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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12-THELETHBRIDGEHERALD-Saturday, June Liberals hope ag prosperity will mean more Prairie seats f C, r JT _ fc Miy ln fc I because By GARRY FAIRBAIRN HODGEVILLE, Sask. (CP) The peeling paint and broken windows of buildings on the dusty main street here tell a familiar tale of a community on its way to becoming a ghost town. Some abandoned stores are neatly boarded up, as though the owners left with a lingering hope of one day returning in better times. But the owner of the deserted gas station, standing prominently on the corner with its litter-strewn interior visible through gaping holes, apparently had no such hope. The mute testimony of the decaying wooden buildings, however, is contradicted by the shiny new cars and trucks that line the street of this town of 350 in the south- central riding of Assiniboia. They, and the air- conditioned cabs of farm machines now methodically working back and forth on Prairie fields, are signs of agricultural prosperity on which Prairie Liberals are building their hopes in the cur- rent election campaign. But the prices of those ma- chines form one of the issues on which opposition parties base their expectations of continued dominance of the Prairies, where in 1972 there were 34 Conservatives, eight New Democrats and only three Liberals elected. In four divergent ridings, challengers from different parties believe they can exploit agricultural issues to overcome substantial pluralities achieved by the 1972 winners: New Democrat Bill Knight in Assiniboia, votes; Conservative Bert Hargrave in Medicine Hat, Justice Minister Otto Lang in Saskatoon-Humboldt, 8 307; and New Democrat Alf Cleave in Saskatoon-Biggar, In the Saskatoon ridings, about 30 per cent of the voters live in rural areas; in Medicine Hat about 50 per cent; in Assiniboia, about 70 per cent. And many city- dwellers have economic or family ties to the farm. Although several other Prairie ridings were tighter races in 1972, many observers are expecting Assiniboia to be one of the close ones this time around. Both the Liberal and Conservative candidates are' new. Mr. Knight, at 26 one of the youngest MPs in the last Par- liament, has to scurry to match the pace of 24-year-old Ralph Goodale, a former special assistant to the minister responsible for the wheat board, Otto Lang. The Conservative candidate is Tom Hart, 50, mayor of Weyburn, the only city riding. In Mr. Lang's riding ot Saskatoon-Humboldt New Democrat Julius Friesen and Conservative Eugene Rheaume are patiently working for a major upset. Mr. Friesen is a former executive assistant with the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation and once was editor of Swift Current Sun. Mr. Rheaume, meanwhile, "expresses respect for Mr. Lang personally but tells voters anyone so closely reduction plan. Albertans now pay lower residential property taxes Due to your SSZSSS, FROM YOUR TAX BILL. In most cases, the reduction is automatic through your local taxing authority and the reduction amount is shown on your property tax bill. REMOVAL OF TAXES: classes of residential property are covered by the reduction [farmlands and mobile homes. In the case of most residential automatic. Look at your tax bill for the reduction amoun, you have BENEFITS: Property Tax Reduction Plan allows for minimum benefits as follows: (or the total property tax. whichever is less) for Albertans under 65: If the automatic tax reduction shown on your tax bill is less than you probably qualify for an additional benefit payment from the Province. Just apply on the form supplied. S200 (or the total property tax. whichever is less) for senior citizen Albertans receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement: If the automatic reduction shown on your tax bill is less than S200. you probably qualify for an additional benefit payment from the Province. Just apply on the form supplied. FAMILY FARMLAND BENEFITS: If vou are an Alberta resident and own family farmland in Alberta, you will receive the same benefU on your farmland as other resident property CITIZENS' BENEFITS: (Age 65 and RENTERS If you are a senior citizen and rent residential accommodation (including rooms in senior citizens lodges) vou may claim a benefit immediately. Application forms for these benefits are available at any Treasury Branch Treasury Sub-Branch, your municipal office, or anv office of of Municipal Affairs or write: The Department of Municipal Affairs. 