the administrator for the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital Board said Thursday. Andy Andreachuk, .vhose responsibility also includes Southland and the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital, said a union approach to Health Minister Neil Crawford had resulted in approval for a two-stage raise. He said subsequent negotiations with the Canadian Union of Public Employees had speeded up wage increases and shortened the current contract. The contract was to have ended in October 1975 but will now run out at the beginning of April, he said. A ward aide with one-year's experience was receiving as of June 1 with a raise to an hour coming in February Ward aides will now get an hour as of last April 1 and an hour as of March 31, 1975. In another typical category, housemaids with a year's experience, the old contract rates were an hour as of June 1 and an hour as of Feb. The new rates will be an hour as of last April 1, and an hour as of March The new terms also mean the nursing home workers' contract will expire at the same time as the auxiliary hospital workers', said the administrator. Labor-short Alberta seeks Mexican workers By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer A severe shortage of Canadian farm laborers has spurred Alberta's first attempt to import workers from foreign countries. Reuben Huber. chairman of the farm labor pool for Southern Alberta in Brooks, told The Herald in a telephone interview Thursday farmer applications for workers from Mexico must be in the hands of organizers by Tuesday night if laborers are needed within the next 45 days. Spearheaded by the Alberta Potato Commission, the Alberta government in co- operation with the federal department of labor and manpower and immigration, have reached an agreement with the Mexican government to fill agricultural labor requirements in this province. Mr. Huber said the Brooks labor pool has been advertising right across Canada for almost two months and has attracted only 26 workers. "And these workers have been very undependable "One fellow up here hired four workers through the labor pool in two weeks and he hasn't got one left." The Mexican workers will be accompanied by a supervisor They will be brought to Alberta under contract at per hour to work for a certain person for a certain length of time. Under the agreement, farmers would be guaranteed laborers for the fall harvest work primarily. The workers can stay in Alberta under a work permit for up to eight months. They will come without their families and must stay with the farmer they are assigned to unless all parties agree to allow them to move to another job. Mr. Huber estimated 70 to 100 workers would be contracted under the initial program, mainly for the potato and vegetable producers in the province. But all other types of farm and ranch owners can apply for Mexican workers through the labor pools or the Agricultural Manpower offices throughout Alberta. In all cases, the farmer must provide living accommodations and if the workers are satisfactory, the fanner must pay the return air fare for the workers. If the are not satisfactory, they will be returned at the expense of the Mexican government. Mr. Huber said the Alberta labor import program is similar to one established by Ontario two years ago which now provides about 5.000 workers from the Caribbean. "The key to the program now is that farmers determine 1heir labor requirements immediately and place orders for sufficient workers before Tuesday That is when the order will be placed with the Mexican he said ;