10363 108 Street. Edmonton, Alberta. T5J 1L8. Residents of nursing homes and auxiliary or regular hospitals have already automatically received this benefit and need not apply. associated with Prime Minister Trudeau cannot be supported. The Conservative, from 1963 to 1965 the MP for the North- west Territories, is a former Stanfield executive aide whose recent return to Saskatchewan caused some political opponents to start muttering about "para- chuted" candidates. Across the river, in Saska- toon-Biggar, Alf Cleave represents the working-class area of the city, plus a rural area in which the radical National Farmers Union is strong. He has two new opponents- Conservative Ray Hnatyshyn, president of the provincial law society, and Liberal Ray Fournier, owner of a flying service. Unlike the Saskatchewan ridings, Medicine Hat is faced with the same choice as 1972: Mr. Hargrave, former president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, and former agriculture minister H. A. (Bud) Olson. Although there is much grain farming in the riding, cattle are more 01 an issue both because of numbers and MUNCPVLAFFfclRS because troubles industry. Mr, Olson, however, says general agricultural prosperity and the boom in the riding's diversified industries, from natural gas to potato dehydrating, have transformed the political situ- ation since 1972. He also argues that Alberta should have a Liberal in Parliament, especially one with a good chance of being in the cabinet. Mr. Hargrave, a friend of Mr. Olson's for many years, says he believes the organization and network of friends that carried him to victory in 1972 will do the same this time, aided by the Conservative commitment to control prices. He is also exploiting a local issue, the announced closing of the Suffield Defence Research Establishment, and promising that a Conservative government will maintain the establishment. Among the similarities in the political factors in each riding, candidates agree, is general lassitude among voters. Spanish pretender keeping quiet New York Times Service LISBON A few hundred Spanish monarchists stood on a rain drenched lawn in nearby Estoril recently and shouted "long live the king" at a tall man long frustrated in his ambition to be ruler of Spain. For Don Juan de Borbon, count of Barcelona, it was the climax of a busy political weekend spent with a fairly representative group of Spaniards who oppose the regime of Generalissimo Francisco Franco and look to the titular head of the Spanish royal house as a possible alternative. But Monarchists and Republicans, Socialists, Christian Democrats and plain Liberals who had occasion to see him over a three-day period returned to Madrid disappointed because the count emphasized that his present policy was one of silence. It was the saint's day of Don Juan and Monarchists, obeying a long tradition, came to the big white villa where he lives in exile wearing blue blazers with the royal coat of arms and bearing gifts addressed to "the King of Spain." The men bowed and the women curtsied before the count and his countess then waited for strong words. But Don Juan spoke mainly on his duty to remain silent "in these times of general crisis" in which he foresaw for Spain grave political and economic problems. He promised however, that if he thought it appropriate some day to change his attitude, "there will be no human power to prevent me from fulfilling my His followers and potential allies had encouraged him to speak out belligerently now that the fall of the dictatorship in Portugal has isolated Franco a little more in Europe and attempts at political reform in Spain have fallen far short of opposition hopes. v The 61-year-old pretender has in the past spoken in favor of democracy. He is estranged from the Franco regime, which bypassed him and chose his son, Prince Juan Carlos, as the "man to incarnate the monarchy that was overthrown in 1931. Don Juan had dinner in an Estoril hotel with several dozen opponents of the Franco government. He heard some belligerent speeches, including one from an outspoken Madrid lawyer, Jaime Miralles, who declared that he would respect Juan Carlos as Don Juan's son but would never serve him. The closest the pretender came to being polemical, however, was when he said, "I have never thought that the monarchy could be imposed in Spain." COMPLETE HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE AT LOWER RATES HUNT INSURANCE AGENCIES LTD. 120l-3rd S. Phone 328-7777 ABSTAINER'S INSURANCE COMPANY only Canadian Company providing autoiwotoila and lira htniranca nchahraly lo atxtainaim. Common sense people wear HARDLITE LENSES The Common Sense Lens In some localities hard resin protective lenses are law? Why? 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